Scifi

The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

A common problem with Science Fiction is that it doesn’t hold up well to scientific scrutiny. Things that make sense superficially, such as faster-than-light travel, don’t really make any sense when thought about scientifically. It’s not that we just don’t how to make spacecraft travel faster than light, it’s more that physics as we understand […]

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The Prisoner Volume 2 by Nicholas Biggs (CD story review).

The Prisoner Volume 2 by Nicholas Biggs (CD story review).

Much like the Prisoner, I live in a world where everything is uncertain and despite thinking I had written this review, it turned out to be a fantasy. The basis of the world of ‘The Prisoner’ is not being able to trust your eyes, ears and senses so an audio version is the ideal medium […]

December 12, 2017 | By | Reply More

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: […]

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
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

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace by Geoffrey Orme (DVD review).

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace by Geoffrey Orme (DVD review).

The Doctor (actor Patrick Troughton), companions Polly (actress Annke Wills) and Ben (actor Michael Craze) have gained a third travelling mate in the form of Jamie McCrimmon (actor Frazer Hines) after an adventure in the highlands of Scotland. They arrive back on Earth on a rock beach in the Mediterranean and while the Doctor examines […]

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
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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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 […]

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
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

A.I. discovers new Kepler exoplanet.

A.I. discovers new Kepler exoplanet.

A.I. may not be driving your car around yet, but it is discovering new exoplanets! Our solar system is now tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s […]

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

The Science Of Dune edited by Kevin R. Grazier (book review).

A common problem with Science Fiction is that it doesn’t hold up well to scientific scrutiny. Things that make sense superficially, such as faster-than-light travel, don’t really make any sense when thought about scientifically. It’s not that we just don’t how to make spacecraft travel faster than light, it’s more that physics as we understand […]

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More

Books

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Imaginarium by Paul Kidby  (book review)

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: Imaginarium by Paul Kidby (book review)

Few fantasy novelists are as easily associated with their cover art as Terry Pratchett, through the 1980s and 90s with Josh Kirby and, thereafter, with Paul Kidby. Of course, they both had completely different styles and, inevitably, the younger artist went back to Pratchett’s earlier works and created his own illustrations for them. So what […]

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zombie Apocalypse! by Stephen Jones (book review).

Zombie Apocalypse! by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘Zombie Apocalypse!’ is the first in a trilogy of so-called ‘mosaic’ novels which bring together mixed media contributions from multiple authors to produce the story of a zombie outbreak and its aftermath, based on a concept created by British horror editor Stephen Jones. The books came out between 2010 and 2014 and were sufficiently successful […]

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Recent Articles

The Art Of Coco (book review).

The Art Of Coco (book review).

‘Coco’ is the latest film from Pixar. ‘Coco’ is the surname of a Mexican family and they are celebrating the dead at the Dia de los Muertos. The events are seen through the son Miguel. As explained throughout this book, the Mexicans celebrate and parade around their graveyards with joyous abandon with their ancestors usually […]

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Mercenary: The Definitive Editions:Vol.1 The Cult Of The Sacred Fire (Mercenary The Definitive Editions) by Vincente Segrelles (book review).

The Mercenary: The Definitive Editions:Vol.1 The Cult Of The Sacred Fire (Mercenary The Definitive Editions) by Vincente Segrelles (book review).

According to the hype, ‘The Mercenary 1: The Cult Of The Sacred Fire’ is something of a classic which is why we have this anniversary edition forty years after the first printing. It’s a superior reproduction made from scans of the original paintings and a very lovely book it is, too, with hard covers and […]

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