Author Archive: AidanFortune
Once called a "fountain of useless pop culture knowledge", Aidan is an unashamed geek, grateful that he is allowed share his opinions on a global scale. A journalist by trade, Aidan is a massive fan of comics and recently set up a comics group in Brighton in order to engage more with like-minded people. His home is subject to a constant battle of vintage paraphernalia and science fiction & fantasy toys.
In the distance future, robots will take over. Well, the future is now…The ‘Adam Robots’ collection of short stories by UK author Adam Roberts contains tales all containing, well…robots. Known for a career that drift from Science Fiction to parody, Roberts doesn’t adhere to any one style of story in this collection, with each one […]
‘Big Bad Wolves’ is a 2013 Israeli thriller about detective on a quest for revenge against a suspected child killer which wowed audiences at film festivals and the Saturn Awards as well as being labelled the ‘Best Film of 2013’ by director Quentin Tarantino. Its soundtrack has managed to replicate the movie’s success, winning the […]
This is the big return for ‘X-Men’, with both sets of casts joining up and linking the universe together and it needs a big soundtrack to help it along the way. In a bleak future, the few surviving mutants are being hunted down by Sentinels and, in a last-ditch effort to save themselves, they opt […]
The 80s was a crucial decade for many elements of popular culture. It was the first decade that someone could actually be accused of wearing horrendous clothes, music was revolutionised through the commercial release of the compact disc and video games became available to the masses. One of the games launched in the 80s was […]
There have been some great double acts over the years. Laurel and Hardy, Holmes and Watson, fish and chips, the list goes on. Add to it Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. Featuring Joe Lansdale’s popular recurring characters, ‘Dead Aim’ sees our heroes taking a case from a beautiful yet mysterious woman who wants a divorce […]
Genre mainstay Christopher Fowler channels JG Ballard in ‘Plastic’, a suburban fantasy gone wrong. June Cryer is a shopaholic housewife whose world crumbles when her husband has an affair with their neighbour and decides to sell their home. Forced to pay the credit card bill and facing life on the streets, June offers to house-sit […]
If you’ve ever walked down a dark street and felt intimidated or had your property stolen, you’ll know the frustration and impotence that those situations create. If you’re lucky, your world and this will only cross over once or twice but imagine it being your daily life. This is what Harlan Ellison highlights in this […]
Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume Four edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan (book review).
With collections of short stories that may stretch across several volumes, the selection process may be a tricky one. Do you put all the best in the first collection or pace it so future volumes have a mix of strong and weaker stories? Ah, the pressures of book editing. ‘Minding The Star’s is the fourth […]
When all else fails, there’s always hope. It can keep a man alive when the world around him is crumbling. Wise words and ones that Peter Heller seems to have heeded when writing ‘The Dog Stars’. Set in an apocalyptic world where the majority of the population has been wiped out by a super flu, […]
When Neil Perryman suggested to his wife Sue that they watch every episode of ‘Doctor Who’ for his online blog, it showed a man confident in the strength of his marriage, and her patience. What starts as him calling in a favour becomes an epic task, taking in 697 episodes and lasting 30 months, with […]