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Editorial – October 2016: The future is here and now but never gone.

October 2, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Editorial – October 2016:  The future is here and now but never gone.

The future is here and now but never gone. Hello everyone On a commercial level, the Internet has been in full swing since the early 1990s and kind of taken over the world, rather too quickly for most governments to catch up, at least where crime and legalities, not to mention taxes of some companies […]

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Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina (book review)

September 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Beyond Worlds: What Animals Think by Carl Safina    (book review)

The belief that only humans are sentient is slowly being dispelled today. It might not be the same form of intelligence that we have but the sense of family or clan support can be just as strong, as well as a variety of emotional and intelligent mindsets that compare to our own. Carl Safina’s book, […]

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Being Professional by Adam Coplan (book review).

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Being Professional by Adam Coplan (book review).

Adam Coplan’s book, ‘Being Professional’, has a better explanation of purpose in its sub-title, ‘A Master Guide To The Do’s And Don’ts Of Screenwriting’. It is targeting the novice American scriptwriter, although there are some lessons for those in other countries that also apply. As always with publisher Michael Wiese’s books, I do have one […]

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The Quantum Leader by Danah Zohar (book review).

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Quantum Leader by Danah Zohar (book review).

As much as I like author Danah Zohar’s book, ‘The Quantum Leader’, with its more informing sub-title, ‘A Revolution In Business Thinking And Practice’, I can see some flaws. That’s not to say she isn’t right but being brought up on civil service practices and people resenting new ideas because it jeopardises their own jobs, […]

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Matinee (1993) (Blu-ray film review).

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Matinee (1993) (Blu-ray film review).

‘Matinee’ (1993) is a Joe Dante film I’ve heard of but never actually seen…well, until now, that is. The advance version only has one blu-ray disc so can only address that contents. Even from the beginning, if you’re familiar with producer/director William Castle’s ‘B’ horror films than to realise that producer/director Lawrence Woolsey (actor John […]

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Back In Time (2015) (DVD review).

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Back In Time (2015) (DVD review).

The words ‘Back In Time’ can only mean one thing, ‘Back To The Future’ and here we have a 94 minute documentary interviewing production people and members of the cast. As Steven Spielberg says, ‘it’s his favourite SF time travel film’. Robert Zemeckis is a little more critical of the shots in the film but […]

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Will We Ever Be Ready? an article of speculation by: GF Willmetts.

September 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Will We Ever Be Ready? an article of speculation by: GF Willmetts.

The most apparent thing at watching the TV 2015 adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Childhood’s End’ 1953 novel this past week is the cultural shock that humans will have should we meet an advanced alien species. First contact is a prevalent theme and trope in any SF, whatever the format. It hits everything from less […]

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The Ascension Mysteries by David Wilcock (book review).

September 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Ascension Mysteries by David Wilcock (book review).

I have to confess that authors like David Wilcock makes me nervous, mostly because they tend to think that there is some order in chaotic history rather than just seeing it purely as adapting to the chaos that happens. Seeing Wilcock going over his own history in the opening chapters of ‘The Ascension Mysteries’ would […]

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Looking For Group by Alexis Hall (book review)

August 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Looking For Group by Alexis Hall (book review)

Alexis Hall is one of my favourite authors. His ‘Prosperity’ series is some of the best and weirdest steampunk I’ve ever read. He’s also an avid gamer, so when I heard he had a nerdy gaming book coming out, I pre-ordered. The title of his new novel is ‘Looking For Group’, which is a phrase […]

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Editorial – August 2016 : There’s lies, statistics and politics.

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Editorial – August 2016  : There’s lies, statistics and politics.

Hello everyone As the opening title displays, this is a variant on ‘there’s lies, statistics and damn statistics’ quote. Now look at my version above again, ‘there’s lies, statistics and politics’. Now, more than ever, it’s harder to tell them apart. Even more so in politics because not only are there are lies between countries […]

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