Scifi

Class-M Exile by Raven Oak     (ebook review)

Class-M Exile by Raven Oak (ebook review)

Raven Oak is best known for her fantasy novel ‘Amaskan’s Blood’ which has sold rather well in the USA. This leads me to the question: can Oak write SF? ‘Class-M Exile’ is a novella set in the far future. Having been on the losing side, humans are now scarce amongst the surviving populations and regarded […]

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The Void (The Tanner Sequence book 3) by Timothy S. Johnston    (book review)

The Void (The Tanner Sequence book 3) by Timothy S. Johnston (book review)

CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner has experienced his share of untenable situations. In the previous two novels of this series, ‘The Furnace’ and ‘The Freezer’, he got up close and personal with a massive sun and found himself sinking through the ice of one of Jupiter’s moons. In between these extremes exists the void, a […]

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Squatters’ Rights  :  a short story by: GF Willmetts

Squatters’ Rights : a short story by: GF Willmetts

Get out into the countryside away from all the streetlights and, at night, you can see a fraction of the stars that are out there. It’s not that we are limited where we stand on the planet, just the atmosphere restricting the light of most of the stars reaching us. Did I mention distance as […]

March 29, 2015 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

The World Of Quest by Jason T. Kruse (graphic novel review).

The World Of Quest by Jason T. Kruse (graphic novel review).

‘The World Of Quest’ is a colourful little Manga-style graphic novel. The story in the book starts after Nestor’s parents have been killed and the castle, his home, have been destroyed. Our story features Prince Nestor, an eleven year-old boy and Quest who was formerly the greatest hero in the realm, when he was much […]

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Anime director Isao Takahata talks about founding Studio Ghibli and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

Anime director Isao Takahata talks about founding Studio Ghibli and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

Acclaimed director Isao Takahata’s first film in fourteen years is the Academy Award nominated The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. In 1985, Takahata was one of the founding fathers of animation hothouse Studio Ghibli along with fellow director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki. Miyazaki, 74, announced his retirement in 2013 and Takahata, who will be […]

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya – first trailer.

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya – first trailer.

Directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of The Fireflies) and featuring a cast with Darren Criss, Lucy Lui and Chloë Grace Moretz, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya will be released in UK cinemas March 20th 2015, and the Republic of Ireland March 27th 2015. Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature), […]

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TV

Sherlock Holmes – DVD     (DVD review)

Sherlock Holmes – DVD (DVD review)

In 1965, the BBC decided to make a series about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. By the time it went into production, the budget had been drastically reduced and, although they had a solid lead actor, the rest of the production suffered from massive budget cuts. Saved from […]

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Doctor Who: The Mind Of Evil by Don Houghton    (DVD review)

Doctor Who: The Mind Of Evil by Don Houghton (DVD review)

The Doctor (actor Jon Pertwee) and Jo Grant (actress Katy Manning) attend a mind-altering demonstration at Stangmoor Prison where the prisoner Barnham (actor Neil McCarthy) has all the evil taken out of him with alarming consequences by the Keller machine process. The Doctor is alarmed about what happens to the evil and this worsens when […]

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Doctor Who: Mannequin Mania: Terror Of The Autons by Robert Holmes (DVD review).

Doctor Who: Mannequin Mania: Terror Of The Autons by Robert Holmes (DVD review).

I bought and reviewed ‘Spearhead From Space’ a couple years back and wasn’t aware that it was supposed to be part of a boxset and why it’s taken so long to get to ‘Terror Of The Autons’, even if I had to buy the first one again to get this story. There is a new […]

March 22, 2015 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – April 2015 :   I’m always learning to do better.

Editorial – April 2015 : I’m always learning to do better.

Hello everyone Mantra. A statement on how we live our lives or how we like to live them. I haven’t really given it much thought until recently. I suspect neither have you. Life’s been too frantic to become deeply philosophical but I’m sure we all have some mantra we fall back on that pins down […]

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Sherlock Holmes – DVD     (DVD review)

Sherlock Holmes – DVD (DVD review)

In 1965, the BBC decided to make a series about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. By the time it went into production, the budget had been drastically reduced and, although they had a solid lead actor, the rest of the production suffered from massive budget cuts. Saved from […]

March 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
An Interview With Max Brooks by Patrick Mahon   (interview)

An Interview With Max Brooks by Patrick Mahon (interview)

Max Brooks is an American writer and the son of comedy director Mel Brooks and Hollywood actress Anne Bancroft. His best known books are ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ and ‘World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War’, the latter of which was loosely adapted into a Hollywood blockbuster featuring Brad Pitt in 2013. […]

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Science

Lunar caverns will hold entire cities, says Purdue University.

Lunar caverns will hold entire cities, says Purdue University.

Lava tubes large enough to house cities could be structurally stable on the moon, according to a study presented at the ‘Lunar and Planetary Science Conference’ on March 17th 2015. The volcanic features are an important target for future human space exploration because they could provide shelter from cosmic radiation, meteorite impacts and temperature extremes. […]

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Mysterious dust cloud and aurora spotted around Mars.

Mysterious dust cloud and aurora spotted around Mars.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere. The presence of the dust at orbital altitudes from about 93 miles (150 kilometers) to 190 miles (300 kilometers) above the surface was not […]

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Help save humanity from asteroid extinction with a single download.

Help save humanity from asteroid extinction with a single download.

A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers. Analysis of images taken of our solar system’s main belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter using the algorithm showed a 15 percent increase in positive identification of new asteroids. […]

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More

Books

X MARKS THE SPOT

X MARKS THE SPOT

Star Wars: Empire And Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey (pub: Arrow Books/Random House/Lucas Books. 346 page paperback. Price: £ 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-099-59426-0) check out websites: www.delreybooks.com, www.randomhouse.co.uk and www.starwars.com released 23 April 2014  

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Class-M Exile by Raven Oak     (ebook review)

Class-M Exile by Raven Oak (ebook review)

Raven Oak is best known for her fantasy novel ‘Amaskan’s Blood’ which has sold rather well in the USA. This leads me to the question: can Oak write SF? ‘Class-M Exile’ is a novella set in the far future. Having been on the losing side, humans are now scarce amongst the surviving populations and regarded […]

March 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Void (The Tanner Sequence book 3) by Timothy S. Johnston    (book review)

The Void (The Tanner Sequence book 3) by Timothy S. Johnston (book review)

CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner has experienced his share of untenable situations. In the previous two novels of this series, ‘The Furnace’ and ‘The Freezer’, he got up close and personal with a massive sun and found himself sinking through the ice of one of Jupiter’s moons. In between these extremes exists the void, a […]

March 30, 2015 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Words Of Radiance (Book Two of The Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson    (book review)

Words Of Radiance (Book Two of The Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson (book review)

For many, the term fantasy conjures up imaginary world where magic takes the place of science and the level of technology tends towards the mediaeval. Wars are fought with bows and arrows and swords and often there is a despot ruling over the put-upon ordinary folk. The situations met by the characters are good versus […]

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Madness In Solidar (The Image Portfolio book nine) by L.E. Modesitt Jr.     (book review)

Madness In Solidar (The Image Portfolio book nine) by L.E. Modesitt Jr. (book review)

This adventure, ‘Madness In Solidar’, takes place four centuries after Rex Regis, the last volume in ‘The Imager Portfolio’ wherein the mighty Quaeryt, hero of five books, managed to establish a Collegium of Imagers. These are people who can ’image’ things into existence in a limited way, depending on their individual strength. They can also […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2015, Volume 128 # 718

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2015, Volume 128 # 718

The latest issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ starts with some big news. Gordon Van Gelder, who has published and edited the magazine for the last eighteen years, has decided that it’s time to pass the editor’s baton on to someone new. He has chosen C.C. Finlay, who was allowed a dress […]

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