Scifi

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez (book review).

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez (book review).

Humanity exists only between the stars, on board a giant ship called The Noah. The journey to a new planet will take over a thousand years and, in that time, the soap opera of life continues to play out, with more than a few dystopian tweaks. Those who test well are Implanted and trained in […]

April 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Robot Uprisings edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams (book review).

Robot Uprisings edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams (book review).

It’s amazing how things have changed over the years with SF robot stories and I blame a lot of it on nanotechnology, even if it’s only in its nascent stages at the moment in our reality. It isn’t big robots that will take on mankind but the little fellas with gestalt intelligence when they link […]

April 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Transcendence (film review by Frank Ochieng)

Transcendence (film review by Frank Ochieng)

Cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister (a close film-making collaborator with movie mastermind Christopher Nolan) decides to take on the realm of technology cynicism in the somnolent sci-fi techno-thriller ‘Transcendence’. There certainly has been attempts to provide shrewd commentary on the weary connection between man’s progressive manipulation and the technological tendencies that shape our societal sensibilities. However, ‘Transcendence’ feels structurally stiff and […]

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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 […]

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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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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

The New Incomplete Complete And Utter History Of Britain (DVD review).

The New Incomplete Complete And Utter History Of Britain (DVD review).

Most people would normally associate ‘Monty Python’ with the BBC but they did have other existences including this effort, ‘The New Incomplete Complete And Utter History Of Britain’, from 1969 when the guys would have been in their 20s. We’ve only got two of the Monty Python gang and they are working for LWT (London […]

April 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
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

Culture

Language! 500 Years Of The Vulgar Tongue by Jonathon Green (book review).

Language! 500 Years Of The Vulgar Tongue by Jonathon Green (book review).

Whenever I use character dialogue in foreign languages, the first thing I look for are the swear words. Mostly because I’m going to put most of the characters in a stressful situation and so are likely to swear or at least something you wouldn’t see in most tourist translation books. Those of you who read […]

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The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison (book review).

The Deadly Streets by Harlan Ellison (book review).

If you’ve ever walked down a dark street and felt intimidated or had your property stolen, you’ll know the frustration and impotence that those situations create. If you’re lucky, your world and this will only cross over once or twice but imagine it being your daily life. This is what Harlan Ellison highlights in this […]

April 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Five Autobiographies And A Fiction by Lucius Shepard   (book review)

Five Autobiographies And A Fiction by Lucius Shepard (book review)

Advice given to most wannabe writers is to write about what you know. Certainly this is essential if your work is non-fiction. Bluff can only take you so far but unless they know something the rest of us are not party to. Science Fiction writers have to rely totally on imagination to describe life on […]

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Benighted by Kit Whitfield (US title) Bareback by Kit Whitfield (UK title)  (book review)

Benighted by Kit Whitfield (US title) Bareback by Kit Whitfield (UK title) (book review)

‘Benighted’ (UK title: ‘Bareback’) puts an interesting spin on a traditional horror story staple. The story is set in a world where 99% of the population are werewolves. Lola is a lawyer working for DORLA, the state run Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activity. During a full moon, one of her colleagues is […]

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Language! 500 Years Of The Vulgar Tongue by Jonathon Green (book review).

Language! 500 Years Of The Vulgar Tongue by Jonathon Green (book review).

Whenever I use character dialogue in foreign languages, the first thing I look for are the swear words. Mostly because I’m going to put most of the characters in a stressful situation and so are likely to swear or at least something you wouldn’t see in most tourist translation books. Those of you who read […]

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Recent Articles

Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by Keith R.A. DeCandido (book review).

Star Trek: Klingon Empire: A Burning House by Keith R.A. DeCandido (book review).

‘A Burning House’ sets out to tell a ‘Star Trek’ universe story from the perspective of one of its most iconic alien races, the Klingons. Author Keith DeCandido attempts to do this by breaking up the crew of a Klingon starship and sending them to different places on the Klingon homeworld. Each has something different […]

April 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Victorian Batman = Iron Bat.

Victorian Batman = Iron Bat.

Are you a Victorian criminal, maybe some kind of steampunk genius? Then you must . . . fear the Iron Bat! Ashley Rogers interviews The Iron Bat about his steampunk Batman cosplay at Anime Boston 2014. Interview conducted by Ashley Rogers.

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The Han Solo Adventures (featuring Han Solo At Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo And The Lost Legacy) by Brian Daley (book review).

The Han Solo Adventures (featuring Han Solo At Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo And The Lost Legacy) by Brian Daley (book review).

There has been much talk lately of the ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movies, with Disney wanting to pursue a similar approach to their work with Marvel in using the ‘Star Wars’ movies as the central point around which they can break-out characters into stories. Debates within ‘Star Wars’ fandom have raged about which characters should deserve […]

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