Scifi

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (book review).

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (book review).

Eli and Victor were best friends in college until a project on EOs, ExtraOrdinary people with strange powers, went wrong. Victor went to jail and Eli went on a quest, but now Victor is out and he wants revenge on the man who ruined his life. As the two circle closer towards a final conflict, […]

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The Ghosts Of Watt O’Hugh by Steven S. Drachman (book review).

The Ghosts Of Watt O’Hugh by Steven S. Drachman (book review).

This is the first book in a series of novels by the American author, Steven S. Drachman. The first print run was a sell-out but the next lot should be available by the end of May 2014. How would you describe Watt O’Hugh? The character is rather difficult to pin down but if you had […]

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Beyond (first trailer).

Beyond (first trailer).

Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming British science fiction movie, Beyond, due to debut at the Scifi London Film Festival. For a brief moment in history, the world stood still. All eyes and minds focused on the skies and the colossal, unidentified object that was discovered on a collision course with Earth. Now, shrouded […]

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

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 […]

April 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
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. […]

February 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars the 80s anime.

Star Wars the 80s anime.

At last, see the original Japanese science fiction TV series that inspired George Lucas to shoot a live action movie . . . Star Wars the 1980s anime.

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TV

Definitive documentary on the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Definitive documentary on the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Network Distributing has completed a new film about the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, ‘Filmed In Supermarionation’. The documentary about the culturally iconic puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia, Supermarionation was utilised in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and, most famously, Thunderbirds. Directed and produced by […]

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Grimm: The Chopping Block by John Passarella (book review).

Grimm: The Chopping Block by John Passarella (book review).

‘Grimm: The Chopping Block’ is a bit of a shock to my system. Having watched ‘Grimm’ from its inception and enjoyed the various twists and turns in the plot that sees a modern day slayer of beasts and demons take to the streets of Portland, as a homicide detective I should not have been quite […]

March 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lost Girl Season 3 DVD boxset (DVD review).

Lost Girl Season 3 DVD boxset (DVD review).

The first season was mediocre, the second was good and the third season which we review here is really good! That said, ‘Lost Girl’, the Canadian supernatural drama, just seems to get better and better. For those of you who do not know what ‘Lost Girl’ is all about, it’s centred around a succubus by […]

March 25, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

Culture

The Virtues Of Captain America by Mark D. White (book review).

The Virtues Of Captain America by Mark D. White (book review).

I’ve reviewed philosopher Mark D. White’s other edited books looking at philosophy with other comicbook characters but with this one, ‘The Virtues Of Captain America’, he writes solo. I should point out that his focus is on Steve Rogers in the comicbooks, not the TV or film versions or anyone else who has worn the […]

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Power Of Film by Howard Suber (book review).

The Power Of Film by Howard Suber (book review).

Howard Suber teaches film courses at UCLA and his students have often asked him to get his course notes released as book. Finally, ‘The Power Of Film’ is the result divided into 259 alphabetical sections. Even Suber says this book is better to browse than read through. However, as this is a review and everything […]

April 13, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Editorial – April 2014: Nobody here but us . . .

Editorial – April 2014: Nobody here but us . . .

For the uninformed, humans have to told there are other humans out there.  Hello everyone Don’t you find it odd that the media goes out of its way to describe people as being ‘human’ as if ‘humans’ were a different species ? Although I doubt they’ve ever heard how I describe myself with multiple labels, […]

March 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

Science

NASA’s finds first Earth-Size habitable world.

NASA’s finds first Earth-Size habitable world.

Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone […]

April 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
NASA discovers Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, has massive underground ocean of liquid water!

NASA discovers Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, has massive underground ocean of liquid water!

Life on Saturn’s moon has moved a lot closer! NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes. Researchers theorized the presence of an interior reservoir of water in 2005 when […]

April 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Advanced Technology Spotting: a look at what’s out there or rather isn’t by GF Willmetts.

Advanced Technology Spotting: a look at what’s out there or rather isn’t by GF Willmetts.

Considering how we are looking at the skies ever more intently these days, seeking out the wobbles with stars that indicate they have planets orbiting them, I wonder why no one has considered other traces of life. I know that Freeman Dyson suggested looking for infra-red traces for potential spheres surrounding whole stars but that […]

March 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (book review).

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (book review).

Eli and Victor were best friends in college until a project on EOs, ExtraOrdinary people with strange powers, went wrong. Victor went to jail and Eli went on a quest, but now Victor is out and he wants revenge on the man who ruined his life. As the two circle closer towards a final conflict, […]

April 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Watchtower (Black Swan Rising book 2) by Lee Carroll (book review).

The Watchtower (Black Swan Rising book 2) by Lee Carroll (book review).

Will Hughes has fled to France in search of the Summer Country and the power to regain his mortality after centuries as a vampire. When Garet James receives a painting in the post, she is sure that it comes from Will and sets off on a trip to Paris in search of him. Encountering the […]

April 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Ghosts Of Watt O’Hugh by Steven S. Drachman (book review).

The Ghosts Of Watt O’Hugh by Steven S. Drachman (book review).

This is the first book in a series of novels by the American author, Steven S. Drachman. The first print run was a sell-out but the next lot should be available by the end of May 2014. How would you describe Watt O’Hugh? The character is rather difficult to pin down but if you had […]

April 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Beyond The Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy book 3) by Brent Weeks (book review).

Beyond The Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy book 3) by Brent Weeks (book review).

‘Beyond The Shadows’ is the epic final book in the definitely epic ‘Night Angel’ trilogy. Kylar Stern has learned the terrible truth behind his magical immortality. Unfortunately for him, events are building up to his probably calling upon it again. Fate has plans for those nearest and dearest to him. These plans put them all […]

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Trek: Horizon (trailer).

Star Trek: Horizon (trailer).

There’s a new fan-made Star Trek Enterprise era follow-on which looks a cut above the usual stuff – both in terms of SFX, acting and scripts, called Star Trek: Horizon which looks rather interesting. Here’s the blurb . . . The Coalition of Planets, a young alliance of worlds led by Earth, is at war with […]

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Like A Mighty Army (Safehold book 7) by David Weber (book review).

Like A Mighty Army (Safehold book 7) by David Weber (book review).

Catching up with this year’s volume of ‘Safehold’ books, David Weber’s tomes are still tied up with technological advancement and a fight between the free countries and the Church aligned countries, ignoring, for the most part, the plight that left mankind on this planet in the first place to avoid conquering aliens who would detect […]

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