Cox blends speed-boosted cyber-action with more introspective questions about individual and social costs to create a seamless blend of action and depth that is likely to appeal to science-fiction and espionage fans of all flavours. This novel is the third in the Daughter of Mars series. Displaying this review might corrupt surprises in previous volumes. … Continue reading Ghost Black by Matthew S. Cox
The Autumn Issue of Dimension Bucket magazine includes my short story "Fish Out of Water", along with some other great stories and essays. Grab your e-copy from the publisher here. The publisher intends to release print copies soon for those of you who like to hold books.
I have a momentous announcement: I have almost completed X-COM: Enemy Unknown. I installed the game at the start of January 2013, so it's taken me nearly six years, including some agonising over how to replay missions if one of my mistakes was accidentally reversed by benevolent techno-goblins. Of course, the figure of six years … Continue reading Almost Ex-Com
Cox creates a tale as much by what he does not say as by what he does, creating a young adult post-apocalyptic adventure that offers more than enough complexity to engage more mature readers as well. For eleven-year-old Kiera Quinn, life is an endless chain of school days so indistinguishable she could swear she’s lived … Continue reading Citadel: The Concordant Sequence by Matthew S. Cox
Happy Birthday to Lovecraft. To celebrate, have a rather fine short film that echoes "From Beyond" without pastiching it. https://vimeo.com/joewhite/thebrainhack I feel Lovecraft would approve. The steady build of nothing being inexplicable followed by a sharp rise to a reveal fits his common story shape. Found footage is the 21st Century's version of a box … Continue reading Hack or Heirophant?
The Flints mix telepathy with a tale of an innocent caught up in politics to provide a powerful depiction of post-human paranoia. This is the third volume in the Glitch trilogy. Spoilers off the port bow! Following his success at removing glitches from the Legion Spore, Tim Zatsev is tasked with doing the same for … Continue reading Spirits of a Glitch by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint
Cox seamlessly fuses nuanced cyberpunk with magic-in-all-but-name to produce a novel that is both a character-driven thriller and a dramatic spectacular. This novel concludes Cox’s The Awakened series. Risk of spoilers ahead. Despite his failure to recruit all the Awakened to his cause, Archon is close to achieving his dream of an off-world colony for … Continue reading Angel Descended by Matthew S. Cox
Echoing the social schisms of the Industrial Revolution without sacrificing pace or visceral threat, Kewin forges a steampunk thriller that connect with both the mind and the heart. For as long as anyone in the village can remember, the machine-city of Engn has taken children, no more than one per family, to feed its constant … Continue reading Engn by Simon Kewin
Schuelke fuses superheroic battles with urban deprivation to create a tale of a hero who isn’t heroic with powers that don’t elevate him above the powerless. This novelette is a prequel to the Godan arc from Whup Jamboree. Gareth Manion, an ordinary young man with unusual wolf-like abilities, left his eminently forgettable home town for … Continue reading The Gray Wolf of Chicago by Garret Schuelke
ARC: No cover available at time of review. Cox combines the tropes of post-apocalyptic action stories with the fundamentals of human character and the realities of engineering to create a tale that will satisfy both those who love Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome and those who were constantly niggled by who was processing all the … Continue reading Dead Man’s Number by Matthew S. Cox