Category Archives: SF

Books That Have Stayed With Rich

Inspired this morning by skullsinthestars‘ own fascinating list, I have come up with my own list of 10 books which, as according to the stipulations on Facebook, have “stayed with you in some way”, and which “don’t have to be … Continue reading

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Just Say the Lines, Never Bump Into the Furniture, and Take The Money and Run! (Jessica Carney, ‘Who’s There: The Life and Career of William Hartnell’, and Michael Troughton, ‘Patrick Troughton: The Biography of The Second Doctor Who’)

Peter Capaldi‘s first series as the Doctor has felt like it’s been a long time coming. He was announced as the Twelfth Doctor to previously-unprecedented fanfare on August 4th 2013, and he’s only just 3 episodes into Season 8 as … Continue reading

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Extra-Heavy History (Kurt Vonnegut Jr., ‘Hocus Pocus’)

One thing that must be emphasised of the media of the Left is that, unlike the poised outrage of the media of the Right, with its daggerish jabs at absolutely anything borne of ‘unpatriotic views’, ‘socialism’ and ‘counterculturalism’, the Left … Continue reading

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Violent Glow of Alien Engines (M. John Harrison, ‘Light’)

“In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography” Jorge Luis Borges, On Exactitude in … Continue reading

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Dealey Plaza Has Since Become a Minor Sexual Nuisance Area (J. G. Ballard, ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’)

1. GROUND ZERO The Atrocity Exhibition is “the story cycle that stands at the ground zero of his explosive body of work”, proclaims writer Will Self of Ballard’s short but incendiary novel of micro-novels, through the dusty laptop screen, towards … Continue reading

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Last Glance Back (in praise of Michael Marshall Smith)

MW has always been That Mate Who Reads A Lot, for me (I’d say to me but that makes them sound like they come and tuck me in each night, then proceed to lull me to sleep with gently orated … Continue reading

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Pelted in New Cement and Paving (China Miéville, ‘Reports of Certain Events in London’)

A factor which has always benefitted the fictional document genre is verisimilitude; if a work of fiction is shaped to not seem like fiction and instead as something you feel you could virtually hold in real-life, this creates multiple effects … Continue reading

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