Sion Smith’s Beautiful Creatures

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‘Which brings me to a pet hate that is worth a mention. Computer Generated Imagery – known to all as CGI. It’s very, very boring. You have been sold a damp firework on this front. It has no part in the creation of monsters and I can’t recall a CGI creature that has ever been of value to the world. Ford would roll in his grave.’
 
Sion Smith‘s first instalment of his Beautiful Creatures series gives CGI the boot while lauding the delightfully authentic artwork of Henry Justice Ford. You can read it now over at The Serpents Of Bienville blog. 

Book Review: Alien (Sea Of Sorrows) by James A. Moore

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The second of a new trilogy of original novels set within the ever-expanding universe of the Alien franchise, ALIEN: SEA OF SORROWS by James A. Moore rather aptly mirrors the second movie of the series, ALIENS – with its ragtag band of marines (although here, they’re a ragtag bunch of mercs), Mr Byrne-esque company reps and a descendent of Ripley, the not-entirely-likeable Decker, as its main protagonist. As a fan of all four ALIEN films to date (yes, even RESURRECTION), and having a particular fondness for the second in the series (hey, I’m a child of the 80s. I watched the movie, played the game, the whole nine yards), this book appealed from the get-go. And Moore doesn’t disappoint, doing a perfect job of emulating the claustrophobia of the movie. Remember that scene where the marines first come across the xenomorphs and lose half their team? Well, this book is about 80% that kind of action. And it’s realised wonderfully.

While some of the earlier Alien tie-in novels perhaps could be guilty  of forgetting their source material, SEA OF SORROWS indulgently mirrors it. And it’s all the better for it.

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Prequel to Plastic Jesus: Kitty Wants A Hitty

Notice anything different around here?

Like a brand new website logo?

That’ll be thanks to my pal Sion Smith who’s not only a damn fine writer, but a dab hand at the ol’ DTP to boot.

So to celebrate a reboot of sorts, let’s have some cyberpunk: KITTY WANTS A HITTY is the almost-new prequel to my sci-fi thriller PLASTIC JESUS (published by Salt) and, over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to serialise that bad girl right here.

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PLASTIC JESUS is basically my love letter to Ridley Scott (for Blade Runner) and the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000AD. KITTY WANTS A HITTY focuses on two of the book’s main characters, Paul and Kitty McBride, and their bittersweet relationship.

And if you want a chance to win a signed paperback of PLASTIC JESUS, follow the instructions below:

1) Like this post.

2) Like & share the update out via my facebook page.

3) Be nice to kittens.

To read the first & second parts of KITTY WANTS A HITTY, follow the ‘continue reading’ link below…

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Book Review: Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey

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The second book in the Expanse series of space opera goodness by James SA Corey (the pen name for co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), Caliban’s War continues the exploits of likely lad, Jim Holden, and his crew of misfits as they wreak merry carnage across the galaxy. Since the first book, things have become even more volatile, with Earth and Mars going to war and Venus quietly breeding a cross between Ridley Scott’s Alien and George Romero’s zombies. Meanwhile, Holden finds himself wham bam in the middle of it all with a trigger-happy Martian marine, potty-mouthed UN official and wiry little botanist who just wants to find his daughter.

I love these books because they don’t feel like books: it feels more like watching a TV series than reading. And, like all the best TV out there, I just wanted to bomb my way through it all in one sitting.

In short, this is some of the best sci-fi I’ve ever read. If you’re not onboard with this series already, remedy that right now.

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VAPOURS: A Norn Iron Zombie Movie

Well, here’s a little something for the weekend. Northern Irish upstarts, Dead On Films, released their debut film, VAPOURS, around Halloween and it’s quite the spectacle! Despite a budget of absolutely nothing, the Dead On team – led by long time reader and supporter of my work, Lewis Duncan –  have really come through with a short film that often punches above its weight. Rampacked with local humour, buckets of gore and some stand-out performances, VAPOURS takes its cue from a personal fav of mine, Conor McMahon’s DEAD MEAT, and is definitely worth your time. Available on Youtube right now for free. Just click on the screengrab below and you’re good to go.