‘I’m going to keep a recording of our conversation in case anything is brought to issue later. It will also demonstrate that you were not under any duress or other issues. Is that OK?’ ‘Sure. It protects both of us.’ ‘You’re an unusual case, Mr. Glade. A few generations ago, people would have given anything […]
‘The Long Mars’ by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, the third book of ‘The Long Earth’ cycle, starts with the aftermath of the catastrophe on Datum Earth that concluded book two ‘The Long War’, the Yellowstone super-eruption. The Long Earth being a multitude of alternate Earths devoid of human life. Ours is called Datum Earth […]
Chris Beckett’s ‘Dark Eden’ was an excellent novel and my opinion was confirmed by its winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The planet Eden and the society that had developed on it were so well thought out and captivating that I have been intrigued to see what would happen next. Eden is an orphan world, […]
Before I took on the editorial gig here at SFCrowsnest when there were only videos and no one had ever heard of DVDs, I was collecting information for a book I was co-writing on British animation. The toughest aspect was the lack of availability of commercially available classic material to see first hand followed by […]
‘The World Of Quest’ is a colourful little Manga-style graphic novel. The story in the book starts after Nestor’s parents have been killed and the castle, his home, have been destroyed. Our story features Prince Nestor, an eleven year-old boy and Quest who was formerly the greatest hero in the realm, when he was much […]
Anime director Isao Takahata talks about founding Studio Ghibli and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.
Acclaimed director Isao Takahata’s first film in fourteen years is the Academy Award nominated The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. In 1985, Takahata was one of the founding fathers of animation hothouse Studio Ghibli along with fellow director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki. Miyazaki, 74, announced his retirement in 2013 and Takahata, who will be […]
Another trailer for Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist. Born Kara Zor-El on the doomed planet Krypton, the preteen Kara escaped at the same time as the infant Kal-El, but didn’t arrive on Earth until many years later after being lost in the Phantom Zone. Protected and raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in […]
Here’s a new trailer for the West Coast-set spin-off from Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead. It’s currently all rather teaser-y.
Yes, Heroes is back on the TV screens in the USA soon as Heroes Reborn (NBC on 24th September 2015). Here’s the first trailer with a few new faces and a few old ones too. Yatta!
Hello everyone Although tablets and mobile phones are close contenders, even if I don’t use them myself, the closest bit of tech to being a friend is your computer, whether its a tower (don’t they do deskbox shapes any more?) or laptop. All right, so its an inanimate combination of silicon, rare and more common […]
I’ve been focusing on communication between directors and actors for a while now, so perhaps its worthwhile having a look at writing skills. From her introduction, Jen Grisanti points out that her book ‘Story Line; can be applied to more than scriptwriting, providing tests at the end of each session to see how much you […]
Want to see what the Minecraft Hololens virtual reality game will look like? Wonder no more! Watch it live, here. Best action is at the 2 minutes 25 seconds portion of this fabulous video.
Following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown, resulting in loss of mission. Preliminary analysis suggests the vehicle experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight. Telemetry indicates first stage flight was nominal and that Dragon remained healthy for some period […]
If you want to get a spaceship into orbit, then you need a rocket to propel it there. Ever since the Chinese developed gunpowder and the first rockets, the real problem has always been to get the most thrust from the least weight or mass that is carried and why the payload is often a […]
A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of ice age winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States, warns the Met Office. The Met Office-led study, published in Nature Communications, is among the first to look at the regional climate impacts of a possible ‘grand solar […]
The Singular & Extraordinary Tale Of Mirror And Goliath (The Peculiar Adventures Of John Loveheart Esq. vol. I) by Ishbelle Bee (book review)
‘The Singular And Extraordinary Tale Of Mirror And Goliath’ is the debut novel from Ishbelle Bee. It is a magical tale filled with moments of wonder, mysterious happenings and strange people who are rarely what they seem. Following a little girl called Mirror and her guardian, the former policeman Goliath, who seems to have developed […]
England is on the verge of war with the Unseelie Court and their powerful Fay subjects. This is unlikely to be a war that England can win and only the magician John Dee has the power to keep them away and save the realm. Yet Dee is far away, kidnapped by Red Meg, who certainly […]
Poor Horace. In ‘Blood and Iron’ (part one of The Book of the Black Earth) he escaped death only to be tossed in chains. He was freed only to be sucked into the politics and intrigue of the royal court. In saving the life of Queen Byleth, he painted a rather large target on his […]
One of the odd side effects of reading some of TwoMorrows books and website is seeing the adverts for earlier editions of their books and magazines and then finding, especially with the latter, that they are out of print and only available digitally. If I’m especially interested in a particular title, then I would do […]
Showcase Presents Batman TP Volume 05 Paperback by Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins and Dennis O’Neil (graphic novel review)
At last, the DC Showcase volumes have reached the point where Batman is getting good. I recently looked up the old Alley Awards on-line and the ‘Batman’ titles twice won the same award: strip most in need of improvement, even in 1962 when regular penciller Carmine Infantino scooped the best artist award. ‘Showcase Batman Volumes […]
The photo of Christopher Lee on the cover of Jonathan Rigby’s fourth edition of ‘English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema’ covering UK films from 1897-2015 should tell it all. Chris Lee is, after all, an icon of the horror scene here and who better to symbolise it. If you think American horror films are being missed, […]