Scifi

Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

‘Dark Run’ is the debut novel by Mike Brooks with a book full of dodgy space bars, roguishly heroic smuggler captains and assorted crewmembers with dubious pasts, mechanically augmented humans and seedy underground dwellings. You may be thinking that this all sounds like the ingredients for a standard and possibly clichéd rip-roaring, gritty space opera. […]

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Lost Girl by Adam Nevill (book review).

Lost Girl by Adam Nevill (book review).

Adam Nevill is a British writer of supernatural horror who has so far published eight novels and a collection of short stories. Given that most of his work falls into the horror genre, ‘Lost Girl’ (2015) is a bit of a departure as it’s a near future dystopian thriller. The story is set in the […]

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Anime & Manga

Seoul Station (trailer).

Seoul Station (trailer).

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho who also directed Train to Busan, Seoul Station is a new animated prequel to the zombie horror anime. In cinemas from Friday 17th March, including: Picturehouse Hackney – Fri 17th – 8pm. Pictureville Bradford – Sat 18th – 8pm. Southampton Harbour Lights – Sat 18th – 8pm. DOY Brighton – Sat […]

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Ghost In the Shell: it’s a shell game (new trailer).

Ghost In the Shell: it’s a shell game (new trailer).

Here’s the new trailer for the paramount movie of Ghost In the Shell … if you like your scifi films based on the manga comic-books of Japanese genius Masamune Shirow, then this flick might just be the only game in town for 2017. Cyborg anti-terrorist police take on cyborg villains with a conspiracy twist. The official […]

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TV

Doctor Who season 10 episode 7: The Pyramid At The End Of The World by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat.

Doctor Who season 10 episode 7: The Pyramid At The End Of The World by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat.

Sorry for the lateness of this review. Bloody TV signals. ‘Doctor Who’ late by 5 minutes and no recording to check things over because the signal to the DVD recorder stopped instead of making a back-up. I wonder how many of you were caught out that way? At least there’s the early Saturday morning repeat […]

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Game of Thrones: seven seasons for seven kingdoms (trailer).

Game of Thrones: seven seasons for seven kingdoms (trailer).

Here’s the trailer for the 7th season of Game of Thrones. Battles, lots and lots of battles. And nooky. And iron thrones that everyone wants to sit on. It hits the USA on  16th July 2017 on HBO. And if they have any sense, everywhere else soon after, or … it’s illegal streaming time!

May 25, 2017 | By | Reply More

Culture

Science Fiction And Empire by Patricia Kerslake (book review).

Science Fiction And Empire by Patricia Kerslake (book review).

I have to admit to a raised eyebrow at Patricia Kerslake’s book, ‘Science Fiction And Empire’, when I saw its retail price. If you’re anything like me, even with old books, when I see extreme prices, especially for old books, I give a sigh, shrug and carry on with my life. As a reviewer – […]

May 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent   (book review)

The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent (book review)

Jeremy Lent’s book title, ‘The Patterning Instinct’, sounds like a book on knitting but makes more sense from its sub-title, ‘A Cultural History Of Humanity’s Search For Meaning’. Lent’s perspective is to look at humanity from a historical point of view and what it all means. Also, if you’re looking for the meaning of life, […]

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More

Science

When gravity falls: with ‘orphan memory’.

When gravity falls: with ‘orphan memory’.

Monash University researchers have identified a new concept – ‘orphan memory’ – which changes the current thinking around gravitational waves. The research, by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, was published recently in Physical Review Letters. Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that cataclysmic cosmic explosions stretch the fabric of spacetime. The stretching of spacetime is […]

May 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Jupiter: planet of weird wonder.

Jupiter: planet of weird wonder.

Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the […]

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Books

Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

Dark Run (book 1) by Mike Brooks (book review).

‘Dark Run’ is the debut novel by Mike Brooks with a book full of dodgy space bars, roguishly heroic smuggler captains and assorted crewmembers with dubious pasts, mechanically augmented humans and seedy underground dwellings. You may be thinking that this all sounds like the ingredients for a standard and possibly clichéd rip-roaring, gritty space opera. […]

May 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Conjuring Of Light (Shades Of Magic Book 3) by V.E. Schwab (book review).

A Conjuring Of Light (Shades Of Magic Book 3) by V.E. Schwab (book review).

‘A Conjuring Of Light’ is the third book in the ‘Shades Of Magic’ series, so if you haven’t read the first two check them out first. Osaron has used Holland’s antari body to take him to Red London. Can Lila and Kell find a way to stop Osaron from destroying Red London? Meanwhile, in Grey […]

May 28, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Alien: Covenant: music by Jed Kurzel (cd soundtrack review).

Alien: Covenant: music by Jed Kurzel (cd soundtrack review).

Please bear in mind that I’m listening to Jed Kurzel’s soundtrack to ‘Alien: Covenant’ without a clue as to how and what it is covering in the new Ridley Scott film. The sounds of the French horn of Jerry Goldsmith’s original ‘Alien’ theme comes up from time to time to establish the connection. Track 10, […]

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The Encyclopaedia Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Art Techniques by John Grant and Ron Tiner (book review).

The Encyclopaedia Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Art Techniques by John Grant and Ron Tiner (book review).

Catching up on my backlog of artbooks, I have ‘The Encyclopaedia Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Art Techniques’ by John Grant and Ron Tiner. Although just over 20 years since release, the information it covers is still relevant and I’m surprised hasn’t been reprinted, although considering that on the long river bookshop there is a […]

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