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Adrift on the Sea of Rains – Ian Sales

Adrift on the Sea of Rains is the first novella in Ian Sales’ Apollo Quartet. An alternate history in which the Apollo programme didn’t fizzle out in the disappointing manner that it did. The US has a permanent presence on … Continue reading

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The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers

Jane Rogers novel, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, opens with a young woman introducing herself and her story. She is being held against her will, though at this stage it is by no means clear by whom. It is also … Continue reading

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Heart of Iron – Ekaterina Sedia

Ekaterina Sedia’s Heart of Iron, an alternate history novel (in this the Russian Decemberists revolt of 1825 was successful), follows Sasha Trubetskaya as she becomes embroiled in the growing conflict between the British, Chinese and Russian empires. Heart of Iron, … Continue reading

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Osama – Lavie Tidhar

I had been looking forward to this one for a while, but the pleasures of an insanely huge TBR pile have meant that I’ve only got around to reading it this month. Which, now that I have got around to … Continue reading

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Anti-Ice – Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter’s 1993 novel, Anti-Ice opens with a letter from Hedley Vicars, a young soldier fighting in the Crimean war, to his father. He describes the use of a terrible weapon which devastated Sebastapol and ended the war. Developed by … Continue reading

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A Man of Double Deed – Leonard Daventry

Leonard Daventry’s novel, A Man of Double Deed, is another that had been brought to my attention in Ian Sales’ series of posts on British SF Masterworks. One of the things that is interesting about reading science fiction novels from … Continue reading

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Bronze Summer – Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter’s Bronze Summer is the follow up to Stone Spring. In that novel, set in the mesolithic period, the inhabitants of Doggerland (the pre-historic low-lying land that once connected the British Isles with continental Europe) prevent the real-life inundation … Continue reading

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By Light Alone – Adam Roberts

Sometime in the twenty-second century the problem of how to feed the billions of hungry people in the world has been solved in an ingenious manner. Body modification gives people hair which, when grown long enough, allows the body to … Continue reading

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Dead Water – Simon Ings

The Weight of Numbers, the last novel from Simon Ings, was a dizzying, thrilling, captivating gem of a novel. Having only recently read (and thoroughly enjoyed) it, my hopes and expectations for Dead Water were high. Fortunately, Ings does not … Continue reading

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The City, Not Long After – Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy’s 1988 novel, The City, Not Long After, depicts a world where a plague has wiped out most of the population of the world. The city of San Francisco has become a haven for artists, who leave a peaceful … Continue reading

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