An Excerpt from THE MINDERS by John Marrs

THE MINDERS John Marrs (www.johnmarrsauthor.com) Del Rey (www.penguin.co.uk) £7.99   PART ONE     ** CONFIDENTIAL **   TOP SECRET: UK EYES ONLY, CLASSIFIED ‘A’ THIS DOCUMENT IS THE PROPERTY OF HIS MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT MINUTES OF JOINT CYBER-ESPIONAGE / INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE ASSESSMENT MEETING 11.6 ‘THE ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO STORAGE OF CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS’ ** Please note […]

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EXTRACT: SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton

SALVATION Peter F. Hamilton Pan Macmillan (www.panmacmillan.com) £20.00 Earth Calling Drifting through interstellar space, three light-years out from the star 31 Aquilae, the Neána abode cluster picked up a series of short, faint electromagnetic pulses that lasted intermittently for eighteen years. The early signatures were familiar to the Neána, and faintly worrying: nuclear fission detonations, […]

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EXTRACT: SHATTERMOON by Dominic Dulley

SHATTERMOON Dominic Dulley (dominicdulley.com) Jo Fletcher Books (www.jofletcherbooks.com) £16.99 MENDER Consciousness returned slowly. At first the familiar throb of a ship’s mass-inversion drive made Orry think she was in her cabin, but the smell wasn’t right. There was an antiseptic odour that brought to mind a hospital, but it was fighting with something earthier, a […]

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EXTRACT: THE DARKNESS THAT DIVIDES US by Renate Dorrestein

THE DARKNESS THAT DIVIDES US Renate Dorrestein (renatedorrestein.nl) Translated by Hester Velmans (hestervelmans.com) World Editions (www.worldeditions.org) £11.99 As part of the Dutch Book Week celebrations, I’m very pleased to present an extract from Renate Dorrestein’s The Darkness that Divides Us. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BoekenweekUk. We must at some point have […]

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EXTRACT: THE CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES by Paul Anthony Jones

THE CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES Paul Anthony Jones (www.paulanthonyjones.com) Elliott & Thompson (www.eandtbooks.com) £14.99 auripotent (n.)  rich and powerful The Latin word for gold was aurum, which is not only responsible for the chemical symbol for gold, Au, but is today found at the root of a host of suitably golden words. Aurigraphy, for instance, […]

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