50 Years Since the Moon Landing & Some of My Favourite SF Stories

50 Years Since the Moon Landing & Some of My Favourite SF Stories

The moon landing is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and I'm amazed that we managed to make it up in space in 1969. This year, NASA also opened their international space station to tourists (if you can afford to go) and scientists captured photos of a black hole which, up until now, was thought [...]

Discussion | Should we be kinder to debut novels?

Discussion | Should we be kinder to debut novels?

I've read a few debut books this year so far and I started wondering about debut authors and how harshly we should be judging them. I read and reviewed Ignite the Stars this year and I didn't enjoy it very much. This is Maura Milan's debut novel and whilst it had all of the ideas for [...]

June Wrap Up: Female-led fantasies, Good Omens and Aladdin

It is July and I think it's finally summer in England, though there are news reports of hailstones falling in Mexico which is alarming. Global warming folks. It's been a busy month with both work and social commitments, hence the lack of blogging but I am brimming with ideas and discussion topics which I will [...]

The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power – simplistic gender flipping or a fantastical thought experiment?

The Power | Naomi Alderman  ★★★★ 'She cuppeth the lightning in her hand. She commandeth it to strike' There are lots of reviews that make this comparison, so let's get this out of the way: The Power in many ways reminded me of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It's similar in not only the framing device used to [...]