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Ascension by

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

A Tangled Axon novel : #1 Part of my Diverse Universe reading. Alanna Quick is a sky-surgeon and she loves her job. Repairing spaceships, getting to know their beating hearts, is what makes her come alive. The only problem is that there is less and less work for her. The new technology of Transliminial Solutions is making her obsolete. Less

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The Martian by

the martian by andy weir

Mark Watney is a botanist and engineer assigned to the Ares programme, one of the very few who gets to go to Mars. Unfortunately he is stranded there. All alone. With no way to communicate with Earth. Death is almost inevitable. Is there anything he can do to improve on that non-existent chance of life? Well, Mark certainly doesn’t give

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X-Men: days of future past dir. by

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Mutants throughout the world are being hunted down and murdered by the Sentinels. And not only mutants, but anyone with the gene that might result in them producing a mutant child, or a mutant grandchild. The world is not in very reasonable hands. Charles and Eric discover that Kitty Pryde can send an individual’s consciousness back through time, only a

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Triptych by

Triptych by J M Frey

When the aliens came it was nothing like the way science fiction and popular culture had predicted it. There was no invasion, instead they were refugees. Their own planet had collapsed, killing the majority, only a few escaped. Earth took them in and began to integrate them into human culture. Of course there were plenty of differences. And then the

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Wolves by

Wolves by Simon Ing

I totally agree with that old saying “never judge a book by its cover”, but more often than not it is the cover that piques your interest. If it didn’t all books would look the same surely? Cover art is an important part of a book. It is the major thing I miss when buying ebooks. And the cover of

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Apex blog tour – guest post by Ian Nichols

The Book of Apex - vol. 4

Welcome to my first part of the Apex Blog Tour, kindly organised by the Little Red Reviewer, celebrating The Book of Apex: Volume Four of Apex Magazine. I’m happy to introduce Ian Nichols who wrote the guest post below on horror and monsters. DRACULA VERSUS THE HEDGEHOGS I’d really like to talk about monsters. I’ve been a reviewer for The

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The Android’s Dream by

The Androids Dream by John Scalzi

Part of my Sci-Fi 2014 Experience When a book opens with a death by farting, two deaths by farting actually, you know this isn’t your usual run of the mill science fiction story. The deaths mentioned occur at trade negotiations between earth and the Nidu, and the farting was designed to provoke the Nidu delegate, the fact that he died

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Moxyland by

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes

Set in a fictional, futuristic Cape Town in South Africa Moxyland is a book that I’m somewhat conflicted about. I read Beukes’ Zoo City back in 2012 and really enjoyed it. So much so that I bought this book straight away. But then I never got around to actually reading it. Still, when this year’s Sci-Fi Experience rolled around I

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Redshirts by

Redshirts by John Scalzi

p>Read for the 2014 Sci-Fi Experience Ensign Dahl has just been assigned to The Intrepid. In many ways this is an honour. The Intrepid is the flagship of the fleet, she leads the way. The only negative is the death count. Statistically speaking it is the most dangerous ship to be aboard. But try telling anyone that, they’ll just say

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A Wrinkle in the skin by

A wrinkle in the skin by John Christopher

AKA The Ragged Edge. Read for the 2014 Sci-Fi Experience In the 1960s a wave of earthquakes brings destruction around the globe. Isolated off the British coast Matthew Cotter thinks that they will be okay, Britain is far from any earthquake zone, pity the poor devils on a fault, but that’s all happening far away. But of course you can’t

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A Natural history of Dragons by

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A memoir by Lady Trent Lady Trent, as all know, is the world’s pre-eminent dragon naturalist. This is her story of how she became that world renowned scientist, how her interest in dragonkind began in her childhood with the preservation of her very first sparkling. A Natural history of dragons is also her memoir detailing her very first scientific journey,

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