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Niall Alexander
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Book Review | Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson
With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality—ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue. With the war over, Jack Forster and...
With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality—ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue. With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, ...
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Book Review | Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secre...
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Book Review | Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey
A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secre...
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Book Review | Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But u...
When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors ...
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The Scotsman Abroad | The Deleted Testament of Hal Duncan
Sorry it's been so long! I'll explain The Situation in a few days, I swear. For the time being, as I'm sure some of you know by now, it was my pleasure yesterday to help tease Testament— the first novel to come from my fellow Scotsman Hal Duncan in damn nea...
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Heads Up! | The Three of The Two of Swords
K. J. Parker is to my mind one of the best writers writing right now, so I was all sorts of excited when Subterranean Press announced Savages , the author's first novel proper since Sharps three long years ago. I still am; I dare say I'm delighted. But—be s...
K. J. Parker is to my mind one of the best writers writing right now, so I was all sorts of excited when Subterranean Press announced Savages, the author's first novel proper since Sharps three long years ago. I still am; I dare say I'm delighted. But—be still my beating heart—Orbit has gone and ...
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Book Review | Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds
A vast conflict, one that has encompassed hundreds of worlds and solar systems, appears to be finally at an end. A conscripted soldier is beginning to consider her life after the war and the family she has left behind. But for Scur—and for humanity—peace is...
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Book Review | Finders Keepers by Stephen King
"Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.  Morris Bellamy is livid, not j...
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Book Review | Day Four by Sarah Lotz
Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue...
Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon.
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Heads Up! | Back to The Vorrh
Though I realise that a lot of Alan Moore's later work is lacking, his earlier efforts are so superlative that I'll never not consider myself fan of the man, so when, back in 2012, he blurbed a book called The Vorrh, I got in touch with the publisher—a smal...
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The Scotsman Abroad | Ascending the City of Stairs
As we speak, I find myself on a bit of a science fiction kick. On the back of Way Down Dark by James Smythe and Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson, I'm deep in Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, with Slow Bullets by Alasdair Reynolds, Nemesis Games by James S. A. C...
As we speak, I find myself on a bit of a science fiction kick. On the back of Way Down Dark by James Smythe and Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson, I'm deep in Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, with Slow Bullets by Alasdair Reynolds, Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey and Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson ...
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Book Review | The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
For almost a decade, Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey ...
For almost a decade, Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, ...
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I blog. I write. I review. I tutor teens in the Queen's English - and mine. And when the bills need paying, I play with layers in Paint Shop Pro.
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The Speculative Scotsman
Introduction
If you can't write, criticise... right?

That's kind of my motto. So I review and talk about books and movies and video games and comics - I pride myself on being undiscerning in that regard - for any number of online and print resources, including Strange Horizons, Starburst Magazine, The Zone SF, Hub and a couple others I can't tell you about yet.

By way of The Speculative Scotsman, I also blog. Rather a lot, I might add.
Bragging rights
Some of my hair is longer than my leg.
Education
  • University of Stirling
    English and Film & Media Studies, 2002 - 2007
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