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Paul Verhoeven Interviews edited by Margaret Barton-Fumo (book review).

February 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Paul Verhoeven Interviews edited by Margaret Barton-Fumo (book review).

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven is really an individualistic man. He worked out how to attract Hollywood by interesting set design even when the output from Holland was art films. Even so, the content turned the likes of Steven Spielberg away. That didn’t matter as ‘Robocop’ (1987), ‘Total Recall’ (1990) and ‘Starship Troopers’ (1997) put him […]

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Editorial – February 2017: We live in interesting times.

January 29, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
Editorial – February 2017:   We live in interesting times.

Hello everyone There are some rare instances when I don’t start writing an editorial early in the month or prepared to rewrite when there are news events that can’t be ignored and put SF issues into the shade. Looking at how this month is flashing by, I didn’t fancy writing anything at the last minute […]

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Editorial – January 2017: Is imagination just for people who need a substitute for reality?

January 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Editorial – January 2017:  Is imagination just for people who need a substitute for reality?

Is imagination just for people who need a substitute for reality? Hello everyone Do we learn lessons of morality and kindness, amongst other things, from the books we read? When you consider that most writers have to have introvert tendencies to stay focused on writing than being particularly sociable, it makes for an interesting contradictory […]

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Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) : a memory by: GF Willmetts

December 27, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) :  a memory  by: GF Willmetts

When we heard Carrie Fisher had had a heart attack on her return to America, I’m sure we all thought she’d pull through. After all, in this day and age, sixty is now seen as being quite young. It was a shock tonight to learn it wasn’t to be. I had a look at her […]

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Making It Big In Shorts by Kim Adelman (book review).

December 21, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Making It Big In Shorts by Kim Adelman (book review).

I should point out from the start that Kim Adelman’s book, ‘Making It Big In Shorts’, has nothing to do with school children. We are talking short films. These are 40 minutes or less, the latter being the operative word and you shouldn’t really think beyond 10-15 minutes worth without risking boring the audience and […]

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Sherlock Holmes For The 21st Century: Essays On New Adaptations edited by Lynette Porter (book review).

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Sherlock Holmes For The 21st Century: Essays On New Adaptations edited by Lynette Porter (book review).

‘Sherlock Holmes For The 21st Century’ is a series of essays produced from various academics covering the use of the Sherlock Holmes character in current media. Sherlock Holmes is almost constantly on our screens. Well, it would be if only more of it could be churned out. Instead, we have been teased with very short […]

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Editorial – December 2016: Why there is a need for an Establishment.

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Editorial – December 2016: Why there is a need for an Establishment.

Armageddon begins in January. Maybe we’ll be lucky and have an alien invasion first. Hello everyone Y’know, if we wrote what happened in world events this year as fiction a few years back, people would think it would never happen. I think we ought to make a complaint that reality shouldn’t imitate art. At least […]

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Protecting The Planet by Budd Titlow & Mariah Tinger (book review).

December 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Protecting The Planet by Budd Titlow & Mariah Tinger (book review).

There is never a good time to put out a book on climate change and if you want a really sobering look at what is happening to our environment today then you need to read ‘Protecting The Planet’ by environmentalists Budd Titlow & his daughter, Mariah Tinger. As an American book, it does tend to […]

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The Art Of Beatrix Potter by Emily Zach (book review).

November 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Beatrix Potter by Emily Zach (book review).

Once upon a time, there was only one famous Potter and she had the first name of Beatrix. Actually, that was her middle name as she was born Helen Beatrix Potter but who remembers that? Reading the three introductions to this book, ‘The Art Of Beatrix Potter’, there is a strong reminder that although her […]

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Steampunk & Cosplay: Fashion Design & Illustration by Samantha R. Crossland (book review)

November 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Steampunk & Cosplay: Fashion Design & Illustration by Samantha R. Crossland   (book review)

When I selected Samantha R. Crossland’s book ‘Steampunk & Cosplay: Fashion Design & Illustration’, sub-titled ‘Fashion Design & Illustration: More Than 50 Ideas For Learning To Design Your Own Neo-Victorian Costume And Accessories’, it was for its primary use. Namely, if you want to dress in Steampunk attire and make your own clothes, this is […]

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