Science fiction and fantasy
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In This DecadeThe author Isaac Asimov died in 1992.
Mankind begins to colonise Mars. But can a new frontier escape old tensions? The first novel in the Mars trilogy.
The colonisation of Mars continues. The second novel in the Mars trilogy.
Mars is fully terraformed, whilst Earth is threatened with overpopulation and ecological catastrophe. The third novel in the Mars trilogy.
The third novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy.
A public defender is tasked with bringing in a poet and mass murderer. Meanwhile, computers at Alpha Centauri and on Earth look for life and contemplate self-awareness and the soul. The first novel in the Queen Of Angels series.
In a world where armed corporations have taken over from governments and pizza delivery is life or death, a new drug comes on the market.
The Malazan Empire is locked in perpetual warfare as mages, soldiers, and the Empress engage in a battle for supremacy. The first book in the Malazan Book Of The Fallen series.
Will steps through a portal into another world in the second novel in the His Dark Materials trilogy.
A young man sets out in search of his lost love who has been taken as a slave, accompanied by a group of aging warriors. The fourth Drenai novel.
The fifth graphic novel in the Sandman series.
The vampire Lestat regrets losing his humanity, until he meets an immortal who can make him mortal once again. The fourth novel in The Vampire Chronicles.
An agent with a psychic gland investigates company sabotage in a world changed by global warming.
A young space officer is forced to leave the military and take her chances piloting a civilian spacecraft. The first book of the Serrano Legacy.
A businessman travels to the Spiral, where timeless myth meets the real world, in order to solve a mystery. The third novel in the Spiral series.
The first novel in the Seafort Saga.
The crew of an interstellar yacht have to transport a young prince in secret. But they are drawn into an intrigue when they realise all is not right with the young royal.
The boundaries between the worlds are failing, and a woodsman has secrets to keep and a mysterious woman to protect. Book one of The Sword Of Truth.
A young man and his friend set out to retrieve the manuscript of a man whose writings have been suppressed. The first book in the Toute la vĂ©ritĂ© series.
A young mage comes to the city to learn magic, but ends up in a conflict with an archmage. Book one of The Artefacts Of Power.
Aurian is pregnant and stranded in the south, whilst an evil archmage schemes against her. Book two of The Artefacts Of Power.
The second novel in the Seafort Saga.
The third novel in the Seafort Saga.
The mage Aurian continues her struggle to win an artefact and defeat a dark wizard. Book three of The Artefacts Of Power.
A young woman hides in the caves to escape the brutality of castle life. When plague comes a dark god turns her into a vampire, but immortality is not the salvation she hoped for.
When a man is murdered by vampires Anita Blake investigates, even though confronting the master vampire of the city could cost her her soul and her freedom. The third Anita Blake novel.
A highlander rescues the survivor of an attack on a lowland settlement. A warrior queen arrives through a gate in space and time to a world on the brink of war.
The fourth novel in the Seafort Saga.
The fifth novel in the Seafort Saga.
A psychology professor goes to work for a billionaire genius on his island, where her job is to analyse an AI computer that is acting up.
Anita is called on to look into a murder with the hallmarks of supernatural involvement, and a number of disappearances affecting the shapeshifting community. Meanwhile, dating a werewolf is proving problematic. The fourth Anita Blake book.
A history of life in London in 1660 to 1670, covering topics such as furniture, clothing, food, cosmetics, medicine, jobs, and the status of women.
Ronan and his friends are set upon by exploding trolls as a greedy corporation tries to eliminate them in this send-up of epic fantasy. The third in the Ronan the Barbarian series.
Anita Blake is finding it hard to choose between dating a vampire and a werewolf. But someone has put a contract out on her life, so her choice may not matter. The sixth Anita Blake novel.
A young woman discovers she has magic and faces her destiny in this novel of swords, mages, and rogue apostrophes. Book one of The Banned And The Banished.
An ER doctor and a bar owner encounter strange occurrences that lead them beyond the boundaries of Earth, into a world of knights and magic. Book one of The Last Rune.
Anita Blake investigates a series of arson attacks on vampire businesses. The seventh Anita Blake novel.
The sixth novel in the Seafort Saga.
A government agency for time travel went back in time and terraformed Mars. Now Hanville Svetz must work out what wiped out the Martians.
Jacques, a tortured vampire makes a psychic connection to a surgeon. But will his confusion and madness endanger her in this paranormal romance? The second book in the Carpathian series.
A disgraced warrior returns to warn his homeland of an approaching army, but people do not believe him. Book one of the Everien series, by Tricia Sullivan writing as Valery Leith.
Deadly memories resurface during a holiday on Mars.
A young man becomes a vampire, but his conscience is troubled by his immortality and his need for blood.
An obese college professor creates a potion that turns him into an outgoing but obnoxious thin man so he can woo the woman of his dreams
In the 23rd century the Fifth Element has come to Earth to protect the world from evil, and it falls to a taxi driver to protect her.
Truman Burbank is living his whole life as a TV show, and he is the only one unaware that everything around him is fake.
A computer hacker is about to learn that reality is not what he believed it was, as he joins the war against the machines.
Marty McFly and his friend the Doc get stuck in 1885 and have to figure out how to return to the future, whilst rescuing a schoolteacher who was destined to die.
A group of medical students want to explore what lies beyond this life, so they experiment with stopping their hearts.
Peter Pan has grown up and forgotten his past. When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, Peter must return to Neverland and remember who he is.
The Enterprise crew embark on their last voyage before retirement. Peace negotiations with the Klingons go awry when unknown traitors attack their ambassador.
A ship crash-lands on a prison colony, where Ripley must battle an alien infestation.
Batman takes on Penguin and Catwoman.
When the King of Halloween Town discovers Christmas he tries to change things, but because of his lack of understanding of Christmas things go awry.
Whilst working on a fertility drug, a male researcher makes himself pregnant.
A scientist stitches together body parts from corpses to create a monster.
A huge asteroid is headed for Earth, so NASA recruits a group of undisciplined oil engineers to break it up and save the planet.
Two Jedi knights struggle to keep peace in the galaxy, whilst the Sith return to do the opposite. But a young boy may hold the power to restore balance to the Force.
A robot butler exists to serve a family, but he wants to become truly human.
A scientist is attacked and left for dead, but his discovery of short-lived synthetic skin allows him to take on disguises as he searches for revenge.
After they are murdered by robot clones from the future, Bill and Ted challenge the Grim Reaper.
A young man accidentally revives three witches at Halloween in Salem, where they go on the rampage.
A tough cop is unfrozen from cryogenic sleep to take on a psychopathic killer who has escaped from prison.
In Mega City One, Judge Dredd is the law.
In post-apocalyptic America one man sets out to deliver the mail and bring back civilisation.
200 years after the events in Alien 3, Ripley is cloned as a human and alien hybrid. Scientists think they can contain the aliens. The fourth in the Aliens series.
The caped crusader battles Poison Ivy and Mr Freeze, who want to ice up Gotham City.
A half-vampire who can walk in daylight sets out to destroy all vampires.
A video game plugs directly into people's brains, making the line between fantasy and reality blurred.
Science Fiction and Fantasy from the 1990s
Film ReviewsTerminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) directed by James Cameron
The second film in the Terminator series sees the young John Connor fighting for his life against another robot from the future.
Army Of Darkness: The Medieval Dead (1993) directed by Sam Raimi
The third film in the Evil Dead series sees Ash trapped in the middle ages and facing off against the forces of evil.
Jurassic Park (1993) directed by Steven Spielberg
On an isolated island the ultimate theme park is almost completed, featuring live dinosaurs. What could possibly go wrong?
Stargate (1994) directed by Roland Emmerich
When Dr. Daniel Jackson deciphers the markings on a device found in Egypt, he has no idea how far it will take him.
The Mask (1994) directed by Charles Russel
A downtrodden nice guy finds an ancient mask that gives him the powers of a cartoon hero.
The Shadow (1994) directed by Russell Mulcahy
The Shadow, the comic book character created by Walter B. Gibson, fights crime in New York in this film adaptation.
Waterworld (1995) directed by Kevin Reynolds
The ice caps have melted, leaving the world covered in sea. The remaining humans scavenge what they can, and dream about a place called Dryland.
Batman Forever (1995) directed by Joel Schumacher
Batman faces up to Two-Face and The Riddler in this colourful comic adaptation.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995) directed by Robert Longo
A data courier is left with a head full of dangerous information in this adaptation of a short story by William Gibson.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) directed by Robert Rodriguez
Two escaped criminals and their hostages flee to Mexico, only to find that the bar they stay in is infested with vampires.
Independence Day (1996) directed by Roland Emmerich
Enormous alien spaceships arrive on Earth just before the USA is due to celebrate the 4th of July.
Doctor Who (1996) directed by Geoffrey Sax
The eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, pits himself against his enemy the Master, who is struggling to overcome death.
Darkdrive (1996) directed by Phillip Roth
People upload their minds into a virtual reality world in this science fiction thriller.
Men In Black (1997) directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Aliens live amongst us, and a young NYPD officer is given a new job keeping them in check.
Starship Troopers (1997) directed by Paul Verhoeven
A young man enlists in the military in order to fight giant arachnid aliens intent on destroying mankind.
Event Horizon (1997) directed by Paul Anderson
A crew is sent to recover a spacecraft beyond Neptune. But where has the lost craft been, and what has it brought back with it?
Merlin (1998) directed by Steve Barron
This two-part movie tells the story of Merlin and King Arthur as the wizard struggles against the evil Queen Mab.
Razor Blade Smile (1998) directed by Jake West
The vampire Lilith Silver tools up and sharpens her fangs when a secret society are on her trail.
Godzilla (1998) directed by Roland Emmerich
Nuclear testing in the Pacific gives rise to a monstrous lizard which lays waste to New York.
Beowulf (1998) directed by Yuri Kulakov
An animated version of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem.
Galaxy Quest (1999) directed by Dean Parisot
Mistaken for a real crew of space adventurers, a group of jaded actors battle to save a friendly alien race.
Sleepy Hollow (1999) directed by Tim Burton
Constable Ichabod Crane sets out to solve a series of grisly murders which the locals blame on supernatural causes, in this adaptation of a Washington Irving story.
Progeny (1999) directed by Brian Yuzna
A man fears he and his wife have been abducted by aliens, and he wonders if the child is really his.
Book ReviewsRaising the Stones (1990) by Sheri S. Tepper
Gods and prophets of peace and war clash in this story of the far future.
The Complete Ballad Of Halo Jones (1991) by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson
Halo Jones strives for the perfect escape in this graphic novel.
The Ship Who Searched (1992) by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey
Tia is a girl trapped in the body of a spaceship.
Guilty Pleasures (1993) by Laurell K. Hamilton
A woman who raises zombies is asked to investigate a serial killer who targets bloodsuckers. The first Anita Blake book.
Engineman (1994) by Eric Brown
When FTL starships become obsolete their Enginemen are out of work and the spaceports are falling into decay. But has progress come at too high a price?
Assassin's Apprentice (1995) by Robin Hobb
The first episode in the Farseer series, based in the kingdom of the Six Duchies.
Northern Lights (His Dark Materials trilogy) (1995) by Philip Pullman
The first book of the His Dark Materials series.
Sabriel (1995) by Garth Nix
Sabriel goes on a journey to rescue her father, even if it means she has to walk through the gates of death itself.
Pollen (1995) by Jeff Noon
This is the very strange sequel to Vurt.
Royal Assassin (1996) by Robin Hobb
The second instalment of the Farseer Trilogy follows FitzChivalry's adventures at court.
Luck in the Shadows (1996) by Lynn Flewelling
A fantasy featuring Alec of Kerry and the roguish Seregil of Rhiminee. Book one of the Nightrunner series.
Otherland : City of Golden Shadow (1996) by Tad Williams
The first episode in the Otherland series introduces a world of immersive virtual reality.
Servant of the Bones (1996) by Anne Rice
A spirit from the time of ancient Babylon recounts his life story and his attempt to redeem himself by solving the mystery of a recent murder.
Automated Alice (1996) by Jeff Noon
Alice in Wonderland travels forward in time.
Assassin's Quest (1997) by Robin Hobb
In the conclusion to the Farseer Trilogy Fitz has to escape his corrupt uncle and save the Six Duchies Kingdom.
Stalking Darkness (1997) by Lynn Flewelling
Seregil and Alec return for more thieving and spying in the second book of the Nightrunner series.
Dragonclaw (1997) by Kate Forsyth
The first book of The Witches of Eileanan introduces a land where witchcraft is outlawed and dragons are hunted to the brink of extinction.
Reave the Just and other tales (1998) by Stephen Donaldson
A collection of short stories in the fantasy genre by Stephen Donaldson.
The Still (1998) by David Feintuch
Rodrigo is a young prince fighting to claim his kingdom in this fantasy of war and betrayal.
Daughter of the Blood (1998) by Anne Bishop
The first book in the Black Jewels trilogy.
Dinosaur Summer (1998) by Greg Bear
In this sequel to The Lost World, a young man and his father accompany a travelling dinosaur circus.
Rhapsody (1999) by Elizabeth Haydon
This fantasy begins a trilogy of magic, intrigue and epic scope.
Time Future (1999) by Maxine McArthur
In a space station in the far future, Commander Halley lives at a time when humans are no longer the dominant species. The first in the Time Future series.
Heir to the Shadows (1999) by Anne Bishop
The second episode of the shocking yet romantic Black Jewels trilogy.
Darwin's Radio (1999) by Greg Bear
A biologist and a palaeontologist uncover evidence that suggests evolution does not happen the way we believe it to.
The Martian Race (1999) by Gregory Benford
A novel about a near-future expedition to Mars.
Traitor's Moon (1999) by Lynn Flewelling
Seregil and Alec engage in some complex politics in the land of dragons and magic.