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Alien invasion? Offer… Defiance.

January 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Alien invasion? Offer… Defiance.

Defiance is the SyFy Channel’s latest piece of original programming and can best be described as aliens do to humanity on Earth what the European settlers did to the Native Americans across the big pond. Colonise and pillage. Here’s the new trailer for this interesting slice of high concept scifi. Will it be as good […]

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Pacific Rim – suit up!

January 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Pacific Rim – suit up!

Suit up, chaps and chapesses, for there’s a rent under the sea spewing out extra-dimensional giant monsters, and only a great big mecha exo-suit is going to be enough to take them down. Actually, I’m sure an air strike with suitable weaponry and explosive tonnage would do the trick – but that wouldn’t look half […]

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Revolution – power plays.

January 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
Revolution – power plays.

As you can see in this new trailer for US TV series Revolution, the lights are off, not not quite everywhere, as the Monroe Republic manages to get some Huey slicks working for a little rebel bashing. Season 1, delayed part deux, at last. If you are in the USA, Revolution is heading back your […]

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Transformers: Exodus – The Official History Of The War For Cybertron by Alex Irvine (book review)

December 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
Transformers: Exodus – The Official History Of The War For Cybertron by Alex Irvine (book review)

War, huh? What is it good for? Setting up a billion-dollar movie franchise apparently. ‘Transformers: Exodus’ sets the soon-to-be Optimus Prime and Megatron on a collision course for the leadership of Cyberton, creating a parallel between the civil rights movement, placing the former in the role of Martin Luther King and the latter as Malcolm […]

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Firing Blanks (story).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Firing Blanks (story).

‘I’m here to fill in some gaps in your education. Better than reading books and manuals all the time. I’m sorry I wasn’t available when you arrived. We don’t always control when assignments come up. ‘All right. Pay attention. The most important lesson I can drum into you is Blanks are not immune to Psionic […]

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Tech-Noir: The Fusion Of Science Fiction And Film Noir by Paul Meehan (book review).

December 29, 2012 | By | Reply More
Tech-Noir: The Fusion Of Science Fiction And Film Noir by Paul Meehan (book review).

Paul Meehan’s book title ‘Tech-Noir: The Fusion Of Science Fiction And Film Noir’ should give away what this book is about. The merger of two genres: Film Noir and Science Fiction and that it started much earlier with the likes of ‘Metropolis’ (1927) rather than ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) and Meehan points out many film examples […]

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Total Recall (2012) (DVD review).

December 29, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Total Recall (2012) (DVD review).

Watching ‘Total Recall’ with its futuristic scenes, CGI of course, one is reminded of illustrations composed a century or more ago of how the future would appear. These pictures contained images of multi-storey blocks, much like London today, with railways in the sky and flying transport everywhere. This movie is somewhat like that but far […]

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Interzone # 241 – Jul-Aug 2012 (magazine review).

December 28, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Interzone # 241 – Jul-Aug 2012 (magazine review).

For those of you who don’t already know, ‘Interzone’ is the UK’s leading short fiction magazine for Science Fiction and fantasy. Although it is officially counted as a semi-professional magazine for the purposes of things like the Hugo Awards, it’s a high quality offering, publishing around five stories every two months, accompanied by several regular […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2013 Volume 124 # 705 (magazine review).

December 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2013 Volume 124 # 705 (magazine review).

‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’sees in the new year with another chunky issue featuring some old friends and a couple of welcome newcomers. I’ll start with the novelettes. In ‘Watching The Cow’ by Alex Irvine, kids around the world are playing video games when they suddenly go blind! Seven million people were on-line […]

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A Cosmic Christmas edited by Hank Davis (book review)

December 21, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
A Cosmic Christmas edited by Hank Davis (book review)

‘A Cosmic Christmas’, edited by Hank Davis, is an eclectic mix of stories by prominent Baen authors. The stories vary greatly by genre, length and attitude and span several decades of speculative fiction. Not all of them have a ‘Christmas’ theme; for some the setting is merely incidental. Others take full advantage of that setting. […]

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