Scifi

The Traders’ War (A Merchant Princes Omnibus Volume 2) by Charles Stross (book review).

The Traders’ War (A Merchant Princes Omnibus Volume 2) by Charles Stross (book review).

‘The Traders’ War’ is a re-edited and repackaged release featuring the two middle books of the ‘Merchant Princes’ series, ‘The Clan Corporate’ and ‘The Merchants War’ by Charles Stross. They were originally released as six shorter novels but have now been put back in the longer novel format. Miriam Beckstein is living a double life. […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Primeval: New World (DVD review).

Primeval: New World (DVD review).

Considering the eight year success of ‘Primeval’ in the UK, it was more surprising that other countries didn’t try out the format. After all, anomalies were appearing all over the world with various beasties coming out for a look around, it would make sense for each nation to deal with them in their own way. […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Merv, life after the end (a short film).

Merv, life after the end (a short film).

A post-apocalyptic science fiction short movie from Matt Inns which proves that no man is an island . . . not even inside a fallout shelter. Thanks to www.sfsignal.com for scouting out this beauty for us. Directed by Matt Inns. Written by Steven Woller and Matt Inns. Director of Photography, Ash McKenzie. Produced by Steven […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More

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 […]

May 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

April 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
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. […]

February 14, 2014 | By | Reply More

TV

Doctor Who: Flatline by Jamie Mathieson (Doctor Who review).

Doctor Who: Flatline by Jamie Mathieson (Doctor Who review).

Be careful: There may be some unintentional spoilers although I won’t give away the ending. ‘Flatline’ has to be the best episode so far this season. The TARDIS is smaller on the outside and getting smaller as a menace from a 2-dimensional reality merges with our own, claiming a lot of lives along the way. […]

October 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Primeval: New World (DVD review).

Primeval: New World (DVD review).

Considering the eight year success of ‘Primeval’ in the UK, it was more surprising that other countries didn’t try out the format. After all, anomalies were appearing all over the world with various beasties coming out for a look around, it would make sense for each nation to deal with them in their own way. […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gotham episode 1: an analysis by: GF Willmetts (TV review).

Gotham episode 1: an analysis by: GF Willmetts (TV review).

Show-runner Bruno Heller had to lay down a lot in the opening series of ‘Gotham’. Of primary importance was to show the Waynes’ murder and Bruce’s grief. It also needed to establish Detective James Gordon and the city corruption between the criminal classes and the police. Without being spoiler, it was already known that the […]

October 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

Culture

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
Editorial – Oct 2014: Judgement calls. The robots are coming. an editorial by GF Willmetts

Editorial – Oct 2014: Judgement calls. The robots are coming. an editorial by GF Willmetts

Hello everyone Everyone on the Net is influenced by what they read, especially when it comes to reviews. We might live by our reputation of being honest reviewers on SFCrowsnest and seeing the same names all the time, you tend to get to know us or at least our tastes to know if they match […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

‘Black Hat Jack’ is a novella by Joe R Lansdale and tells a tale about cowboy Nat Love, also known as ‘Deadwood Dick,’ and his black huntsman partner, Black Hat Jack, so called because, as he puts it: ‘My hat is black and my name is Jack.‘ This is dime-store western fiction, though with one […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More

Science

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 […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
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
Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes – Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler – have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. Now, where’s […]

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

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
I’d Love To Draw by Andrew Loomis (book review).

I’d Love To Draw by Andrew Loomis (book review).

If you only thought that how to draw books had author/artists sit down and just get on with it, then think again. Often a prototype is put together to see how it would work and to have something to show to a publisher as a sampler before doing the definitive version. ‘I’d Love To Draw’ […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Traders’ War (A Merchant Princes Omnibus Volume 2) by Charles Stross (book review).

The Traders’ War (A Merchant Princes Omnibus Volume 2) by Charles Stross (book review).

‘The Traders’ War’ is a re-edited and repackaged release featuring the two middle books of the ‘Merchant Princes’ series, ‘The Clan Corporate’ and ‘The Merchants War’ by Charles Stross. They were originally released as six shorter novels but have now been put back in the longer novel format. Miriam Beckstein is living a double life. […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1960s: 1960-1964 by John Wells (book review).

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1960s: 1960-1964 by John Wells (book review).

Comicbooks were still in the doldrums as the 1960s dawned because of the restrictions laid upon them by the Comic Codes Authority and even those who worked in the industry thought its years were numbered. There wasn’t enough work to go around and they were seen as the poor relative to the newspaper cartoon strip. […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
New York ComicCon 2014 (convention review).

New York ComicCon 2014 (convention review).

For the last eight years, I have failed in my primary mission at the New York Comic Con. I have not met Patrick Stewart or even breathed the same air as him. I have not met Greg Capullo, I couldn’t find Stephen Amell (I think I was there the wrong day) and I never get […]

October 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Mummy On The Orient Express – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

Doctor Who: Mummy On The Orient Express – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

‘Mummy On The Orient Express’, the eighth episode of the eighth series of ‘Doctor Who’ saw the Doctor and Clara take a trip on the world’s most famous train… in space! If you haven’t seen the episode then I suggest you check out Geoff’s review here: http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/doctor-who-mummy-on-the-orient-express-by-jamie-mathieson-doctor-who-review/. If you’ve seen the episode, then by all means […]

October 14, 2014 | By | Reply More