Scifi

The Questor Tapes (1974) (DVD review).

The Questor Tapes (1974) (DVD review).

‘The Questor Tapes’ was one of four pilots that Gene Roddenberry instigated after the original ‘Star Trek’, failing to get a series from any of them. If anything, I’m surprised that it took so long for this particular TV movie to get on DVD in general release. It has been available as a limited release […]

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
They Fought In The Creature Features by Tom Weaver (book review).

They Fought In The Creature Features by Tom Weaver (book review).

‘They Fought In The Creature Features’ gets off to a great start with an interview with Julie Adams and about a certain Gill-Man from the Black Lagoon. Although it was amongst five films she was in the year, it is the one that she is most remembered for. As with all of these books, Tom […]

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Traders’ War (A Merchant Princes Omnibus Volume 2) by Charles Stross (book review).

The Traders’ War (A Merchant Princes Omnibus Volume 2) by Charles Stross (book review).

‘The Traders’ War’ is a re-edited and repackaged release featuring the two middle books of the ‘Merchant Princes’ series, ‘The Clan Corporate’ and ‘The Merchants War’ by Charles Stross. They were originally released as six shorter novels but have now been put back in the longer novel format. Miriam Beckstein is living a double life. […]

October 17, 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. […]

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TV

Doctor Who: Flatline by Jamie Mathieson (Doctor Who review).

Doctor Who: Flatline by Jamie Mathieson (Doctor Who review).

Be careful: There may be some unintentional spoilers although I won’t give away the ending. ‘Flatline’ has to be the best episode so far this season. The TARDIS is smaller on the outside and getting smaller as a menace from a 2-dimensional reality merges with our own, claiming a lot of lives along the way. […]

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Primeval: New World (DVD review).

Primeval: New World (DVD review).

Considering the eight year success of ‘Primeval’ in the UK, it was more surprising that other countries didn’t try out the format. After all, anomalies were appearing all over the world with various beasties coming out for a look around, it would make sense for each nation to deal with them in their own way. […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gotham episode 1: an analysis by: GF Willmetts (TV review).

Gotham episode 1: an analysis by: GF Willmetts (TV review).

Show-runner Bruno Heller had to lay down a lot in the opening series of ‘Gotham’. Of primary importance was to show the Waynes’ murder and Bruce’s grief. It also needed to establish Detective James Gordon and the city corruption between the criminal classes and the police. Without being spoiler, it was already known that the […]

October 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

Culture

The Woman In The Story by Helen Jacey (book review).

The Woman In The Story by Helen Jacey (book review).

As should be seen by the title, ‘The Women In The Story’ is author Helen Jacey’s examination of the heroine’s role in films. I selected this book because I do have a habit of writing strong women in my ‘Psi-Kicks’ stories and wanted to see if I missed anything that I can apply in prose. […]

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Joss Whedon: Geek King Of The Universe – A Biography by Amy Pascale (book review).

Joss Whedon: Geek King Of The Universe – A Biography by Amy Pascale (book review).

The title ‘Joss Whedon: Geek King Of The Universe’ says it all and if you happen to be a fan then this book will immediately attract you but ,if you like biographies, there is a lot for you here, too. I’m a fan but not of biographies, so I picked this up with gritted teeth, […]

October 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Oct 2014: Judgement calls. The robots are coming. an editorial by GF Willmetts

Editorial – Oct 2014: Judgement calls. The robots are coming. an editorial by GF Willmetts

Hello everyone Everyone on the Net is influenced by what they read, especially when it comes to reviews. We might live by our reputation of being honest reviewers on SFCrowsnest and seeing the same names all the time, you tend to get to know us or at least our tastes to know if they match […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More

Science

Fusion clean energy revolution on the way?

Fusion clean energy revolution on the way?

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is, it boasts, working on a new compact fusion reactor that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years. Currently, there are several patents pending that cover their approach. While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has, they say, built on 60 years of […]

October 17, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

Physical chemistry has always been something hard to define. Basically, it’s the physics associated with chemistry and how things work together than the other chemistry which deals with chemical reactions. Cathy Cobb’s book, ‘Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks’, explores the history of physical chemistry that should make sense to most of you. If you have any […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes – Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler – have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. Now, where’s […]

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

The Revenge Of The Dwarves (The Dwarves book 3) by Markus Heitz (book review).

The Revenge Of The Dwarves (The Dwarves book 3) by Markus Heitz (book review).

With this book, ‘The Revenge Of The Dwarves’, the third part of ‘The Dwarves’ series of books, Markus Heitz’s lumbering epic works its way towards some sort of conclusion. A somewhat unconventional enemy army for a fantasy setting, one that’s formed of hybrids half-orc and half-elf, roams about the world, dishing out the usual destruction […]

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams (book review)

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams (book review)

‘Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance’ is based on a video game ‘Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic’ which lets its players create their own adventures. I suppose familiarity with the game will enhance your reading pleasure but lack of it didn’t hurt me. The setting is 3,500 years before the rise of […]

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Woman In The Story by Helen Jacey (book review).

The Woman In The Story by Helen Jacey (book review).

As should be seen by the title, ‘The Women In The Story’ is author Helen Jacey’s examination of the heroine’s role in films. I selected this book because I do have a habit of writing strong women in my ‘Psi-Kicks’ stories and wanted to see if I missed anything that I can apply in prose. […]

October 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Roundtable Rival . . . it’s time for a steampunk hoedown throwdown.

Roundtable Rival . . . it’s time for a steampunk hoedown throwdown.

Yee-haa, because musician Lindsey Stirling is revisiting the Wiki-wiki-wild-wild-West in this music video featuring the mother of all steampunk hoedown throwdowns. Take that, Professor Elemental!

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann (book review).

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann (book review).

I felt a little glow of warmth as I listened to the voice of Dr. John Watson in my head. That’s how the opening paragraphs of ‘The Spirit Box’ made me feel. I lay no claim to being an expert on the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ genre, I just know what I like and George Mann’s latest […]

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Main Range: 189: The Revenge Of The Swarm by Jonathan Morris (CD review).

Doctor Who: Main Range: 189: The Revenge Of The Swarm by Jonathan Morris (CD review).

Ace: ‘When you make mistakes half the universe knows about it!’ The Seventh Doctor continues to travel with Ace and Hector. In ‘Revenge Of The Swarm’, Ace is unhappy that Hector cannot access his memories of being Hex and she continues to hope that he will return to his former self but the Doctor is […]

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