'A masterclass... not only a marvelously compelling exploration of a fantastical world, but a meditation upon the nature of fiction itself ... one of the best things Brooke has ever written.'—Adam Roberts on The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie

CRITICALITY: Keith Brooke's book reviews

Science-fiction, fantasy and horror reviews by Keith Brooke

Over the years I've written reviews for the Guardian, Foundation, Interzone, Vector, Odyssey, Beyond and various other places. Most of my reviews these days are written for Arc and The Guardian (including contributing to the SF/F section of their 1000 novels everyone must read). The listing on this page is as comprehensive as I've been able to manage, and includes pretty much everything from 1997 onwards. Earlier reviews have been harder to track down and so aren't included here.

A note on identities
Just to complicate matters, I sometimes review under my other writing name, Nick Gifford. There's nothing underhand about this: it's simply that "Nick" writes fiction for young adults, so it makes sense to be him when reviewing other young adult fiction; and allowing Nick to review a few adult novels and art books helped plump up his CV in the early days!

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Forthcoming reviews (all publications)

Wolves by Simon Ings (The Guardian).

Most recent reviews (from infinity plus; no longer updated)

Shriek: an afterword by Jeff VanderMeer (infinity plus, June 2006). A Reverie for Mister Ray: Reflections on Life, Death and Speculative Fiction by Michael Bishop (infinity plus, May 2006). The Steam-Driven Boy by John Sladek (infinity plus, April 2006). Postscripts 5 by PS Publishing (infinity plus, March 2006). Adventure: volume one by Chris Roberson (editor) (infinity plus, February 2006). Here, There and Everywhere by Chris Roberson (infinity plus, February 2006).

All reviews (from infinity plus)

MT Anderson: Feed (infinity plus, review published November 2003)
"Treads a very fine line between triumph and failure in the way Anderson has chosen to tackle his personally-invasive 1984-ish future." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Patricia Anthony: Flanders (infinity plus, review published February 2000)
"A ghost story of a kind, a dark fantasy of the dead. And if there's anywhere for ghosts, for young men dead long before their business with this world is complete, then it's the killing fields of the First World War ... If there's such a thing as the beauty of war, it's there in Anthony's prose: in the loving detail of awfulness, the vivid illustration of how low humankind can sink."

Tom Arden: Doctor Who Novellas: Nightdreamers (infinity plus, review published June 2002)
"Tom Arden captures the pantomime noir of Doctor Who to a T ... a warmly nostalgic chunk of high jinks." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Iain M Banks: The Algebraist (infinity plus, review published January 2005)
"There's something very odd about this book, something I still haven't quite managed to work out."

Paul Barnett: The Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery (infinity plus, review published November 2002)
"In a field wedded to pushing and breaking boundaries, so much of the art is safe ... The Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery demonstrates how this need not be the case." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Stephen Baxter et al: The Web 2028 (infinity plus, review published August 2000)
"Good light sf. Its greatest value, as with the first series, is that it introduces the next generation of readers to some of our best practitioners."

Stephen Baxter: The Web: Gulliverzone (infinity plus, review published August 1997)
"This one's fun."

Stephen Baxter: Traces (infinity plus, review published May 1998)
"There's much to admire in almost any Stephen Baxter story, but in certain stories there's everything to admire."

Stephen Baxter: Mammoth - Book 1: Silverhair (infinity plus, review published March 1999)
"Like Watership Down, Mammoth makes for pretty grim reading at times: no whimsical flopsy-wopsy bunnies here... Like Adams before him, Baxter gets it just right ... Books like this should be part of the National Curriculum for science." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Stephen Baxter: Moonseed (infinity plus, review published September 1999)
"Baxter's Moonseed is a powerful, gripping novel which sets the brain as well as the heart racing."

Stephen Baxter: Time (infinity plus, review published September 1999)
"I wouldn't go as far as they do on the cover - 'The millennium's last great SF novel' - but Stephen Baxter's Time is certainly a good one, albeit with slightly disturbing undercurrents."

Stephen Baxter: Mammoth - Book 2: Longtusk (infinity plus, review published October 2000)
"...exploring the truth behind the legend, the many ways in which history is glossed over and polished in the re-telling ... a fine piece of paleoanthropological fiction, combining science-fictional speculation of the highest order with his customary meticulous research." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Stephen Baxter: Space (infinity plus, review published April 2001)
"In dismissing standard explanations for Fermi's paradox, Baxter has set himself an almighty challenge: he has to come up with a better explanation. He does so, admirably, as you might expect from one of the deepest thinkers in modern sf."

Stephen Baxter: Deep Future (infinity plus, review published August 2001)
"For a work of futurology, Deep Future dwells an awful lot on the here and now ... There's a real sense that there are two books here: the Clarkeian futurology sitting a little uncomfortably alongside the analysis of space history."

Stephen Baxter: Origin (infinity plus, review published August 2001)
"Part-survival adventure and part-anthropological-speculation story, which sidesteps tangentially towards discovery of the true nature of the universe. Come to think of it, there aren't many books you could sum up quite like that..."

Michael Bishop: A Reverie for Mister Ray: Reflections on Life, Death and Speculative Fiction (infinity plus, review published May 2006)
"This book explores a whole range of fictional territories where each, in its way, is more real -- a magnified reality -- than the world around us.You couldn't hope for a more intelligent, engaging and downright companionable guide than Bishop."

Stephen Bowkett: The Web: Dreamcastle (infinity plus, review published August 1997)
"Bowkett's contribution to the Web series is concerned with the fuzzy borderland between the real and the virtual: what happens when you lose sight of the dividing line? What happens when someone deliberately muddies that distinction?" (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Ray Bradbury: R is for Rocket and S is for Space (infinity plus, review published December 2005)
"This is Ray Bradbury. You shouldn't need to know anything more than that."

Eric Brown et al: The Web 2028 (infinity plus, review published August 2000)
"Good light sf. Its greatest value, as with the first series, is that it introduces the next generation of readers to some of our best practitioners."

Eric Brown: Blue Shifting (infinity plus, review published July 1997)
"Blue Shifting isn't a collected works, it's a greatest hits."

Eric Brown: The Web: Untouchable (infinity plus, review published October 1997)
"A slick, fast-paced story, with all the atmosphere and deeply wrought characters we have come to expect from Brown."

Pat Cadigan et al: The Web 2028 (infinity plus, review published August 2000)
"Good light sf. Its greatest value, as with the first series, is that it introduces the next generation of readers to some of our best practitioners."

Stepan Chapman: The Troika (infinity plus, review published April 1998)
"In novels like this ('novels like this' - what am I saying? There are no novels like this!)..."

Stepan Chapman: Dossier: a collection of short stories (infinity plus, review published July 2001)
"These are tales that in past generations would have been read around the camp-fire... The language is simple, yet the simplicity of telling is often illusory, drawing the reader into dark twistings of the imagination."

Brian Clegg: A Brief History of Infinity (infinity plus, review published December 2003)
"Brian Clegg has just had me revisiting areas of mathematics I haven't even considered since university. And I enjoyed it."

John Clute: Appleseed (infinity plus, review published November 2001)
"John Clute, with his wealth of experience and genre knowledge, may not get everything right first time out (it would be asking a lot to expect Appleseed to meet the critical standards Clute himself sets), but one thing is sure: he won't get it wrong for lack of thinking or effort."

Peter Crowther: Futures (infinity plus, review published May 2001)
"Novellas by four of the UK's leading sf authors put together in what is possibly the most handsome genre publication in recent memory." (Review by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers.)

Peter Crowther: Cities and Infinities (infinity plus, review published May 2003)
"British sf is flourishing and Peter Crowther has played an important part in this, providing opportunities for some of our best authors to work at a length that is generally assumed to be hard to publish successfully."

Paul Di Filippo: A Year in the Linear City (infinity plus, review published June 2002)
"Fiction of the highest order ... an author who genuinely comes close to defying all attempts at description."

Philip K Dick: Minority Report (infinity plus, review published September 2002)
"There are three Dicks at loose in this collection: the dazzler, the pedestrian and the downright weird."

Chris Dolley: Resonance (infinity plus, review published January 2006)
"Resonance is a tremendously accomplished book for a first published novel and immediately raises Dolley into the ranks of writers to watch."

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Best New SF 10 (infinity plus, review published November 1997)
"Gardner Dozois' annual gathering of his favourite short sf has become something of a benchmark for the genre..."

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 11 (infinity plus, review published February 1999)
"Gardner Dozois has earned our trust: he does the job more reliably than any of the others who have tried over the last two decades..."

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 13 (infinity plus, review published February 2001)
"Another year, another selection from Gardner Dozois, another hefty must-read."

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17 (infinity plus, review published July 2005)
"A fine anthology, easily matching the high standard set by earlier volumes in the series. So what's the problem?"

Steven Erikson: Gardens of the Moon (infinity plus, review published November 1999)
"Steven Erikson could become a giant one day, an epic-writer with something to say, and that would give fantasy a refreshing kick up the backside... where he struggles is with portraying the broader picture: in portraying the detail convincingly, he leaves the reader struggling to piece it all together into a coherent whole."

Maggie Furey: The Web: Sorceress (infinity plus, review published February 1998)
"Furey ties up the Web series in compelling and exciting manner: Sorceress is a helter-skelter adventure romp that's hard to put down." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Maggie Furey: The Web 2028 (infinity plus, review published August 2000)
"Good light sf. Its greatest value, as with the first series, is that it introduces the next generation of readers to some of our best practitioners."

Fred Gambino: Ground Zero (infinity plus, review published October 2001)
"He is an artist of vivid colour and fantastically dramatic perspectives ... Gambino's future is so bright, you really do need shades, so dramatic that you're there." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

David Garnett (editor): New Worlds (infinity plus, review published August 1998)
"This is certainly the Real Thing."

Kathleen Ann Goonan: The Bones of Time (infinity plus, review published June 1999)
"The Bones of Time opens with two tragic losses and ends in too much of a wham-bam hurry ...a good and entertaining novel, but if Goonan would just relax and trust her obvious talent she would be capable of far more." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Colin Greenland: The Plenty Principle (infinity plus, review published March 1998)
"Few writers would risk such a flouting of genre rules, and few are as skilful as Greenland when they do it."

Jon Courtenay Grimwood: Lucifer's Dragon (infinity plus, review published April 2004)
"A high-octane, streetwise, technologically-sophisticated thriller. Violent, passionate and thoroughly seedy, Lucifer's Dragon makes for a cracking good read."

Joe Haldeman: The Forever War (infinity plus, review published April 1999)
"The definitive version of ... one of the finest polemical works in science fiction. Through relentless extrapolation of a single science-fictional idea, Haldeman illustrates the grand futility of warfare..." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Joe Haldeman: Forever Free (infinity plus, review published April 2002)
"This novel, a direct sequel to The Forever War, was always going to suffer by comparison with its award-laden predecessor, a book described by Peter Hamilton as 'near perfect' and in my own earlier review as 'one of the finest polemical works in science fiction'." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Peter F Hamilton: The Nano Flower (infinity plus, review published July 1997)
"His most accomplished yet."

Peter F Hamilton: The Reality Dysfunction (infinity plus, review published July 1997)
"It's a hell of a book - any other writer would have mined all the ideas contained in The Reality Dysfunction for three or four novels."

Peter F Hamilton: The Neutronium Alchemist (infinity plus, review published January 1998)
"Hamilton improves with every novel."

Peter F Hamilton: The Web: Lightstorm (infinity plus, review published February 1998)
"With Lightstorm he turns his hand to young adult sf in the shared world of the Web series but unfortunately the result is something of a disappointment."

Peter F Hamilton: A Second Chance at Eden (infinity plus, review published November 1998)
"Peter Hamilton's first collection of short fiction spans his career: from an early small press story, through a first professional sale to a brand new story and novella, with three other stops along the way... not only is 'A Second Chance at Eden' an effective and satisfying mystery, it's also a pivotal piece of backfill in the Night's Dawn future history. A major achievement..."

Peter F Hamilton: The Naked God (infinity plus, review published January 2000)
"A book like this barely needs reviewing: it's here, it's up to the standard the author has set himself and it neatly ties up the series ... you hardly need advising to buy this book."

Elizabeth Hand: Glimmering (infinity plus, review published December 1997)
"This claustrophobic novel doesn't play by the conventional rules of science fiction and ultimately fails because of this." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Noel K Hannan: Shenanigans (infinity plus, review published September 2000)
"It could be argued that it's too early for a single author collection to be published ... but then Noel K Hannan has rarely opted for the conventional route."

David A Hardy: Aurora (infinity plus, review published May 2004)
"A novel which occupied my thoughts when I wasn't reading, and kept me reading longer than intended."

Charlaine Harris: Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas: two Sookie Stackhouse novels (infinity plus, review published November 2004)
"The stories are real page-turners -- so much so that, on finishing Dead Until Dark, I immediately started on its sequel."

Robert Holdstock: Celtika (infinity plus, review published June 2001)
"In Celtika, Holdstock takes the grist of so much modern fantasy product and re-shapes it to his own ends. It could easily be seen as a safe move and yet could just as easily be seen as a big risk..."

Robert Holdstock: The Iron Grail: Book Two of the Merlin Codex (infinity plus, review published September 2002)
"Both the novel in its own right and the series of which it forms the second volume clearly rank among the finest works of Robert Holdstock ... It is, quite simply, one of the books of the year."

Tom Holt: Wish You Were Here (infinity plus, review published March 1998)
"The novel's packed with superb comic writing -- an often jaundiced and cynical humour that's closer to Tom Sharpe than the standard comic fantasy yardstick, Terry Pratchett." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Stuart Hughes: Ocean Eyes (infinity plus, review published July 1997)
"Why should I complain, when Hughes has just knocked my prejudices into touch with powerful and moving horrific fiction?"

Simon Ings: Headlong (infinity plus, review published February 1999)
"...those brave adventurers who dared to become more than human have become redundant, a dead end on the techno-evolutionary trail. What do you do when your head's full of useless sockets, when you've been superseded by AIs, when you've been dumped back into a world where you can't function properly...? A seriously good book."

Graham Joyce: The Web: Spiderbite (infinity plus, review published October 1997)
"A terrific, high-paced romp." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Graham Joyce: Smoking Poppy (infinity plus, review published September 2002)
"Smoking Poppy is a quest novel in the best possible sense of the description ... a fine piece of work."

Graham Joyce: TWOC (infinity plus, review published July 2005)
"A very adult teen book, or a very teen adult book. And it's bloody good." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Dick Jude: Fantasy Art of the New Millennium (infinity plus, review published January 2000)
"Sometimes you get a review copy you just can't put down, from the moment you tear open the wrapping. This beautifully produced guide to the approaches of ten leading cover artists is such a volume: a book to dip into, a book to idly flick through, a book to read from cover to cover." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Tracy Knight: The Astonished Eye (infinity plus, review published April 2002)
"This book is, indeed, more interesting than a summary may lead you to believe, but it is also less satisfying than it might have been."

David Langford: The Leaky Establishment (infinity plus, review published May 2001)
"A wonderfully intelligent and funny Civil Service defence research establishment romp ... a bemused comedy of the blasé, the misguided, the incompetent, the blundering..."

DF Lewis (editor): Nemonymous 3 (infinity plus, review published May 2003)
"Another fine issue, with four stand-out stories and many that display strengths in a variety of ways."

James Lovegrove et al: The Web 2028 (infinity plus, review published August 2000)
"Good light sf. Its greatest value, as with the first series, is that it introduces the next generation of readers to some of our best practitioners."

James Lovegrove: Untied Kingdom (infinity plus, review published April 2003)
"This is a novel in the grand tradition of usually-British post-collapse fiction ... a subtle and deft tale of collapse, a carefully crafted story of descent into a barbaric future."

Ian R MacLeod: The Light Ages (infinity plus, review published August 2003)
"The backdrop for Ian R MacLeod's rather good new novel is immediately familiar, immediately establishes a rough date, and yet also immediately other."

Ken MacLeod: The Cassini Division (infinity plus, review published May 1998)
"You could describe The Cassini Division as socialist military post-cyberpunk sf. Or you could simply describe it as a fine novel. I'll settle for the latter."

Ken MacLeod: The Web 2028 (infinity plus, review published August 2000)
"Good light sf. Its greatest value, as with the first series, is that it introduces the next generation of readers to some of our best practitioners."

George Mann: The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (infinity plus, review published October 2001)
"Presented as an encyclopedia, TMEoSF is hardly encyclopedic ... a good book, and one I will use often, despite its eccentricities."

Jack McDevitt: Moonfall (infinity plus, review published September 1999)
"With Moonfall, the self-proclaimed ultimate disaster novel, no-one would accuse Jack McDevitt of committing literature."

Ian McDonald: Chaga (infinity plus, review published July 1997)
"What can I say? This is the kind of novel that makes other writers wonder why they bother."

Ian McDonald: Kirinya (infinity plus, review published September 1998)
"Where Chaga seduced, Kirinya gets you drunk and confused and then it sneaks up and mugs you. And leaves you wanting more."

Sasha Miller: Ladylord (infinity plus, review published August 1997)
"Is it fair to patronise what is, in fact, a compelling, exciting and, not to put too fine a point on it, good read?" (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Michael Moorcock: Behold the Man (infinity plus, review published January 2000)
"Speaks far more eloquently of human compassion and folly and anger than 99% of the claptrap that would be approved of by modern Christianity. One of the great works of twentieth century literature." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Stan Nicholls (with Simon Archer): Gerry Anderson: the authorised biography (infinity plus, review published January 1998)
"After reading this book, I was left with the impression that I knew a lot of what Gerry Anderson has done, but I certainly didn't know the man himself."

Stan Nicholls: Bodyguard of Lightning (infinity plus, review published May 1999)
"In the beginning there was a badly drawn map with silly names in a hard-to-read font... anyone going into this novel with their prejudices on full alert isn't going to be particularly surprised by what they find."

Robert Phillips (editor): Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (infinity plus, review published October 2002)
"A far more radical selection than its packaging might imply ... I found a good number of hits and misses in this book, instead of the predictable mediocrity of so many theme anthologies." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Terry Pratchett: The City Watch Trilogy and Guards! Guards! (graphic novel version) (infinity plus, review published February 2001)
"One way of rating a Terry Pratchett novel is on the frequency of jokes and passages you simply have to read aloud to whoever is nearby ... some are breathtakingly funny and clever, while others are simply well crafted entertainments ... Not at all bad." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

PS Publishing: Postscripts 1 (infinity plus, review published September 2004)
"Lived up to my high expectations: an excellent magazine/anthology with some knockout stories and fine non-fiction."

PS Publishing: Postscripts 3 and 4 (infinity plus, review published September 2005)
"It's great to find a magazine that publishes such a diversity of genre and style in every issue, to such a high standard."

PS Publishing: Postscripts 5 (infinity plus, review published March 2006)
"The best fiction magazines can be relied on to include, if not bad stories then stories that just don't work for you, stories you don't get..."

Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space (infinity plus, review published May 2000)
"I've long suspected that, good as Reynolds is as a short story writer, he was always going to be far more comfortable with the space afforded by book-length fiction. Revelation Space bears out this expectation admirably."

Chris Roberson (editor): Adventure: volume one (infinity plus, review published February 2006)
"...didn't quite excite me as much as I had anticipated."

Chris Roberson: Here, There and Everywhere (infinity plus, review published February 2006)
"Here, There and Everywhere is a lot of fun, but it's more than just that ... I liked this a lot."

Kim Stanley Robinson: Antarctica (infinity plus, review published October 1998)
"...a big, fat - and very good - novel of the near future that shapes up to be a thriller but is never quite comfortable with the form..." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Kim Stanley Robinson: The Martians (infinity plus, review published June 1999)
"Not, by any means, a bad book. Just a bad Kim Stanley Robinson book ... a writer indulging himself, a writer being indulged."

Kim Stanley Robinson: Short, Sharp Shock (infinity plus, review published July 2000)
"A fabulation of life, love and beauty transplanted into the alien; a dreamy picaresque ... A story that will haunt you, long after you finish reading." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Kim Stanley Robinson: The Years of Rice and Salt (infinity plus, review published February 2002)
"A utopian tale, on the surface, but more a tale of seeking utopia, of constructing it one block at a time and enjoying those moments of domestic happiness -- the years of rice and salt of the title -- along the way."

Bruce Holland Rogers: Short-short-stories-by-email (infinity plus, review published July 2005)
"Very few combine the mastery of the short-short story form with an ability to produce in such a varied range of style and subject -- Bruce Holland Rogers is really several writers in a single package."

Robert Silverberg: The Alien Years (infinity plus, review published July 1998)
"With this novel Silverberg asks old questions and toys with our expectations of how they should be answered... one of the all-time greats, just doing his thing."

Robert Silverberg: The Book of Skulls (infinity plus, review published February 2000)
"Four students head south, following the trail one of them found in an ancient manuscript, the Book of Skulls. If what the manuscript says is true then two of the friends will be granted eternal life ... a heavily-padded novella, but few can pad as interestingly, as eloquently, as Silverberg." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

John Sladek: The Steam-Driven Boy (infinity plus, review published April 2006)
"One of the finest, most incisive, comic writers the genre has seen."

Brian Stableford: Year Zero (infinity plus, review published August 2000)
"It's clear from very early in this novel that Molly's fantastical exploits are not to be taken at face value. She lives in a world of extravagantly paranoid delusions, or perhaps extravagantly strange encounters ...a story crammed with hope."

Michael Swanwick: Jack Faust (infinity plus, review published October 1997)
"No-one can accuse Michael Swanwick of lack of ambition: his latest novel compresses the history of the last five centuries into only a decade or so of the sixteenth century."

Michael Swanwick: Bones of the Earth (infinity plus, review published January 2006)
"This is an intelligent, playful, sophisticated book, one that manages that tricky challenge of making the reader want to stop and think and at the same time to turn the page, turn the page."

Jeffrey Thomas: Punktown (infinity plus, review published May 2001)
"The Ministry of Whimsy, publishers of Stepan Chapman's mightily impressive, Philip K Dick Award-winning The Troika, have done it again. Jeffrey Thomas's Punktown, a collection of stories ... is a seriously sleek and stylish piece of work. Noir fiction close to its best."

Jeff VanderMeer: The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris, by Duncan Shriek (infinity plus, review published February 2000)
"Intriguing and captivating from the outset ... Necropolitan Press is to be praised for bringing out such an excitingly different work."

Jeff VanderMeer: City of Saints and Madmen (infinity plus, review published March 2002)
"In a publishing age where it can be so easy for a writer of talent to make the safe commercial bets -- or, more accurately, to avoid the greatest commercial risks -- those individuals who doggedly plough their own furrows should be cherished."

Jeff VanderMeer: Why Should I Cut Your Throat?: Excursions into the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (infinity plus, review published November 2005)
"I'm a fan, and, in its scattergun, tangential way, Why Should I Cut Your Throat? has brought me closer to a fine, fine writer."

Jeff VanderMeer: Shriek: an afterword (infinity plus, review published June 2006)
"Jeff VanderMeer's a smart-arse of a writer ... but we shouldn't allow ourselves to be distracted... one of the finest writers of genre fiction currently operating."

Stephen Walker: Danny Yates Must Die (infinity plus, review published September 1999)
"... isn't as bad as it initially threatened to be, it's just not all that good either." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Ian Watson: The Jonah Kit (infinity plus, review published July 2002)
"Don't read the back cover, okay? This fine if slightly flawed novel has stood up to the ravages of time well, but it stands up to the ravages of its blurb writer with less success."

Tim White: Chiaroscuro (infinity plus, review published July 2001)
"What I didn't notice on that long-ago first encounter with White's work was the subtlety with which he manipulated what had first struck me as exaggeration in his work: as well as over- there was under- too." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Neil Williamson and Andrew J Wilson (editors): Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (infinity plus, review published September 2005)
"Much of Nova Scotia isn't particularly Scottish speculative fiction, but merely good SF written by Scots."

Robert Charles Wilson: Mysterium (infinity plus, review published August 1997)
"A thoroughly rewarding experience."

Robert Charles Wilson: Bios (infinity plus, review published September 2000)
"Bios is an interesting and, at times, thrilling and moving piece of writing, but it also comes as close as Wilson ever does to disappointing." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Nick Wood: The Stone Chameleon (infinity plus, review published October 2005)
"A book with merit and which will probably work well with a young audience, but which might have been far more." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Sean Wright: The Twisted Root of Jaarfindor and Dark Tales of Time and Space (infinity plus, review published November 2005)
"High-paced adventure with plenty of twists and turns ... a real discovery." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

John Wyndham: The Day of the Triffids (infinity plus, review published December 2001)
"Put the moral issues aside and these books can't help but entertain and grip. I've read many bad novels in this genre, but have always been entertained ... a defining novel of the post-disaster genre, and one of the all-time greats of British sf." (Review by Nick Gifford.)

Tomorrow
Tomorrow
Tomorrow by Nick Gifford

Tomorrow: a future only you can see; a future only you can save... Tomorrow: an emotion- and time-tangled thriller set in the War Against Chronological Terror. Tomorrow: when three teenagers may have the power to save or destroy a world that is yet to be.

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Piggies
Piggies
Piggies by Nick Gifford

Transported to a world inhabited by vampires, Ben befriends a girl called Rachel. She takes him to her farm to prove she's not like the other vampires, but that's when he discovers a terrible secret. And why is the book called Piggies? That's the worst horror of all. "Ingenious... this chilling story reads with all the power and demented logic of a thoroughly bad dream." The Independent

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Lord of Stone
Lord of Stone
Lord of Stone

Bligh, drawn irresistibly to the civil war in Trace, appears to be possessed by one of the six Lords Elemental. Bligh thinks he's going mad, but if he is then it's a madness shared by others...

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Erased
Erased
Erased by Nick Gifford

You're not paranoid if they really are after you. Someone is messing with Liam's world. All the rules have changed and his life has unravelled completely. What he does know is that someone is watching him. There are no bystanders in this terrifying game. "An exciting, fast paced book that will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page." Word Up

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The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie
The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie
The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie

Frankie is a boy who retreats from the harsh struggles of day-to-day life into daydreaming. But then... as Frankie's humiliations mount up, more and more elements from his faraway fantasy world start to appear in the real one. Can he use his imaginary world to escape? Can he learn how to construct the world around him from his dreams, and so get some kind of control over his life?

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Expatria: the box set
Expatria: the box set
Expatria: the box set

A lost colony, rediscovered by descendants of its original investors... When the expedition from the Holy Corporation of GenGen arrives on Expatria, for some it looks like salvation from a backward-looking, superstition-ridden society, but for others, it looks suspiciously like an invasion. "In the recognized front ranks of SF writers" Locus

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Parallax View
Parallax View
Parallax View by Keith Brooke and Eric Brown

Stories that examine the interface between human and alien - a parallax view from two of Britain's top science fiction writers, both shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K Dick Award.

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alt.human / Harmony
alt.human / Harmony
alt.human / Harmony

Shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award. (Note: the US title is Harmony; elsewhere it's alt.human.) The aliens are here. They always have been. And now, one by one, they're destroying our cities. In a world where nothing is as it seems, where humans are segregated and aliens can sing realities and tear worlds apart, a ragged band of survivors may be the only hope for humankind.

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Mementoes
Mementoes
Mementoes

Collected stories, in Newcon's Imaginings series.

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Riding the Serpent
Riding the Serpent
Riding the Serpent's Back

An old era is drawing to a close, a new era about to begin, and the great mage Donn has passed on his Talents to a new generation. When a rogue church leader threatens to set loose wild powers, Donn's children must oppose him but, also, they must contend with Donn himself: the old mage has not finished with his children yet. A fantasy epic of revolution, jealousy and earth-shattering magic.

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The Bone House Gang
The Bone House Gang
The Bone House Gang by Nick Gifford

As a TV crew prepares to film the story of the lost prince's tomb, 12-year-old Jools Bone and his new friends Ned, Helen and Billy face a life and death rush to prevent history repeating itself. A dark and wickedly funny story by "the king of children's horror" (Sunday Express).

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Tomorrow
Tomorrow
Tomorrow by Nick Gifford

Tomorrow: a future only you can see; a future only you can save... Tomorrow: an emotion- and time-tangled thriller set in the War Against Chronological Terror. Tomorrow: when three teenagers may have the power to save or destroy a world that is yet to be.

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Expatria: the box set
Expatria: the box set
Expatria: the box set

A lost colony, rediscovered by descendants of its original investors... When the expedition from the Holy Corporation of GenGen arrives on Expatria, for some it looks like salvation from a backward-looking, superstition-ridden society, but for others, it looks suspiciously like an invasion. "In the recognized front ranks of SF writers" Locus

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alt.human / Harmony
alt.human / Harmony
alt.human / Harmony

Shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award. (Note: the US title is Harmony; elsewhere it's alt.human.) The aliens are here. They always have been. And now, one by one, they're destroying our cities. In a world where nothing is as it seems, where humans are segregated and aliens can sing realities and tear worlds apart, a ragged band of survivors may be the only hope for humankind.

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infinity plus: quintet
infinity plus: quintet
infinity plus: quintet by Garry Kilworth, Lisa Tuttle, Neil Williamson, Stephen Palmer and Eric Brown (compiled by Keith Brooke) (editor)

Five stories from top writers of speculative fiction: science fiction, fantasy and the downright strange, stories from the heart, stories to make you think and wonder.

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Strange Divisions and Alien Territories
Strange Divisions and Alien Territories
Strange Divisions and Alien Territories (editor)

Explores the sub-genres of science fiction from the perspectives of a dozen top SF authors, combining a critical viewpoint with exploration of the challenges and opportunities facing authors working in SF today.

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infinities
infinities
infinities by infinity plus and friends: Eric Brown, John Grant, Anna Tambour, Keith Brooke, Garry Kilworth, Iain Rowan, Kaitlin Queen, Linda Nagata, Scott Nicholson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Steven Savile (editor)

infinities is an anthology; it's a sampler; it's a catalogue for works published by infinity plus and our friends in the writing world. And it's free. Authors are: Eric Brown, John Grant, Anna Tambour, Keith Brooke, Garry Kilworth, Iain Rowan, Kaitlin Queen, Linda Nagata, Scott Nicholson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Steven Savile.

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Embrace: tales from the dark side
Embrace: tales from the dark side
Embrace: tales from the dark side

Revisit the haunts of your youth, retell the story of your life, embrace your inner demons. Listen to the voices, go on...

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Faking It: accounts of the General Genetics Corporation
Faking It: accounts of the General Genetics Corporation
Faking It: accounts of the General Genetics Corporation

A brash entrepreneur buys a small company as a platform for his big ideas. He has a vision for the future of humankind, and the company will stop at nothing to get its own way.

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Liberty Spin: tales of scientifiction
Liberty Spin: tales of scientifiction
Liberty Spin: tales of scientifiction

Multiple personalities fighting for control of a single body; a single personality constantly splitting and reinventing itself and its past; a Mars that never was; an interstellar war that has always been.

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Memesis: modifiction and other strange changes
Memesis: modifiction and other strange changes
Memesis: modifiction and other strange changes

A world where islands of rock float on a molten sea, a man whose son flies high while he can only watch, a seaside town held together by the belief of its inhabitants.

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Segue: into the strange
Segue: into the strange
Segue: into the strange

Sidestep into modern Himalayan legend, join an ocean crossing that traverses more than just the sea; discover an 18th century mermaid incursion, and try to dodge the paparazzi in your head.

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The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie
The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie
The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie

Frankie is a boy who retreats from the harsh struggles of day-to-day life into daydreaming. But then... as Frankie's humiliations mount up, more and more elements from his faraway fantasy world start to appear in the real one. Can he use his imaginary world to escape? Can he learn how to construct the world around him from his dreams, and so get some kind of control over his life?

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The Accord
The Accord
The Accord

When Noah and Priscilla escape into the Accord, Priscilla's murderous husband plots to destroy the whole Accord and them with it. Where does the pursuit of revenge stop for immortals in an eternal world?

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Infinity Plus: the anthology
Infinity Plus: the anthology
Infinity Plus: the anthology by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers (editor)

A mass market omnibus of the two PS Publishing IP anthologies, published to coincide with the site's tenth anniversary.

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Erased
Erased
Erased by Nick Gifford

You're not paranoid if they really are after you. Someone is messing with Liam's world. All the rules have changed and his life has unravelled completely. What he does know is that someone is watching him. There are no bystanders in this terrifying game. "An exciting, fast paced book that will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page." Word Up

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Genetopia
Genetopia
Genetopia

The wilds: a world where genes mutate and migrate between species through plague and fever, but that's where Flint must go... "A minor masterpiece that should usher Brooke at last into the recognized front ranks of SF writers" (Locus)

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Like Father
Like Father
Like Father by Nick Gifford

Danny is terrified of being like his father, who ended up in prison after a night of savage violence. But then he finds his father's diary and uncovers his dark thoughts - and even darker secrets. Who was whispering to his father, goading him, leading him on? And what if they are coming back for Danny? "The king of children's horror..."Sunday Express

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Flesh and Blood
Flesh and Blood
Flesh and Blood by Nick Gifford

Matt's home life is falling to pieces as his mother seeks refuge from divorce by returning to the seaside town where she grew up. Separated from his friends, bored and discontented, Matt gradually becomes aware that his mother's family are the keepers of a terrifying secret. "Another great teen thriller." Spot On

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Infinity Plus two
Infinity Plus two
Infinity Plus two by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers (editor)

More stories from some of the leading names in speculative fiction: Adam Roberts, Ian McDonald, Lisa Goldstein, Stephen Baxter, Michael Moorcock, Brian Stableford, Vonda McIntyre, Charles Stross, Paul Park, Paul McAuley, Eric Brown, Terry Bisson and Lucius Shepard; plus an introduction by John Clute.

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Piggies
Piggies
Piggies by Nick Gifford

Transported to a world inhabited by vampires, Ben befriends a girl called Rachel. She takes him to her farm to prove she's not like the other vampires, but that's when he discovers a terrible secret. And why is the book called Piggies? That's the worst horror of all. "Ingenious... this chilling story reads with all the power and demented logic of a thoroughly bad dream." The Independent

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Head Shots
Head Shots
Head Shots

An early collection of my short fiction; now out of print. All of the stories from this book are now available in my other collections.

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Infinity Plus one
Infinity Plus one
Infinity Plus one by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers (editor)

Stories from some of the leading names in speculative fiction: Jeff VanderMeer, Tony Daniel, Ian R MacLeod, Paul Di Filippo, Mary Gentle, James Patrick Kelly, Kim Stanley Robinson, Garry Kilworth, Kit Reed, Michael Swanwick, Patrick O'Leary, Michael Bishop, Kim Newman; plus an introduction by Peter F Hamilton.

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Parallax View
Parallax View
Parallax View by Keith Brooke and Eric Brown

Stories that examine the interface between human and alien - a parallax view from two of Britain's top science fiction writers, both shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K Dick Award.

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Lord of Stone
Lord of Stone
Lord of Stone

Bligh, drawn irresistibly to the civil war in Trace, appears to be possessed by one of the six Lords Elemental. Bligh thinks he's going mad, but if he is then it's a madness shared by others...

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Expatria
Expatria
Expatria

The descendants of Expatria's first colonists from Earth have rejected technology. When Mathias Hanrahan joins a team trying to relearn the ancient technologies, against a background of impending war, he discovers that strange messages are coming from space.

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Expatria Incorporated
Expatria Incorporated
Expatria Incorporated

Arrival of the recontact mission from the Holy Corporation of GenGen on the formerly-lost colony world Expatria further complicates an already murderously complex web of religious and political intrigue. For some, it looks like salvation from a backward-looking, superstition-ridden society; for others, it looks suspiciously like an invasion.

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Keepers of the Peace
Keepers of the Peace
Keepers of the Peace

Jed Brindle is an alien. At least, that's what they call him on Earth. He's really a colony-bred soldier - augmented with cyborg implants - with the Extraterran Peacekeeping Force, fighting for control of what used to be the United States.

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