Scifi

Apex Magazine # 62, July 2014       (magazine review)

Apex Magazine # 62, July 2014 (magazine review)

With magazines, the cover is an exceptionally critical component. Get it wrong and people will pass up on the issue regardless of the quality of content within the magazine. ‘Apex Magazine’ has been blessed with some exceptional covers recently and issue 62 is another winner provided by Ashley Mackenzie. The cover illustrating ‘The Scarved’ should […]

July 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes by Alex Irvine     (book review)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes by Alex Irvine (book review)

I suspect a lot of you will have been to the cinema to watch ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ before even considering picking up the novelisation of the film by Alex Irvine. You can’t get any more non-conformist than me than doing it the other way around, let alone waiting for the film […]

July 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Iron Sky (2012)        (DVD review)

Iron Sky (2012) (DVD review)

Now ‘Iron Sky’ is a film that you’re not likely to see on TV. At the end of 1945, a fraction of the Nazis party escaped to the dark side of the Moon, formed a colony, mined helium-3 and waited for their return to Earth and the Fourth Reich. That is, until 2018 when the […]

July 26, 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

Defiance Season One DVD boxset      (DVD review)

Defiance Season One DVD boxset (DVD review)

The aftermath of a failed alien invasion left the Earth terraformed, essentially with the old Earth covered in a new layer of…er…earth and a new ecology. The few human survivors are only one of eight species living there now and the world has some elements of western frontier mixed with new technology with criminal activity […]

July 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Helix – Season 1 DVD boxset (2014) (DVD review).

Helix – Season 1 DVD boxset (2014) (DVD review).

Originally broadcast on the Syfy channel, all 13 episodes of ‘Helix’ are now available on DVD. The idea behind the series is that of a special team of contagion fighters, shoot from the hip medical experts going out into the unknown at the risk of their own lives for the sake of humanity. A bit […]

July 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
The BFI takes a giant leap into: SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER

The BFI takes a giant leap into: SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER

The BFI takes a giant leap into: SCI-FI: DAYS OF FEAR AND WONDER   OCTOBER 2014 – DECEMBER 2015 (Previews from AUGUST) With Professor Brian Cox, Peter Capaldi, Gareth Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Dominic Sandbrook, Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Mike Hodges, Lauren Beukes, Shane Carruth, Brian Blessedand many more… In collaboration with the BBC, BFI Film […]

July 17, 2014 | By | Reply More

Culture

The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble    (book review)

The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review)

As always with non-fiction books, you should always pay attention to the sub-title even it would make the main title bar too big if included. Such is the case with Dennis R. Trumble’s book, ‘The Way Of Science’ and ‘Finding Truth And Meaning In A Scientific Worldview’. Basically that translates into how science rules the […]

July 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – July 2014: Whose side are you on?

Editorial – July 2014: Whose side are you on?

Whose side are you on?  Hello everyone After going on about Science Fiction lacking areas to explore, some heavy thinking on my part came up with something which was practically under our noses. Science Fiction has often been accused of getting things wrong or even missing something completely. With all the trouble and strife in […]

June 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Star Wars Legacy – an article by: GF Willmetts.

The Star Wars Legacy – an article by: GF Willmetts.

My train of thought for this article came from something author Rob Craig said in his introduction to his book ‘It Came From 1957’ that I reviewed recently. He describes the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy as ‘overproduced, underwritten, f/x-burdened, narratively insipid, imagination-barren franchise’ and I couldn’t actually disagree with some of that. Always remember what […]

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Science

The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble    (book review)

The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review)

As always with non-fiction books, you should always pay attention to the sub-title even it would make the main title bar too big if included. Such is the case with Dennis R. Trumble’s book, ‘The Way Of Science’ and ‘Finding Truth And Meaning In A Scientific Worldview’. Basically that translates into how science rules the […]

July 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Particle Fever (2014) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Particle Fever (2014) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Back in the 1960s, people could appreciate and enjoy scientific accounts of the space program even if they did not understand all the technicalities. ‘Particle Fever’ is a science documentary for our time. The viewer does not need to have a scientific background to appreciate and enjoy this account of scientists trying to uncover the secrets […]

July 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Asteroid Threat by William E. Burrows (book review).

The Asteroid Threat by William E. Burrows (book review).

I think the title, ‘The Asteroid Threat’, sums up exactly what William E. Burrows book is all about. The emphasis in the opening chapter about the near miss at Chelyabinsk and people turning their town into a global attraction tends to belie the danger meteorites can pose. A Russian town seeing commercial possibilities sounds practically […]

June 27, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes by Alex Irvine     (book review)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes by Alex Irvine (book review)

I suspect a lot of you will have been to the cinema to watch ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ before even considering picking up the novelisation of the film by Alex Irvine. You can’t get any more non-conformist than me than doing it the other way around, let alone waiting for the film […]

July 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno (book review)

The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno (book review)

‘The Circuit: Executor Rising’ by Rhett C. Bruno is my kind of book. Earth is dead (yay, apocalypse!) and humanity has taken to the stars. We haven’t gotten far. Still within our Solar System, humanity inhabits a string of Solar-Ark transports that continually travel what is known as the Kepler Circuit. Resources are mined and […]

July 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith   (book review)

Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith (book review)

Comic novels that re-tell history from alternative points of view can be a lot of fun if done well, perhaps most notably is the case of the ‘Flashman’ novels by George MacDonald Fraser. In recent years, biblical narratives have provided useful material for several authors; ‘Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff’ by Christopher Moore is […]

July 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

EVE Online                       (game review)

EVE Online (game review)

I first played ‘EVE Online’ some years back and greatly enjoyed it. I revisited the world of ‘EVE’ just before Christmas last year purely in an attempt to familiarise myself with it prior to reviewing a tie-in novel, ‘Eve: The Empyrean Age’ by Tony Gonzales. This rekindled a love for what is the largest and […]

July 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Time Out’s The 100 Best SF Films  (article news)

Time Out’s The 100 Best SF Films (article news)

A few months ago, I was asked to contribute my top ten favourite SF movies to a list for Time Out Magazine. There were some restrictions like you couldn’t choose film series, which made things tough if you liked more than one in a series so I picked one each out of my favourites, stating […]

July 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
In The Pink   – a brief article by: GF Willmetts

In The Pink – a brief article by: GF Willmetts

Actually, this is more like a word of warning as to where you keep your toys or models. A year or so ago, I noticed when cleaning a toy ‘Marvel Legends’ Magneto in my windowsill that when I took its helmet off, when he’d been exposed to the light was like a light cross on his […]

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