Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Viking Published: 1937 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Star Maker is a novel that defines ‘sense of wonder.’ From a hill near his safe suburban semi, a man travels the length and breadth of all eternity, exploring an …

Gateway, by Frederick Pohl

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1977 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Here’s a simple story: a man wins a lottery and uses the proceeds to go to ‘Gateway’ — a kind of hyperspace jump-point — to take his chance at discovering …

The Extremes, by Christopher Priest

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Warner Books Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Teresa Simons is a 43-year-old FBI agent who has lost her husband (also FBI) in a Texas shooting. She has come to England on vacation, but also to investigate …

Strange Travelers, by Gene Wolfe

Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a solid collection of Gene Wolfe short stories. They are a diverse lot, having only excellence in common. I’ll admit that I’m really not a …

Child of the River, by Paul J. McAuley

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: William Morrow and Co. Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Paul J. McAuley, an up-and-coming British SF writer, is a name to watch. He’s had a number of excellent short stories in Interzone and elsewhere. Child of …

Ancients of Days, by Paul J. McAuley

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: William Morrow and Co. Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Confluence is not a planet. Though it hangs in space like a planet, it oscillates rather than rotates, so that the sun rises in its sky, then …

The Inheritance, by Christopher Stires

Genre: Horror Publisher: Zumaya Publications Published: 2003 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jack Crane Have you read this book? Christopher Stires’ new (and first) novel, The Inheritance offers another riff on the old Pandora’s box routine without much innovation regarding theme, characterization, or plot development. It’s a simple and very …

The Star Fraction, by Ken MacLeod

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Moh Kohn is a mercenary with an intelligent gun. Janis Taine is a biologist researching memory drugs. When Kohn goes to Taine’s laboratory after a raid, the drugs …

Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ace Published: 1969 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Suppose, in the far future, an isolated planet somewhere in the distant reaches of the galaxy has been colonised by humans and then left alone. That relatively small pocket of …

Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh, by Robert Irwin

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Dedalus Limited Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Seeing the title, Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh, the reader might get the idea that Robert Irwin’s novella contained an above-average amount of sex. The reader would be correct. Set in …

Gridlock, by Ben Elton

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Warner Books Published: 1993 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Before you ask, let me say that Ben Elton’s Gridlock definitely comes under the heading of speculative fiction. Though in essence it is a politico-industrial satire set mostly in …

The Devil In Me, by Christopher Fowler

Genre: Horror Publisher: Serpent’s Tail Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? ‘Ian McEwan used to mine a similar seam. Fowler does it better.’ – Arena ‘Ghoulishly irresistible.’ – The Times ‘The stories are just the right shade of black to have considerable …

Murther and Walking Spirits, by Robertson Davies

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Viking Published: 1991 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a frame story; journalist Connor Gilmartin, having been unceremoniously murdered by his wife’s lover, sits incorporeal next to his murderer at the Toronto Film Festival, watching from the afterlife …

Brendell, Apprentice Thief, by Patrick Welch

Genre: Fantasy Anthology Publisher: Double Dragon E-Books Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Fraser Ronald Have you read this book? This is the second e-book I’ve reviewed by Patrick Welch, the first having been the Thirteenth Magician. The quality of writing I noted in that book is also present …

Great Apes, by Will Self

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Grove/Atlantic Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a maddening book — sharply written, of course, as one would expect from Will Self — but maddening nonetheless, in more ways than one. For a start we’re …