Scifi

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) (DVD review).

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) (DVD review).

When I read the novelisation of ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ earlier in the year, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to the original ‘Battle Of The Planet Of The Apes’. The roles have changed somewhat but many of the plot elements are similar and albeit toned down. At least no one has […]

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Fortress In Orion by Mike Resnick (book review).

The Fortress In Orion by Mike Resnick (book review).

Colonel Nathan Pretorius only just survived his last mission. Actually, if you take into account the couple of times he died during surgery, technically he didn’t, but the Democracy doctors have put him back together – prosthetic foot, cloned kidney and spleen and all. Now they want him to lead another mission. Seeing as he […]

November 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Jurassic World first trailer.

Jurassic World first trailer.

Jurassic World is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series, scheduled to be released on June 12th 2015. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Corporation. […]

November 25, 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

Marvel’s Agent Carter second preview.

Marvel’s Agent Carter second preview.

SHIELD goes all Boardwalk Empire meets Mad Men on your ass in the second preview peek into Agent Carter, agent of, what was it again?

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 boxset (DVD TV review).

Out Of The Unknown 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 of […]

November 23, 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

Want to build a real airship? NASA wants to hear from you!

Want to build a real airship? NASA wants to hear from you!

Airships aren’t just steampunk vehicles from a Stephen Hunt novel, or blimps that hover above sporting events advertising all-weather tyres. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and commercial uses. NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break […]

November 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Antarctica: A Year On Ice (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2014).

Antarctica: A Year On Ice (a film review by Mark R. Leeper) (2014).

This is a film about human survival in an alien world, but it is not Science Fiction. It is a documentary about the 5000 or so real people who come to the coldest continent and particularly about the one in seven who stay through the black winter and what the experience does to them. It […]

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Theory Of Everything (film review by Frank Ochieng)

The Theory Of Everything (film review by Frank Ochieng)

Filmmaker James Marsh’s ‘The Theory Of Everything’ is an examination of a flawed, brilliant man and his gifted mind for scientific intellectualism. Of course, the subject of Marsh’s intimate, smart and perceptive biopic is renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and the piercing look at his triumphant and turbulent times both professionally and personally. A great deal […]

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft and I.N.J. Culbard (book review).

The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft and I.N.J. Culbard (book review).

Artist I.N.J. Culbard has adapted another H.P. Lovecraft story after winning an award for ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’. ‘The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath’, a quirky work even by Lovecraft’s standards, was not published in his lifetime. Posthumously, of course, every word he ever penned in now available in one form or another. This story […]

November 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Tropic Of Serpents: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (book review).

The Tropic Of Serpents: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (book review).

Nearly three years after her husband was killed in an expedition to Vystrana, Mrs Isabella Camherst is preparing for another trip, this time to the far-flung continent of Eriga. Needless to say, her mother and the rest of polite Scirland society disapprove, particularly as she plans to leave her young son behind while she gallivants […]

November 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seal Of The Worm (Shadows Of The Apt book 10) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

Seal Of The Worm (Shadows Of The Apt book 10) by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

The ten book epic fantasy series ‘Shadows Of The Apt’ by Adrian Tchaikovsky is brought to a close with ‘Seal Of The Worm’. At the end of book 9, ‘War Master’s Gate’, the Worm had been released, the seal trapping them underground shattered by Seda’s magical rage against Cheerwell (Che) Maker. With Che and her […]

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Doctor Who: The Widow’s Assassin by Nev Fountain (CD review).

Doctor Who: The Widow’s Assassin by Nev Fountain (CD review).

Frustrated by ‘Trial Of A Time Lord’ and the outcome for Perpigiliam Brown, then ‘The Widow’s Assassin’ will put things right for you. In time, all things can be changed and it’s about time the Sixth Doctor found out what happened to Peri who was such a loyal companion to him. This is an interesting […]

November 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Uncanny Magazine # 1 November/December 2014  (emag review).

Uncanny Magazine # 1 November/December 2014 (emag review).

From the USA, ‘Uncanny Magazine’, a new online magazine of fantasy and Science Fiction. It’s edited by Lynne M Thomas and Michael Damien Thomas with each issue containing speculative fiction, podcasts, poetry, essays, art and interviews. The question is does the world need a new SF magazine when there are already plenty of them about? […]

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ghost Train To New Orleans by Mur Lafferty (book review).

Ghost Train To New Orleans by Mur Lafferty (book review).

Welcome to ‘Ghost Train To New Orleans’, book two in this shambling series of unknown length, personally I hope it carries on for ages as I’m really enjoying it. Book one being ‘The Shambling Guide To New York’. Now that Zoe has got her head around the fact that there are numerous creatures belonging to […]

November 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
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