Science Fiction & Fantasy

In the last year of the 19th century, exciting new technology is bringing the world’s cultures together in a way never before seen. In a thrivingly modern New York, magic seems a silly superstition, a thing of the past. But just because some things are no longer believed in, does not mean they do not… Read More

If you are a science-fiction fan, you may have come across the subgenres of “dystopian” or “speculative” fiction. But what exactly is speculative fiction? And is there really a huge difference between utopian and dystopian fiction? With the recent rise in science fiction’s popularity, these terms are becoming increasingly common in everyday conversation. Unfortunately, not… Read More

With the recent (huge) rise in popularity of science fiction, terms like “dystopian” and  “post-apocalyptic” are becoming increasingly common in everyday conversation. Unfortunately, not everyone who uses the terms actually knows exactly what they mean. There is a vast range of sub-genres within science fiction, and labels such as “post-apocalyptic-cyber-punk-dystopian fiction”, and it can all… Read More

“She felt none of the fear from the last time she was sent out, but none of the deluded hope that drove many to exile. Somewhere between pointless dreams and hopeless dread was a desire to know the world. And, if possible, make it better.”  The tension in Silo 18 is near breaking point. With… Read More

Charlotte Markham only ever intended to be a governess for the young Darrow boys in their large and eerie house. She certainly never meant to fall for the young widowed Master Darrow – not after the tragedy in her own recent past. But when the boys’ nanny is found brutally murdered, and Charlotte takes over… Read More

Sometimes a book comes along that is completely indefinable – so much so that all you can do is fling words about in the sheer hope that one of them might hit the mark. Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, his first novel for adults since Anansi Boys, is so elusive… Read More

Embassytown, by China Miéville, is that rare thing in literature: unique. I’m sure there must be other books, other stories that deal with similar ideas, but I have yet to come across anything that comes close to the beautiful strangeness of this one. Avice Benner Cho, a native of Embassytown, returns to her home after… Read More

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