Interzone #263 is out! A while back!

Interzone 263

“When Blakstad explores a little of what happens when public opinion and the internet turn on a woman, it’s genuinely discomfiting – as the judgement of misogynist internet courts demonstrably has been. His rendering of government is plausible in a The Thick of It sort of way, and his Shoreditch tech startup does read more like a coder bolthole than Nathan Barley.”

Review: Twelve Tomorrows, ed. Bruce Sterling

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Bruce Sterling needs little introduction and nor does the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Twelve Tomorrows, perhaps, does.

Occasionally I do actually write things

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I’ve been absolutely terrible lately at bigging up any of the writing I’ve been doing. Fortunately, I have genuinely exciting news! Time to grab the doldrums by the metaphorical shoulders, fling them into the seat of a jalopy and kick it down the hill, all the while screaming “SOMETHING IS HAPPENING”.

Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

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Broken Monsters is an admirable work of fiction that ticks all the right boxes for fans of crime thrillers, fantasy and SF.

John Perkins – Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Although it was originally released in 2004, and I bought it in 2005, it was only this year that I finally read this book – which courted some controversy when it originally shot up the bestseller lists. The short summary is that this purports to be an autobiography which focuses on some of the most […]

Rebecca Levene – Tomes of the Dead: Anno Mortis

It’s a while since I reviewed anything from British genre publisher Abaddon Books (see here), and indeed since I read anything from them. I’ve got a certain measure of admiration for what they’re trying to accomplish but the fiction I’d read from them to date had not exactly blown me away. However, I didn’t count […]

Steven Blush – American Hardcore: A Tribal History

It’s difficult to approach this book, originally released in 2001, without bringing a certain amount of baggage with you. It’s probably among the most well-known collected histories of the early American hardcore punk movement, particularly after it was adapted into the notorious film of the same name. It’s widely regarded as an essential resource in […]

Joseph Patrick Larkin – The Arcade of Cruelty

I’ve reviewed a fair mix of self-published books in my time. They included a few gems but quite often they were frankly fucking awful genre novels, written by people who evidently didn’t read widely. As such I stopped accepting them for review. For some reason, in 2008, I accepted for review The Arcade of Cruelty, […]

Eric Grubbs – Post: A Look at the Influences of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007

Books on music can be a funny thing. The old saying that writing about music is like dancing about architecture holds as true with the long form as it ever does (by which I mean, shut up, I will write about music as much as I like). This leaves authors a few options: to focus […]

Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes

Originally published in Vector at the beginning of the year. October, and a storm is coming. A travelling lightning rod salesman arrives and alerts two young friends to what he senses on the horizon. Throughout the town, others feel the tension in the air. Something is coming. And that night, 3 am, that something is […]