Scifi

Out Of This World: Little Lost Robot (1962)    (DVD TV review)

Out Of This World: Little Lost Robot (1962) (DVD TV review)

Before producer Irene Shubik worked for the BBC to make ‘Out Of The Unknown’, she was with the ITV company ABC and was responsible for a Science Fiction series in 1962 called ‘Out Of This World’. This must not be confused with a later American series from the 80s with the same name. It was […]

November 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Out Of The Unknown DVD boxset   (DVD TV review)

Out Of The Unknown DVD boxset (DVD TV review)

  In the 1960s and early 1970s, one of the highlights of TV viewing was ‘Out Of The Unknown’, the BBC Science Fiction drama series, normally shown midweek about 9pm. These were the days before video recorders and I can remember the imperative necessity of getting to the TV on time. There was a total […]

November 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (film review by Frank Ochieng).

  ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ arrives on the heels of its pulsating predecessor ‘Catching Fire’ and continues the riveting saga of rebellious Herculean heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her animated grudge against the oppressive Capital and the menacing mastermind behind all the political madness in one President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland). ‘The Hunger Game’s, triggered by […]

November 22, 2014 | 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, […]

November 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
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

Out Of This World: Little Lost Robot (1962)    (DVD TV review)

Out Of This World: Little Lost Robot (1962) (DVD TV review)

Before producer Irene Shubik worked for the BBC to make ‘Out Of The Unknown’, she was with the ITV company ABC and was responsible for a Science Fiction series in 1962 called ‘Out Of This World’. This must not be confused with a later American series from the 80s with the same name. It was […]

November 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Out Of The Unknown DVD boxset   (DVD TV review)

Out Of The Unknown DVD boxset (DVD TV review)

  In the 1960s and early 1970s, one of the highlights of TV viewing was ‘Out Of The Unknown’, the BBC Science Fiction drama series, normally shown midweek about 9pm. These were the days before video recorders and I can remember the imperative necessity of getting to the TV on time. There was a total […]

November 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who versus Santa: new trailer

Doctor Who versus Santa: new trailer

Some Time-lord on Xmas-lord action in the next Dr Who Christmas Special trailer. Nobody likes tangerines. Or do they?

November 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

Culture

Reflections Of The Shadow by Jeffrey Hirschberg (book review).

Reflections Of The Shadow by Jeffrey Hirschberg (book review).

‘Reflections Of The Shadow’ is the oddly titled book by Jeffrey Hirschberg that explores, through examples, what makes compelling film heroes and villains. The title actually does make more sense when Hirschberg reveals that the villain is the shadow image of the hero, a reference from ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ of opposites. It does […]

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Editorial – Nov 2014: Where there’s dead planets there is no life.

Editorial – Nov 2014: Where there’s dead planets there is no life.

Hello everyone You know how it is, you get a thought in your head and then start investigating it and start a chain reaction. Not a big one yet, grant you, but through Pauline Morgan, I got the Birmingham Science Fiction Group thinking even if only a couple of their members, Michael Jones and Rog […]

November 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
An Alex Ross Interview by Geoff Willmetts.

An Alex Ross Interview by Geoff Willmetts.

As seen with the latest Andrew Loomis book, ‘I’d Love To Draw’, artist Alex Ross contributed a new introduction and added some comments to fill the gaps in this prototype book. If I need to tell you who Alex Ross is, then you haven’t been paying attention to his watercolour work on ‘Marvels’ for Marvel […]

November 6, 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 […]

October 17, 2014 | By | 1 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

Books

Dr. Strangelove: BFI Film Classics by Peter Kramer (book review).

Dr. Strangelove: BFI Film Classics by Peter Kramer (book review).

In many ways, ‘Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb’ (1964) was meant to show the absurdity of the Cold War between the USA and the USSR and its no-win situation with its mutually assured destruction. Stanley Kubrick wasn’t the first director to do a film on the situation, […]

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s: 1970-1979 by Jason Sacks (book review).

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s: 1970-1979 by Jason Sacks (book review).

The latest volume ‘American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s: 1970-1979’ is credited to Jason Sacks but inside the book, five writers were involved. There is special emphasis on sales figures from the start explaining their importance if not necessarily their accuracy in why so many titles were stopped throughout the 1970s. Some of this wasn’t […]

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gallow: The Crimson Shield (book 1) by Nathan Hawke (book review).

Gallow: The Crimson Shield (book 1) by Nathan Hawke (book review).

‘Gallow: The Crimson Shield’ by Nathan Hawke is a violent hack and slash romp that may take place in a fictional land but is clearly based on the Viking incursions of antiquity. The eponymous hero, Gallow, is a Lhosir who has chosen to live among a foreign people called the Marroc. The Lhosir once invaded […]

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Blake’s 7 Liberator Chronicles Volume 7 by Simon Guerrier, Eddie Robson and James Swallow (CD review).

Blake’s 7 Liberator Chronicles Volume 7 by Simon Guerrier, Eddie Robson and James Swallow (CD review).

The ‘Blake’s 7 Liberator Chronicles’ are similar to the ‘Doctor Who Companion Chronicles’. They have limited cast and quite a lot of narration but work as enhanced audio books with music and effects that compliment the action and cannot really be compared with the classic audio adventures. However, as listeners of those ‘Chronicles’ know, these […]

November 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Early Adventures: The Doctor’s Tale by Marc Platt (CD review).

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures: The Doctor’s Tale by Marc Platt (CD review).

A story of regicide, rebellion and friendship, ‘The Doctor’s Tale’ is one of ‘The New Early Adventures’ that attempt to recreate the stories of the classic doctors in the 1960s. This one is a pure historical which covers a lot of ground taking in many elements including politics, superstitions and moments in history. ‘The Doctor’s […]

November 19, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Frankenstein (Special Edition) by Mary Shelley, dramatised by Jonathan Barnes (CD review).

Frankenstein (Special Edition) by Mary Shelley, dramatised by Jonathan Barnes (CD review).

We all think we know the story of ‘Frankenstein’ and it almost feels wrong to attempt yet another version when so many are floating round already but the audio experience is something different. This new adaptation by Jonathan Barnes takes all the elements of the horrific tale of animating dead body parts and shows us […]

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