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Novacon 42 – 9th-11th November 2012 (con report).

November 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Novacon 42 – 9th-11th November 2012 (con report).

Novacon 42 – 9th– 11th November 2012 A science fiction convention report by Pauline Morgan.  Long, long ago (1971) in a city far, far away – well Birmingham, actually – a group of Aston University students and Vernon Brown reassembled after the Easter break and bemoaned the fact that there would not be another SF […]

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Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Enterprise Games: Using Games Mechanics To Build A Better Business by Michael Hugos (book review).

I had to put the full title, ‘Enterprise Games’, in or you would think there was a ‘Star Trek’ connection, when actually it has more in common with multi-player video games. Author Michael Hugos sees the metaphor of how we play computer games used in a business manner and along with other people, now use […]

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The first 1-billion view YouTube video? Gangnam Style!

November 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
The first 1-billion view YouTube video? Gangnam Style!

Gangnam Style by Psy had just passed the 850 million download mark on YouTube making it the most popular video on the planet… like, ever. It’s predicted to be the first one billion views video by Christmas 2012. Thanks, Santa. Now, here’s the real question. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? Are there that many people who love Korean pop […]

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The Last Myth by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles (book review).

November 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Last Myth by Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles	(book review).

As usual with many of Prometheus Book titles, ‘The Last Myth’s sub-title gives more about the product than the main title which doesn’t really isolate the subject matter. In this case it’s ‘What The Rise Of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America’. Initially, this sounds like an odd quandary in that it is the old […]

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Santa? No! Singing Sulu.

November 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Santa? No! Singing Sulu.

Star Trek actor George Takei is in this rather amusing Old Navy commercial for the USA’s Black Friday sale… pleading with viewers for some peace and harmony, Federation style. When there’s a cheap sweater to be had, George, you can fire that concept out of the ship like a spent photon torpedo. I’m all elbows […]

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The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

October 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Paranormal by Erich Goode (book review).

Erich Goode’s book, ‘The Paranormal’, has the sub-title ‘Who Believes Why They Believe And Why It Matters’. The comma is missing on the cover but has two in the indice inside to make up for it. The title should give a clue as to the book’s subject matter. Sensibly, Goode explains the scientific rationales of […]

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South Korea’s new surprise for the North: robot sentries!

October 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
South Korea’s new surprise for the North: robot sentries!

Somebody at South Korean robot company DoDaam has been watching the movie Aliens a little too much – as demonstrated by their new Super Aegis 2 robot sentry – handy for use against hostile xenomorphs and North Korean invaders. Watch the video of this bad boy at work and be glad you’re not coming up […]

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Shock Value by Jason Zinoman (book review).

October 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Shock Value by Jason Zinoman (book review).

They sure don’t make them like they used to. ‘Shock Value’ by New York Times film critic Jason Zinoman covers how a few young directors shook up the system and redefined horror. Before these wunderkinds came along, the genre was suffering and hadn’t moved on from shuffling monsters in dodgy make-up. It took a group […]

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From Inside (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Brett Smith (album review).

October 13, 2012 | By | Reply More
From Inside (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Brett Smith (album review).

An apocalypse tale is never going to be the source of the most upbeat music and you don’t get any less upbeat than a young pregnant girl struggling to find salvation while dealing with the memory of her lost husband. ‘From Inside’ is based on the graphic novel of the same name, written and illustrated […]

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Thus, the fate of all villain cars!

September 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Thus, the fate of all villain cars!

When mine car doth breaks, my friends and I will seek out the lady Death to undo whatever we must to make things right. For that, we will need an army. I shalt ask thee to gather and join me in battle… All of us. For no one of us could smash this Nissan Micra […]

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