Scifi

Screening Space by Vivian Sobchack (book review).

Screening Space by Vivian Sobchack (book review).

Vivian Sobchack’s book ‘Screen Space’ is now in its fifth reprint. Originally published in 1980 under the title ‘The Limits Of Infinity: The American Science Fiction Film’ and this edition got a new chapter and an updated bibliography, even if it only adds another decade. Although I can’t remember that edition, it will be obvious […]

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Envoy . . . E.T. go home? (short movie).

Envoy . . . E.T. go home? (short movie).

Envoy is a science fiction, action adventure, short film used as a proof of concept for a larger full-length motion picture. A love-letter to many of the classic action-adventure and science fiction films of the ’80s & ’90s, Envoy was created by Director David Weinstein and Visual Effects Supervisor Adam Coggin. Envoy’s web site is […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Bunker. Web Series Podcast (podcast review).

The Bunker. Web Series Podcast (podcast review).

‘The Bunker’ is a post-apocalyptic breakfast radio show. Presented by David Knight, David Price and Tom Dalling, it tries to answer the difficult questions like: What do you do when your family’s disease start to make them a bit mushy and are crackers an acceptable biscuit substitute when the bunkers supplies run low? The format […]

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Anime & Manga

Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements (book review).

Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements (book review).

Japanese animation or anime is a huge successful and very diverse multimedia industry. As Jonathan Clements says himself in ‘Anime: A History’, it is a ‘medium’ rather than a genre. This book is based on Clements PHD doctorate and is a highly detailed discussion on the history of animation, predominately in Japan and its spread […]

May 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
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

TV

Primeval: The Complete Series One-Five (DVD boxset review).

Primeval: The Complete Series One-Five (DVD boxset review).

It’s hard to believe that it’s been some eight years since ‘Primeval’ first aired and certainly the ITV channels haven’t come up with anything as ingenious since its cancellation in 2011. Having time portals or anomalies accessing the past or future letting odd animals into the present gave great latitude to play with dinosaurs and […]

September 26, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Time Heist – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers  (TV review).

Doctor Who: Time Heist – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

‘Time Heist’ is the fifth episode of ‘Doctor Who’s eighth series (season 34 for purists) and saw the Doctor and Clara robbing the most secure bank in the universe. If you haven’t seen it yet you may want to start with Geoff’s spoiler-free post here: LINK. Otherwise, the Teller will see you now… ‘Doctor Who’ […]

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Person of Interest Season 4.

Person of Interest Season 4.

Five, including the dog. The A.I. war hots up in the truly bloody brilliant Person of Interest Season 4.

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – Oct 2014: Judgement calls. The robots are coming. an editorial by GF Willmetts

Editorial – Oct 2014: Judgement calls. The robots are coming. an editorial by GF Willmetts

Hello everyone Everyone on the Net is influenced by what they read, especially when it comes to reviews. We might live by our reputation of being honest reviewers on SFCrowsnest and seeing the same names all the time, you tend to get to know us or at least our tastes to know if they match […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

‘Black Hat Jack’ is a novella by Joe R Lansdale and tells a tale about cowboy Nat Love, also known as ‘Deadwood Dick,’ and his black huntsman partner, Black Hat Jack, so called because, as he puts it: ‘My hat is black and my name is Jack.‘ This is dime-store western fiction, though with one […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Review Recruitment Program: Have You Got What It Takes? : reading by review by Geoff Willmetts.

Review Recruitment Program: Have You Got What It Takes? : reading by review by Geoff Willmetts.

I was once asked who I write for. I told them that it was the person sitting at the other end of this computer looking at their own computer. I never think of the number of people SFCrowsnest gets on a daily/weekly/monthly basis because the number is…well, as the second biggest Science Fiction website in […]

September 23, 2014 | By | Reply More

Science

Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks by Cathy Cobb (book review).

Physical chemistry has always been something hard to define. Basically, it’s the physics associated with chemistry and how things work together than the other chemistry which deals with chemical reactions. Cathy Cobb’s book, ‘Magick, Mayhem And Mavericks’, explores the history of physical chemistry that should make sense to most of you. If you have any […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Clear skies and water vapour found on alien exoplanet.

Astronomers using data from three of NASA’s space telescopes – Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler – have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected. Now, where’s […]

September 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
How To Predict The Unpredictable by William Poundstone (book review).

How To Predict The Unpredictable by William Poundstone (book review).

When I first saw the title, ‘How To Predict The Unpredictable’, I knew that William Poundstone was looking at something that I was familiar with. Mostly because I tend to do random things instinctively and have to analyse my decision later. You might think you do things at random but over observations, people do particular […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Books

Screening Space by Vivian Sobchack (book review).

Screening Space by Vivian Sobchack (book review).

Vivian Sobchack’s book ‘Screen Space’ is now in its fifth reprint. Originally published in 1980 under the title ‘The Limits Of Infinity: The American Science Fiction Film’ and this edition got a new chapter and an updated bibliography, even if it only adds another decade. Although I can’t remember that edition, it will be obvious […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale (book review).

‘Black Hat Jack’ is a novella by Joe R Lansdale and tells a tale about cowboy Nat Love, also known as ‘Deadwood Dick,’ and his black huntsman partner, Black Hat Jack, so called because, as he puts it: ‘My hat is black and my name is Jack.‘ This is dime-store western fiction, though with one […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal (book review).

The Art Of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal (book review).

When I heard that there was another Jim Burns book on the horizon, this was on the top of my list to see next. After all, I own and love his three previous books, ‘Lightship’, ‘Transluminal’ and ‘Imago’. ‘Hyperluminal’ takes this to the next level of what he’s done next although there are some samples […]

September 28, 2014 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Beware Aliens Bearing Gifts    a short story by: GF Willmetts    (short story)

Beware Aliens Bearing Gifts a short story by: GF Willmetts (short story)

They were coming. At long last. They were coming. Whatever they might be. Over the decades, we all imagined how the first contact with aliens would be like. The fearful put it down as invasions because they wanted our planet and the local inhabitants who they often saw as just scum to be quickly exterminated. […]

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Brass Sun: The Wheel Of Worlds mini-series # 3 by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard (e-comic review).

Brass Sun: The Wheel Of Worlds mini-series # 3 by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard (e-comic review).

The Wheel of Worlds has problems. The sun is dying. Our heroine is Wren and her home world, Hind Leg, is slowly freezing. There is a transit system between the worlds, largely forgotten by most people, and the Station Master has sent Wren and Conductor Seventeen to the Keep, a planet ruled by the Scarlet […]

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Brass Sun: The Wheel Of Worlds mini-series # 2 by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard (e-comic review).

Brass Sun: The Wheel Of Worlds mini-series # 2 by Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard (e-comic review).

Brass Sun # 1 ended with Wren safely in the hands of Conductor Seventeen, one of the Prime Numbers in charge of the transit system for the Wheel of Worlds. She used the Quaycard left her by her grandfather to get there. In Brass Sun # 2, Wren learns that the worlds used to co-operate […]

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