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Steve talks about the late Sir Terry Pratchett, and his last book--last DISCWORLD book, too!--which just came out. A new Pratchett is usually a joyous occasion, but this book brings mixed emotions.

Review: Exultant, by Stephen Baxter

Exultant is The Dam Busters in space, or Star Wars stripped of its mythopoetic resonances and bolstered by hard physics.


Steve reaches a milestone 100 columns, and reviews the new Writers of the Future anthology and the film Big Hero 6.

Book Review: Voyage by Stephen Baxter

Voyage is set in an alternate timeline where Jacqueline Kennedy is killed on 11/22/63 and John Kennedy is left paralyzed. Although no longer able to serve as president, he becomes an outspoken proponent of manned space flight.

Underwhelmed By Interstellar

don't much care about the superhero films. I don't expect much from them, and was only disappointed by The Dark Knight Rises in that it wasn't as good as The Dark Knight. But Interstellar is disappointing in a very different way.

Stop the (parallel) Worlds – I Want To Get Off!

They're expanding everywhere: an infinite series of novels, an endless number of parallel stories, each one populated by people who seem similar to us but whose lives have changed in just one salient way

Review: Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown

Eric Brown takes us on steampunk adventure through India at the time of the Raj. The year is 1925, and history has taken an alternate course.

Weird Things About the Moon(s)

We see it almost every day and some might think we know all there is to know, but the Moon still has many fascinating secrets to tell.

AMAZING THINGS: Tom Purdom Named Geek of the Week

Fantastic Books releases the ebook edition of Tom Purdom's collection to celebrate his elevation to Geek of the Week status

Review – The Moon King by Neil Williamson

The Moon King Review: Ultimately The Moon King is a fairytale for adults, which requires you to accept it for what it is. It is also that rare thing, a modern fantasy novel with a beginning, a middle, an end and a purpose.

Review: The Space Opera Renaissance edited by Kathryn Cramer & David...

An updated review of a seminal and influential anthology - The Space Opera Renaissance

What’s the Trouble With Selfies? Speculative Fiction and the Mirror Effect

Are speculative fiction's attempts at promoting diversity working? Take a selfie to find out...

Book Review: The Long Earth Series by Stephen Baxter and Terry...

A couple weekends ago I experienced the rare opportunity of having nothing to do. So to celebrate I sat down and just read. Now I can share with you the fruit of that unproductive weekend by reviewing for you the entire Long Earth series by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett.

Review: Starship Century

Starship Century is a book that needs to be read. It is a sad state of affairs when we need to be discussing the importance of space exploration. Yet here we are, pleading to the masses for what should be the obvious. Why go to the stars? – Because if we don’t, who will?

Is Science Fiction Fundamentally Retro?

Jaron Lanier says science fiction is fundamentally retro. Is he right? Do SOOPER SPACE ROCKETZZZ run on Ribena?

Noticias literatura 20-8

Upcoming Spanish language releases in the Fantascy series from Random House Mondadori

What is the Optimal Human Population? Lessons From the Novels of...

Are there too many people on the planet? Science fiction bears much of the responsibility for spreading this meme, which can be unpleasantly tinged with racism. But now and again a great science fiction author develops a more inspiring and pro-human approach to the population question.