Author Archives: petertennant

OR: China Mountain Zhang

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #22:- CHINA MOUNTAIN ZHANG Maureen F. McHugh Orbit pb, 314pp, £5.99 McHugh’s widely acclaimed debut novel, originally published in 1992, is set in a future dominated by China and where, after a bitter … Continue reading

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OR: The Uninnocent

A review that originally appeared on the Case Notes blog at ttapress.com on the 30th of January this year:- Published in 2011, THE UNINNOCENT (Pegasus Books hc, 256pp, $25) is a collection of short stories by Bradford Morrow, a writer … Continue reading

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OR: The Gate to Women’s Country

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #22:- THE GATE TO WOMEN’S COUNTRY Sheri S. Tepper Voyager pb, 315pp, £4.99 Originally published in 1989, Tepper’s novel depicts a pseudo-Greek culture in which the sexes are segregated. The women are, in … Continue reading

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OR: Antarctica

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #22:- ANTARCTICA Kim Stanley Robinson Voyager pb, 562pp, £6.99 Wade Norton is sent to the southern continent to assess conditions prior to ratification of a new Antarctic Treaty. When a carefully co-ordinated attack … Continue reading

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OR: Timequake

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #20:- TIMEQUAKE Kurt Vonnegut Vintage pb, 219pp, £5.99 In the year 2001 the world is struck by a cosmic phenomenon known as a timequake, rather like the stylus jumping a groove on a … Continue reading

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OR: Bagombo Snuff Box

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #24:- BAGOMBO SNUFF BOX Kurt Vonnegut Jonathan Cape hb, 295pp, £16.99 Back in the 1950s, when reading magazines was for millions of people a vital leisure activity and not simply something to do … Continue reading

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OR: Teranesia

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #22- TERANESIA Greg Egan Victor Gollancz hb, 249pp, £16.99 A precocious child, Prabir Suresh lives on Teranesia, a remote island in the Malay Archipelago, with his younger sister Madhusree and their parents, two … Continue reading

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OR: Luminous

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #20:- LUMINOUS Greg Egan Millennium hb, 295pp, £16.99 Science fiction has always prided itself on its sense of wonder, but the criteria have changed. In the good old days (Before Hawking) mile … Continue reading

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OR: Mission Child

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #23:- MISSION CHILD Maureen McHugh Orbit pb, 385pp, £6.99 McHugh’s latest novel is set in a universe where, after centuries of isolation, a technologically backward colony world is once again in contact with … Continue reading

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OR: Lean Times in Lankhmar

A review that originally appeared in The Third Alternative #22:- LEAN TIMES IN LANKHMAR Fritz Leiber Millennium pb, 407pp, £6.99 Modern fantasy seems to have polarised. On the one hand are the serried ranks of high fantasy, fat volumes with portentous titles, … Continue reading

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