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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.

May 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
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).

May 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
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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Science Fiction And The Predictions Of The Future edited by Gary Westfahl, Wong Kin Yien and Any Kit-Sze Chan (book review).

May 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction And The Predictions Of The Future edited by Gary Westfahl, Wong Kin Yien and Any Kit-Sze Chan (book review).

Something that has frequently come up in recent years is that Science Fiction does not predict the future. I doubt if anyone reading here will dispute that. As is pointed out in the book, it would be impossible with such a range of stories not to have a few that have proven right and that’s […]

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Reading The Rabbit: Explorations In Warner Bros. Animation edited by Kevin S. Sandler (book review).

May 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Reading The Rabbit: Explorations In Warner Bros. Animation edited by Kevin S. Sandler (book review).

Y’know, doc, the animation folk at Disney get more books written about them than us folk at Warner’s. Either way, the books are mostly written with permission than an unbias examination. Not here, doc. I tell ya for starters, editor Kevin Sandler from his introduction also points out that both companies created a lot of […]

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Austin Film Festival horror & sci-fi screenplay call for entries.

May 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Austin Film Festival horror & sci-fi screenplay call for entries.

The final deadline for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition is this Saturday, May 31.  Our Horror and Sci-Fi categories may be of interest to your contact list.  This year, both categories are sponsored by Darkwoods Productions which is run by Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption).  He and his Executive, […]

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50 Great Myths About Religion by John Morreall and Tamara Sonn (book review).

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
50 Great Myths About Religion by John Morreall and Tamara Sonn (book review).

Last year, I reviewed ’50 Great Myths Of Popular Psychology’ by Scott Lilienfeld, so I wasn’t that surprised to see another book in what must now be considered the start of a series of books from Wiley. The ‘50 Great Myths About Religion’ should give you a big clue as to what authors John Morreall […]

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The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics by Kenan Malik (book review).

May 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics by Kenan Malik (book review).

Kenan Malik’s ‘The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics’ book has a long title which actually tells the content of the book. In many respects, though, it’s more a history of the people who creates ethics than the subject itself, which only gets caught up on in the final chapters. So […]

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Paul Spragg Memorial.

May 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Paul Spragg Memorial.

One of the things you folk who read SFCrowsnest don’t really see is the behind-the-scenes banter I have with the various publicists when arranging books, CDs and whathaveyou for my reviewing team. My contact at Big Finish for the past 5 years was Paul Spragg, who suddenly collapsed and died on 08 May 2014 at […]

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The Big Book Of Flight by Rowland White (book review).

May 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Big Book Of Flight by Rowland White (book review).

Author Rowland White admits from the start to having a love of flight in all of its forms. With this book, ‘The Big Book Of Flight’, he explores its history, mechanics and anything that takes his fancy, which is quite a lot. He claims it’s not comprehensive, just flicking the pages made me feel like […]

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