Scifi

The Ocean Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 2) by David Wingrove    (book review)

The Ocean Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 2) by David Wingrove (book review)

Time agent Otto Behr may have found the love of his life but, when a thirteenth century mission to Moscow goes badly wrong, the whole nature of the time war begins to unravel…or does it actually get knottier? Such is time-twisting nature of ‘The Ocean Of Time’ the second part of David Wingrove’s excellent series, […]

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Terminator: Genisys: Resetting The Future by David S. Cohen   (book review)

Terminator: Genisys: Resetting The Future by David S. Cohen (book review)

Several years back, when I wrote an article here about ‘The Terminator’ time-line, I made one critical observation: When you mess with time, nothing stays the same and things diverge in unexpected ways. If you come from the future, then you have to expect things to diverge in a variety of ways. In many respects, […]

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Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds    (book review)

Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (book review)

There is almost a sub-genre of SF which deals exclusively with war scenarios. These might be between aliens and humans or between human colonies. As with all these adventures, various assumptions are made, one of which being a method of interstellar travel which gets ships from one place to another quickly. There is no point […]

July 30, 2015 | By | Reply More

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

Game of Thrones: The Musical?

Game of Thrones: The Musical?

There have been many Game of Thrones items coming our way to tickle our fancy – but none so ticklish as Peter Dinklage singing with Coldplay: a boasting ballad if ever we heard one, about his part being so long. This was for Red Nose Day on NBC. Didn’t even know the USA partook of […]

July 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Twilight Zone . . . say it again, Sam.

The Twilight Zone . . . say it again, Sam.

These are all the times Rod Serling says “The Twilight Zone” on camera. It does not include outros since he is off camera for those. Rod Serling did not appear on screen until the episode “A World of His Own” which is included in this supercut as the first clip. He did not always say […]

July 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Walking Dead season 6 reveals.

Walking Dead season 6 reveals.

Don’t watch this unless you want to hear a few Walking Dead season 6 spoilers – it’s the highlighted clips from the Conan show (that’s Conan O’Brien, not the Barbarian) on US TV with some of the Walking Dead cast. They did this bad boy as a Comic-Con special.

July 15, 2015 | By | Reply More

Culture

Psychology For Screenwriters by William Indick   (book review)

Psychology For Screenwriters by William Indick (book review)

Contrary to what you might think, ‘Psychology For Screenwriters’ is not about sending writers to see a shrink but about understanding the motivations of the characters that you or they are playing with. Author, psychologist and scriptwriter William Indick indicates in his introduction that there are things to be learn beyond scriptwriting for characters, so […]

July 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Let’s choke San Diego Comic Con! Shocking Sith attack.

Let’s choke San Diego Comic Con! Shocking Sith attack.

Darth Vader cosplayer Dupree Jones goes, frankly, Force Choke nuts at San Diego Comic Con 2015. Well, all those fans enjoying the con at the USA while we languish in London, experiencing Tube strikes and other nonsense. They kind of deserve it, don’t they?

July 11, 2015 | By | Reply More
I’ll walk 600 miles for one of your stormtooper smiles.

I’ll walk 600 miles for one of your stormtooper smiles.

Here’s a very touching story that would play with the heart strings of even a Dark Lord of the Sith. With Kevin Doyle’s wife Eileen sadly passed away to cancer, our plucky Kevin decided he would honour her memory by marching the 600 miles to San Diego Comic-Con on foot in honour of her memory […]

July 10, 2015 | By | Reply More

Science

NASA Gemini: 1965-1966 (All Missions, All Models) Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Woods and David M. Harland    (book review)

NASA Gemini: 1965-1966 (All Missions, All Models) Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Woods and David M. Harland (book review)

NASA’s Gemini programme was needed if they were to fulfil President John F. Kennedy’s order to get American astronauts on the Moon by the end of the 1960s and establish themselves as the winner in the Space Race currently led by the USSR. Oddly, Russia never saw getting a man on the Moon as their […]

July 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Spike Aerospace presses ahead with a Concorde for billionaires.

Spike Aerospace presses ahead with a Concorde for billionaires.

The firm Spike Aerospace is pressing ahead with their Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, a business jet able to fly at supersonic speeds. With one of these toys, the founders of Google, Facebook, Amazon and many other rather rich bods will be able to go from London to NYC in three hours – making day trips for business possible. […]

July 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
NASA’s Pluto success: the last planet falls.

NASA’s Pluto success: the last planet falls.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m Tuesday 14th 2015, to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto. “I know today we’ve inspired a whole new generation of explorers with this great success, and we look forward to the discoveries yet to come,” […]

July 15, 2015 | By | Reply More

Books

Comic Book Artist Collection Volume 1    (book review)

Comic Book Artist Collection Volume 1 (book review)

Remember me saying a few months back that I wished TwoMorrows did paper reprints? Back in 2000, they did for their ‘Comic Book Artist’, reprinting the first three issues under one cover and if you look around, like I did last year, might actually be able to still pull a copy. Do I really have […]

August 1, 2015 | By | Reply More
The League Of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris    (book review)

The League Of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris (book review)

No, you haven’t missed a super-hero team. ‘The League Of Regrettable Superheroes’ is a book by Jon Morris about American super-heroes from across the three ages with sillier names than usual. Some vanished without a trace. Some survived a while. Some even made a comeback as different people. After all, DC also had an Amazing […]

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The Ocean Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 2) by David Wingrove    (book review)

The Ocean Of Time (Roads To Moscow: Book 2) by David Wingrove (book review)

Time agent Otto Behr may have found the love of his life but, when a thirteenth century mission to Moscow goes badly wrong, the whole nature of the time war begins to unravel…or does it actually get knottier? Such is time-twisting nature of ‘The Ocean Of Time’ the second part of David Wingrove’s excellent series, […]

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Recent Articles

Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years Of Sideshow Collectables Art   (book review)

Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years Of Sideshow Collectables Art (book review)

It seems to be Sideshow Collectables’ month with another book showing off their wares but as ‘Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years Of Sideshow Collectables’ was originally released Stateside, this might be more like me catching up. If you live in the USA, you might already own a copy. I should point out that this book isn’t […]

July 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Metal Hurlant Chronicles: Season 2 soundtrack by Jesper Kyd   (CD soundtrack review)

Metal Hurlant Chronicles: Season 2 soundtrack by Jesper Kyd (CD soundtrack review)

‘Metal Hurlant Chronicles’ is a television series where: ‘Each episode is a self-contained story taking place on a different planet with a different cast, and the episodes are linked together only by the idea that an asteroid, the “Métal Hurlant”, passes the planet in question during the events of the story.’ (Wikipedia) Given this premise, […]

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The Last Starfighter Soundtrack by Craig Safan   (CD soundtrack review)

The Last Starfighter Soundtrack by Craig Safan (CD soundtrack review)

As this album starts, the similarities to soundtracks from films like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ are undeniable and you half expect it to turn into a John Williams score. There’s a triumphant feel with the brass section taking the lead, complemented by a miscellany of strings, woodwind and percussion. It’s an exciting opening that […]

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