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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Justina Rob­son’s first novel in four years, THE GLO­RI­OUS AN­GELS ( , 11 Fe­bru­ary, Gol­lancz), is rem­i­nis­cent of ’ 70s and ’ 80s fem­i­nist sci­ence fan­tasy. Set in a world ruled by women, it fea­tures fly­ing cities, tele­pathic Em­presses, and shapeshift­ing tiger-dog­parahu­mans who ab­sorb knowl­edge by eat­ing peo­ple! We said: “Tap dances along the lines be­tween genre bound­aries, kick­ing up its heels with a giddy, fe­ro­ciously smart in­ven­tive­ness.” Ready Player One au­thor Ernest Cline’s lat­est, AR­MADA ( , 11 Fe­bru­ary, Ar­row), has a fair amount in com­mon with ’ 80s film The Last Starfighter. Its hero is a dab hand at the tit­u­lar MMO, and finds him­self re­cruited to the mil­i­tary after dis­cov­er­ing that it’s ac­tu­ally a train­ing sim for a forth­com­ing war with an alien race. We said: “Some­times the geek ref­er­ences get wear­ing, but Cline’s strength is his thriller- like plot­ting, which is the rigid spine un­der the in- joke froth.” Fi­nally, DOC­TOR WHO: CITY OF DEATH ( , 11 Fe­bru­ary, BBC Books) is an­other hugely be­lated adap­ta­tion of one of the sto­ries penned by Hitch­hiker’s cre­ator Dou­glas Adams. Set in Paris, this 1979 ad­ven­ture con­cerns a squid- faced alien frac­tured in time, and is widely con­sid­ered to be one of the clas­sic se­ries’ best ad­ven­tures. Au­thor James Goss draws on the orig­i­nal scripts to in­sert ex­tra lit­tle scraps of Adams. We said: “A damn sight bet­ter than the nov­el­i­sa­tion we’d have got in the ’ 70s … cer­tainly does the story jus­tice.”

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