Scifi

Solaris: BFI Film Classics by Mark Bould (book review).

Solaris: BFI Film Classics by Mark Bould (book review).

I have to confess to be not being much of a fan of the original Russian 1972 film of ‘Solaris’. Like author Mark Bould, I saw it on Channel 4 back in 1981 and the strongest memory I have of it was various people looking into mirrors as if it meant something and me catnapping […]

December 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Moonbase by Kit Pedler (DVD review).

Doctor Who: The Moonbase by Kit Pedler (DVD review).

The year is 2070 and the TARDIS materialises on the Moon instead of Mars. Donning spacesuits and sunglasses, the Doctor (actor Patrick Troughton), Ben (actor Michael Craze), Polly (actress Anneke Wills) and Jamie (actor Frazer Hines) go out to explore and get carried away with the sixth gravity when they arrive on ‘The Moonbase’. An […]

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Vandroid by Tommy Lee Edwards and Dan McDaid (graphic novel review).

Vandroid by Tommy Lee Edwards and Dan McDaid (graphic novel review).

Since comicbooks became respectable, more or less, there are many films based on that medium in our modern era: ‘From Hell’, ‘V For Vendetta’ and all the super-hero stuff that’s taken over the cinema. ‘Vandroid’ is something different, a comic based on a film that was never made. A studio fire and other disasters kept […]

December 17, 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 […]

May 22, 2014 | By | Reply More

TV

Doctor Who: The Moonbase by Kit Pedler (DVD review).

Doctor Who: The Moonbase by Kit Pedler (DVD review).

The year is 2070 and the TARDIS materialises on the Moon instead of Mars. Donning spacesuits and sunglasses, the Doctor (actor Patrick Troughton), Ben (actor Michael Craze), Polly (actress Anneke Wills) and Jamie (actor Frazer Hines) go out to explore and get carried away with the sixth gravity when they arrive on ‘The Moonbase’. An […]

December 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Arrow Season 2 Soundtrack by Blake Neely (CD review).

Arrow Season 2 Soundtrack by Blake Neely (CD review).

‘Arrow’ is an action adventure television series based on the DC Comics character, the Green Arrow. A crime-fighting vigilante who, as his name suggests, is pretty handy with a bow and arrow. I was expecting a dynamic soundtrack to go with this series but at the end of several plays of the CD I felt […]

December 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Battlestar: Galactica Vault: The Complete History Of The Series, 1978-2012 by Paul Ruditis (book review).

Battlestar: Galactica Vault: The Complete History Of The Series, 1978-2012 by Paul Ruditis (book review).

In its time, the original ‘Battlestar: Galactica’ was one of the more popular and successful TV Science Fiction shows, earning its place in the hearts of the youngsters who watched it. Some thirty years later, the show was reinvented, firstly as a mini-series and then into a four-season series that finally showed the full story […]

December 12, 2014 | By | Reply More

Culture

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Can Never Die by the Museum of London and edited by Alex Werner (book review).

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Can Never Die by the Museum of London and edited by Alex Werner (book review).

How to encapsulate the worlds of Sherlock Holmes in one glossy hardback? It’s not easy and I don’t think this is in any way a summation of what the famous fictional detective Holmes means to everyone who has encountered him in his many different forms. However, this is not the aim of ‘Sherlock Holmes: The […]

December 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Dec 2014: Just add water. The ultimate fast food.  editorial by: GF Willmetts

Editorial – Dec 2014: Just add water. The ultimate fast food. editorial by: GF Willmetts

Just add water. The ultimate fast food.   Hello everyone Before I start with a new subject, let’s go back to last month’s editorial. I only had one book noted by pro astro-artist David Hardy, who pointed out that there was the 2000 novel called ‘Jupiter’ by Ben Bova where there was a sentient species […]

November 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Instant News: a few minutes on the Net by: GF Willmetts (story).

Instant News: a few minutes on the Net by: GF Willmetts (story).

‘It was reported earlier today that celebrity Grosvenor Plight was tragically killed. Although this has been unconfirmed, not helped by various trolls who claim to be Mr. Plight, we do not recognise such claims and we wish to be the first to report this celebrity fatality. ‘We have consulted with our experts, who describes Mr. […]

November 30, 2014 | By | Reply More

Science

It Started With Copernicus: Vital Questions About Science by Keith Parsons (book review).

It Started With Copernicus: Vital Questions About Science by Keith Parsons (book review).

On his deathbed in 1543, Nicholas Copernicus arranged for his book, ‘De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium’ or, in English, ‘On The Revolution Of The Heavenly Spheres’ to be published. Although he wasn’t the first to propose that the Earth and other planets revolved around the sun, he was the first into print, even if his second […]

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
NASA Rover discovers active Organics on Mars!

NASA Rover discovers active Organics on Mars!

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up and then back down — tells us there must be some relatively localized […]

December 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
There and back again . . . NASA’s Orion flies.

There and back again . . . NASA’s Orion flies.

NASA marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. “Today’s flight test of Orion is a huge step for NASA and a really critical part of our work […]

December 5, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

Solaris: BFI Film Classics by Mark Bould (book review).

Solaris: BFI Film Classics by Mark Bould (book review).

I have to confess to be not being much of a fan of the original Russian 1972 film of ‘Solaris’. Like author Mark Bould, I saw it on Channel 4 back in 1981 and the strongest memory I have of it was various people looking into mirrors as if it meant something and me catnapping […]

December 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio by Mark Evanier, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (book review).

The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio by Mark Evanier, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (book review).

Firstly, I should mention that my copy of this book, ‘The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio’ by Mark Evanier, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is a pdf file sent by the publisher, which is great and I’m grateful but I suspect the whole darn thing will look even better as the real big […]

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
It Started With Copernicus: Vital Questions About Science by Keith Parsons (book review).

It Started With Copernicus: Vital Questions About Science by Keith Parsons (book review).

On his deathbed in 1543, Nicholas Copernicus arranged for his book, ‘De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium’ or, in English, ‘On The Revolution Of The Heavenly Spheres’ to be published. Although he wasn’t the first to propose that the Earth and other planets revolved around the sun, he was the first into print, even if his second […]

December 18, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Blood Lust 4: Being Supreme by Rhys A Wilcox (book review).

Blood Lust 4: Being Supreme by Rhys A Wilcox (book review).

In a slight diversion from the previous stories in the ‘Blood Lust’ series, ‘Blood Lust 4: Being Supreme’ looks at how being a super-hero really sucks pretty much all of the time. Returning heroes Daniel Knight, who has the ability to see otherworldly stuff, and Cameron, his friend, who is a vampire which can be […]

December 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Jeff 1000 – Summer Glau dates robots . . . true?

Jeff 1000 – Summer Glau dates robots . . . true?

An unusual little skit from Summer Glau in which Jeff 1000 proves more than just a killing machine. Maybe. Hey, he’s only human, right?

December 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Dark Eyes 3 by Matt Fitton (CD review).

Doctor Who: Dark Eyes 3 by Matt Fitton (CD review).

The One-Day War Doctor returns in an impressive adventure ‘Dark Eyes 3’. Previously, the eighth Doctor has travelled with the unusual companion, Molly O’Sullivan, through time and space and an interesting set of accents. Paul McGann’s non-cuddly but truly classic Doctor in every sense is in direct conflict with the Master who is newly fledged […]

December 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
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