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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.

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

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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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