Ian Betteridge

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (5 of 6)
Location: London, UK


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Cave & Julia (Kindle Single) by M John Harrison
Cave & Julia (Kindle Single) by M John Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic MJH short, 16 Jun 2013
I grew up reading Harrison, and his short stories are some of my favourites. "Cave & Julia" is an excellent example of his short fiction: mysterious, incredibly erudite, with sentences which burn into your mind as you read them. Don't expect answers; do expect surprise, and ultimately to be intrigued.
Artifact by Gregory Benford
Artifact by Gregory Benford
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As with many books in this area of SF, characterisation is not the strongest point of Artefact. In fact, most of the characters are little more than cartoons, and I found myself empathising with none of them. This, however, is equally true of many of the writers in the field, and it hasn't stopped me from enjoying the books of (for example) Greg Bear. The science, too, is impeccable. Benford clearly knows his physics, as you'd expect from a professional physicist. Pacing and plot development, essential features of any book like this, are also well done.
Unfortunately, that's where the good points end. For Artefact is also an example of the worst kind of American xenophobia and… Read more

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