WONDER WOMAN – AMBASSADOR OF TRUTH

It’s magic lariats at dawn at STARBURST HQ as we continue to debate the merits – or otherwise – of Gal Gadot’s debut solo big screen movie turn as DC Comics’ legendary Amazonian Princess. Even those who take the view that the film’s a little critically over-rated will agree, however, that as well as being … Continued

PLACES IN THE DARKNESS

Although primarily known for his crime novels, Chris Brookmyre’s love of genre fiction has been evident throughout his career, and Places in the Darkness merges the investigatory structure of his noir novels with straight up sci-fi. It takes place aboard a space station where scientists and engineers work to create the interstellar ark that will … Continued

HUNT YOU DOWN

John Smith is an ex-CIA man-turned-assassin with some extraordinary mental powers, and after a close friend – who also happens to be a reality TV star – is strafed down at her own wedding it becomes his personal mission to find out who is responsible. On paper, this should be an easy assignment for someone … Continued

THE SECRET OF VESALIUS

It is 1888 and the World Fair is about to open in Barcelona. A lot depends on the Fair’s success, not least the wealth and reputation of one of its more sadistic contractors. But a murderer is stalking the streets and alleyways of the city, ripping apart the bodies of their victims, and there are … Continued

ARTEMIS

The Martian was a standout hit, gaining a huge fan following and prompting a rather good Hollywood adaptation. So it’s with some hesitation that we approach author Andy Weir’s next science fiction book, Artemis. It’s definitely not The Martian, but it is very good, and shows that Weir has depth and flexibility in his approach. Artemis is set in a near future in which Kenya … Continued

BLOCKBUSTER SCIENCE – THE REAL SCIENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION

Ready to feel really small and insignificant? Pick yourself up a copy of Blockbuster Science and prepare for a humbling, occasionally depressing, and frequently fascinating read. From exploring just how big the universe really is, to how life originated on Earth, right through to how life, the universe and everything will eventually end, this is … Continued

STAR TREK BOOK OF LISTS

With over 700 hundred hours of television, 13 big screen movies and half a century of loyal fan worship, there are a torrent of lists that could be arranged into an infinite amount of diverse combinations. Author Chip Carter has delved deep into the Trek galaxy and pulled together this very handy and enjoyable compilation … Continued

FOLK HORROR – HOURS DREADFUL AND THINGS STRANGE

There’s no doubting that folk horror is the subgenre du jour, given the current revival of public interest in the arcane and the ‘Wyrd’, psychogeography, hauntology, folklore, magic(k), carnivalia, paganism, and a general return to the pastoral. As a label, ‘folk horror’ is a catch-all for these and other nostalgia forms for the ‘people-horror’ of … Continued

IRONCLADS

There is a fun trope in military sci-fi that the nominal heroes tend to have some of the best toys. Giant suits of power armour, for example, seem like a fantastic idea and there are entire franchises of genre fiction that feature huge heroes in even larger battle armour. Ironclads takes this idea and, in … Continued

GHOSTBUSTERS ECTOMOBILE OWNERS’ MANUAL

Ever wondered what all the stuff on the roof rack of Ecto-1 is?  Or what other equipment and tech is in the back of the Ghostbusters famous car?  Or just what all those little details and touches are on a Proton Pack?  Or what the various lights and noises the PKE Metre makes when looking … Continued