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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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Industrial Society And The Science Fiction Blockbuster by Mark T. Decker (book review).

November 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Industrial Society And The Science Fiction Blockbuster by Mark T. Decker (book review).

Mark T. Decker’s book, ‘Industrial Society And The Science Fiction Blockbuster’ focuses primarily on the films of George Lucas, Ridley Scott and Jim Cameron citing the late Professor Herbert Marcuse as the template for how people are alienated from their industrial environment. I have to confess to never hearing of Marcuse before and in the […]

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Editorial – November 2016: All decisions are based on choice.

October 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Editorial – November 2016: All decisions are based on choice.

Hello everyone With our options for space travel so limited, let’s play around with one that tends to come out of the Science Fiction Handbook. Namely, if an alien spaceship arrived tomorrow and offered to take humans as colonists to another world, how many would take up the offer? Granted, said aliens wouldn’t be sure […]

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Cinema Retro Foto Files Special Edition # 1 (magazine review).

October 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cinema Retro Foto Files Special Edition # 1 (magazine review).

I came across Cinema Retro purely by one of my random scans across the Net and bought Cinema Retro Foto Files Special Edition # 1 with its accent on spy girls, especially as I was reviewing some books along this line. It shows the popularity of this issue as it sold out and a reprint […]

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Ken Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Ken Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

Official Bio: Ken Liu (http://kenliu.name) is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’, ‘Asimov’s Magazine’, ‘Analog’, ‘Clarkesworld’, ‘Lightspeed’ and ‘Strange Horizons’, among other places. Ken’s debut […]

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Cixin Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cixin Liu: interviewed by Gareth D Jones.

It’s a surprisingly warm October day in London and the Embankment is crowded with tourists. Outside the South Bank Centre, dozens of people are eating and drinking at tables belonging to half a dozen restaurants. It’s also busy inside the building but, fortunately, I’ve entered at the right end of the building and spot the […]

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Green Screen Made Easy by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamaxaki Terpstra (book review).

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Green Screen Made Easy by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamaxaki Terpstra (book review).

This is an updated edition of ‘Green Screen Made Easy’ by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamaxaki Terpstra. As they say in the introduction, a lot of things have changed since the first edition in 2009. This book is designed for the American professional and amateur film-maker alike, pointing you in the right direction for either […]

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Christianity In The Light Of Science edited by John W. Loftus (book review).

October 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
Christianity In The Light Of Science edited by John W. Loftus (book review).

I should start by pointing out that ‘Christianity In The Light Of Science’ is a US publication. America and Britain differ considerably in their attitudes to religion, leaving out its now-extensive Muslim and other populations, much of the UK is basically secular, attending church only for marriages, christenings and funerals. Why they do so, is […]

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