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Editorial – May 2016: Are there truths in lies?

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Editorial – May 2016: Are there truths in lies?

Hello everyone In creativity there is a lot of lying, more so in our genre where most people know the fantastic and horrific is invention and getting people to believe it at some level a lot tougher when set in contemporary times. You can trace that back to the campsites of earlier times when and […]

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Scriptwriting For Teens by Christina Hamlett (book review).

May 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Scriptwriting For Teens by Christina Hamlett (book review).

The title ‘Scriptwriting For Teens’ seems a bit or a misnomer. I mean, is it a book telling teenagers how to write scripts, or adults how to write for teens. The sub-title of Christina Hamlett’s book is ‘The 100 Principles Of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know’, so really, it is for teens but everyone […]

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The Coffee Break Screenwriters 2nd Edition by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

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The Coffee Break Screenwriters 2nd Edition by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

The sub-title of Pilar Alessandra’s book ‘The Coffee Break Screenwriters 2nd Edition’ is ‘Writing Your Script 10 Minutes At A Time’. Basically, she’s applying Parkinson’s Law in that you find a way to fit the time you need to do some work on your script in the time available to do it in every day. […]

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The Upside Of Downtime by Sandi Mann (book review).

April 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Upside Of Downtime by Sandi Mann (book review).

If the title ‘The Upside Of Downtime’ sounds a bit odd, the sub-title of Dr. Sandi Mann’s book ‘Why Boredom Is Good’ explains why you need to keep your mind active or boredom will find something else to fill your time with. Although, for many people, this doesn’t happen neither, you just over do it. […]

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You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (book review again)

April 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day   (book review again)

The only reason this paperback of Felicia Day’s book, ‘You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)’, isn’t in the ‘X Marks The Spot’ section is because she has added a chapter about her 6 weeks and 13 cities book signing tour in America. Something to remember if you’re promoting a book is you do a […]

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Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction: The Age Of Maturity, 1970-2000 by Darren Harris-Fain (book review).

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Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction: The Age Of Maturity, 1970-2000 by Darren Harris-Fain (book review).

In case you don’t know by now, whenever there is a non-fiction book associated with Science Fiction that I haven’t read, you can bet I’ll pounce on it. Darren Harris-Fain dedicates his book, ‘Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction: The Age Of Maturity, 1970-2000’, to Thomas Clareson who wrote many a fine tome on SF and […]

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Lux The Poet by Martin Millar (book review).

April 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lux The Poet by Martin Millar (book review).

I am not sure why we got ‘Lux The Poet’ to review as it is neither Science Fiction nor fantasy. The back of the book says it is fiction and so it is. The central character is Lux who thinks he is the world greatest living poet. As well as being a thief and a […]

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Alter Ego #139 May 2016 (magazine review).

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Alter Ego #139 May 2016 (magazine review).

With Roy Thomas’ 75th year, this edition of ‘Alter Ego’, is the second part of a massive interview by Jim Amash covering his freelancing career from 1990s to the present. The first part was ran in Alter-Ego # 136 which is a shame as it looks like I missed that. Although I’m not a fan […]

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Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years Of The Language Of Crime by Jonathon Green (book review).

April 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years Of The Language Of Crime by Jonathon Green (book review).

One thing that always fascinates us in our genre is the use of specialised words, hence the interest in Jonathon Green’s book, ‘Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years Of The Language Of Crime’. Even SF novels set in this period have a criminal element, knowing these words, source and meaning can add any amount of authenticity […]

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Rod MacDonald: a remembrance by: Geoff Willmetts.

April 19, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Rod MacDonald: a remembrance by: Geoff Willmetts.

We report the deaths of significant people in our genre on our site, but this is the first time I have to report the death of one of our own. This is for Rod MacDonald, as astute film reviewer and lover of Science Fiction and one of my earliest recruits to the SFCrowsnest team when […]

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