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Science fiction

Science fiction is a broad genre of fiction that often involves speculations based on current science or technology. It is commonly abbreviated as SF or sci-fi. Science fiction is found in books, art, television, movies, games, theater, and other media. In organizational or marketing contexts, science fiction can be synonymous with the broader definition of speculative fiction, encompassing creative works incorporating imaginative elements not found in contemporary reality; this includes fantasy, horror, and related genres.

Genre: <i>Science fiction</i>

Science fiction has been described as the "what if" genre - it is a type of speculative fiction that is generally futuristic and considers the impact of technology and science on individuals and societies.

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Book review: <i>Pandora In The Congo</i> by Albert Sanchez Pinol


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If this was as good as it could potentially have been, plus featured a giant walking robot, then Pinol would be my new favourite author.

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Book review: <i>Spook Country</i> by William Gibson


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If this was written before anyone had heard of the author, it would get a pretty patchy reception.

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Book review: <i>Rant: An Oral History of Buster Casey</i> by Chuck Palahniuk


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If this was a car, it would be going cheap—a DeLorean someone died in. Pay cash, clean it yourself.

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Book blog: The guide to <i>The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy</i>



Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy*, the idea for which initially came to him while lying drunk and penniless in a field far from home, grew from a modest radio program into stage shows, a trilogy of five books, a television series, a computer game, a comic book series, a series of towels, a Hollywood blockbuster, and re-adaptions for radio—and, of course, a fabulously successful worldwide phenomena.

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Book review: <i>The Raw Shark Texts</i> by Steven Hall



If this was a meal, it would be a fine Japanese dish eaten with a beautiful returned astronaut.

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Book review: <i>Mostly Harmless</i> by Douglas Adams



Here it is, Mostly Harmless, the final book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy trilogy... as Douglas Adams neatly ties up a huge confusion of space-time anomalies. In the best way it could possibly be done.

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Book review: <i>So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish</i> by Douglas Adams



The earth was indisputably demolished forever back in The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and Arthur has been a homeless wanderer ever since. Or was the whole thing just mass hallucinations caused by a dead CIA agent in the drinking water? Arthur is back, on earth, six months after it was demolished... and he has a lot of catching up to do.

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Book review: <i>The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe</i> by Douglas Adams



Zaphod, Trillian, Ford and Arthur return to participate in some even more unlikely deep-space situations than those that occurred in the first installment of this trilogy in five parts; The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

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Book review: <i>Bear v. Shark</i> by Chris Bachelder



If this was an art installation, it would be a functioning concept-SUV made out of tofu.

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Book review: <i>Pattern Recognition</i> by William Gibson



I found this book to be EXTREMELY difficult in a multitude of ways. During the reading process, which was quite drawn out due to the following, I struggled through stages of ambivalence, irritation, eagerness, interest, distaste, and the desire to just read something else and forget about it. So, I suppose you could call Pattern Recognition emotionally evocative... [...]

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Book review: <i>Breakfast of Champions</i> by Kurt Vonnegut



If this was a sofa, it would be a sublimely comfortable, utterly kick-ass retro-style seventies design which will only get more expensive as the years progress, despite being upholstered in a scary orange and brown design.

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Book review: <i>Divided Kingdom</i> by Rupert Thomson



If this was a video game, it would be a free-roaming third-person action-adventure with epic storytelling goals that never really resolve, but you don’t mind too much because you’re half-glad it’s finished and you can stop playing.

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Book review: <i>Final Impact</i> by John Birmingham



If this was rated on Birmo’s own cheeseburger scale, I’d give it three and a half fat, freshly-made ones out of five, with a coke on the side for the ones who came before.

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