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Chasing machines across galaxies with Michael Cobley

Michael Cobley’s Ancestral Machines (Orbit, £18.99) is a solid Space Opera that is highly enjoyable. Set in the Humanity’s Fire world, this is a large scale story. After being double crossed in a deal then a rescue, Captain Pyke has … Continue reading

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Traversing the scarce universe

Neptune’s Brood, the second of the Saturn’s Children novels by Charles Stross, is nominally a space opera. Set in a post-human universe, AIs have spread across the planets but the costs of doing this are crippling. The worlds are divided … Continue reading

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Debating Space – Philip Palmer’s Artemis

Philip Palmer’s Artemis is more of the same: a frenetic, action heavy novel which almost revels in its inhumanity. Like Version 43, the central character is a version of a human, reborn after major damage or death. The entity lives … Continue reading

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One small step – Blue Earth Remembered by Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds’ Blue Remembered Earth is a novel which asks some deep questions about itself. Rather than reflecting on the deeps of space or identity, Blue Earth Remembered is about questioning whether we are ready to go forwards though with … Continue reading

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Not a number – Philip Palmer’s Hell Ship

Philip Palmer’s Hell Ship is another fast paced pulp novel which turns into something quite exhilarating.What starts out as a space opera with pirates, aliens and lots of fighting becomes an exploration of the reaction to being the last being … Continue reading

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