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Review: IF THEN by Matthew De Abaitua

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“IF THEN is not an easy novel, in that the experience of reading it was, for me, a constant process of triangulation and re-alignment; as a reader I never quite settled into a sense of moral surety. This in itself is an impressive achievement, though I’m unsure to what extent this was deliberate.”

Interzone #262 is out!

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“This issue includes my review of Haikasoru’s Hanzai Japan, a collection I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s variable, as are many anthologies, but its breadth and variety elevate it.”

Review: Defenders by Will McIntosh

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“This is a surprisingly emotionally engaging novel for what is essentially a cross-breed of two traditional SF tropes: the invasion of Earth and the unforeseen consequences of scientific progress.”

Review: Martian Sands & The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar

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Two novels, with little obviously in common, from a highly prolific author – but common strands of storytelling can still be discerned.

Elysium & Snowpiercer: exploding heads vs. rail sociology

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Elysium is bad science fiction on just about every level, and a pretty poor film to boot. Snowpiercer, by contrast, is a fascinating study of human social psychology in a high-stress environment.

Review: Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

Love Minus Eighty

Will McIntosh’s latest novel initially appears ugly and callous, but given time blossoms and displays its heart.

Review: Vurt and Pollen by Jeff Noon

Vurt

A joint review of Jeff Noon’s groundbreaking, hallucinatory, Manchester-based SF novels: Vurt (1993) and Pollen (1995).

Review: Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others

Jo Walton’s partially autobiographical ninth novel is a love letter to the books and countryside of her youth; the imaginative stories of SF and fantasy, and the magic of the Welsh landscape.