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In it was brought to the stage for the first time, playing to sold-out arenas across the United Kingdom and Australia. It is a spectacular mix of live music, theatre, multi-media and visual arts on a grand scale. Recorded live at the Wembley Arena, London. Meanwhile, the teenager son Robbie and the young daughter Rachel of his next door neighbor and crane operator Tom Ryan are spending the weekend with their loser father. Cindy and Tom meet and fall in love for each other, but when Giant TriPods invade Earth, Tom escapes with Robbie and Rachel; Cindy travels to a village, trying to find the answer to a riddle to save the world; and the president of USA organizes the defense of the planet in the UN under his intelligence and leadership.

What they find are creatures from another dimension, lurking in the darkness, killing off the survivors. Based on the video game series. However, the crew find themselves in the middle of a civil war between the High Priest of Mars' royal guards and the High Priestess' warriors. The crew is divided with one half deciding to help the High Priest make peace with Earth and the other side with the High Priestess who is secretly plotting to kill her husband and invade Earth.

Wells' sci-fi classic, in which civilization is laid to ruin when a race of super aliens invades Earth. Ray Ferrier is a working class man living in New Jersey. He's estranged from his family, his life isn't in order, and he's too caught up with himself. But the unthinkable and, ultimately, the unexpected happens to him in an extraordinary sense. His small town life is shaken violently by the arrival of destructive intruders: Aliens which have come en masse to destroy Earth. As they plow through the country in a wave of mass destruction and violence, Ray must come to the defense of his children.

As the world must fend for itself by a new and very advanced enemy not of this world, its inhabitants must save humanity from a far greater force that threatens to destroy it. See Trailer "H. Wells classic novel. Martians launch a deadly attack on Earth. Martians do exist! The furry duo must join forces with a young Martian girl to battle asteroid fields, the Martian invasion of Earth, and a gigantic alien robot bent on destroying anything and anyone in its path.

A solar flare knocks the returning probe off-course, where it crashes on a farm in Sandusky, Ohio. An innocent by-stander becomes infcted with the Martian germs, and turns into a murderous alien hybrid killing machine. But the case gets stranger and stranger as the cold-blooded Vincent Volaju, who supposedly has been dead for ten years, seems to be the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Spike encounters the dangerous Electra, who too seeks the madman. Conspiracies and secrets better left alone are uncovered, and Vincent's reign or terror is nowhere near over yet Martians from Mars come to Earth and force a mad scientist to create a 'chick-magnet' to lure women so they may take them back to Mars because Mars needs women, of course!

It's up to Rusty Rave to stop them. After her father dies, So-hee writes letters to him believing he has gone to Mars instead of Heaven. Her kind-hearted neighbor Seung-jae does not want to let this innocent girl down and starts writing back to her posing as her father. Years later, this young girl turns into a successful career woman and the helpful young man becomes a postman. Even though these two people may seem to be worlds apart in, Seung-jae still saves his heart for So-hee while So-hee gets lost in her business world.

One day this young lady finally finds out who always writes back letters sealed with love. A programing mishap, sends the new crew to an earlier time in the past, missing the first crew by a few years. Once there, they find that Mars is now being ruled by a group called the Bararians. Its leader, Giza, is a well-known female warrior who wants the ship in order to travel through time for her own benefit.

Her goal is to steal the ancient power of Masha, which will make her the one and only ruler of the coveted Siperion Empire.

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Sequel to "Lost on Mars. Forming a group club called the "Scientific Boys Club" the trio will embark upon their long-time dream of traveling to Mars! Yurika has a crush on Akito, but other crew-members love him too, presenting Yurika with competition. Akito, however, isn't interested in any of the girls, due to the fact that he's busy cooking and trying to cope with a past trauma.

Soon the crew discovers that the Lizards aren't what they appear and may have more enemies than they bargained for. It has the look and feel of an actual 's movie, and is being billed as a "lost-film" that has been recently recovered and restored. Enraged the intrepid Marian climbs into his spacecraft and heads out for vengeance, crash landing in Buenos Aires.

Ordinarily his presence would cause alarm, but Argentine society is so indifferent that nobody takes much notice - he's just another stranger with no job or money. Frustrated he creates his own world on the Internet, where he strikes up a friendship with a shy boy. However the shy boys father a businessman always on the lookout for a quick buck, discovers the alien and sees him as an untapped source of revenue.

The mission is drastically changed once Earth receives a strange signal transmitted by a probe on Mars. Once the three young astronauts land on Mars, they find a device that sends them spiraling back to a time when the ruthless Siperion Empire controls Mars. Their only chance of escaping from the past is to find the time device that brought them there in the first place. There's only one problem The astronauts are faced with a dire situation.

With no resources and no time to wait for the rescue team to arrive, they have just one alternative: three must die so the other two can survive. But who will live and who will die? But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet.

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After a failed attempt by the Omega 1 to eliminate the mysterious space entity, the crew of the Omega 2 blast off as the last hope for mankind. As minutes and seconds tick away, the motley crew discovers the terrible secret inside the planetoid. They're the only ones keeping the human race from total extinction! Can the world be saved?!

Officially, their dangerous mission is to explore the planet most like Earth. But a privileged few know their real mission is to answer the question: "Are we alone? Upon setting foot on the red planet, the team discovers an ancient, dome like structure which appears to be a beacon. The dome destroys the team and leaves Luc injured. The recently widowed Jim McConnell leads the rescue mission. When they arrive, they find Luc surprisingly alive, and he has spent the time alone learning the secrets of the mysterious construct.

The question now becomes: do they enter the dome and answer humanity's oldest question, perhaps risking their lives in doing so, or return to Earth with what they do know and return in force with equipment and supplies? A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission.

When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves.

Her father Kohei has been buying plots of land over the years on the planet Mars as an investment for his family, but suffers a stroke. Michiko must heal the rift between her married sister Kuniko and figure out how to care for her disabled father and what to do about all that land on Mars. News producer Tim O'Hara gets himself fired for unwillingly compromising his bosses' daughter Brace Channing during a live transmission. A little later, he witnesses the crashing of a small Martian spacecraft, realizing his one-time chance of delivering a story that will rock the earth.

Since Tim took the original, but scaled down spaceship with him, the Martian follows him to retrieve it. Unfortunately, the electron accelerator is broken and the Martian seeks Tim's help. Tim and "Uncle Martin" now stay together, but Tim tapes the Alien with hidden cameras for his story of a lifetime. Ruthless Brace acquires the cassettes after Tim has become a friend with Martin and decided otherwise.

Not only do they now have to hinder the publication of the material, but also will the rental spaceship self-destruct, if not back in space in a few hours. In the year , the planet Earth is ruled by a single government entity and a conglomeration of corporations that hold absolute power. The crime rate is virtually nonexistent and the Citizen's Protection Bureau defends the innocent from unchecked sociotechnological forces.

But when the Bureau partner of Agent David Hume is dramatically gunned down, Hume's determination to uncover the dangerous truth behind this shocking crime leads him on a pulse-pounding race through the galaxy! Disch's underwhelming sequel, based on the book sequel, has our heroes zooming off to, of all places, Mars. Dubbed "Gunsmoke in space. But his brother is dead, and a mystery unfolds that could rock the sinister Company to its core. With the help of a beautiful woman named "Doc" Haliday, Caution fights his way to the truth, in a battle that threatens to turn the Red Planet red with blood The surviving team members from the first film team up with a peaceful, genetically re-engineered Sil to track the monster down.

Randall is geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer, who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there. This only enrages its sibling. See Trailer "Mars Attacks! Because it's fun!!! They enjoy killing people and destroy buildings; they even play bowling with the statues at Easter Isles and pose for photos in front of temples as they are blowing up. Will somebody find a way to stop them or will everyone die in the war with these short, big-brained aliens?

See Trailer "Mothra" Japan Feature Film, minutes [TMS-SD Library] aka: "Mosura," "Rebirth of Mothra" A logging and mining company working in Northern Japan disrupts a set of magical seals buried underground, causing the release of Death Ghidora, an enormous, three-headed monster that had previously wiped out all life on Mars and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs on Earth.

When Death Ghidora begins sucking the life out of the environment, the only thing that can save the planet from destruction is Mothra, the giant flying insect. Then the problems start. Shipwrecked for centuries on Mars, she eventually gets to earth as stowaway on a manned expedition.

The alien creatures, escaping a death sentence on their own world, are motivated only by death, destruction and a taste for blood. Ultimately, nothing stands in the way of their gruesome carnage except Cindy, aided by Matt, another visitor from beyond the stars, sent to recover the ship and bring them to justice. Together, they set out to destroy the ship, though its destruction could strand Matt on Earth forever. Your selection? Jake Williams. Looks like humankind will be safe for awhile. Unfortunately, it is now on a collision course with the communications station Comstat 5 which is orbiting Mars.

After one successful maneuver to avoid the Siberia, it rams Comstat 5 and the crew soon finds that the Siberia crew is dead and the reason that it has been missing for 25 years. But that reason is trying to destroy them all as it destroyed the Siberia crew. The III in the earlier title is not the mark of a sequel but a reference to "Thirds," a special class of cyborg. A policeman, Ross Sylibus, is assigned to a unit on a Martian colony, to find that women are being murdered by a psychotic named D'anclaude.

He is assigned a very unorthodox partner named Naomi Armitage, who seems to have links to the victims. To stir things up more, every victim is found to be an illegally made third-generation android, built to be almost perfect replications of humans. Mankind has terraformed and colonized Mars -- while an ancient race of alien beings known only as "The Gods" has been watching our progress Now the mysterious aliens have returned to halt mankind's expansion into space by force, turning the planet named after the God of War into our final battlefield.

See Trailer "The E. It is up to Nunez and her fellow Ultracops to stop Zorbak from conquering the Earth. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him.

When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars. As only the MST3K can spin it! Someone is killing off the female leads of the movie production "Bad Girls from Mars. Emanuelle immediately begins embarrassing the producers by leading a wild party life around town.

Meanwhile the killings continue, and detectives try to stop the fiend responsible. The girl's father and a scientist who has befriended her try to discern exactly who she is and what is happening. No they aren't dangerous, just wise-cracking, intrusive, pain in neck, annoyances. No one can escape their distracting influence. It's up to Mark to figure out how they got here, and most importantly, how to get rid of them before they drive everyone crazy! It happens to be Halloween and it happens the invaders are only about 4 feet tall. As the bumbling aliens wander around the countryside they are taken to be children and they make friends with two children, one of whom is the daughter of the sheriff.

As their troubles mount it's difficult for five aliens to conquer a world they begin to give up their plans of conquest, but then there is that nasty killer robot. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Earthbound construction worker who keeps having dreams about Mars. A trip to a false memory transplant service for an imaginary trip to Mars goes terribly wrong and another personality surfaces.

When his old self returns, he finds groups of his friends and several strangers seem to have orders to kill him. He finds records his other self left him that tell him to get to Mars to join up with the underground. The reality of the situation is constantly in question. Who is he? Which personality is correct? Which version of reality is true? The only motion picture that delivers Seafood From Outer Space! Young film student tries to sell his weird movie to a desperate film producer who is in need of a tax write-off. The producer screens the film "Lobster Man From Mars.

The plot is foiled by a mad scientist, a girl and an army colonel. The producer buys the movie, but it makes a huge profit and the producer is sent to jail, with the film student taking his place as the studio hot shot. They spend time together, criminals are involved and the film ends with a chase with everyone on shopping trolleys using groceries as weapons. One good scene to look out for is the sequence where the man and his vacuum lover are reunited and run into each others arms over a bridge to the tune of Romeo and Juliet!

Meanwhile at the theatre, patrons busy themselves doing strange things. An alien has landed and is eliminating theatre staff and patrons. An extraterrestrial who comes to Earth on a desperate mission. He is obsessed with his goal but plagued by unrelenting loneliness, symbolic of all outsiders who find themselves in a strange land filled with strange inhabitants and customs.

With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U. After two groups of astronauts are mysteriously killed following the discovery of strange artifacts on the Martian surface, the crew of the SC go in to try and find out what happened. They soon learn what became of their predecessors when a bloodthirsty space monster begins lunching on members of the crew.

Will any of them make it back to Earth alive? The crew of the returning craft are forbidden to return until the murderer is caught. While attempting to extract water from Mars' polar ice caps, a UEF science team uncovers ancient carvings that describe the crash of an alien spacecraft on the planet Jupiter several millennia ago. The discovery postpones the initial phase of the Jupiter Solarization Project, a plan to transform the gas giant into a second sun, providing both additional solar energy for Earth and making the outer worlds fit for colonization.

A local reporter, Iron Idem, announces that the Martians have landed. Shortly after that his program loses its independence: he is given the script telling the crowds how to welcome the invaders. Then the chaos breaks out: the Martians and police mistreat the populace; things become violent. Idem's own wife is kidnapped and it seems somebody is trying to reduce his effectiveness as a reporter. Idem decides to fight back: he illegally broadcasts a message during the rock concert, but nobody believes him anymore. Their first victim is Juanita, who is raped and due to the highly accelerated gestation period of the Martians is capable of giving birth to babies an hour!

But it turns out that this is just a stage-show being put on at an Atlantic City nightclub - and even that may not be as real as it seems A member of Wilder's team becomes obsessed with protecting Mars from Earthman and murders some of the others in Wilder's party, before Wilder kills him. Global war on Earth reduces man's natal planet to radioactive waste, and most of the settlers returned there prior to the holocaust. Lucky for us, governments know what to do. Unfortunately it's a conspiracy to end all conspiracies. Vanishing scientists, dubious space missions, and a freak accident which kills the courier of a tape containing a secret radio message from an unmanned Mars probe - holds the key.

Ruthless investigative reporters uncover the ominous master plan. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however. Welles' classic "The War of the Worlds" on the radio. Designed to be as realistic as possible, many people were fooled into thinking that an alien invasion was actually taking place.

Unfortunately for those who created the hoax, the Russians announced that due to the American success they had launched their own mission which was now on its way to Mars. The Martian comes to this small town in Quebec and becomes friends with the town children. He gives them smarties to get the children into his spacecraft. This alarms the parents and they decide to kill the alien.

The alien wins them over and they have a great big Christmas party. She takes him on an odyssey from the Stone Age to a futuristic Martian jaunt. As they near the red planet, they encounter a mysterious UFO that coats the ship's hull with unusual spores. Taking one of the specimens back to earth, it soon develops and grows into a giant chicken-lizard-alien monster that tramples Japan.

Kirk proves that Martians have impeccable taste when one of his first conquests turns out to be sexy scientist Yvonne Craig. When the interior of the "missile" is exposed, a dead locust-like creature that resembles the devil is found. Unknown to Captain Paul Travers and his crew of two astronauts and two scientists, criminal mastermind The Hood has infiltrated the ship to photograph Zero-X's wing mechanism.

When his foot becomes trapped in the hydraulics, The Hood causes a systems failure and Zero-X loses control. While the villain manages to extract his bloodied foot and parachute from the undercarriage, Travers and his crew eject in an escape pod and Zero-X crashes into the ocean before leaving Earth's atmosphere. In , at the conclusion of an investigation into the loss of Zero-X, the Inquiry Board of the Space Exploration Center reaches a verdict of sabotage. In the meantime, a second Mars mission has been planned. Days before the launch of the new Zero-X, International Rescue agrees to a request to organise security in view of the possibility of another sabotage threat.

Barugon," "War of the Monsters" Set after the events of Gammera the Invincible, a meteorite collides with the rocket transporting the creature to Mars. Meanwhile, after a treacherous expedition to retrieve a giant opal, disaster strikes as the opal reveals itself to be an egg which spawns Barugon, demon dog from Hell! Armed with a deadly tongue and cold beams, Barugon wreaks havoc on Japan. Gamera comes to save the day. Enraged at being roused from such a sound sleep, he takes it out on Tokyo.

The military try their best efforts to kill him but don't succeed. They get rid of him in the end by shipping him off to Mars in a rocket. The Martian vixens kidnap several Earth men to help them understand our planet. During the investigation, however, each eyewitness confesses to seeing something completely different from everyone else. Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet.

As this happens a meteorite falls from the sky containing Ghidorah, the monster responsible for her planet's destruction. At the same time, Godzilla and Rodan emerge from hibernation and not only attack Japan, but each other as well. Mothra, along with its twin priestesses, attempt to convince Godzilla and Rodan to stop their fighting.

At the same time, the princess is being hunted by a group of assassins who want to kill her so that her enemies can take over her homeland. They're supposed to be preparing for an invasion by the Red Planet but discover that life on Earth isn't bad. One gets into the real estate business, another becomes involved in politics, a third falls in love, and the last ends up as--of all things--a science-fiction author!

Somehow all the subplots come together at the pajama party. Competing against the Soviet Union, American scientists race to build a spaceship to travel to the Red Planet. Unbeknownst to all, however, is the fact that Mars contains horrors that mankind should not disturb. Gathered in the small house on the grounds of a huge, abandoned estate, David, his wife Clair and their two kids attempt to enjoy a belated Christmas and New Years, but they begin to see duplicates of themselves on the grounds. They finally find room and board at the home of the goofy inventor, Professor Danforth, but that home has its own problems.

Namely, the Professor is working on a new all-terrain, flying, space worthy submersible.

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With some persuading, the Stooges agree to help him finish his invention and demonstrate it to the military. However, the Martians are interested in the vehicle as well and when they learn of its perfection, they plan to steal it and destroy the Earth. Like it or not, the fate of the world rests on the courage of Moe, Larry and Curly-Joe. The scientists are faced with a horrific choice--watch helplessly as their planet is destroyed or risk their lives on a million-to-one chance to stop the impact.

When every option seems exhausted, a heroic reporter makes a final attempt to save the Earth. What seems like a dead planet suddenly launches a fleet of flying saucers which attack our space fleets. Contact was lost since the ship arrived on Mars.

Now the crew does not answer any radio messages from mission control. The people from mission control try to land the rocket ship by remote control and investigate what happened on Mars. The Vampire from Beyond Space," "The Terror from Beyond Space" In , the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned; by the time a rescue mission arrives, there is only one survivor: the leader, Col.

Edward Caruthers, who appears to have murdered the others! According to Caruthers, an unknown life form killed his comrades during a sandstorm. But the skeptical rescuers little suspect that "it" has stowed away for the voyage back to Earth Our heroes meet with hideous mutant cavemen, giant spiders, love-struck beauties in short dresses, and jealous old geezers in sparkly skullcaps as they struggle to save humanity and build a new world. A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captains religious beliefs may get in the way.

Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry to fly to Venus where they find a civilization made up entirely of women, men having been banished. As more and more adults are affected, he must turn to the pretty Dr. Blake for protection. Eventually, he must confront his fears in the unusual conclusion.

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Ordered by The Great One to capture several humans, the Robot Monster becomes confused once it learns more about humans. Ro-Man, an alien that looks remarkably like a gorilla in a diving helmet, has destroyed all but six people on the planet Earth. He spends the entire film trying to finish off these survivors, but complications arise when he falls for the young woman in the group. Maybe something MUCH smaller than them Revolution sweeps the Earth, including the Soviet Union. But there remains doubt about the messages being genuine, as an ex-Nazi claims he was duping the Americans.

Mars is running low on one of their natural resources Corium , and plan to steal the Earth astronauts' rocket and conquer Earth. The Martian underground helps the Earthmen stop the insidious plan. Bryant meets the one survivor Mota from the planet Mars! Not exactly benevolent, Mota enlists the aid of Bryant a former Nazi in a scheme to bring Earth under control of a supreme dictator, for its own good of course, using advanced atomic weapons. But their attempts to steal uranium alert Kent Fowler of Fowler Air Patrol, who sets out single-handed to foil the villains. Fist-fights and wrecks in every episode black and white serial in 12 parts.

Because of craft malfunction and some fuel calculations, they end up landing on Mars. On Mars, evidence of a once powerful civilization is found. The scientists determined that an atomic war destroyed most of the Martians who surprisingly look like humans. Those that survived reverted to a caveman-like existence.

Two of the Astronauts are killed while on Mars. The remaining three Astronauts attempt to return to Earth. A Martian spacecraft crash-lands near the observatory of Cyrus Layton, designer of Earth's first spaceship. The survivor, forerunner of an invasion, can assume the form of any earthman. Calling himself the "Purple Monster," the humanoid invader sets about gaining control of Layton's rocket project. Opposing him is Craig Foster, former Secret Service man, who episode by episode tries to thwart the monster's attempts to acquire rocket components.

Will Craig ever suspect that his closest associate is really the monster? Zarkov discover that the source of the destruction is a mysterious ray emanating from the planet Mars. Flying to the rescue, Flash and his friends must overcome the cruel and beautiful Queen Azura and the legions of Claymen and Treemen of Mars. But lurking behind Azura's deadly schemes is the real culprit, Flash's archrival Ming the Merciless!

With the help of the clay people and other fantastic creatures, he fights for the freedom of two planets! A 97 minute edited version of the serial "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in ; he is rechristened "Single O. On Mars, J, his friend, and stowaway Single O visit is full of scantily clad women doing Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers and worshiping a fat middle-aged man.

Engineer Los is building a spaceship to reach Mars. He is in love with Aelita, the regent, who he met in his dreams. A man dreams that he is having a two way radio communication with Mars from where he receives various secrets including instructions to transform coal and clay into diamonds. The Martians are shown as large brained creatures with big ears.

No description currently available. The high priest's daughter agrees to return with them to Earth where their plea for peace is received enthusiastically by everybody except the villain on duty. The stakes are high, for the Martian will only be permitted to return to his home planet if he is successful in his mission to instill a change of heart in his Earthly subject.

The gang are named after the street where they live Ben at number 36 , which they feel is the dullest place in the United Kingdom. The arrival of a boring new neighbour, supposed lottery-winner Dennis Sidebottom and his family, inspires the gang to plot their biggest ever practical joke: they set up an elaborate plan involving a penguin, an alien from Mars, a spaceship and a 'message for mankind' carved on a meteorite.

These disparate objects are delivered in the middle of the night to Dennis Sidebottom's garden while he innocently studies the heavens from his own personal observatory. Two crew members awaken to discover that something has gone terribly wrong. Something or someone has destroyed the navigational support systems and set the ship terminally off-course.

RTo make matters worse, a homicidal bio-agent has been unleashed, imperiling the lives of the people on board It plunges us right into the continuing tensions between humans and robots in this far-off future society in which a growing Mars colony seeks independence from Earth and greater rights for robots.

At some point in time they were all but wiped out by the Plutarkians, an alien race of obese, foul-smelling, fish-like humanoids who plunder other planets' natural resources because they have wasted all of their own. Three survivors, Throttle, Modo and Vinnie, manage to find a spaceship and escape the Plutarkian takeover but they are soon shot down by a Plutarkian warship and end up crash-landing on Earth in the city of Chicago.

There they meet a charming female mechanic named Charlene "Charley" Davidson and discover that the Plutarkians have come to Earth to steal its natural resources. It starts on the surface of Mars, the latest bone of contention between the US and Russia. Little do they realize that the alien world of Gurados has plans for invasion of the solar system. A group of students known as the "Cosmic Culture Club" is caught up in a war they don't understand. Their only help is from a mysterious pilot named Eiji, who claims to be a soldier from Gurados.

He pilots an experimental Super Powered Tracer called Layzner, assisted by his on board computer, Rei. Meanwhile, a Journalist played by Gould is getting suspicious and every clue he uncovers seems to result in an attempt on his life! They must battle and overcome inferior computer components, corporate greed and indifference, their own personal problems, as well as the surprises that The Red Planet has in store for them. Fry is a year-old pizza delivery boy whose life is going nowhere. When he accidentally freezes himself on December 31, , he wakes up 1, years in the future and has a chance to make a fresh start.

He goes to work for the Planet Express Corporation, a futuristic delivery service that transports packages to all five quadrants of the universe. His companions include the delivery ship's captain, Leela, a beautiful one-eyed female alien who kicks some serious butt, Bender, a robot with very human flaws, and Amy Wong, who is a Martian intern who comes from a rich family.

The Terran population stationed on Mars try to liberate the planet, but are fought off.

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Years later, a second Terran attack is attempted with a force armed with new weapons vastly superior to the enemy, but again Inbit defenses prove to be too strong. One of the few survivors to reach Earth is Stick Bernard, a young mecha fighter pilot who witnessed the death of his fiance in the battle. Separated and alone, the aggrieved pilot sets out to attempt to complete his mission, to find Reflex Point, the suspected Inbit headquarters, and do what he can to destroy it. Along the way, he meets up others who eventually join to form a small band of guerilla fighters who must find their way to Reflex Point and stop the Inbit.

The best out of the "Robotech" bunch. Wells' War of the Worlds" "It! But together as the Justice League, they are a metahuman force and a hope to be reckoned with. Only one ship stands between Earth and total annihilation - Nadesico. The stakes are high, for the Martian will only be permitted to return to his home planet if he is successful in his mission to instill a change of heart in his subject.

He spends most of his time trying to solve some problems caused by his presence in Earth. The population of world is more than 10 billion, and a world-class space development project called "Mars Terraforming Project" is in process. One day, a spaceship "Izanami" crashes in Japan on the way from Mars, and it revives the monster Negadon, which was captured by the spaceship.

Can the human race knock down the monster!? Under the desperate situation, a middle age man Ryuichi Narasaki rises up against the monster. He is an expert of robot engineering who lost his daughter in an accident which happened during his experiments. Now, a desperate struggle of Narasaki and Negadon begin!!

But the 'missile' turns out to be an alien spacecraft and Professor Bernard Quatermass is called in to investigate. It soon turns out that the locust like aliens entombed in the ship are not as dead as they seem and that millions of years before they had had arrived on Earth from Mars to tamper with the brains of primitive ape creatures. The opening of the ship unleashes the ancient forces of evil that have lain dormant in humanity for millenia.

They consist of Zelda, her son Youngstar and her sister called Sister. An organization is set up on Earth called Terrahawks, which is top secret to the rest of the world. It is hard to warm to the characters, even Michael Caine, who usually injects a reasonable warmth into his characters. At the end of the day surely a big jar full of boiling water and some jam smeared around the rim would have sufficed. Hard to warm to and a bit of a struggle to believe. If you ignore the title, have a couple of drinks first and suspend a lot of disbelief, you will probably enjoy this film.

Set around about , it is about a rich American teacher who, after witnessing the murder of his brand new fiancee, contacts his friend Albert Einstein and picks his brain about his forthcoming Theory of Special Relativity. He then commences to build a time machine out of bits of an old lighthouse, so that he can go back in time to save his fiancee. He discovers that, unfortunately, the past cannot be materially changed. He is unable to rescue his loved one. So he decides to go forward in time to find someone with the answer.

The film is advertised as being based on the novel by H G Wells. Just as a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy becomes progressively less like the original, so this film has less in common with its namesake. The Time Traveller is there, as is Mr Filby, Mrs Watchett the housekeeper, Weena, the good Eloi and the bad Morlocks; but what, where and how they do tilings are all different from the book. You could do worse than spend a happy hour or so picking out the bits borrowed from other films and cringing at the occasional piece of PC.

Reviewed by Vernon Brown Jul Return to top. Now this is a film that far exceeded my expectations! I grew up around the same time as the cartoon series was showing on television, and the first animated film came out during my youth, but I was never completely entranced…I was not quite sure therefore how I would get on with this film… Teenager Sam Whitwicky lives in a remote American town, growing up like any normal lad, but little does he realise that his unreliable car is not quite what it seems.

He is drawn into a battle between two extraterrestrial clans over a talisman called the Allspark. The excellent cinematography you can really feel the heat in the desert town they live in, and the scenery is gorgeous , and excellent CGI used to create the immense Transformers combine to create a film worth watching for visual effects alone. I think I appreciated the comic timing and the acting from the two leads the most — they stood up well against the CGI and portrayed their characters well, so you could sympathise with them.

Films number 2 and 3 are coming out soon, so I may watch to see how they progress the idea further. They eat, sleep, fight, etc. Two reporters played by Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner are among the first in, to report on the park. But they find themselves playing detective to uncover the sinister secret plot going on, to work out what exactly is going on behind the scenes at Delos. This film suffers slightly from the sequel syndrome — the pacing and tension of the first film are gone — it has changed from a sinister SF movie into more of a detective story.

The two leads are fair enough, but the script is not that great, and they always look slightly bemused. Yul Brynner features again, but in a gratuitous cameo, seemingly designed more to appeal to his fans than to feature him in any real sense. The idea of shooting and using robots as you wish to, is played on lots too. These two films play on the attraction of escapism — you can escape form the real world for a bit, shoot everyone to our hearts content real people cannot die in this world and play cowboys and Indians or whatever appeals.

The plots are a little loop-holey — it is best to ignore any obvious errors in the thinking behind the theme parks, and let the film carry you along. Both heartily recommended. Vicky Cook Reviewed by Nov Return to top. The fourth volume in the acclaimed Rivers of London series continues the story of PC Peter Grant, apprentice wizard, as he becomes involved in a series of mysterious cases.

A death in an unexplained car crash leads to the discovery of a mutilated body ineptly hidden in nearby woods and there is an apparent suicide on the Underground which may not be as straightforward as it seems. Then the discovery of a stolen eighteenth-century German grimoire is followed by the obviously sorcerous death of the suspected thief. Investigations soon reveal that these cases are probably linked to each other and to the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man who has already played a major adversarial role in the previous books in the series.

There is also a connection to a German architect who was responsible for a peculiar municipal housing development in Elephant and Castle which appears to be the focus of attention. Events build to a suitably near- apocalyptic climax with a surprising twist to finish. On the way, a number of characters from the previous books show up from time to time, playing parts of greater or lesser importance. Chief amongst these is, of course, the Faceless Man. Although he suffers a serious setback here he is not finished yet and it is becoming confirmed as increasingly obvious that the series can only end with his downfall and the revealing of his identity.

So this is very much an episode in an ongoing opus and the occasional references to people and incidents from previous episodes limit slightly the extent to which it can be viewed as a standalone story. Whether deliberately or not, the writing style seems to have changed since the beginning of the series. Although the somewhat light-hearted turn of phrase, particularly when referring to police procedure, still remains, the overall style is less jokey as though a more serious style is intended to reflect the more serious turn which events are beginning to take. Be that as it may, it remains a readable and immensely entertaining book with a complex yet tidily constructed plot and no loose ends — well, perhaps one.

Or even two. Of course, anyone already familiar with the Rivers of London will need no encouragement to continue following events: others may find here an introduction to the whole series which will attract their attention to the preceding instalments. Although it's not absolutely necessary to read the first book in the series before you start, it does help a great deal. Many of the characters that have carried over from that book are in situations as a result of that story that aren't explained here. That said, many of the new characters aren't very well developed here either. He investigates cases that have supernatural causes and deals with incidents among the more magical citizens of London.

His father was a famous jazz musician to those aficionados of the Soho scene of the 40s and 50s. He made a few records that are highly prized and hard to find nowadays: so when Philip investigates a series of deaths of jazz musicians that just stepped off stage, he can recognize the tune from the 40s that lingers in the air. Moreau look wholesome. There's a lot that doesn't work properly here. The characters that were built in the first book seem to have disappeared into a fog of background or just been left out altogether. Some of this is explained by injuries sustained but they are still trotted out to explain bits of plot or take Grant to somewhere he needs to go to keep the story running.

There are many others, including Grant's parents, who seem to wander in and out of the story without really leaving a mark. It could be that these characters will persist and be expanded upon later. There's an evil wizard who, at the moment, is just someone in a mask but looks likely to become a series villain. The odd thing is that there were so many functional characters in the first book that it makes this look like someone else wrote it. I hope the series picks up after this but, judging by this entry, I'm not going to count on it.

On one hand it has an apparently realistic version of the Metropolitan Police Force with its procedures and politics and on the other there is a view of London that drifts between the surreal and the fantastic. The author manages to pull this off mostly by having as little connection between the recognisable everyday members of the force and the weird stuff as possible.

Nightingale is also a wizard. He deals with minor deities and monsters on a regular basis. Here he takes on some of the more surreal aspects of community policing including peace negotiations between Father and Mother Thames over who runs which part of the river. He is also teaching Grant the basics of magic. There are vampires and ghosts to deal with and, of course, since this is a detective novel, there are also a series of bizarre and grisly murders to solve.

It's not a matter of whodunnit so much as who made them do it and how and why. The answer comes in the form of an easily recognisable and generally unexpected figure. On the whole this works. The pace is good enough but the various plot threads are a little too distracting. The river dispute plot doesn't really impact on the murders and vice versa.

It makes me wonder if the writer could manage more novels in this series without the plot becoming too fragmented. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this popular and wonderfully humorous series, it is an urban fantasy set in London. PC Peter Grant is a serving officer in the Metropolitan Police Force but he is also a trainee wizard, the first in fifty years. Some of the magical beings in London are incarnations of the various rivers of London hence the series title.

In this book, a suspicious death of a rich young woman in an expensive apartment in Hyde Park would not normally concern PC Grant. However, he owes a favour to Lady Tyburn one of the more powerful Rivers and as her daughter was present, Lady Ty wants her daughter protected. As Peter digs further into the case it becomes clear that the death links back to an old enemy, the Faceless Man and Peter is in grave danger as he tries to solve the case. After book 5, which took place in the countryside, this is a welcome return to London where PC Grant and it seems also the author is back in his comfort zone.

The story rattles along at a fast pace and plot strands from previous novels are brought nicely back into this narrative, so the overall series story arc progresses as well as the individual case in this book. I also like that there are some interesting new characters introduced who are clearly going to be important in the future books and who nicely expand the possibilities for story development.

The author also has allowed Peter Grant to grow, both personally and magically. He has gained power and experience although he clearly is not strong enough to take down the Faceless Man by himself. That confrontation is clearly intended to ultimately involve his master, Inspector Nightingale. Here however, is the one niggle I had with this book as I definitely felt that the author kept contriving unlikely circumstances just to keep the Faceless Man and Nightingale apart. That being said, for the many fans of this series, this is an excellent addition. The latest instalment in the popular and successful series about police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant effectively begins with the discovery of the body of an American student on the platform of Baker Street Underground station.

He had apparently been stabbed to death on the tracks somewhere between there and the next station along. And the fact that he is, or was, the son of a US Senator is not going to help matters, with an FBI Agent, sent over to keep an eye on things, who must be kept from discovering any inconvenient truths. The crime is solved and the murderer caught: meanwhile, there is a tantalising, brief, but significant contribution from the Big Bad Guy who first showed up in the previous book and will presumably provide a major ongoing story arc in subsequent volumes.

Like the previous books in the series, this one begins on a relatively light-hearted, almost jocular note. Then, as things start to get serious and events look as though they might spiral out of control, there is less time for jokes although the irreverently humorous style never completely goes away. The deployment of magic as an art with a firm scientific foundation is consistent and logical and is almost seamlessly integrated into the more conventional aspects of the murder investigation. There is, however, a slight feeling that the overall planning of the story is on occasion somewhat forced.

This, coupled with the fact that publication of this book was delayed some six months beyond the date originally announced, suggests that it ended up as a bit of a rush job. Also, it would have benefitted from better proofreading. However, neither of these solecisms need be allowed to detract from the overall success of what is definitely a Good Book and a worthwhile follow-up to the previous two. Further instalments are eagerly awaited.

Together with her cowardly stepfather, Lamb, she sets off in pursuit. All is explained by the end of the story. All in all a very enjoyable book well worth reading. One way to get a taste for an alien world, whether it is SF or Fantasy, instead of diving straight into a trilogy is to look for any short stories set against the same background. Often these will appear in magazines or anthologies but when enough have accumulated, the collection will appear. The stories in this collection all belong in the same setting as the World of the First Law and although some familiar characters may pass through these tales, mostly the purpose is to explore other aspects of the society.

As such, being unfamiliar with the novels is not a hindrance to enjoying these for what they are, neatly formed, character-led stories. For those who know the trilogy, dates and places precede each so they can be placed within the body of the whole sequence. Shev is a retired at twenty-one thief and the owner of a Smoke House — a place where punters come to smoke drugs. One morning, she finds the beaten figure of Javre on her doorstep and instead of chucking her into the gutter, drags her inside.

This particular one is set by a warrior priestess of the Knights Templar of the Golden Order. She has been hunting Javre in order to kill her. They manage to escape and head north. Javre is still being pursued by agents of the Temple and Shev has thugs in the pay of Horald the Finger on her trail for killing his son. For services rendered, Shev seems to have finally got Horald to forget his pursuit of her but the Temple has finally got Javre cornered.

They are enjoyable but not spectacularly original. Several other characters recur in various stories. Here they are meant to be involved with a hostage exchange. While situations and characters in the other stories may be familiar to readers of the trilogy, here they represent stand- alone tales. While I have reservations about the originality of the plot lines, the individual characters are well drawn and Abercrombie has worked hard at setting them within his timeframe. This story describes the few days immediately before and afte, as well as the three days of the battle in the valley of Osrung between the Northmen and the Union.

THE HEROES is, as are the books named above, full of well defined characters and dirty, gritty violence all of which are an essential part of the storyline. Curnden Craw described as the last honest man in the North, who has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves.

He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. Despite its title the book does not glory in war but rather shows its futility, demonstrating that it is often used as a political tool to gain a short term advantage which is frequently squandered, as it appears to be in this case. In fact the heroes of the title are not any of those fighting in the battle, although they could be, but are a ring of standing stones crowning a hill around and on which much of the action takes place.

I look forward to future books from this author. This book has been nominated for a Hugo award, so there must be a lot of people out there who like it. It is an enjoyable romp and for a debut novel it is competently written. It has some idiosyncrasies that give it a different twist on the average fantasy format. Three of the main characters are elderly, reaching the ends of their adventuring lives. Adoulla Makhslood is the last of the ghul-hunters. Ghuls are magical constructs similar to golems conjured out of inanimate material for nefarious reasons.

His friends are Litaz and Dawoud. Litaz is an alchemist, Dawoud, her husband, is a scholar and a mage. They have worked together in the past. To add youth to the mix, there is Raseed, a warrior-trained dervish and Zamia a shapechanging girl from the desert tribes.

When the niece of the woman Adoulla has loved for twenty years is killed by water ghuls, he promises to investigate. From the opponents he encounters, he deduces that there is a very powerful but evil sorcerer determined to destroy his city and take over the known world. Most of the characters and the social structure of the part of this fantasy world that we have been introduced to have a recognisably Arabic flavour. This is refreshing since most fantasies have an Anglo-centric slant but if this aspect was stripped away, the result would be that of a largely traditional format.

This is a world where magic works and monsters lurk in the shadows. There are the heroes who have to solve the riddles and overcome the obstacles to save the day. The villain is totally evil with no redeeming features and seems to have no motive other than total destruction. It is not a narrative where subtlety reigns. These though are all symptoms of the inexperienced writer as is the lack of depth in both the descriptions and the action sequences.

On the whole this is a good effort but I would hope that the next novel will push the quality of style, plot and characterisation to a higher level. Almost unique is to show the utopia being set up, which is what Aldiss does. Quickly abandoning money, the colonists debate over how they should govern themselves, how their society should be structured, how lawbreakers should be treated, and similar problems. So the novel is partly an examination of what makes a utopia. Clearly, no form of government will satisfy all of the people all of the time, so part of the problem is deciding how dissenters should be treated.

An important thread of the novel which provides its title is the belief by most colonists and the authors that Mars must be protected from commercial exploitation and preserved for science, similar to Antarctica. In particular, Mars must not be terraformed. This is a novel containing clever plot twists, fascinating details of life in the domes, some drama, many references to that great utopian H.

Wells and, unfortunately, too much impassioned argument about science and utopianism. It contains dozens of larger-than-life characters and a wonderful sub- plot concerning Olympus Mons. Alan F Alford has joined a growing band of authors who are putting into doubt the basic message that religious organisations are trying to perpetuate. As people are becoming better educated and the flow of information is becoming more easily accessible, the dogmas of the church and some of the fundamental premises of Archaeology are coming under attack.

To the modern reader it is obvious that civilisation did not spring into being fully formed as was taught in schools some fifty years ago but took a much longer process of evolution. Also that so-called pre civilised man had a much better understanding of the world about him than was given credence.

The modem bible, which has undergone many revisions since the Authorised King James version, has been edited and altered so that it is a long way from any source materiel. Many of the myths and legends in the old testament were recorded from much earlier oral traditions and have no doubt been corrupted through the telling, or as Alan F Alford would have believe, that the theology of the old testament was constructed on half-truths and in some cases outright lies. When gods came down presents an interesting hypothesis that modern religion is a dumbed down version for the masses of a much older religious truth.

Also that earth was seeded by meteorites from a celestial body that exploded, eventually giving rise to the legends of ancient mythological gods who fought battles in the skies and came down from Heaven to Earth. Where the real truth lies nobody really knows but as Archaeology uncovers finds that do not fit into the comfortable niche that has underpinned our understanding of the rise of the human race more and more speculative hypothesis with surface.

This book must join the growing volumes of well-researched theories that are well worth the time to read for the interested reader. There have always been professional scientists and mathematicians who have, presumably in their spare time, turned their hands to writing SF -Smith, Bell, Sheffield, Vinge, Brin, Benford to name just a few. More recently, the likes of Carl Sagan, Brian Cox, Hannah Fry, and others whose names are omitted only because they do not immediately come to mind, are to be found fronting popular science programmes on radio and TV.

Now, to tick all the boxes, physicist and successful broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili has published his first SFnovel. He posits an incipient collapse of the Earth's magnetic field which normally protects us from the devastatingeffect of Coronal Mass Ejections from the Sun. Without that protection, we can look forward to probably nothing less than the end of civilisation as we know it and perhaps even the extinction of life altogether.

Inevitably in this sort of situation it takes a group of maverick scientists to come up with an audacious solution - restarting the magnetic field with beams of dark matter! It is of course inevitable in this kind of novel that they will be successful, but the story is as much about the obstacles that they have to overcome and their personal problems and struggles as it is about the scientific process. It has been suggested elsewhere that the characters involved lack depth and personality, but that does not in fact seem to be sufficiently the case to constitute a significant detraction.

Meanwhile the gravity of the situation has been made apparent by accounts of storms, tidal waves, plane crashes etc. At the same time a quasi-religious group believing that the extinction of humanity is the true destiny of the Earth comes into being and plans to sabotage the plan to save the world and as one might have expected the true identity of the leader of this movement is onlyrevealed at the last possible moment, just in time for him to be thwarted.

This kind of thing has, of course, been done several times before, there being a propensity for SFwriters to introducethe science-vs-religion dichotomy as a means of demonstrating the superiority of the rational point of view. However,the science does take centre stage in the story and SUNFALLdoes not fail to be an enjoyable book,holding the reader's attention to the very end if only to see how the science and all the other complications are all worked out.

Needless to say, they are. The author has taken great care to be sure that the science can be presumed to be faultless, however speculative, and any shortcomings of plotting or characterisation are not massive enough to worry about unduly. Your reviewer did. The characters know that ultimately they might need to pair off and start families, if the mission is successful, and the interplay between them is handled in colourful yet realistic fashion, giving the reader a great insight into the characters themselves.

The spaceship itself, built to utilise interstellar hydrogen in a Bussard engine, constantly accelerating to a significant portion of the speed of light, seems realistically described, to the extent that the reader can easily believe that this might indeed be a way to the stars. Without wanting to give too much away the blurb reveals this at least an unexpected incident in the voyage damages the engines such that the ship can never stop accelerating. The results are believably fantastic. Or the competition for the Hugo back in , for that matter?

In point of fact, it may well be that Rovin has provided the majority of the writing while Anderson's contribution is largely confined to providing her supposedly prestigious name to be put on the cover. See Ansible It tells the story of how child psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is called in when the teenage daughter of India's ambassador to the United Nations becomes severely disturbed after her father survives an assassination attempt.

O'Hara discovers that other cases of disturbed teenagers have occurred in such unlikely places as Iran and Haiti, cases which appear at first glance to be different although certain points of similarity are to be found. Eventually a connection emerges in the form of a kind of possession by a spirit force seeking escape from a fiery cataclysm and O'Hara also becomes affected.

This volume ends with her having discovered something of the nature of this mysterious influence which seems to arise from a civilisation of the remote past in the Antarctic, but a full understanding will, obviously, not emerge until it is explained in the later volume s. Meanwhile, a highly secret and very powerful Group hidden within something called the Global Explorer's Club is pursuing its own agenda and clearly knows already a lot more of what is involved than O'Hara has yet discovered.

This is all a lot less thrilling than they would have us believe. The writing is pedestrian and the overall style and structure of the book are strongly reminiscent of a mainstream novel where the general lack of originality might be less noticeable. The characters spend a lot of time just talking and thinking about things instead of actually doing anything and trips to Haiti and Iran are described in unnecessary detail which contributes to the sense that it has all been padded out beyond the length the story is naturally capable of supporting.

Learning more of what the shadowy Group are seeking to achieve might have made it more interesting or even exciting, but again that may have to await later opportunities for revelation. There is perhaps some scope for subsequent volumes in The Earthend Saga to redeem the shortcomings of this one, but the signs are not hopeful. NewCon Press do publish some excellent books and are not afraid to take chances that larger publishers will not. Well-respected authors such as Adam Roberts, Justina Robson and Adrian Tchaikovsky have highly praised it but I must admit that I really struggled with it.

Normally when writing a review, I like to give an idea of the main plot but discerning one is one of the major difficulties I have with this novel. The structure is not conventional, consisting of very short chapters, ranging from a couple of lines to a few pages and it jumps from one often unconnected scene to another. The reader is flung in at the deep end and spends a lot of time and effort trying to comprehend what is happening.

Mobius is an unreliable narrator as her memory is patchy and events are not necessarily being shown in chronological order. As we jump from one scene to the next it gradually becomes apparent that something dark is affecting and threatening the universe and the weavers must unite to prevent catastrophe. The novel is a dizzying melange of ideas from crafts, poetry, biology, physics etc. This meant that I had no great interest in what happened to them to keep me wanting to read. In it we meet again a number of characters that featured in some of his previous novels.

These include Amistad, a scorpion war drone who through extensive upgrades to its AI systems has become the warden of a Polity protectorate planet, Masada. This is the home of the Weaver, the only sentient Gabbleduck or Atheter , one of the previously thought to be extinct ancient races who occupied the galaxy long before humans evolved. Much of the action in this book takes place there.

Penny Royal features strongly in this book and is feared and hunted by the other major characters for her past actions. Before capture by Amistad she was infamous for granting wishes, for a price, that not only met what was asked for but went far beyond. One thing though, Penny Royal always keeps her word.

The other major characters are: The newly resurrected human, Thorvald Spear who was killed by Penny Royal during the Polity vs alien Prador war which ended over a century before the start of this novel. Blite, who is the owner and captain of a spaceship.

He is duped into smuggling Penny Royal off Masada and chauffeuring her on her travels. In addition there is a rich cast of supporting personnel. This is an excellent book and an equally excellent start to a new series. There's been a resurgence of the space opera in the last decade or so. We've had Banks, Reynolds and Hamilton producing massive works that last 1, pages or are heavy enough going to make it feel like they do.

In this book Neal Asher is working on a much smaller scale. Not only is the book smaller but the pace is strong enough to stop it seeming any longer. There is still the regular changing of viewpoints but there's much less switching of plotlines and jumping back and forward in time. This makes for a much easier read. The cast is also much smaller. Maybe the scale inflates if you take into account the whole of the series or add in all of the books set in the same universe, but this is just one book and it actually stand up on its own.

There are characters, situations, and plot lines that appeared in previous novels but they have enough explanation here to cover that. So here's the story… Orbus seems to be fighting off the spatterjay virus and is starting to feel much more human. He is now captain of the freighter Gurnard on a mission to the Graveyard — the no-man's land between the Polity and Prador regions of space.

This may have something to do with clearing out various Prador spies in the area. Sniper is either cargo or a stowaway on board the Gurnard - depending on how you define an artificially intelligent war drone with enough weaponry to level a city or two. Vrell is also in the Graveyard taking his revenge on Vrost and taking over the ship that the Prador King sent to hunt him down.

It is during the ensuing carnage of this revenge that the true nature of the spatterjay virus that infects the Prador King's Guard is revealed and the potential consequences for those on the ship and the rest of the universe. So it's not a thrill-a-minute ride but that's only because there is a plot. It's a good easy read with no real dull moments. There are monsters and battles and explosions all making good summer reading. This first Owner novel is set mostly on a hugely over-populated Earth in the midnd Century. A totalitarian world government calling itself The Committee has taken complete control and maintains and exercises its power through every cruelty and atrocity that can be imagined.

Onto this scene comes Adam Saul, a genius with a head full of computer implants which enables him to bring down The Committee and destroy its powerbase. On the whole, the book comes over as rather shallow and hastily contrived. Adam Saul had appeared from nowhere two years earlier, with no explanation either of where he came from or what he did during those years. Once he gets going as the proverbial one man wave of destruction the action is relentless and at times events are almost obscured in a fog of blood and body parts, but the overall structure is completely one-dimensional with no depth to it at all.

The book ends with him having become the self-styled Owner and about to embark on whatever course of action subsequent volumes in the series will recount. Meanwhile a subsidiary plot concerning a Mars colony had seemed largely irrelevant until it becomes apparent at the very end that it might after all assume some importance in what is to follow.

Asher has produced some excellent and highly-praised work in the past but it is hard not to feel that he has let himself down here. Later volumes may be better as the series beds in, and it may become possible to look back on this as an effective introduction to what is to follow. On its own though, not very satisfactory. Imagine a world where the EU has expanded to the nth degree and the 'Committee' delegates, especially the 'Chairman' have absolute power and also there is an enforcement Inspectorate that makes the Gestapo seem like the Salvation Army.

In this world all but those at the top live under the Committee's leaden bureaucratic oversight and plain incompetence. Everyone with a smidgen of power abuses it and grovels to those above them. Basically its Citizens are divided into two groups i. While capturing Argus he attempted to destroy the Committee and its Inspectorate by turning their own weapon systems against them. Unfortunately some survive and like a hydra grow more heads as with extreme rapidity 'Delegate' Serene Galahad grabs power and commences a reign that makes those of Pol Pot and Hitler seem to be teddy bear picnics.

Her rise to power forms a powerful strand within this book. However, with the overriding suspicion and treachery culture of Committee run Earth infecting most of her subordinates, Varalin not only has to fight against an inhospitable planet but also against those on her staff on whom she should be able to depend.

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Pity it doesn't care much for plot and character. He has a goldfish that could scare off sharks no matter what kind of heavy artillery they might be holding and an outer office that could put the fear of God into a hardened criminal. He has been employed to find Kafka's brain by a local gang boss. Or is that a local gang boss's brain by Franz Kafka? Another gangster want's to find this brain simply because his rival wants it. There are more complications. Wyeth] Distances in space: the meaning of inconceivable [distances, measurement, parsec, space flight, jet-year, A.

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Tambora killed 70, people and gave rise to the novel Frankenstein [volcanoes, Mt. Ruiz, Mt. Helens, Vesuvius, Joseph Smith, Mt. Thomson, electron, neutron, proton, orbitals, Neils Bohr, teaching] Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin and the Golden Apples of the Sun [Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Ray Bradbury, Golden Apples of the Sun, spectroscopy, composition of the sun, iron, hydrogen, helium, Harlow Shapely, Arthur Eddington, astrophysics, Harvard, women] Last places on Earth -- a new way to look at things [last places on Earth, Niger, quality of life, Dongba language, pictographs, Aral Sea, environment, ecology, land management, dinosaur extinctions, meteor, Ludlow, CO, Swains Island, ham radio, Tofa language] Fighting the home-vido format wars: Who will win?

Coade's remarkable stones [Margaret Culbertson, artificial stone, Mrs. Ferry and the persistence of illumination [Ervin S. Ferry, Ferry-Porter Law of critical fusion, optics, ophthalmology, optometry, vision, persistence of sight, intrumentation, measurement, laboratory, Purdue University, Uppsala, engineering, automobile torpedo, Gyrodynamics, gyroscopic control, gyroscope, quantum mechanics] Revisiting the Commons in a rapidly changing world [ The Tragedy of the Commons, Crediton, Garrett Hardin, socialism, ownership, jefferson, Morrill Act, public education lending libraries, copyleft, copyright, Internet, Wikipedia] Prussian Blue and the House of Berger [Prussian Blue green, Thomas Lewis Berger, Louis Steinberger, lapis lazuli, Dippel, M.

Woodward, J. Hume and history being forgotten [The Mary D. Hume, Gold Beach, Oregon coast, ships, cargo boats, steamers, feral cat rescue, Rogue River jet boats, sea lions, fishing, seagulls, preservation and decay] Timbuktu: The romance and reality of a Renaissance intellectual center [Africa, Black, books, manuscripts, science, caravans, commerce, education] In which the Cairo's ghost rises from the Yazoo mud [Civil War, ship, steamboat, gunboat, war, anthropology, archaeology, war, army, navy, Union, Confederate, domestic technology, James Eads, St.

Vickers Vimy, flying the Atlantic, Turnabout, movie scripts, WW-I, torpedo boats, literature] The rise and demolition of New York's first skyscraper [Ditherington Flax Mill, Tower Building, Montgomery Schuyler, skyscrapers, Chicago, New York City, Flatiron Building, Monadnock Building, Bradford Gilbert, Daniel Burnham, architecture, Home Insurance Building, demolition, preservation] The Platonic "regular" solids: mathematics and divinty [Solid geometry, Platonic regular solids, Euclidean geometry, Johannas Kepler, cosmology, solar system, religion] It's moving day for a hundred thousand bees [honey bees, University of Houston campus, apiary, beekeeprs, environment, pollination, ecology, agriculture, insects, entymology] Music, creativity, and anarchy: accomplishment arising from the ground up [chamber music anarchy creativity invention organization leadership jazz St.

Cecilia Chamber Music Society jazzhouston. Andree aeronaut balloonist] Tracing recent history: computer memory over three decades [computer memory RAM storage flash drives floppy discs CD-ROM bytes information technology secondary storage technological evolution] In which we were saved from war because Kennedy remembered the past. Well, what can really be called recording? Wells Plato] On being reminded of the forgotten foundations, right under our feet [architecture Frank Tavares archaeology archaeologists anthropology Jerusalem Winchester Repeating Arms factory layers of history] Making ethanol from cellulose [moonshine, grain alcohol, ethanol, corn, cellulose, fiber, Energy, Independence and Security Act, cellulosic ethanol] A photo, older than we thought, rewrites history [Henry Bright Josiah Wedgwood James Watt Sir Humphrey Davy photography Henry Fox Talbot solar prints Southeby's camera obscuras photogenic drawings the Lunar Society] Gettysburg, a political turning point..

Bell and Men of Mathematics [E.