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Debatable Space is a 2008 science fiction novel by novelist and screenwriter Philip Palmer . [1] [2]

The book alternates between telling the story of the main character, Lena Smith, in the form of a diary and a first-person narrative of events which take place roughly 1000 years from the present day. Each section of the POV narrative bears the name of the character it follows.

It received mixed reviews, with the Guardian describing it as "a debut of rare accomplishment", [3] and Strange Horizons describing it as having "a pretty good twisty plot at the core of the novel—but sadly [...] buried underneath layers of cinematic flash-bang frippery and clunky long-winded exposition." [1] SF Signal described it as "not always successful, but [...] definitely a promising start." [2]

Debatable Space is a 2008 science fiction novel by novelist and screenwriter Philip Palmer . [1] [2]

The book alternates between telling the story of the main character, Lena Smith, in the form of a diary and a first-person narrative of events which take place roughly 1000 years from the present day. Each section of the POV narrative bears the name of the character it follows.

It received mixed reviews, with the Guardian describing it as "a debut of rare accomplishment", [3] and Strange Horizons describing it as having "a pretty good twisty plot at the core of the novel—but sadly [...] buried underneath layers of cinematic flash-bang frippery and clunky long-winded exposition." [1] SF Signal described it as "not always successful, but [...] definitely a promising start." [2]

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Philip Palmer lives in London and is currently at work on a new book set in the same universe as DEBATABLE SPACE. He has written for film, TV and theater. Find out more about Philip Palmer at www.philippalmer.net.

Debatable Space is a 2008 science fiction novel by novelist and screenwriter Philip Palmer . [1] [2]

The book alternates between telling the story of the main character, Lena Smith, in the form of a diary and a first-person narrative of events which take place roughly 1000 years from the present day. Each section of the POV narrative bears the name of the character it follows.

It received mixed reviews, with the Guardian describing it as "a debut of rare accomplishment", [3] and Strange Horizons describing it as having "a pretty good twisty plot at the core of the novel—but sadly [...] buried underneath layers of cinematic flash-bang frippery and clunky long-winded exposition." [1] SF Signal described it as "not always successful, but [...] definitely a promising start." [2]

Snatching a powerful propaganda victory from the jaws of defeat, the evacuation of Dunkirk marked a turning point in Britain’s resolve to prosecute the war against Nazi Germany.  Continue reading “Film Review: Dunkirk” →

The Death of Louis XIV , the latest work from Catalan director Albert Serra, spans – often in unsparing detail – the last twenty-four days of the French monarch Louis (1638–1715) as he succumbs to gangrene.
Continue reading “Film Review: The Death of Louis XIV” →

A Stellar cast and crew can’t save this sugary and predictable story by writer-director Martin Provost from grinding to its underwhelming conclusion without any real spark of joy or imagination.  Continue reading “Film Review: The Midwife” →


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