Scifi

Altered Carbon (trailer for Netflix TV series)

Altered Carbon (trailer for Netflix TV series)

Here’s the first trailer for the new Altered Carbon science fiction TV series from Netflix, based on Richard K. Morgan’s excellent novel of the same name. In the future, human minds are digitised and downloaded from body to body. Last night, the wealthiest man on Earth, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) was murdered. To investigate his death, he brings […]

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Ready Player One (trailer for new Steven Spielberg film).

Ready Player One (trailer for new Steven Spielberg film).

Here’s the official trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new science fiction movie, Ready Player One, based on the novel of the same name from Ernest Cline. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found escape in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe […]

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Anime & Manga

Alita Battle Angel (first trailer for James Cameron film).

Alita Battle Angel (first trailer for James Cameron film).

Here’s the first look at James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s live action version of Alita: Battle Angel with the release of the first movie trailer. Rosa Salazar stars as Alita, a cyborg with a forgotten past, found and brought back to life by cyber-doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz). Based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: […]

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Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Probably in common with a lot of the audience who have seen the 2017 live action film ‘Ghost In The Shell’ starring Scarlett Johansson, I was aware that the story originated as a Japanese anime title, but otherwise I had no idea about its background. In fact, my knowledge of the genre is rather paltry […]

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TV

Altered Carbon (trailer for Netflix TV series)

Altered Carbon (trailer for Netflix TV series)

Here’s the first trailer for the new Altered Carbon science fiction TV series from Netflix, based on Richard K. Morgan’s excellent novel of the same name. In the future, human minds are digitised and downloaded from body to body. Last night, the wealthiest man on Earth, Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy) was murdered. To investigate his death, he brings […]

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks by David Whitaker (DVD TV series review).

Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks by David Whitaker (DVD TV series review).

I guess if you never saw the first ‘Doctor Who’ story, ‘The Power Of The Daleks’ starring Patrick Troughton, seeing the animated version is probably going to be the only way. Unlike the odd animated episode inclusion in other stories where episodes are missing, this runs for the entire 6 episodes and they can’t just […]

December 3, 2017 | By | Reply More

Culture

Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-One Short Stories From Tibet edited by Tenzin Dickie (book review).

Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-One Short Stories From Tibet edited by Tenzin Dickie (book review).

As the sub-title of this book, ‘Old Demons, New Deities’ tells you, this is a collection of short stories with links to Tibet, either because they’re set there, the author originates from Tibet or the story features Tibetans in other settings around the world. If you’re looking for an insight into a culture that is […]

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The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy by Sam Maggs (book review).

The Fangirl’s Guide To The Galaxy by Sam Maggs (book review).

While contemporary geek culture often sees itself as progressive and liberal, the reality is that it’s still one where women can struggle to feel completely accepted and at home. That’s a crying shame because, fundamentally, geek culture should be a celebration of precisely the sorts of idealism and diversity that characterise pretty much all modern […]

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Science

Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon  (book review)

Faraday, Maxwell And The Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon (book review)

The story of Michael Faraday is really a literal rags to riches story as he worked his way into the scientific community by endearing himself to Humphrey Davy with his meticulous handwriting and noting experiments at the latter’s public displays. Faraday was also a keen experimenter himself although not originally on such a vast scale […]

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker  (book review)

Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review)

Being in my early teens in 1970 and the school swot on the space program, I was aware of the problems with the Apollo 13 expedition to the Moon and the problems they had. Hence when a film drama was made on the subject in 1995, I paid less attention other than a few clips […]

November 27, 2017 | By | Reply More

Books

Nailbiters by Paul B. Kane  (book review)

Nailbiters by Paul B. Kane (book review)

Where once horror stories tended to involve the supernatural, these days writers have a choice, either to follow traditional patterns of ghost and demon-motivated stories while avoiding the clichéd plots or to go more for the splatter-type nastiness. Both types play on the fears of the reader but with the development of the ‘benign’ supernatural […]

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Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual by Mike Saunders  (book review)

Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual by Mike Saunders (book review)

A problem often with only seeing a cover of the book on a small scale is that you don’t tend to see or even read all the text. It wasn’t until I got this book, ‘Coding Owners’ Workshop Manual’ that I realised it wasn’t a general programming book for computers but Python, specifically for the […]

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Recent Articles

Dublin WorldCon to present 1944 Retro Hugo Awards.

Dublin WorldCon to present 1944 Retro Hugo Awards.

Dublin 2019 – the Irish Worldcon – has announced that it will present Retro Hugo Awards for 1944, honouring genre work created in 1943, as well as the 2019 Hugo Awards for work created in 2018. The Hugo Awards are an award for the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well […]

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2000AD Prog #2059 (comicbook review).

2000AD Prog #2059 (comicbook review).

I picked up 2000AD Prog # 2059 on a whim along with Judge Dredd Megazine # 390, curious to see how they’re shaping up nowadays. These two are virtually the only serious British comics left standing, which is potty when you think how much American product is out there. Anyway, here’s my report. The cover […]

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