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Fudges – Laserswords    (discussion)

Fudges – Laserswords (discussion)

Back in December, I left a poser with my reviewers team about fudges used in Science Fiction. What are fudges? Nothing to do with confectionary. It’s where known science is wobbled in a consistent way to allow some scientific rule or technology to work, usually under the possibility that it might one day happen. Most […]

February 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
Project Almanac (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Project Almanac (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Look…one can never have enough time travel movies for our escapist needs, correct? After all, the possibilities are endless in terms of how filmmakers could explore the surreal dynamics of different dimensions thus allowing audiences to suspend their beliefs and engage in the wonderment of SF exuberance. So the question remains: can first-time director Dan […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2015, Volume 128 # 717 (magazine review).

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2015, Volume 128 # 717 (magazine review).

The first issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ for 2015 is packed full of content, including five novelettes, six short stories, two poems and the usual set of non-fiction columns. What greets you first as you pick the magazine up is a gorgeously colourful, if somewhat static, image of a ghostly figure […]

January 29, 2015 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno trailer.

Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno trailer.

Here’s the new UK for Warner Bros live action sequel Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno – which opens in UK cinemas 28th November 2015. Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with […]

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Appleseed Alpha (2014) (DVD review)

Appleseed Alpha (2014) (DVD review)

Animation at its best, directed by Shinji Aramaki, here we have a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the desolation of New York City. Mind you, it could be any city and it’s a scene of utter devastation similar to that of Dresden after World War II with very few buildings are left standing. With Japanese origins, […]

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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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TV

Game of Thrones S5 full mayhem trailer.

Game of Thrones S5 full mayhem trailer.

Ah yes. The 5th series of Game of Thrones is nearly upon us – let us celebrate with some fantasy world violence, politics and a very slow take on an old Bowie song favourite, in this long new trailer. George will be so proud.

January 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show by Tara Bennett (book review).

Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show by Tara Bennett (book review).

If, like me, you missed the TV show about American TV series showrunners like I did, then this book, ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show’, will give you all the quotes of what they had to say. I’m not entirely if that was the way to go, though, because even in few pages […]

January 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Krotons by Robert Holmes (DVD review).

Doctor Who: The Krotons by Robert Holmes (DVD review).

The TARDIS arrives in a rocky wasteland and the Doctor (actor Patrick Troughton), Jamie (actor Frazer Hines) and Zoe (actress Wendy Padbury) witness a dazed man being turned into dust outside of a huge machine. Meanwhile, inside the town and on the opposite side of the machine, two more smart candidates have been selected to […]

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More

Culture

The Ages Of Wonder Woman (No. 2) edited by Joseph J. Darowski (book review).

The Ages Of Wonder Woman (No. 2) edited by Joseph J. Darowski (book review).

After ‘The Ages Of Superman’, you would think it strange to go onto Wonder Woman rather than the more obvious Batman, however, as the next two books in this series is going to focus on two Marvel’s X-Men and Avengers, I suspect the Dark Knight will get his opportunity soon enough. In the meantime, we […]

January 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Reviewers Needed

Reviewers Needed

OK, you’re here because you enjoy Science Fiction and probably or maybe its grey sisters, fantasy and horror, and some or all the sub-genres. Hopefully, you’re also the one with a reading habit and pick up some of the books we review and want to become a reviewer. If you live in the UK, even […]

January 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Erebus: Into The Unknown (DVD review).

Erebus: Into The Unknown (DVD review).

On 28 November 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 jet with 257 passengers on a sightseeing tour to Antarctica, which was in its ‘summertime’ with perpetual daylight, disappeared somewhere around the Mount Erebus area. This is a remote region, covered in snow and ice, one of the most inhospitable areas of the world. It was […]

January 15, 2015 | By | Reply More

Science

Rare by Keith Veronese (book review).

Rare by Keith Veronese (book review).

‘Rare’ has nothing to do with steaks or seldom seen animals but something far more important that we all use and indeed have in your possession if you own a mobile phone: rare metals. The use of them is largely because of their active states in moving electrons round so are handy in electronics. You […]

January 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967 Onwards (All Models) by David Baker (book review).

Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967 Onwards (All Models) by David Baker (book review).

If you thought that the ‘Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual’ was solely, as astronaut Helen Sharman calls ‘a workhorse’, about the Soyuz, you’d be mistaken. What you have here is the history of the Russian space programme and some comparisons with the American space programme which puts things into historical perspective. As such, it would hardly […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Up close and personal with Pluto.

Up close and personal with Pluto.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14th 2015 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth. “NASA first mission to distant Pluto will also be humankind’s first […]

January 16, 2015 | By | Reply More

Books

A Study In Silks (The Baskerville Affair book 1) by Emma Jane Holloway (book review).

A Study In Silks (The Baskerville Affair book 1) by Emma Jane Holloway (book review).

‘A Study In Silks’ kicks off ‘The Baskerville Affair’ trilogy. As you may surmise Sherlock Holmes does play a role in it; yet this novel is definitely not canon nor does it endeavor to be. The setting is an alternate Victorian London. A council of steam barons has divided the city among themselves and, by […]

January 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alien Legion: Dead And Buried by Chuck Dixon, Larry Stromm and Carl Potts (graphic novel).

Alien Legion: Dead And Buried by Chuck Dixon, Larry Stromm and Carl Potts (graphic novel).

I haven’t read ‘Alien Legion’ since the mid-80s when it was printed under Marvel’s Epic line. Some of the stories I recognise here so it makes this book a good one to buy to understand this reality and read before the next volume which will have all new material. Double checking, this volume looks like […]

January 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
Judge Dredd: Year One Omnibus by Matt Smith, Michael Carroll and Al Ewing (graphic novel).

Judge Dredd: Year One Omnibus by Matt Smith, Michael Carroll and Al Ewing (graphic novel).

‘Judge Dredd: Year One’ is an omnibus of three novellas, each detailing a separate case from the Dredd’s first year on the streets of Mega-City One. It gives the reader a unique perspective on the Judge that was only really presented during the ‘2000AD’ story ‘Origins’. Otherwise, Dredd’s story has been told from about the […]

January 31, 2015 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Comic Book Creator # 6 Presents Swampmen (magazine review).

Comic Book Creator # 6 Presents Swampmen (magazine review).

I often wondered about the American love of swamps. Certainly, they have more of them than we have, so it’s pretty much a climate thing. When you include how dark and murky they are, it’s a natural fodder to think big beasties, other than alligators could stalk out of it or bond with humans and […]

January 31, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Exiled Blade (The Assassini Trilogy book 3) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

The Exiled Blade (The Assassini Trilogy book 3) by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (book review).

One, twice, three times a vampire…or not a vampire? ‘The Exiled Blade’ is the final book in ‘The Assassini Trilogy’, an alt-history/fantasy/intrigue series centred on Venice and on the mysterious Tycho, a supernaturally super-powered assassin of mysterious origin… not least to himself. Over the course of the previous two books, ‘The Fallen Blade’ and ‘The […]

January 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Curtsies & Conspiracies (The Finishing School book 2) by Gail Carriger (book review).

Curtsies & Conspiracies (The Finishing School book 2) by Gail Carriger (book review).

‘Curtsies & Conspiracies’ is book two in ‘The Finishing School’ series by Gail Carriger, who has also written ‘The Parasol Protectorate’ series set in the same world. Book three in this series is ‘Waistcoats & Weaponary’ and book four is provisionally titled ‘Manners & Mutiny’. Carriger is also starting to write another series called ‘The […]

January 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
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