THE DEATHLESS

Peter Newman is a cheerful sort of chap. When he’s not writing novels of his own, he’s also well known for the role of the murderous butler in the popular book podcast, Tea & Jeopardy. Newman’s previous series, The Vagrant and its sequels, was a grim dark blend of high fantasy, techno-weirdness and grinding but … Continued

I AM LEGEND (THE FOLIO SOCIETY EDITION)

Richard Matheson’s 1954 short novel I Am Legend has a well-deserved reputation as a classic. The story went on to inspire George A Romero and forms the backbone of pretty much every zombie apocalypse story ever told. It is credited with inventing a scientific origin for a plague of monsters, inspiring the likes of Stephen … Continued

THE GHOST SCRIPT: A GRAPHIC NOVEL

What’s a good-guy private eye to do when he’s tangled up in the blowsy, boozy world of 1950s Hollywood – a place of McCarthyism and anti-communist witch hunts, desperate buxom starlets, washed up hard-drinking screenwriters and… the legendary ‘Ghost Script’, a screenplay that few have ever read but which is rumoured to reveal the real-world … Continued

JAMES CAMERON’S STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION

One might be forgiven when reading the title that this is merely another linear history of our genre of choice. The same thing we’ve seen over and over – Verne, Welles, pulps, atomic scare and so on – but in this case, you’d be wrong. It IS a history of sorts, but not in the … Continued

THE MOVIEMAKING MAGIC OF STAR WARS: CREATURES + ALIENS

The first in a new series, The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars looks at different aspects of the galaxy far, far away. In this first volume, Mark Salisbury – who’s previously delved deep into everything from Tim Burton to Fantastic Beasts – takes a look at one of Star Wars’ most endearing aspects: its creature … Continued

TOROA

Here at STARBURST, we have been following the career of Czech-born Hofstatter for quite a while: from his early novelette Katerina to his book of short stories Amaranthine, to his more recent novella Rare Breeds. His latest work, Toroa, is his most ambitious yet. When babies start to disappear all over the small Pacific island … Continued

ADRIFT

Eight passengers – tourists vacationing at the luxurious Sigma Station deep space holiday resort and two crew – a boozy Russian pilot and a wet-behind-the-years new Tour Guide – set off aboard the Red Panda for a there-and-back trip to witness the celestial delights of the Horsehead Nebula. No sooner has their rickety, past-its-best little … Continued

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – THE OFFICIAL GUIDE

Solo, the latest Star Wars Story movie, might not have found favour at the Box Office for whatever reason (and that’s a can of worms we’re not going to look into here) but the merchandise and memorabilia machine marches on regardless. Pablo Hidalgo, author (if that’s not too broad a word in the circumstances) of … Continued

OUR MEMORY LIKE DUST

An illicit air convoy loaded down with drugs and weapons disappears somewhere over the Sahara. An aid worker watches helplessly as the refugees she is attempting to save are brutally betrayed. A mysterious blue-eyed Englishman sets up a solar farm in the desert, and his attempts to bring free energy to Africa make him the … Continued

STRANGE STARS

The subtitle ‘David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded’ neatly sums up the premise of this book. Heller begins with Bowie’s sci-fi Space Oddity, the saga of the doomed astronaut Major Tom – which was briefly used to accompany the BBC’s coverage of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in July 1969 … Continued