Like Martin, Tony McGee is a proof that the UK independent is just brimming with unrecognised and poorly appreciated talent. Like his 250 page epic 'Angel Nebula', 'Frontiers: Departure Deadworld' uses the far reaches of the solar system as it's backdrop, and is "an interconnected series of short sci-fi stories". This one appears to be a veiled allegory on the nature of creativity, or perhaps the dangerous parodox of human evolution. I'm not sure, it's a little too veiled at times, though it does boast some clever reverberating effects. I've found McGee's work to never be instantly accessible but it is interesting sufficiently to call for re-reads so there's something in that.
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£1 & SAE, Tony McGee, 143 Meldon Drive, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 8BE.