Scifi

SmartYellow by J.A. Christy    (book review)

SmartYellow by J.A. Christy (book review)

This is speculative fiction with a hint of Science Fiction to help provide the environment. The title ‘SmartYellow’ refers to a genetic marker which is being used to tag low level criminals and undesirables who unwittingly reside within enclosures. Although it may be speculative fiction, it has got its roots in the current world which […]

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
The 5th Wave (trailer).

The 5th Wave (trailer).

New alien invasion movie called  The 5th Wave that looks like its channelling The Walking Dead combined with Falling Skies. This one is based on the young adult science fiction trilogy of books by Rick Yancey. It also looks like a realistic blueprint for alien invasion that would be quite likely to be followed, at least […]

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Sept 2015:  Science Fiction In The Percentages,

Editorial – Sept 2015: Science Fiction In The Percentages,

Hello everyone Let’s talk Science Fiction. I’ve been a little distracted in the past couple months but this is the right time of year to discuss this particular aspect. Did you know that Science Fiction book sales across the board have reduced by 20% in the past three years? That doesn’t that mean there’s a […]

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

Kim Jong-un: just make it stop!

Kim Jong-un: just make it stop!

According to our chums over at Boing Boing, this is the Girls’ Generation K-pop hit that was played to near extinction by South Korea in their recent audio duel of the border bands with North Korea – no wonder Kim Jong-un was pleading to make the sonic assault stop. We’d probably mobilise our submarine fleet too!

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
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

TV

Shannara Chronicles – new trailer.

Shannara Chronicles – new trailer.

A new trailer for the coming fantasy TV series based on the Shannara Chronicles. Should keep the fans pleased. It’s interesting how Game of Thrones has left its mark on the development of all future fantasy TV series. You can see the influence around the margins of this one. Will some of that Martin magic […]

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ash vs Evil Dead trailer 2.

Ash vs Evil Dead trailer 2.

And here’s the new trailer for the upcoming STARZ Original TV series Ash vs Evil Dead – not so much tongue in cheek, as tongue ripped out of cheek. But hey, nobody can do laconic darkness-slaying like Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell!

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Gotham: villains rising trailer (2nd season).

Gotham: villains rising trailer (2nd season).

Here’s the new trailer for the second season of TV Batman prequel Gotham. Looks like the villains are going to be running amok while Batman is still in high school at this rate! Lucky we have detective Gordon ready to foil the worst of their antics.

August 25, 2015 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – Sept 2015:  Science Fiction In The Percentages,

Editorial – Sept 2015: Science Fiction In The Percentages,

Hello everyone Let’s talk Science Fiction. I’ve been a little distracted in the past couple months but this is the right time of year to discuss this particular aspect. Did you know that Science Fiction book sales across the board have reduced by 20% in the past three years? That doesn’t that mean there’s a […]

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America: 1957-1972 by Mark Voger    (book review)

Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America: 1957-1972 by Mark Voger (book review)

The title ‘Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America: 1957-1972’ gives away what this book by Mark Voger is about. It’s just a shame, it has such a rubbish cover, even if it is an illustration of a Don Post mask, which I’m sure would put off readers who would really enjoy the […]

August 20, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (book review).

You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (book review).

To tell the truth, I’ve never heard of Felicia Day until now. Come to that, I doubt if she’s heard of me neither. The Internet is a big place after all. Joss Whedon has and, as he explains in his introduction, she was of significant help in getting his ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ on-line and […]

August 17, 2015 | By | Reply More

Science

The Secret Life Of Space by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest   (book review)

The Secret Life Of Space by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest (book review)

Oddly, when you bear in mind that both Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest are astronomers/astrophysicists, their latest book, ‘The Secret Life Of Space’, doesn’t actually start off there. The first thing they do is pull the rug from under you by proving things you thought were true aren’t. Chief of those is that Stonehenge isn’t […]

August 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Numbers: Their Tales, Types And Treasures by Alfred S. Posamentier & Bernd Thaller    (book review)

Numbers: Their Tales, Types And Treasures by Alfred S. Posamentier & Bernd Thaller (book review)

Numbers. You can’t live without them and I suspect even those of you who don’t see yourselves as numerate can at least count with them from time to time. Alfred S. Posamentier & Bernd Thaller’s book, ‘Numbers: Their Tales, Types And Treasures’ explains all about them, dropping off various facts along the way. I mean, […]

August 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Making everything magnetic?

Making everything magnetic?

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how to generate magnetism in metals that are not naturally magnetic, which could end our reliance on some rare and toxic elements currently used. In a study led by the University of Leeds and published today in the journal Nature, researchers detail a way of altering the quantum […]

August 10, 2015 | By | Reply More

Books

SmartYellow by J.A. Christy    (book review)

SmartYellow by J.A. Christy (book review)

This is speculative fiction with a hint of Science Fiction to help provide the environment. The title ‘SmartYellow’ refers to a genetic marker which is being used to tag low level criminals and undesirables who unwittingly reside within enclosures. Although it may be speculative fiction, it has got its roots in the current world which […]

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
King Of The Bastards by Stephen Shrewsbury and Brian Keene (book review)

King Of The Bastards by Stephen Shrewsbury and Brian Keene (book review)

‘King Of The Bastards’ falls into the sword & sorcery bracket. The one with big men with big muscles and big swords fighting wizards. It is a bit of an odd book in terms of its construction as before you get to the Prologue there is a ‘What has gone before’ section. This is titled […]

September 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Archmage (Homecoming Book 1) by R.A. Salvatore (book review).

Archmage (Homecoming Book 1) by R.A. Salvatore (book review).

‘Drizzt returns to the Underdark!’ ‘Archmage’ numbers twenty-eighth in ‘The Legend Of Drizzt’. As always, I’ll preface my review with the caveat that you will get more out of these later books if you’ve read those that came before. At this point in the saga, a lot of foreknowledge of the world and the characters […]

September 1, 2015 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Star Wars: Remote control BB-8 droid toy looks likely to wow.

Star Wars: Remote control BB-8 droid toy looks likely to wow.

Robot maker firm Sphero has revealed details of their new remote control toy based on the forthcoming Star Wars Force Unleashed movie BB-8 droid, which is likely to become a rather sold-out and much fought-over toy this Christmas – even at the likely £130 price tag. It’s all done with magnets, you know! I’ll wrestle […]

September 3, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
A Horror Story On Snuffworld:    a story by: GF Willmetts

A Horror Story On Snuffworld: a story by: GF Willmetts

‘I’m not well, Mistress Morbrondo,’ the Grand Emperor Borro declared looking downtrodden. The glamour of his royal palace not even cheering his demeanour. ‘I do forensic medicine,’ Jumpee replied. ‘I’m not a doctor.’ ‘But you are qualified in medical practice?’ ‘Yes, but…’ ‘Indulge me. Unlike my medical staff you will not say anything to appease […]

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Children Of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

Children Of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

I shared a Table of Contents with Adrian Tchaikovsky in the NewCon Press anthology ‘Looking Landward’ a couple of years ago. His story was about ants and mine was about worms. I subsequently met him briefly at EasterCon this year and stood next to his wife while ordering a sandwich. I’d not read any of […]

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
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