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The Elephant Man [DVD] (not really a review).

August 5, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
The Elephant Man [DVD] (not really a review).

I was really looking forward to this film. ‘The Elephant Man’, I thought. He’ll be just like The Batman but with powers. Strong as an elephant no doubt, with the ability to shoot water from his long nose. Perhaps he can fly by flapping his big ears, like Dumbo. His grey costume would make it […]

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Doctor Who, SF And Football by John Rivers (article).

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Doctor Who, SF And Football by John Rivers (article).

On my Facebook and Twitter timelines, throughout and after the World Cup Final, an interesting thing happened. During half-time of the BBC’s Final coverage, Gary Lineker skilfully negotiated a ‘Doctor Who’ pun with all the finesse he showed in putting three past Poland in the 1986 competition’s group stages and introduced the new ‘Doctor Who’ […]

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Borrowed Words: A History Of Loanwords In English by Philip Durkin (book review).

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Borrowed Words: A History Of Loanwords In English by Philip Durkin (book review).

I’ve always regarded English as a bastard language. That sounds better than calling it a vulgar language. Not in the rude sense but just that it’s…well…a common language. Calling English a bastard language is also not because it’s illegitimate but because it is a composite of so many languages from various invasions, becoming a universal […]

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The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review).

July 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Way Of Science by Dennis R. Trumble (book review).

As always with non-fiction books, you should always pay attention to the sub-title even it would make the main title bar too big if included. Such is the case with Dennis R. Trumble’s book, ‘The Way Of Science’ and ‘Finding Truth And Meaning In A Scientific Worldview’. Basically that translates into how science rules the […]

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Editorial – July 2014: Whose side are you on?

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Editorial – July 2014: Whose side are you on?

Whose side are you on?  Hello everyone After going on about Science Fiction lacking areas to explore, some heavy thinking on my part came up with something which was practically under our noses. Science Fiction has often been accused of getting things wrong or even missing something completely. With all the trouble and strife in […]

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The Star Wars Legacy – an article by: GF Willmetts.

June 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Star Wars Legacy – an article by: GF Willmetts.

My train of thought for this article came from something author Rob Craig said in his introduction to his book ‘It Came From 1957’ that I reviewed recently. He describes the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy as ‘overproduced, underwritten, f/x-burdened, narratively insipid, imagination-barren franchise’ and I couldn’t actually disagree with some of that. Always remember what […]

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Special Effect Artists by Rolf Giesen (book review).

June 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Special Effect Artists by Rolf Giesen (book review).

One book that I always felt would be a handy reference tool would be a who’s who of special effects artists. Finally, we have such a book, aptly called ‘Special Effects Artists’, written by Rolf Giesen with a lot of research from people within the community in getting extra information. He only goes up as […]

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Book Expo America 2014 (convention review).

June 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Book Expo America 2014 (convention review).

Held annually in the publishing mecca of New York City, Book Expo America is the convention for book lovers. The focus is wide – covering all genres – and the convention is designed for all levels of interaction. It is for publishers, authors, publicists, agents, editors, retailers, librarians, press, bloggers and readers. There is something […]

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Editorial – June 2014: The world is an exact place. Nothing is ever mere.

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Editorial – June 2014: The world is an exact place. Nothing is ever mere.

The world is an exact place. Nothing is ever mere. Hello everyone Look to the first line of the introduction. ‘The world is an exact place.’ If you don’t think we live in a precise world, remember when you’re using a search engine or typing a website and you put in a wrong letter or […]

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Sorrowful Songs Revisited: Henryk Górecki by Rod MacDonald (article).

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Sorrowful Songs Revisited: Henryk Górecki by Rod MacDonald (article).

play while you read. I first listened to Górecki’s ‘Third Symphony’ on radio and CD 20 years ago. It had a profound effect but, subsequent to that experience, I became reluctant to play it again because I was apprehensive. That may sound odd but the three movement symphony, often referred to as ‘The Symphony Of […]

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