Scifi

2018 Hugo Winners arrive via WorldCon 76.

2018 Hugo Winners arrive via WorldCon 76.

The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards have beamed in via the 76th World Science Fiction Convention. Only 2,828 votes were cast this year. Best Novel The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit). Best Novelette The Secret Life of Bots, by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017). Best Novella All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com […]

August 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

Another of renowned Chinese author Cixin Liu’s novels has been translated for our enjoyment by Joel Martinsen in the form of ‘Ball Lightning’, a hard-SF, physics-based tale of obsession, complicated mathematics and the force of nature. As soon as I started reading, I recalled the curiously formal tone of Cixin Liu’s work, which initially may […]

August 14, 2018 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

Transformers-style robots: now as rideable amusement park rides!

Transformers-style robots: now as rideable amusement park rides!

You have to love SoftBank’s Asratec robotics arm, along with Japan’s Brave Robotics Company, they’ve teamed up with amusement park tech specialist J-deite Ride to develop a prototype of something I’d pay a Dollar to ride – a real Transformers-style robot you can actually sit inside and have some fun with. J-deite RIDE is a new 4-meter tall robot […]

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Attack On Titan – Season 2 (2018) (Blu-ray anime series review).

Attack On Titan – Season 2 (2018) (Blu-ray anime series review).

‘Attack On Titan’ is the anime based series on the phenomenally successful debut manga by artist Hajime Isayama, has now had its second season arrive on Blu-ray. While season one was a sprawling twenty-six episodes, the second season gives the series a little more focus with only eleven episodes. For the uninitiated, ‘Attack On Titan’ […]

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More

TV

Iron Fist (Marvel TV series on Netflix: series II trailer).

Iron Fist (Marvel TV series on Netflix: series II trailer).

Here’s the new trailer for the second season of Iron Fist on Netflix via those cool cats at Marvel. 

August 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Resistance (first trailer).

Star Wars Resistance (first trailer).

Here’s the first trailer for the new animated Star Wars Resistance TV series, in which some of the new characters inhabiting the Old Man Luke universe are fleshed out. This one is hitting the Disney Channel on October 7th 2018. 

August 17, 2018 | By | Reply More

Culture

The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

‘The Robot In The Next Cubicle’ by Larry Boyer will make you think of the automated voices that ring you up offering…well, whatever they try before you hang-up. The sub-title, ‘What You Need To Know To Adapt And Succeed In The Automation Age’ is a bit more revealing. In his brief history of the technology […]

August 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Gamer Nation by Eric Geissinger (book review).

Gamer Nation by Eric Geissinger (book review).

With a title like ‘Gamer Nation’, author Eric Geissinger is more or less giving away the subject matter. The sub-title, ‘The Rise Of Modern Gaming And The Compulsion To Play Again’ means it doesn’t see the activity as being totally healthy. Oddly, I received this book at a time when I’d nearly completed the August […]

August 8, 2018 | By | Reply More

Science

The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

‘The Robot In The Next Cubicle’ by Larry Boyer will make you think of the automated voices that ring you up offering…well, whatever they try before you hang-up. The sub-title, ‘What You Need To Know To Adapt And Succeed In The Automation Age’ is a bit more revealing. In his brief history of the technology […]

August 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Large Hadron Collider 2008 Onwards Owners’ Workshop Manual by Gemma Lavender (book review).

Large Hadron Collider 2008 Onwards Owners’ Workshop Manual by Gemma Lavender (book review).

You might think the Large Hadron Collider was a new device but, as Gemma Lavender says in her introduction, its roots go back as far as 1949 when the international organisation CERN was formed to share the finance. CERN stands for the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucéaire Research, essentially research into the atom. Considering […]

August 7, 2018 | By | Reply More

Books

Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review).

Another of renowned Chinese author Cixin Liu’s novels has been translated for our enjoyment by Joel Martinsen in the form of ‘Ball Lightning’, a hard-SF, physics-based tale of obsession, complicated mathematics and the force of nature. As soon as I started reading, I recalled the curiously formal tone of Cixin Liu’s work, which initially may […]

August 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review).

‘The Robot In The Next Cubicle’ by Larry Boyer will make you think of the automated voices that ring you up offering…well, whatever they try before you hang-up. The sub-title, ‘What You Need To Know To Adapt And Succeed In The Automation Age’ is a bit more revealing. In his brief history of the technology […]

August 14, 2018 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Dublin gets an extra dose of science fiction with the Irish Worldcon.

Dublin gets an extra dose of science fiction with the Irish Worldcon.

Dublin’s Irish Worldcon will be the next World Science Fiction Convention, hosted August 15th-19th 2019. Activities at the Dublin Worldcon will include the 2019 Hugo Awards – awards for science fiction and fantasy – as well as their Masquerade costume display. The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is a five-day event that has been held […]

August 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Back Issue! #106 August 2018 (magazine review).

Back Issue! #106 August 2018 (magazine review).

In some respects, looking at the latest issue of ‘Back Issue!’, you would think that it’s moving into ‘Alter Ego’ territory. It’s not really as the sub-title. Golden Age In Bronze Age’ reveals its having the older characters still carrying on with their own lives in a different decade…mostly. It’s also pretty much Roy Thomas’ […]

August 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
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