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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.

July 31, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
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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Illustrators # 6 (magazine review)

July 15, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Illustrators # 6    (magazine review)

Editor Peter Richardson makes a very good point in his editorial that in the old days there was not a necessity to have a university degree to become a professional artist and how employers now use this as the means to whittle down candidates for employment. That is something I tend to agree with. After […]

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Editorial – July 2016: Can Science Fiction go any further than it is today

July 3, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Editorial – July 2016:    Can Science Fiction go any further than it is today

Hello everyone Reading ‘Cyberpunk Women, Feminism And Science Fiction by Carlen Lavigne’ last month made me realise once again that it’s been a long time since the last major attempt at change or addition to Science Fiction. My observations there that the real failure of cyberpunk, itself marketed since 1984, was because William Gibson took […]

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The Past That Might Have Been, The Future That May Come by Lauren J. Lacey (book review).

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Past That Might Have Been, The Future That May Come by Lauren J. Lacey (book review).

Lauren J. Lacey’s book ‘The Past That Might Have Been, The Future That May Come’ comes with a less ambiguous sub-title ‘Women Writing Fantastic Fiction, 1960s To The Present’. Essentially, she is taking examples of some lady writers from both fantasy and Science Fiction to present her points. Lacey makes no bones about the writers […]

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Illustrators # 3 (magazine review)

June 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 3    (magazine review)

The major section of Illustrators # 3 is devoted to the incredible photo-realistic artwork of Italian Fortunino Matania (1881-1963), who did much of his work in the UK. Although I can’t be sure, I think I might have seen some of his work when very young and assumed they were photos. Looking at his work […]

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Steampunk prosthesis for steampunk tattooing!

June 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Steampunk prosthesis for steampunk tattooing!

You have to give it to tattoo artist J.C. Sheitan Tenet – he’s not just content with giving clients steampunk tattoos, he also got his friend J.L. Gonzal to create a steampunk prosthesis for him to use, when dishing out that steampunk ink. Nice work, people.

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Ravenspur: Rise Of The Tudors by Conn Iggulden (book review).

June 9, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Ravenspur: Rise Of The Tudors by Conn Iggulden (book review).

Edward IV landed at Ravenspur in North Yorkshire, when he returned from France to reclaim his throne from the Earl of Warwick’s puppet, Edward VI. If you think ‘Game Of Thrones, is over the top, you should sample some English history. In the War Of The Roses, the crown changed hands several times between the […]

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Editorial – June 2016: What in the digital…

May 30, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Editorial – June 2016: What in the digital…

What in the digital… I still think people are too tactile to want everything digital.  Hello everyone A couple years back, I wrote an editorial about how digital was supplanting paper publications and not in a good way. With newspaper sales and indeed some magazine sales dropping off, not helped by reduced advertising, the slippery […]

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Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash (book review).

May 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash (book review).

Despite having a long title, Timothy Garton Ash’s book, ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World’ is something that should be of interest to all of you as it examines just how much control each country has over the medium we all used called the Internet. Thought that might get your attention. With half […]

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