Scifi

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 . . . zap them, frak them.

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 . . . zap them, frak them.

Gratuitous Space Battles 2 is a SF fleet battle computer game from UK indie developer Positech. It aims to do away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games . . . the big arse laser battles fought by massive spaceships. In Gratuitous Space Battles […]

April 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
Terminator Genisys second trailer.

Terminator Genisys second trailer.

He always said he would be back and you know what . . . he was right. Here’s the amazing second trailer for the Terminator Genisys movie.

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
World War X – Volume 1 by Jerry Frissen & Peter Snejbjerg (graphic novel review).

World War X – Volume 1 by Jerry Frissen & Peter Snejbjerg (graphic novel review).

You know you’ve had a bad day at work when you awaken an ancient evil. I mean, sure, you could be late for a meeting or forget the boss’s birthday, but right at the top there’s awakening an ancient evil. Now imagine you did it on the Moon. This is the situation that scientists find […]

April 14, 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 […]

March 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
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 […]

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
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), […]

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More

TV

Penny Dreadful: The Complete First Season (DVD review).

Penny Dreadful: The Complete First Season (DVD review).

From the start of this ‘Penny Dreadful’ series one, it’s obvious that something dark is going on. Late night, a mother in Victorian London has left her daughter to go to the toilet, only to be sucked out of the window. Things have moved on a pace and Sir Malcolm Murray (actor Timothy Dalton) and […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Star Trek: Renegades . . . going pro.

Star Trek: Renegades . . . going pro.

The Star Trek: Renegades crowdfunded Trek effort steps up a gear with the latest trailer and the appearance of Tuvok, Chekov and Voyager’s holo-doctor, aka Robert Picardo.

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Killjoys – bounty hunters in space.

Killjoys – bounty hunters in space.

Here comes another new scifi TV series, Killjoys – more or less, bounty hunters in space. You can watch the Killjoys series premier on June 19th 2015 in the USA on both the Syfy and Space Channel.

April 10, 2015 | By | Reply More

Culture

John Badham On Directing by John Badham     (book review)

John Badham On Directing by John Badham (book review)

If you’re going to learn about directing then the best way is to see what the pros have to say and Michael Wiese has several in their list that I’m going to be looking at over the next few months and they include some SF directors so you’ll also get some insight into their mindset. […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
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 […]

March 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Sherlock Holmes (DVD review).

Sherlock Holmes (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

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. […]

March 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

The Art And Making Of Penny Dreadful by Sharon Gosling (book review).

The Art And Making Of Penny Dreadful by Sharon Gosling (book review).

As ‘Penny Dreadful’ is on a pay channel, I decided after glancing through the pages of this book, ‘The Art And Making Of Penny Dreadful’ by Sharon Gosling that it would make sense to look at the DVD release of its first season. After all, it has an interesting cast, the use of Dublin to […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Tarzan Versus The Barbarians by Burne Hogarth and Don Garden    (graphic novel review)

Tarzan Versus The Barbarians by Burne Hogarth and Don Garden (graphic novel review)

Although the title says ‘Tarzan Versus The Barbarians’, there are in fact four stories of ‘Tarzan’ from the Sunday newspaper strips May 1940-October 1943 between the covers. Differentiating between them is a bit difficult before there is no end noted between them, just Tarzan moving on in his travels although the footer does point at […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
John Badham On Directing by John Badham     (book review)

John Badham On Directing by John Badham (book review)

If you’re going to learn about directing then the best way is to see what the pros have to say and Michael Wiese has several in their list that I’m going to be looking at over the next few months and they include some SF directors so you’ll also get some insight into their mindset. […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (trailer).

Star Wars Battlefront 2015 (trailer).

The Star Wars Battlefront game is shaping up to be one of the must-have purchases of the year – coming out November 2015, right in time for the new movie. What a coincidence, eh? You can buy the game over at http://amzn.to/1EVUxjk

April 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Angel Of Europa by Allen Steele (book review).

Angel Of Europa by Allen Steele (book review).

Since ‘Angel Of Europa’ by Allen Steele was billed as ‘Deluxe Hardcover Edition’ at $35.00, I was rather taken aback to find that it arrived as a slender paperback. However, this is an Advance Uncorrected Proof (I didn’t find many typos or errors), so I suppose this partially explains it. Even so, at only 90 […]

April 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
BFG picks up Steven Spielberg (to crush him?)

BFG picks up Steven Spielberg (to crush him?)

Walt Disney Studios is to co-produce and co-finance Steven Spielberg’s The BFG.  This marks Spielberg’s first time directing a Disney-branded movie. Previously announced cast include Mark Rylance who will play the titular “Big Friendly Giant” and newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie.  They are now joined by Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris […]

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
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