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flashforward Now that “Flashforward” is finished (and on such an interesting note, too), most fans will probably turn to the book if they miss the series. And for those who don’t know, yes, the series was based on the book by the same name by Robert J. Sawyer.

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Best of F&SF

very best of fsf I recently realised that I haven’t been reading my quota of science fiction for quite some time now. That’s why I picked up “The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction”, anthology of best stories in 60 years of F&SF magazine, edited by Gordon Van Gelder.

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Ask Turing

genesis On the surface, “Genesis” by Bernard Beckett is an unassuming, almost novella-sized book. But a few pages through the book, you realise that you have jumped into something much more complex, and captivating.

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Improbable Adventures An anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories (Point 1). Written by authors like Neil Gaiman, Laurie King, Stephan King, Naomi Novik, Stephan Baxter (Points 2, 3, 4, and so on.) So, how many more points does a book like “The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ”need to be “pick up right now”?

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Froody

and-another-thing-by-eoin-c I have mixed feelings about “And Another Thing… ”. For one thing, it is hard to recreate the magic of a classic like H2G2 – the five-part trilogy. On the other hand, Eoin Colfer has enough experience of weird characters and crazier situations from his Artemis Fowl series.

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starshiptroopers Once you get past the main action (Denise Richards and Dina Meyer) you start getting a distinctive “1984” feeling about the whole proceedings, especially about the newscasts. Which is why I was curious to read the actual book, Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, on which the iconic movie is based.

And unexpectedly different as it was after the movie, the book was interesting in its own way.

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RIP Michael Crichton

Jurassic ParkOne of the first book-to-movie adaptations I read about was “Jurassic Park” and it remains one of the rare few cases where I saw the movie before I read the book (because it was a long time before I figured out there was a book called “Jurassic Park“). But after that, I just had to get my hands on the other books by the author. Thus Michael Crichton became one of the first English authors (after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) whose books I have read.

Although I didn’t read the almost-Doomsday scenarios in “State of Fear” and “Next” as enthusiastically, “Timeline” remains one of my favourite time travel stories, while Jurassic Park series (Jurassic Park and Lost World)easily make it to the list of my Top 5 Sci-Fi series.

RIP Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008). From dinosaurs to nanobots, from jungles of Congo with vicious apes to concrete jungles with ruthless humans, sci-fi will miss you.

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