Scifi

Blake’s 7: Mirror (CD review).

Blake’s 7: Mirror (CD review).

Continuing the story in ‘Drones’, ‘Mirror’ sees our intrepid team split into several factions as the cracks continue to widen between Blake and the others. Orac has a lead into Federac, a computer based on him and set up by the Federation. Meanwhile, Callie is tracking down Space Major Kade, the man who killed Jenna’s […]

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Katnip for the Katniss fans . . . new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Katnip for the Katniss fans . . . new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Waiting for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? Not least to see how they handle the sad passing of movie star Philip Seymour Hoffman? Here’s the new trailer, then. Fill your boots, Hunger Games fans.

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Jack Cloudie (The Jackelian series book 5) by Stephen Hunt (book review).

Jack Cloudie (The Jackelian series book 5) by Stephen Hunt (book review).

It’s a great honour to fight for your country, especially to be a Jack Cloudie, a sailor in the heavens in the amazing floating warships that defend the said country of Jackals from attack but also go on the offensive. ‘Jack Cloudie is book number 5 in Stephen Hunt’s ‘The Jackelian series’ and sends us […]

September 15, 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 […]

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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 […]

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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: Listen – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers  (TV review).

Doctor Who: Listen – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

‘There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything we believe in. They must be fought.‘ – The Doctor, ‘The Moonbase’ ‘You see, all those years ago when I began..I was just running. I called myself the Doctor, but it was just a name. And […]

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Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers  (TV review).

Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

This week saw the Doctor and Clara arrive in Sherwood Forest, ‘1190-ish’ and meet one of England’s greatest legends. If you haven’t seen the episode you may want to read Geoff’s spoiler-free review here: http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/doctor-who-robot-of-sherwood-by-mark-gattis-tv-review/ . otherwise pull your green tights on and prepare to get merry… What sort of show do you think ‘Doctor […]

September 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood by Mark Gattis (TV review).

Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood by Mark Gattis (TV review).

Believe it or not, I don’t watch ‘Doctor Who’ to pick flaws but they do seem to becoming a trend with this latest season and it’s hard to avoid them. Be careful: There may be some unintentional spoilers although I won’t give away the ending. Clara wants to meet Robin Hood and although the Doctor […]

September 6, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More

Culture

The Rubery Book Award, by Pauline Morgan (article).

The Rubery Book Award, by Pauline Morgan (article).

The cynic will always question why we need another book award when there are so many around already. The answer is simple. Most of the major awards are aimed at and won by books from publishers who have been in the business for a long time and who have a wide distribution network along with […]

September 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Sept 2014  :  The ethics and responsibility of choice.

Editorial – Sept 2014 : The ethics and responsibility of choice.

Hello everyone In fiction, whatever the genre, ethics is pretty much the same. It’s divided between working for the establishment or that of the individual in the decision process. No one questions whether either choice is actually right or wrong, just who it serves better. It is rarely about whether there are other choices or […]

August 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Geek And The Zen Lack Of Sport Interest by GF Willmetts (article).

Geek And The Zen Lack Of Sport Interest by GF Willmetts (article).

When my colleague, John Rivers, declared he had an interest in sport as well as our genre, I think he was more surprised by the fact that I told him he was in a small minority. It’ll be interesting to see how many of you would agree with me by answering the poll, which I’ll […]

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Science

Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

I should say from the start that anyone picking up ‘Mathematical Curiosities’ is that you must have a love of numbers and certainly an aptitude towards mathematics. If you don’t recognise that a dot not on the baseline of a sentence but the centre ‘ˑ’ is an alternative for the ‘x’ or multiplication sign or […]

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
The mountains of Mars.

The mountains of Mars.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term prime destination. “Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA […]

September 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Chemistry Of Alchemy by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite (book review).

The Chemistry Of Alchemy by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite (book review).

Last year, I reviewed ‘The Joy Of Chemistry’ and this year, it’s their book ‘The Chemistry Of Alchemy’ by Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf and Harold Goldwhite. If you thought that this would be purely a history of alchemy, then you’ll be in for a surprise. Like their other book, this is more of a […]

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Books

Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove Of Unexpected Entertainments by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann (book review).

I should say from the start that anyone picking up ‘Mathematical Curiosities’ is that you must have a love of numbers and certainly an aptitude towards mathematics. If you don’t recognise that a dot not on the baseline of a sentence but the centre ‘ˑ’ is an alternative for the ‘x’ or multiplication sign or […]

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Jack Cloudie (The Jackelian series book 5) by Stephen Hunt (book review).

Jack Cloudie (The Jackelian series book 5) by Stephen Hunt (book review).

It’s a great honour to fight for your country, especially to be a Jack Cloudie, a sailor in the heavens in the amazing floating warships that defend the said country of Jackals from attack but also go on the offensive. ‘Jack Cloudie is book number 5 in Stephen Hunt’s ‘The Jackelian series’ and sends us […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sir Hereward And Mister Fitz: Three Adventures by Garth Nix (book review).

Sir Hereward And Mister Fitz: Three Adventures by Garth Nix (book review).

‘Sir Hereward And Mister Fitz: Three Adventures’ by Garth Nix collects for the first time in one place all three stories about the titular protagonists. The two novels and one short story have all been published previously in different anthologies. Sir Hereward is a knight, an artillerist, a swordsman and an ill-starred lover. Mister Fitz […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Doctor Who – Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Evil One by Nicholas Briggs (CD review).

Doctor Who – Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Evil One by Nicholas Briggs (CD review).

Just who is ‘The Evil One’? That is the intriguing title from this next instalment in the adventures of the Fourth Doctor with his warrior companion, Leela. When the Doctor and Leela land the TARDIS inside a cargo hold of a luxury space-liner, they are surprised to find it completely empty with neither passengers nor […]

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fantastic Voyage by Leonard Rosenman (CD review).

Fantastic Voyage by Leonard Rosenman (CD review).

When I saw that LaLaLand Records had been able to release the score of the 1966 film ‘Fantastic Voyage’, you couldn’t get the smile off my face when they gave it to me to review and was the first this month to listen to. There are a lot of films that I would love to […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Listen by Steven Moffat   (TV review)

Doctor Who: Listen by Steven Moffat (TV review)

I did have a ponder this week as to whether ‘Doctor Who’ is still considered a children or a family show. Whatever, it goes without saying that both the SF and plotting elements need to be sharper. If youngsters are brought in to look at other SF material and see it done better than in […]

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