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Book Review: William Gibson’s Alien 3

William Gibson’s Alien 3: The Unproduced Script by William Gibson
Pencilled/Inked by: Johnnie Christmas
Coloured by: Tamra Bonvillain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The movie that never was.

William Gibson’s treatment of the Alien franchise is in many ways a much better sequel to Aliens than the Alien 3 film we eventually got. True, Ripley is notably absent from the action (apparently Sigourney Weaver initially declined an invitation to return to the franchise, so Gibson had to effectively write her out of his treatment) but what we do get is a damning examination of corporate hubris and the problems that arise when you put profit above morals and common sense. Oh, and there are some xenomorphs, too.

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Book Review: The Pursuit of the Pankera

The Pursuit of the Pankera

The Pursuit of the Pankera by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers in return for an honest review. My thanks to Caezik SF & Fantasy for giving me this opportunity.

Robert A. Heinlein, often referred to as ‘the dean of science fiction writers’, died in 1988, so to get a new, previously unpublished novel from one of the pillars of the Golden Age of Sci-Fi is something of an event in its own right. Add to this a lifelong love of Heinlein’s work and as you can probably imagine I was incredibly excited to be able to get my hands on this companion novel to The Number of the Beast (1980). But was it worth it?

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SciFiMonth 2020: Because the Future is Awesome

As you’ve probably noticed things have been a bit quiet around here for the last few months. I’ve built up a backlog of book reviews that I really need to get written, and aside from the recent post for The Campaign Cast there hasn’t been a new post on this here blog thing since April. Well, that’s going to change, because I’ve decided to join in with #SciFiMonth 2020, running throughout November.

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Book Review: Upright Women Wanted

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

After watching her best friend and lover, Beatriz, being hung for possessing unapproved materials Esther stows away in the wagon of a bunch of travelling Librarians, aiming to put as much distance between herself and the arranged marriage she wants no part of, and maybe becoming a Librarian herself. But the Librarians have other plans, and babysitting a runaway girl wasn’t on their itinerary.

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Double Star: A Hugo Retrospective

The third Annual Science Fiction Achievement Awards were awarded in 1956 at NyCon II, the second World Con to be hosted in New York. By now the awards were beginning to gain respect amongst genre fans, and the list of categories was beginning to slowly resemble the list familiar to modern Hugo voters.

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Book Review: Sour Fruit

Sour Fruit by Eli Allison
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Onion thinks she’s tough, but then she gets snatched from her foster home and finds out she’s not as tough as she thinks. Kidnapped by the de facto head of Kingston’s seedy underworld and promised to a trafficker known only as the Toymaker, she’s dragged around a city of non-citizens by Reah, the two of them chained together by circumstance and the explosive device implanted in Onion’s neck. Now Onion has three days to figure out an escape route, and all she has going for her is a smart mouth and never-say-die attitude.

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