Scifi

Heart Of Granite (Blood & Fire series book 1) by James Barclay (book review).

Heart Of Granite (Blood & Fire series book 1) by James Barclay (book review).

James Barclay is a British author of epic fantasy novels, most of which have been set on or around Balaia, the fictional continent where the adventures of the heroic band of mercenaries known as The Raven take place. Barclay’s most recent ‘Elves’ trilogy, which I reviewed here between 2010 and 2014, was set in the […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
2016 Hugo Award: MidAmeriCon II spins a googly.

2016 Hugo Award: MidAmeriCon II spins a googly.

The 2016 Hugo Award winners were announced at a ceremony held at MidAmeriCon II (aka the 74th World Science Fiction Convention) on Saturday August 20th, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. The ceremony was hosted by Pat Cadigan. Best Novel: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit). Best Novella: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com). Best Novelette: […]

August 21, 2016 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

Kubo And The Two Strings (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Kubo And The Two Strings (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Every once in a while there is family-friendly entertainment that lives up to its wonderment in imaginative storytelling and stunning visual scope. Certainly this is the case with the stimulating yet meditative Japanese animated fantasy-adventure ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’. Undeniably vibrant and philosophical in committed heart and soul, ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ is a majestic masterpiece in […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Animated Adventures of Firefly (teaser trailer).

The Animated Adventures of Firefly (teaser trailer).

Here’s the teaser trailer for The Animated Adventures of Firefly. Now, what do we need to do to make Stephen Byrne’s vision of an animated reboot actually happen? Hey, Netflix and Amazon Studios, are you listening?

August 18, 2016 | By | Reply More

TV

The Tick: stream the first episode free on Amazon.

The Tick: stream the first episode free on Amazon.

TV superhero series The Tick, being brought to you via Amazon Prime, is making it’s first pilot episode free to view to anyone in the hope you’ll become a full subscriber to their Netflix competitor service – stream it over at http://amzn.to/2bjD3VU In The Tick, you enter a world where superheroes have been real for decades, […]

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Timeless: new time travel TV series (Time Tunnel meets Lost?).

Timeless: new time travel TV series (Time Tunnel meets Lost?).

From Eric Kripke (Revolution) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield) comes a new SF action-adventure TV series from NBC, Timeless, in which a supposed criminal steals a secret U.S military time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. The only hope is a hastily-assembled team: a scientist, a soldier and […]

August 19, 2016 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – August 2016  : There’s lies, statistics and politics.

Editorial – August 2016 : There’s lies, statistics and politics.

Hello everyone As the opening title displays, this is a variant on ‘there’s lies, statistics and damn statistics’ quote. Now look at my version above again, ‘there’s lies, statistics and politics’. Now, more than ever, it’s harder to tell them apart. Even more so in politics because not only are there are lies between countries […]

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Illustrators # 6    (magazine review)

Illustrators # 6 (magazine review)

Editor Peter Richardson makes a very good point in his editorial that in the old days there was not a necessity to have a university degree to become a professional artist and how employers now use this as the means to whittle down candidates for employment. That is something I tend to agree with. After […]

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Science

Nearest habitable world found around Proxima Centauri, well within generation ship range.

Nearest habitable world found around Proxima Centauri, well within generation ship range.

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri, well within generation ship range of Earth. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

The sub-title of Steven D. Bloom’s book, ‘The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction’ is ‘Understanding Interstellar Travel, Teleportation, Time Travel, Alien Life And Other Genre Fixtures’. Just so you know what the 10 chapters in this book will cover. I suspect there wasn’t room on the cover to add robots, weaponry and super-humans, although […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More

Books

Heart Of Granite (Blood & Fire series book 1) by James Barclay (book review).

Heart Of Granite (Blood & Fire series book 1) by James Barclay (book review).

James Barclay is a British author of epic fantasy novels, most of which have been set on or around Balaia, the fictional continent where the adventures of the heroic band of mercenaries known as The Raven take place. Barclay’s most recent ‘Elves’ trilogy, which I reviewed here between 2010 and 2014, was set in the […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction by Steven D. Bloom (book review).

The sub-title of Steven D. Bloom’s book, ‘The Physics And Astronomy Of Science Fiction’ is ‘Understanding Interstellar Travel, Teleportation, Time Travel, Alien Life And Other Genre Fixtures’. Just so you know what the 10 chapters in this book will cover. I suspect there wasn’t room on the cover to add robots, weaponry and super-humans, although […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Awesome science fiction and fantasy round-up (Offworld Report: Thursday 25th August 2016).

Awesome science fiction and fantasy round-up (Offworld Report: Thursday 25th August 2016).

Here are our picks of today’s best science fiction and fantasy news, features, reviews and articles off-world from SFcrowsnest . . . Spec Fic Publishing: Pitfalls and Opportunities. There is now an official line of DC and Marvel suits, and they’re actually not terrible. What’s Being Done To Fix the Hugo Awards. Russo Brothers Confirm Captain […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 15 (magazine review).

Illustrators # 15 (magazine review).

Remember me writing that there was another month before the next issue of ‘Illustrators’ was due earlier in the month? I had a nice surprise when issue 15 came through the letterbox. For those buying, I should point out that these magazines come in protective plastic bags inside cardboard packing. By far the biggest section […]

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