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Editorial – May 2013 (editorial).

April 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Editorial – May 2013 (editorial).

It’s all in the detail. Hello everyone Something we all get accused of is nit-picking on details in stories, whether on film, television or in books. As genre fans, we’re notorious for it. I think compared to the ‘average’ viewer or reader, it’s more a case of we’re paying attention and thinking rather than glibly […]

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Home Without, Marleqta (should the comma be there?)

April 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Home Without, Marleqta (should the comma be there?)

There is indie cinema and then there is indie cinema as created by Indy Mogul. This grand homage to the SXSW Film Festival is more like a grand fromage, but damn if we don’t love it. More like this please, Griffin Hammond and Russell Hasenauer!

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Rasputin versus Stalin, rap-stylee.

April 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Rasputin versus Stalin, rap-stylee.

Comrade, the question about the political significance of Mother Russia’s various leaders may only be resolved through the lens of Marxist theory. If you are not close personal friends with China Miéville, however, fear not… the power of rap may also be brought to bear on shining a strange light on this quandary.

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Lone Wolf Terrorism by Jeffrey D. Simon (book review).

April 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Lone Wolf Terrorism by Jeffrey D. Simon (book review).

As we’ve all seen from the press, terrorism isn’t restricted to groups but also to the acts of individuals. The fact that they can inflict so much murder and carnage before being apprehended or killed, either by their own hand or that of others, is mostly because they can appear to be so ordinary or […]

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Canadian science fiction, to the stars… Ad Astra.

April 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
Canadian science fiction, to the stars… Ad Astra.

I’ve recently returned from Ad Astra 2013 after my stint there as a Guest of Honour; so, here’s my thoughts on the convention and the fine state of the fantasy and science fiction genre up Canada-way. First off, it should be noted that Ad Astra is a literary fan-run convention, promoting local talent within the […]

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SFF author David Farland gets ‘book bombed’ to help sick son.

April 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
SFF author David Farland gets ‘book bombed’ to help sick son.

Readers are ordering David Farland books as a means to help donate funds to save Farland’s son, who suffered life threatening injuries from a longboarding accident last week. So many readers of David Farland started ordering his books that within hours his books such as Nightingale, both in print and electronic, may soon top the […]

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The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize Shortlist 2014

April 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize Shortlist 2014

The Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED! Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers launched a new award for aspiring debut novelists, in June last year. The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. Since the deadline for submissions on the 31st December 2012, the team have […]

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Editorial – April 2013

March 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Editorial – April 2013

Believing the outsider. Hello everyone Have you ever noticed that the most successful genre heroes aren’t human? They might be humanoid and have either similar values to us or ones we would aspire to. From this we have the likes of Superman, Spock and the Doctor. All three are recognisable throughout the world but alien. […]

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PAX East 2013 (convention review).

March 28, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
PAX East 2013 (convention review).

(Boston, MA March 22-24, 2013) For the uninitiated, this is what generally occurs at gaming conventions:- * Arrive two hours early to get in the queue for the exhibition. Bring breakfast and an activity. A smart phone works, your gaggle of geeky friends will also suffice. If you don’t like the idea of sitting on […]

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How the geek evolved?

March 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
How the geek evolved?

How the heck did the geek evolve? And the answer is… The Evolution of the Geek infographic by Column Five Media.

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