Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #7, ed. P. Alexander

Alexander shows that stories which a focus on action over introspection needn’t be shallow or simplistic, continuing the legacy of classic science-fiction and fantasy pulps. This magazine contains four short stories, the second part of two serialised works, and an extract from a novel. The Aromique Paradigm (Part 2 of 3) by Michael Tierney: Achilles … Continue reading Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #7, ed. P. Alexander

Creepy Sheen by Rebecca Gransden

Embracing the aesthetic of Eighties US teen and sci-fi movies while also drawing on the darkness beneath the neon, Gransden creates alien perspectives that seem intimately familiar. This collection contains ten works by Gransden, each strongly displaying the tropes and mores of Eighties US culture but seen from odd angles or applied to unexpected situations. … Continue reading Creepy Sheen by Rebecca Gransden

The World We Make by Matthew S. Cox

Cox fuses the frontier narratives of the Old West with technological and social fragments from the Twenty-First Century and the possible longer-term effects of nuclear war, creating a plausible portrayal of a real post-apocalyptic settlement. This novel is the sixth in the Evergreen series. Risk of spoiler contamination beyond this point. In the year since … Continue reading The World We Make by Matthew S. Cox

Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #6, ed. P. Alexander

Alexander draws together several modern works of science-fiction and fantasy that are likely to appeal to fans of action over contemplation. This magazine contains three complete stories, the opening parts of two ongoing works, and a section of epic poetry, each evoking the feel of classic pulp fiction. The Artomique Paradigm (Part 1 of 3) … Continue reading Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #6, ed. P. Alexander

Out of Mind by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends wilderness survival, techo-thriller, and teenage anxiety with a fresh and interesting alien world in a way that each amplifies the others rather than conflicting. This is the second book in Cox’s Progenitor series. Possible spoilers ahead. Sima Nuvari grew up on the streets, chased by gangs and the law alike, until the day … Continue reading Out of Mind by Matthew S. Cox

Hindsight’s 2020, ed. Tyrolin Puxty

Flavoured with but not tainted by the uncertainty and constraint of the Covid-19 pandemic, this anthology provides a series of engaging escapes from reality. This anthology collect nine stories inspired by the theme of “regret”, spanning a range of genres and styles. ‘I Should Have Known’ by Samantha Bryant. A young woman reminisces on why … Continue reading Hindsight’s 2020, ed. Tyrolin Puxty

Ascendant Revolution by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to seamlessly blend the mature and complex issues of a wildly unfair technological society with a youthful view point to create fast-paced, accessible science fiction with depth. This is the third book in the Faded Skies series. Spoilers might occur. Maya has adopted parents and an adopted sister who love her; and, after … Continue reading Ascendant Revolution by Matthew S. Cox

The Safekeeper by Esther Archer Lakhani

Lakhani mixes mysterious technologies and strange beings with drives familiar to all humans to create a fresh perspective on the idea of a covert alien infiltration of Earth. Many years ago, aliens arrived discreetly on Earth. Now certain humans have a little alien in their mix, making them suitable vessels for temporary alien mind-swaps. Fifteen-year-old … Continue reading The Safekeeper by Esther Archer Lakhani

The Unnamed Country by Jeffrey Thomas

Collecting stories that span science-fiction, fantasy, and realism but are connected by a shared fictional Asian country, Thomas offers both a series of character-driven individual narratives and an engaging gestalt vision of the liminal zone between beliefs and reality. This collection contains nine short stories set in a fictional Asian country shaped both by religion … Continue reading The Unnamed Country by Jeffrey Thomas