Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #11, ed. P. Alexander

Alexander offers another collection of modern speculative fiction, united it its echoing of the pulp sensibilities of moral clarity and action over introspection. This magazine contains five short stories, a novelette, and three reasonably sized extracts from longer works, spread across a variety of genres but each firmly echoing the style and substance of classic … Continue reading Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #11, ed. P. Alexander

Flawed Model

Came across MK Hill's Actuary last week. As my wife is an actuary, I was intrigued. Sadly, while it's a fun little story and well-made, it isn't super accurate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMdACESyyKQ For a start, my wife's eyes don't glow. Also, it lacks explosions. I understand why they made it more of a character piece, but for … Continue reading Flawed Model

Savant by Jim Alexander, Will Pickering, Finn Cram, & Jim Campbell

Alexander, Pickering, Cram, and Campbell reference the art and sensibilities of classic sci-fi comics without being constrained by them, creating a graphic novel that will appeal equally to fans of aesthetics and plot. Possessing the ability to experience the emotions of others, Lode has travelled the universe chronicling the lives of the dying. When the … Continue reading Savant by Jim Alexander, Will Pickering, Finn Cram, & Jim Campbell

Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #9, ed. P. Alexander

Alexander gathers science fiction and fantasy that evokes one of the first pulp magazines without feeling stale or derivative. This magazine contains three novelettes, seven short stories, an extract from an epic poem, each in the vein of classic science-fiction or fantasy, along with a short essay on the birth of popular science fiction. ‘For … Continue reading Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense, Volume 2 #9, ed. P. Alexander

Starless Night by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint

The Flints combine the action and politics of supervillains and superheroes teaming up against a common threat with the uncertainty of someone who cannot trust their own mind, creating science-fiction that is both fast-paced and emotive. This is the third book in the Distant Horizon series and refers to events in the Glitch series. Possible … Continue reading Starless Night by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint

Larry Niven and Ringworld Time

Last month, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Larry Niven for Mythaxis Review. The transcript has just been published on their website. Larry Niven is perhaps best known for Ringworld and The Mote in God’s Eye (co-authored with Jerry Pournelle). Winner of multiple Hugo Awards (for both novels and short stories), the Nebula Award, … Continue reading Larry Niven and Ringworld Time

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