Thursday, 2 September 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40k: Fear the Alien - Ed. Christian Dunn

Release Date: 02/09/10


The Imperium of Man has many enemies among the stars, but none are reviled so much as the alien. Dangerous races seek to destroy humanity wherever they turn - the brutish orks, the ravening hordes of the tyranid, the unrelenting necrons and the mysterious forces of the tau and the eldar. Across the universe, humanity and their defenders, the Space Marines, seek to eradicate these xenos threats. Yet all they can hope for is another day of survival - for to stand against the alien is to enter an unending war...Featuring stories by Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Nick Kyme, Juliet McKenna, C.L. Werner and many more, Fear the Alien is an unmissable collection for fans of Warhammer 40,000 and military science-fiction.


Readers are often asking where to not only start with the Warhammer 40k Universe but also which authors that they should try in order to keep to a story arc that they will not only enjoy but be worth their financial outlay. At times I ask what type of tale they’re interested in, at others I ask them to name authors that they enjoy. Both as viable methods but both also have the flaw of the reader missing something that may not be their original choice but generates a tale that they get more from. This is why I love it when publisher put together titles that collect short stories from established authors.

Within this offering are tales from Fantasy/Sci-Fi Heavyweights which make this title something pretty special (even more so when you get a tale from the Ork’s Point of View) for a great cover price. Back that up with stories of heroism, of bloodshed, of great sacrifice and ones where the heroes don’t always win and its something that will surprise and perhaps enthuse people who may well have ignored this publisher before.

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