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August 6, 2007

Astrophysicist turned science fiction writer Alistair Reynolds is best known for his Revelation Space series – sweeping, galaxy-spanning affairs, with action occurring over multitudes of light years.

July 16, 2007

When I saw the cover of Waimarino County & Other Excursions, I had that sinking feeling, no doubt familiar to everyone who has ever had to read a book about high country sheep farming or rural New Zealand in the 1930s. Fortunately, I managed to stay awake long enough to get through the first page, […]

July 9, 2007

In space, nobody can hear you scream. True or false? If you answered true, well, I’m afraid that come the inevitable robot uprising, you are going to die. Or, at the very least, be subjugated by lethal artificial intelligences and made a slave for the entirety of your puny biological lifespan. Because in space, robots […]

July 9, 2007

Unlike good whisky, good art often consists of a blend of different styles, and a (re)combination of previously used constituents. When I read that The Invention of Hugo Cabret combined elements of novel, picture book, graphic novel and film, my curiosity was piqued.

May 21, 2007

With the publication of Richard Dawkins’ typically arrogant and polemic best-seller The God Delusion, and Keith Ward’s predictably reasonable response on the side of the angels with Is Religion Dangerous?, 2006-07 has been a great period for religious/scientific debate in the mainstream media.

May 14, 2007

“Say to yourself first thing in the morning: today I shall meet people who are meddling, ungrateful, aggressive, treacherous, malicious, and unsocial.”

May 14, 2007

Wellington, like most cities, is a place of constant change. There was a time not long ago when it was possible to cross Willis Street at the Abel-Smith intersection in less than half a day, a time when tight black emo jeans were a rare and rather amusing sight, and it was possible to walk […]

May 14, 2007

America is nothing if not an enigmatic place – the people, culture and government, the vast size and landscape;,the stunning diversity (and equally amazing uniformity) and all of the contradictions these things encompass will no doubt continue to inspire writers and artists for many years yet.

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