review by Joe Vaz

Abi Godsell’s Idea War is magnificent.
I had the privilege of reading the first ten chapters of Abi Godsell’s sprawling Idea War series a few years ago, and it immediately grabbed my attention.
Idea War Vol One introduces us to a team of young rebels, fighting against an autocratic government that, in a not-too-distant future, has taken over the control of South Africa.
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by Joe Vaz

I arrived late at the game, only picking up The Colour of Magic in 1989, I think. It was soon followed by Light Fantastic and Equal Rites and so on and so forth. Over the last twenty six years a Discworld novel has been my companion across a myriad of significant memories. I remember reading Maskerade while rehearsing La Cage Aux Folles at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, loving every second of being backstage in a massive theatre while reading about the backstage of a massive theatre in the Discworld.
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review by Joe Vaz

There's a reason why 2000AD is still the greatest comic around, three decades after it's launch. There are many reasons, actually, great characters, astounding art, riveting story lines and never-ending weekly thrills. But now in Prog 2015, available Wednesday 17th December, 2000AD is bringing back the Dark Judges, Judge Dredd's greatest foes.


PB 100 pages Available in print from: Diamond (OCT141616) and UK newsagents Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop, 2000 AD iPad app
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review by Joe Vaz

Published by Orbit
PB 512 pages RRP £8.99


You have no idea what to make of this.
You meet Lieutenant “Lucky” Quinto as he leads a platoon to uncover a cache of military weapons hidden ages ago beneath the ground in an abandoned mine. It seems as though you’re reading a piece of military SF. You’re in Starship Troopers territory, or that’s what you assume: army guys battle aliens.
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review by Joe Vaz

Published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
HB 481 pages RRP £14.99


I first became interested in South Africa’s genre fiction scene when I started Something Wicked in July 2006.
To grow interest in the magazine, we launched with a competition. One of the entries we received came from an unknown author named Sarah Lotz; her story, “The Perfect Man”, went on to win.
Over the years I have become both a fan and a friend of Sarah’s, so I expected The Three to be good. What I didn’t anticipate was how dense, epic and yet intimate this book is.
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