Science Fiction

The Book of Joan: part apocalyptic tale, part erotic poem

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Does J.G. Ballard’s ‘disquieting equation’, ‘sex x technology = the future’, still hold? Not in Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel, which imagines…

Brilliant essayists, dark and fair

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Read cover to cover, a book of essays gives you the person behind it: their voice, the trend of their…

Read Nicola Barker’s H(A)PPY to the guitar music of Agustin Barrios

5 August 2017 9:00 am

It is an unexpected pleasure when fiction has a soundtrack to accompany the work of reviewing. H(A)PPY is ‘best enjoyed…

A computer illustration of people in cryogenic pods

Who on earth wants to live forever with the people who want to live forever?

15 April 2017 8:00 am

Are you a deathist? A deathist is someone who accepts the fact of death, who thinks the ongoing massacre of…

It’s electrifying: Nikola Tesla in his lab, 1901

Poetry, animals, perms and Bovril are all part of the sparky history of electricity

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Poetry, animals, perms and Bovril are all part of the sparky history of electricity, writes Richard Holmes

Rod Taylor works his invention in a film version of HG. Wells’s The Time Machine

Cheating death by time travel

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The concept of time travel is surprisingly recent, says Jenny Colgan. Before H.G. Wells, it barely existed

I couldn't bring myself to say 'depression'. And the GP wouldn't give me an appointment

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On the Monday before Christmas, the black dog came around again and I couldn’t get out of bed. I lay…

Don DeLillo foresees the imminent death of death

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Cults, the desert, natural disasters. Artists, bankers, terrorists. Cash machines, food packaging, secret installations. Mediaspeak and scientific jargon. Crowds and…

All washed up: Birmingham after the apocalypse

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The dystopian novel in which a Ballardian deluge or viral illness transforms planet Earth has become something of a sub-genre,…

‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost

God, aliens and a novel with a mission

22 November 2014 9:00 am

They say never work with children and animals. They could just as well say don’t write about aliens and God.…

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood - review

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The two opening volumes of Margaret Atwood’s trilogy have sold over a million copies. One of them managed to be…

Bookends: Saving JFK

10 December 2011 11:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel is a time-travel fantasy about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At almost 750 pages, 11.22.63…

S is for Speculative

3 December 2011 10:00 am

Margaret Atwood has written 20 novels, of which three (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake and The Year of the…

Dark, moral and lyrical

19 February 2011 12:00 am

A story in Edna O’Brien’s new collection — her 24th book since 1960 — shows us a mother and daughter who are thrilled to be taking tea with the Coughlans, posh new arrivals in their rural west of Ireland parish.

Architect of cool

11 September 2010 12:00 am

More than quarter of a century later, 1984 remains firmly fixed in the future, fiction having provided a more vivid view than our memories of the year which actually happened.

Hero of the counterculture

21 August 2010 12:00 am

Michael Moorcock’s career is indisputably heroic.

A cosmic comedy

10 March 2010 12:00 am

Not long ago I had an email from a friend, wondering if I’d yet read the new Ian McEwan.

Liobams lying with rakunks

16 September 2009 12:00 am

Set in the future, The Year of the Flood tells the story of the build-up to and aftermath of a pandemic known as the Waterless Flood, which all but eradicates the human race.

The wide blue yonder

11 March 2009 12:00 am

Toby Litt begins the titles of his books with consecutive letters of the alphabet and takes delight in shifting style and genre.