Scifi

Who Wants To Live Forever?    tapes by: GF Willmetts   (short story)

Who Wants To Live Forever? tapes by: GF Willmetts (short story)

‘I’m going to keep a recording of our conversation in case anything is brought to issue later. It will also demonstrate that you were not under any duress or other issues. Is that OK?’ ‘Sure. It protects both of us.’ ‘You’re an unusual case, Mr. Glade. A few generations ago, people would have given anything […]

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The Long Mars (Book 3 of The Long Earth) by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter    (book review)

The Long Mars (Book 3 of The Long Earth) by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (book review)

‘The Long Mars’ by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, the third book of ‘The Long Earth’ cycle, starts with the aftermath of the catastrophe on Datum Earth that concluded book two ‘The Long War’, the Yellowstone super-eruption. The Long Earth being a multitude of alternate Earths devoid of human life. Ours is called Datum Earth […]

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mother Of Eden (book 2) by Chris Beckett  (book review)

Mother Of Eden (book 2) by Chris Beckett (book review)

Chris Beckett’s ‘Dark Eden’ was an excellent novel and my opinion was confirmed by its winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The planet Eden and the society that had developed on it were so well thought out and captivating that I have been intrigued to see what would happen next. Eden is an orphan world, […]

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Anime & Manga

The Halas & Bachelor Short Film Collection  (blu-ray or DVD  animation review)

The Halas & Bachelor Short Film Collection (blu-ray or DVD animation review)

Before I took on the editorial gig here at SFCrowsnest when there were only videos and no one had ever heard of DVDs, I was collecting information for a book I was co-writing on British animation. The toughest aspect was the lack of availability of commercially available classic material to see first hand followed by […]

June 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

TV

Supergirl TV series – new trailer.

Supergirl TV series – new trailer.

Another trailer for Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist. Born Kara Zor-El on the doomed planet Krypton, the preteen Kara escaped at the same time as the infant Kal-El, but didn’t arrive on Earth until many years later after being lost in the Phantom Zone. Protected and raised by her adopted family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in […]

June 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fear The Walking Dead (Walking Dead spin-off trailer).

Fear The Walking Dead (Walking Dead spin-off trailer).

Here’s a new trailer for the West Coast-set spin-off from Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead. It’s currently all rather teaser-y.

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Heroes Reborn (first TV series trailer).

Heroes Reborn (first TV series trailer).

Yes, Heroes is back on the TV screens in the USA soon as Heroes Reborn (NBC on 24th September 2015). Here’s the first trailer with a few new faces and a few old ones too. Yatta!

June 27, 2015 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – July 2015   :  Is your computer your closest friend?  (editorial)

Editorial – July 2015 : Is your computer your closest friend? (editorial)

Hello everyone Although tablets and mobile phones are close contenders, even if I don’t use them myself, the closest bit of tech to being a friend is your computer, whether its a tower (don’t they do deskbox shapes any more?) or laptop. All right, so its an inanimate combination of silicon, rare and more common […]

June 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Story Line by Jen Grisanti  (book review)

Story Line by Jen Grisanti (book review)

I’ve been focusing on communication between directors and actors for a while now, so perhaps its worthwhile having a look at writing skills. From her introduction, Jen Grisanti points out that her book ‘Story Line; can be applied to more than scriptwriting, providing tests at the end of each session to see how much you […]

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Minecraft Hololens: get an amazing look at the first major virtual reality game!

Minecraft Hololens: get an amazing look at the first major virtual reality game!

Want to see what the Minecraft Hololens virtual reality game will look like? Wonder no more! Watch it live, here. Best action is at the 2 minutes 25 seconds portion of this fabulous video.

June 18, 2015 | By | Reply More

Science

Space-X mission to space station explodes.

Space-X mission to space station explodes.

Following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown, resulting in loss of mission. Preliminary analysis suggests the vehicle experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight. Telemetry indicates first stage flight was nominal and that Dragon remained healthy for some period […]

June 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rocket: 1942 Onwards: Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

Rocket: 1942 Onwards: Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker (book review).

If you want to get a spaceship into orbit, then you need a rocket to propel it there. Ever since the Chinese developed gunpowder and the first rockets, the real problem has always been to get the most thrust from the least weight or mass that is carried and why the payload is often a […]

June 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
UK and USA heading for a new ice age, warns Met Office.

UK and USA heading for a new ice age, warns Met Office.

A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of ice age winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States, warns the Met Office. The Met Office-led study, published in Nature Communications, is among the first to look at the regional climate impacts of a possible ‘grand solar […]

June 24, 2015 | By | Reply More

Books

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale Of Mirror And Goliath (The Peculiar Adventures Of John Loveheart Esq. vol. I) by Ishbelle Bee   (book review)

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale Of Mirror And Goliath (The Peculiar Adventures Of John Loveheart Esq. vol. I) by Ishbelle Bee (book review)

‘The Singular And Extraordinary Tale Of Mirror And Goliath’ is the debut novel from Ishbelle Bee. It is a magical tale filled with moments of wonder, mysterious happenings and strange people who are rarely what they seem. Following a little girl called Mirror and her guardian, the former policeman Goliath, who seems to have developed […]

June 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Devil’s Looking Glass (The Swords Of Albion book 3) by Mark Chadbourn    (book review)

The Devil’s Looking Glass (The Swords Of Albion book 3) by Mark Chadbourn (book review)

England is on the verge of war with the Unseelie Court and their powerful Fay subjects. This is unlikely to be a war that England can win and only the magician John Dee has the power to keep them away and save the realm. Yet Dee is far away, kidnapped by Red Meg, who certainly […]

June 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Storm And Steel (The Book Of The Black Earth book two) by Jon Sprunk (book review)

Storm And Steel (The Book Of The Black Earth book two) by Jon Sprunk (book review)

Poor Horace. In ‘Blood and Iron’ (part one of The Book of the Black Earth) he escaped death only to be tossed in chains. He was freed only to be sucked into the politics and intrigue of the royal court. In saving the life of Queen Byleth, he painted a rather large target on his […]

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Comic Book Artist No. 3 Winter 1999    (magazine review)

Comic Book Artist No. 3 Winter 1999 (magazine review)

One of the odd side effects of reading some of TwoMorrows books and website is seeing the adverts for earlier editions of their books and magazines and then finding, especially with the latter, that they are out of print and only available digitally. If I’m especially interested in a particular title, then I would do […]

June 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents Batman TP Volume 05 Paperback by Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins and Dennis O’Neil  (graphic novel review)

Showcase Presents Batman TP Volume 05 Paperback by Mike Friedrich, Frank Robbins and Dennis O’Neil (graphic novel review)

At last, the DC Showcase volumes have reached the point where Batman is getting good. I recently looked up the old Alley Awards on-line and the ‘Batman’ titles twice won the same award: strip most in need of improvement, even in 1962 when regular penciller Carmine Infantino scooped the best artist award. ‘Showcase Batman Volumes […]

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema: 1897-2015 by Jonathan Rigby   (book review)

English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema: 1897-2015 by Jonathan Rigby (book review)

The photo of Christopher Lee on the cover of Jonathan Rigby’s fourth edition of ‘English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema’ covering UK films from 1897-2015 should tell it all. Chris Lee is, after all, an icon of the horror scene here and who better to symbolise it. If you think American horror films are being missed, […]

June 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
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