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Science Fiction And Empire by Patricia Kerslake (book review).

May 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction And Empire by Patricia Kerslake (book review).

I have to admit to a raised eyebrow at Patricia Kerslake’s book, ‘Science Fiction And Empire’, when I saw its retail price. If you’re anything like me, even with old books, when I see extreme prices, especially for old books, I give a sigh, shrug and carry on with my life. As a reviewer – […]

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The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent (book review)

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Patterning Instinct by Jeremy Lent   (book review)

Jeremy Lent’s book title, ‘The Patterning Instinct’, sounds like a book on knitting but makes more sense from its sub-title, ‘A Cultural History Of Humanity’s Search For Meaning’. Lent’s perspective is to look at humanity from a historical point of view and what it all means. Also, if you’re looking for the meaning of life, […]

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Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)

May 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)

Geoffrey Bayldon, like many British actors, was a chameleon in his roles. Compare him as the crazy medieval wizard Catweazle in the 1970-71 TV series to the Crowman in ‘Worzel Gummidge’ (1979-1981) and you think you’ve caught him in all his parts. You haven’t. Looking at IMdB, Bayldon was everywhere in his very long career, […]

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Rumors Of War And Infernal Machines by Charles E. Gannon (book review).

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rumors Of War And Infernal Machines by Charles E. Gannon (book review).

Charles E. Gannon’s objective is to compare how the blend of Science Fiction tropes have blended with real life military. From my perspective, it’s a bit like which came first, the egg or the chicken. SF authors have always looked in the news to see what is going on and often extrapolated how far it […]

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Editorial – May 2017: Searching For The Super-Geek.

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Editorial – May 2017: Searching For The Super-Geek.

Hello everyone, Another month of not knowing what is going to be chucked our way that could influence what I write here. A general election in the UK or a nuclear war elsewhere. I’m still wondering when the alien invasion is going to happen? Everything else seems to be happening and reality owes us one […]

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Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan (book review)

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan   (book review)

From the start, in her book ‘Producer To Producer’, Maureen A. Ryan points out there is always a need for a producer on a low-budget film and this is the roots she comes from as this is where she works and gets her awards. Essentially, the producer is the instigator and organiser that ensures the […]

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The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming by Gillian Conahan (book review).

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming by Gillian Conahan (book review).

Last year, I said what the cosplayers really needed was a decent book to show how to create costumes and here it is. Gillian Conahan has written ‘The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming’ book showing how to create basic costumes and get it right. She points out from the start that this is […]

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Defined By Design by Kathryn H. Anthony (book review)

March 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Defined By Design by Kathryn H. Anthony  (book review)

Kathryn H. Anthony’s book, ‘Defined By Design’, tells a lot more in its sub-title ‘The Surprising Power Of Hidden Gender, Age And Body Bias In Everyday Products And Places’. In other words, the poorly made everyday products you have or might have owned and had or your children have had serious and often fatal problems […]

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Peter Bogdanovitch Interviews edited by Peter Tonguette (book review).

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Peter Bogdanovitch Interviews edited by Peter Tonguette (book review).

It might seem an odd choice to include a book of interviews, a couple not seen print before, with director/scriptwriter/sometimes actor Peter Bogdanovitch here. After all, other than getting his career jumpstart with Roger Corman when he worked on ‘Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women’ (1968) and directed a couple days with Boris Karloff, […]

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Monsters In The Machine by Steffen Hantke (book review).

March 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Monsters In The Machine by Steffen Hantke (book review).

As with many books, Steffen Hantke’s book title, ‘Monsters In The Machine’, has more meaning from its sub-title ‘Science Fiction Film And The Militarisation Of America After World War II’. In his extended introduction, Hantke points out that after WW2, the American public had lost its taste for war films and the film studios turned […]

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