Scifi

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

One thing is for certain: no one can accuse director Burr Steers’s off-kilter version of novelist Jane Austen’s lyrical literary landscape ‘Pride And Prejudice’ as being deemed solely melancholy and manipulative. The challenge of presenting a sophisticated and sudsy exposition while incorporating the ghoulish gimmicky of zombies to elevate the surrealism and cynicism of the British-based costume […]

February 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Charm Offensive   : a Psi-Kicks story by: GF Willmetts

Charm Offensive : a Psi-Kicks story by: GF Willmetts

‘We were only supposed to be back-up. How did we get elevated to first position?’ Eddie Martyr complained. ‘Chris had a priority call to Russia.’ ‘More important than saving a Vampiri?’ ‘It needs his particular talent.’ Rhyma Penhalligan adjusted her jacket as they approached the gate and showed her security pass to a guard before […]

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Anime & Manga

Anomalisa (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Anomalisa (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Anomalisa’employs stop-motion animation for what is a very adult story. Two strangers meet going to a conference and one, a celebrated author on the subject of customer service, ironically is just not a people person. He does however meet Lisa, who is a bit intimidated by his fame. Michael is anxious to manipulate Lisa to […]

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (trailer).

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (trailer).

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon follow-up, Sword of Destiny, is heading your way on Netflix soon (the sequel to the 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Hitting IMAX as well as Netflix on February 2016, we believe. Ah, martial arts, wire-work, is that still a popular sub-genre outside of the Chinese and other Asian markets?

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TV

Doctor Who: Terror Of The Zygons by Robert Banks Stewart (TV series DVD review).

Doctor Who: Terror Of The Zygons by Robert Banks Stewart (TV series DVD review).

Called back to Earth, the Doctor (actor Tom Baker), Sarah Jane Smith (actress Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (actor Ian Martyr) stalk through the Highlands of Scotland until they get a lift from the Laird Of Forgill (actor John Woodnutt) to the village where the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (actor Nicholas Courtney) has his UNIT team housed. […]

January 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Trek 365: The Original Series by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdman (book review).

Star Trek 365: The Original Series by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdman (book review).

I reviewed ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation 365’ a couple years ago and now Abrams Books have let me loose on ‘Star Trek 365: The Original Series’ by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdman. Half the book is full of colour photographs and the rest with information. The ‘365’ denotes the pages and the […]

January 28, 2016 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – February 2016: Watch it again.

Editorial – February 2016: Watch it again.

Hello everyone Something that is synchronous with us genre geeks is that we repeatedly watch our favourite TV shows and films for a pastime. Some more than most. Me? I like to usually give a gap of a few years, especially with TV series as I find my eyes are often sharper for the detail […]

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The 2001 File: Harry Lange And The Design Of The Landmark Science Film by Christopher Frayling (book review).

The 2001 File: Harry Lange And The Design Of The Landmark Science Film by Christopher Frayling (book review).

Even just doing a page flick of this book, ‘The 2001 File: Harry Lange And The Design Of The Landmark Science Film’ by Christopher Frayling is impressive. Harry Lange was the key designer on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, and from his pencil came the designs for all the technology from spacecraft, exterior and interior, to […]

January 29, 2016 | By | Reply More

Science

The Telomerase Revolution by Michael Fossel    (book review)

The Telomerase Revolution by Michael Fossel (book review)

‘The Telomerase Revolution’ has nothing to do with a country in revolt but all to do with longevity, the effects of which are often explored in Science Fiction. At the tips of each chromosome are called telomeres that determines the number of times your body can keep going before old age and death occurs. With […]

January 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Drowned World, coming to you soon, says NASA (and no sign of J.G. Ballard).

The Drowned World, coming to you soon, says NASA (and no sign of J.G. Ballard).

Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been […]

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Books

X MARKS THE SPOT

X MARKS THE SPOT

HARDBACK TO SMALL ENLARGED PAPERBACK Star Wars: Lords Of The Seth by Paul S. Kemp (pub: Arrow/Random House. 340 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-099-54268-1) check out websites: www.rbooks.com, www.randomhouse.co.uk and www.starwars.com released: 28 January 2016

January 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Time Traveller’s Almanac edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer (book review).

The Time Traveller’s Almanac edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer (book review).

The husband and wife team of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer are well known for editing interesting anthologies, so when I heard that they had produced an anthology of time travel stories, I was keen to see the result. ‘The Time Traveller’s Almanac’ is a huge book, weighing in at 948 pages in length and containing […]

January 30, 2016 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

We Don’t Need Roads: The Making Of The Back To The Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines (book review).

We Don’t Need Roads: The Making Of The Back To The Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines (book review).

Oddly, when you consider that the ‘Back To The Future’ film trilogy has been celebrating its 50th anniversary, you would have thought more books about them would have been brought to my attention. ‘We Don’t Need Roads: The Making Of The Back To The Future Trilogy’ by Caseen Gaines, as seen by the sub-title focuses […]

January 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide To Tremors by Jonathan Melville (book review).

Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide To Tremors by Jonathan Melville (book review).

Like author and critic Jonathan Melville, I discovered ‘Tremors’ when it screened on a Saturday night on the BBC at some point in the 90s. I was at that weird hinterland of an age. Old enough to stay up when I liked but not quite ready for going out on a Saturday night to drink […]

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