Scifi

Apex Magazine # 88, September 2016 (e-mag review).

Apex Magazine # 88, September 2016 (e-mag review).

Issue 88 of ‘Apex Magazine’ is hot off the press and the very striking cover by Mélanie Delon. It is hauntingly beautiful and scary at the same time. Not the type of person you would want to meet on a dark September night. Having savoured the cover, ‘Apex’ kick things off as normal with Jason […]

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High Stakes (A Wild Cards novel) edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass (book review).

High Stakes (A Wild Cards novel) edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass (book review).

The problem with the ‘Wild Cards’ mosaic these days is that after 23 books, started back in the later 1980s, which makes co-editor George RR Martin’s more recent fantasy series look like a small excursion in comparison, you do have to a little knowledge to break into. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to read […]

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Anime & Manga

Kubo And The Two Strings (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Kubo And The Two Strings (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Every once in a while there is family-friendly entertainment that lives up to its wonderment in imaginative storytelling and stunning visual scope. Certainly this is the case with the stimulating yet meditative Japanese animated fantasy-adventure ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’. Undeniably vibrant and philosophical in committed heart and soul, ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ is a majestic masterpiece in […]

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The Animated Adventures of Firefly (teaser trailer).

The Animated Adventures of Firefly (teaser trailer).

Here’s the teaser trailer for The Animated Adventures of Firefly. Now, what do we need to do to make Stephen Byrne’s vision of an animated reboot actually happen? Hey, Netflix and Amazon Studios, are you listening?

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TV

Man From Atlantis: The Complete TV Movies Collection (DVD review).

Man From Atlantis: The Complete TV Movies Collection (DVD review).

‘Man From Atlantis’ has a crappy reputation, largely because of the 7 episode series, whereas the four 90 minute films are actually not bad for the 1970s time period, although the fourth is the weakest of them. Man From Atlantis I: Pilot cast: Patrick Duffy, Belinda J. Montgomery, Dean Santoro and Art Lund The pilot […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Gotham – The Complete Season 2 boxset (DVD TV series review).

Gotham – The Complete Season 2 boxset (DVD TV series review).

Considering he’s basically a man dressed as a bat who hits criminals, it’s surprising the myriad of ways in which the Batman mythos can be interpreted. He’s the grim Dark Knight Detective. He’s the campy hero always ready with a can of ‘Bat Anti-Shark Repellent’. He’s the arch manipulator always one step ahead of everyone […]

September 25, 2016 | By | Reply More

Culture

Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina    (book review)

Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina (book review)

The belief that only humans are sentient is slowly being dispelled today. It might not be the same form of intelligence that we have but the sense of family or clan support can be just as strong, as well as a variety of emotional and intelligent mindsets that compare to our own. Carl Safina’s book, […]

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Being Professional by Adam Coplan (book review).

Being Professional by Adam Coplan (book review).

Adam Coplan’s book, ‘Being Professional’, has a better explanation of purpose in its sub-title, ‘A Master Guide To The Do’s And Don’ts Of Screenwriting’. It is targeting the novice American scriptwriter, although there are some lessons for those in other countries that also apply. As always with publisher Michael Wiese’s books, I do have one […]

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More

Science

Water plumes ahoy, erupting from Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

Water plumes ahoy, erupting from Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean […]

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina    (book review)

Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina (book review)

The belief that only humans are sentient is slowly being dispelled today. It might not be the same form of intelligence that we have but the sense of family or clan support can be just as strong, as well as a variety of emotional and intelligent mindsets that compare to our own. Carl Safina’s book, […]

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More

Books

May Contain Traces Of Magic by Tom Holt (book review).

May Contain Traces Of Magic by Tom Holt (book review).

‘May Contain Traces of Magic’ by Tom Holt is a comic fantasy book about travelling salesman Chris Popham. He lives in a version of our world where there are few who know about magic and can practice it. Chris is a salesman of magical artefacts and sells things like portable parking spaces, powdered water and […]

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Black Wolves (The Black Wolves trilogy book 1) by Kate Elliott (book review).

Black Wolves (The Black Wolves trilogy book 1) by Kate Elliott (book review).

‘Black Wolves’ is the first book in ‘The Black Wolves’ trilogy, set in the same world as another trilogy of Kate Elliott’s called ‘Crossroads’. ‘Black Wolves’ can be read without reading the previous books, having said that, there are quite a few characters that are introduced in this book that have a larger role in […]

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Recent Articles

The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher (book review).

The Authentic William James by Stephen Gallagher (book review).

‘The Authentic William James’ is the third in a series of novels about the Crown Chancery detective Sebastian Becker, previously in ‘The Bedlam Detective’ and ‘The Kingdom Of Bones’. Sebastian’s personal story is enmeshed and enlivened by the cases he undertakes crossing continents to solve them. Wild West ‘cowboy’ William James confesses he set fire […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2016, Volume 131 # 726 (magazine review).

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2016, Volume 131 # 726 (magazine review).

The mid-year issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ provides plenty of options for reading material, including an alt-history novella, three fantastical novelettes, six short stories of various denominations, an SF poem and six columns of mixed regularity. All of this is introduced by an arresting cover image, provided by Mondolithic Studios, of […]

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