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

Com­ing to pa­per­back this month: China Miéville’s sec­ond col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, THREE MO­MENTS OF AN EX­PLO­SION ( , 2 June, Pi­cador). It fea­tures 28 tales (some pub­lished pre­vi­ously), rang­ing from body-hor­ror vi­gnettes and eerie meta­mor­phoses to re­flec­tions on revo­lu­tions. We said: “A vol­ume that sug­gests Miéville ex­plor­ing the un­set­tling pos­si­bil­i­ties of short fic­tion to de­scribe our un­set­tled lives, rather as JG Bal­lard did in the last cen­tury.” The first shiny-new-in­te­grated con­ti­nu­ity novel set be­tween Re­turn Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens, STAR WARS: AFTERMATH ( , 26 May, Ar­row) sees what’s left of the Em­pire’s of­fi­cers get­ting to­gether to draw their plans for the fu­ture… Boo! Hiss! We said: “Chuck Wendig does a de­cent enough job, craft­ing a fun ad­ven­ture… but the short scenes try too hard to be cinematic, the metaphors are clunky, and nods to the movies are a bit too on the nose.” In­ci­den­tally, sec­ond book of the tril­ogy Aftermath: Life Debt is due out on 12 July. Fi­nally, swift on the heels of Jenny Colgan’s new Doc­tor Who novel comes the reis­sue of RE­SIS­TANCE IS FU­TILE ( , 2 June, Or­bit), a bit­ter­sweet love story with added maths, aliens and geek­ery. It fol­lows Con­nie, a math­e­mati­cian re­cruited to a top-se­cret project to crack the code on a sig­nal from space, re­sult­ing in a mad – and not en­tirely con­vinc­ing – ad­ven­ture. We said: “Never less than en­ter­tain­ing, as well as won­der­fully funny at times.”

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