Scifi

Frank R. Paul: The Dean Of Science Fiction Illustration by Jerry Weist (book review).

Frank R. Paul: The Dean Of Science Fiction Illustration by Jerry Weist (book review).

It is always said that Hugo Gernsback was one of the earliest key figures in 20th century Science Fiction. That being so, artist Frank R. Paul was his chief architect, contributing colour covers to all of his magazine and managed to squeeze in many black and white illustrations inside them as well. This magnificent book, […]

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Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

You would think that with a title like ‘Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction’ that Gary Westfahl’s book was solely on one of the instigators of SF in the 20th century. It is and it isn’t, as there is also an examination of the growth of SF and the influence he had as […]

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East Of West Volume 3: There Is No Us by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (graphic novel review)

East Of West Volume 3: There Is No Us by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (graphic novel review)

‘East Of West Volume 3: There Is No Us’ collects issues 11-15 of the comic ‘East Of West’. It’s tempting to babble senselessly about how good this comic is, urge you to go out and buy all available issues right away, but I wouldn’t be much of a reviewer if I didn’t explain my fascination. […]

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Anime & Manga

Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements (book review).

Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements (book review).

Japanese animation or anime is a huge successful and very diverse multimedia industry. As Jonathan Clements says himself in ‘Anime: A History’, it is a ‘medium’ rather than a genre. This book is based on Clements PHD doctorate and is a highly detailed discussion on the history of animation, predominately in Japan and its spread […]

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Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (trailer).

Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (trailer).

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, he joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s […]

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The Wind Rises (2013) film review by Mark R. Leeper.

The Wind Rises (2013) film review by Mark R. Leeper.

Japanese cult animation director Hayao Miyazaki makes his final film before retiring, a fictionalised biography of the aircraft designer who gave Japan the Zero fighter plane. The story is okay, but not really compelling. What is more engaging is the view of life in Japan between the World Wars and Miyazaki’s take on international politics. […]

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TV

Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Doctor Who review).

Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Doctor Who review).

Be careful: There may be some unintentional spoilers although I won’t give away the ending. After last week, I have to confess that I wasn’t sure if that episode could be beaten but ‘In The Forest Of The Night’ is very accomplished. A sudden ecological environmental change for the entire world and we have a […]

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Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.LD. Season 2 episode 1 (TV review).

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.LD. Season 2 episode 1 (TV review).

an assessment by: GF Willmetts show your security clearance   There might be spoilers so if you haven’t seen this episode yet, watch it first. The most startling thing from the off-set was how many characters from the regular Marvel Universe were presented in short order to capture those of us who thought there wasn’t […]

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: – Flatline by John Rivers (TV review).

Doctor Who: – Flatline by John Rivers (TV review).

Later than planned, this is the spoiler-filled review of Doctor Who’s ninth episode in the current series ‘Flatline’. If you haven’t seen the episode then I strongly recommend checking out Geoff’s article here http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/doctor-who-flatline-by-jamie-mathieson-doctor-who-review/. For those that have seen it, please read on… Where you watch an episode of ‘Doctor Who’ can often add a […]

October 24, 2014 | By | Reply More

Culture

Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

You would think that with a title like ‘Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction’ that Gary Westfahl’s book was solely on one of the instigators of SF in the 20th century. It is and it isn’t, as there is also an examination of the growth of SF and the influence he had as […]

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Woman In The Story by Helen Jacey (book review).

The Woman In The Story by Helen Jacey (book review).

As should be seen by the title, ‘The Women In The Story’ is author Helen Jacey’s examination of the heroine’s role in films. I selected this book because I do have a habit of writing strong women in my ‘Psi-Kicks’ stories and wanted to see if I missed anything that I can apply in prose. […]

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Joss Whedon: Geek King Of The Universe – A Biography by Amy Pascale (book review).

Joss Whedon: Geek King Of The Universe – A Biography by Amy Pascale (book review).

The title ‘Joss Whedon: Geek King Of The Universe’ says it all and if you happen to be a fan then this book will immediately attract you but ,if you like biographies, there is a lot for you here, too. I’m a fan but not of biographies, so I picked this up with gritted teeth, […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

Science

God And The Multiverse by Victor J. Stenger (book review).

God And The Multiverse by Victor J. Stenger (book review).

In many ways, Victor J. Stenger’s latest book, ‘God And The Multiverse’ covers elements of one of his previous books, ‘God And The Atom’, which he admits in his introduction. I do think perhaps that ‘God’ should be in plural because Stenger examines the evolution of cosmology across the world and how astronomers had to […]

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fusion clean energy revolution on the way?

Fusion clean energy revolution on the way?

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is, it boasts, working on a new compact fusion reactor that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years. Currently, there are several patents pending that cover their approach. While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has, they say, built on 60 years of […]

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Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

Physical chemistry has always been something hard to define. Basically, it’s the physics associated with chemistry and how things work together than the other chemistry which deals with chemical reactions. Cathy Cobb’s book, ‘Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks’, explores the history of physical chemistry that should make sense to most of you. If you have any […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

Frank R. Paul: The Dean Of Science Fiction Illustration by Jerry Weist (book review).

Frank R. Paul: The Dean Of Science Fiction Illustration by Jerry Weist (book review).

It is always said that Hugo Gernsback was one of the earliest key figures in 20th century Science Fiction. That being so, artist Frank R. Paul was his chief architect, contributing colour covers to all of his magazine and managed to squeeze in many black and white illustrations inside them as well. This magnificent book, […]

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

You would think that with a title like ‘Hugo Gernsback And The Century Of Science Fiction’ that Gary Westfahl’s book was solely on one of the instigators of SF in the 20th century. It is and it isn’t, as there is also an examination of the growth of SF and the influence he had as […]

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Curious Case Of H.P. Lovecraft by Paul Roland (book review).

The Curious Case Of H.P. Lovecraft by Paul Roland (book review).

‘The Curious Case Of H.P. Lovecraft’ is both a biography and a literary analysis of the famous horror writer and his works. The facts of his life are shown and so are the plots of the stories, complete with commentary on the language used, the human characters and the non-human creatures. Writer Paul Roland also […]

October 28, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick (book review).

Lies, Inc. by Philip K. Dick (book review).

‘Lies, Inc.’ is a re-issue of a novel that was publishes in 1984 after Phil Dick’s death. Originally written in 1964, it was never truly completed and it was put together from different drafts. This is now the most complete version offered of this startlingly original story that nevertheless follows many of the traits and […]

October 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Art Of John Alvin by Andrea Alvin (book review).

The Art Of John Alvin by Andrea Alvin (book review).

Artist John Alvin died in 2008 but his wife and artist, Andrea Alvin, points out that even if you don’t recognise his name, you’ll certainly recognise the posters he did for the films of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, Disney and Mel Brooks. It is with the latter, that he […]

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The Omega Factor by Jack Gerson (CD review).

The Omega Factor by Jack Gerson (CD review).

In 1979, ‘The Omega Factor’ was a BBC TV series which took place over 10 episodes and used Edinburgh as a spooky backdrop to the investigation of occult events by Department Seven, This audio of the novel covers some of the ground of the series but it is mostly standalone and is the story of […]

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