Paul Kincaid Reviews Europe at Dawn by Dave Hutchinson

Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris 978-1781086094, £7.99, 320pp, pb) November 2018.

It may seem paradoxical, but it is the ordinari­ness that Dave Hutchinson evokes that makes his work so extraordinary. The normal run of things in science fiction is to emphasise how dif­ferent the invented world is from our normal daily experience. The world may be gritty or glitzy, utopian or dystopian, but it is decidedly not like what ...Read More

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Paul Kincaid Reviews An American Story by Christopher Priest

An American Story, Christopher Priest (Gollancz 978-1473200579, £20.00, 320pp, hc) September 2018.

The first thing you notice is the title: An American Story. For almost 40 years, Christopher Priest has followed the same structure for the titles of practi­cally all of his novels: The X, where X is an often very oblique reference to what follows. What was affirmed in The Affirmation; what was gradual in The Gradual? The new ...Read More

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Paul Kincaid Reviews Haven by Adam Roberts

Haven, Adam Roberts (Solaris 978-1781085660, $11.99, 320pp, tp) August 2018.

You can tell this novel is by Adam Roberts. It is set a hundred or so years in the future, after a global catastrophe, the collapse of civilization as we know it, and the painfully slow emergence of a way of life that is at best nasty, brutish, and short. For all that, he still manages to slip a reference ...Read More

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Paul Kincaid reviews Shelter by Dave Hutchinson

Shelter, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris 978-1-78108-504-2, 304pp, £7.99, pb) June 2018. Cover by Sam Gretton.

Dave Hutchinson’s new novel Shelter is what Brian Aldiss called a cozy catastrophe, though such stories were never truly cozy and not always a catastrophe. The question is, of course, why we might need another such catastrophe story, and why now? The answer lies not in finding a new way to tell an old story (though ...Read More

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On the Border by Paul Kincaid

More and more, as I look back each year on what has caught my eye, I find myself drawn to works of genre uncertainty, work that plays with what had been safely familiar tropes, and results in fiction where we cannot convincingly say: that is science fiction, or that is fantasy, or that is mainstream. It is here, it seems to me, here in these borderlands, these debatable lands, that ...Read More

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