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Graduation With A Bullet: a story by: GF Willmetts.

Graduation With A Bullet: a story by: GF Willmetts.

It is said that everyone has someone waiting with a bullet with their name on it. These days, its common practice. After all, who wants to die of old age when you’re falling apart and wasting taxes on everyone doing their best to keep you going? A simple bullet and a quick cremation. Sorted. The […]

February 28, 2021 | By | Reply More
Tribes of Europa (season 1: review) (video).

Tribes of Europa (season 1: review) (video).

Pete brings us a review of the first season of the new science fiction TV series in German, Tribes of Europa, on Netflix. The first season runs for only six episodes, and with no clear conclusion, it seems like a setup for more? Will the questions the show asked get answers? Will there be a […]

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Anime & Manga

Battle of the Planets: an anime documentary (video).

Battle of the Planets: an anime documentary (video).

Back in the late 1970’s, the film Star Wars was released and it became a sensation. It made so much money everyone was searching for the next Star Wars clone. Sandy Frank saw his opportunity in a hyper-popular Japanese anime called Gatchaman. He purchased the English rights, re-edited, and re-dubbed the episodes, and thus was […]

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Studio Ghibli theme park to build a life-size Howl’s Moving Castle.

Studio Ghibli theme park to build a life-size Howl’s Moving Castle.

The monster-massive Studio Ghibli theme park which is being designed for construction in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has just released details for its life-size Howl’s Moving Castle. Now, the good news is that you’re getting this beast, the slightly less good news is that they’re building the HMC in the three-storey-tall ‘scout mode’, which is when […]

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TV

Tribes of Europa (season 1: review) (video).

Tribes of Europa (season 1: review) (video).

Pete brings us a review of the first season of the new science fiction TV series in German, Tribes of Europa, on Netflix. The first season runs for only six episodes, and with no clear conclusion, it seems like a setup for more? Will the questions the show asked get answers? Will there be a […]

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Titans: The Complete Second Season DVD boxset (TV series/DVD review).

Titans: The Complete Second Season DVD boxset (TV series/DVD review).

With the opening of the second season of ‘Titans’, we have the conclusion of the Trigon story from season one. Not quite as spectacular as the original comicbook version of the 1980s but probably down to TV budgets. The only really significant thing is the explanation of the apparent gem on Raven’s forehead being a […]

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Culture

The Problems Of A Secret Identity: an article by: GF Willmetts.

The Problems Of A Secret Identity: an article by: GF Willmetts.

Back when super-heroes were first created, the nature of the disguise was, for the likes of Bruce Wayne, to scare felons by looking like a bat. All right, a man-sized bat but criminals back then were probably jumpy anyway. As they mostly go around at night, you would think they would be used to bats. […]

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Retro Fan #13 March 2021 (magazine review).

Retro Fan #13 March 2021 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘Retro Fan’ starts running with interviews by Mike Eury with Mark Goddard and Marta Kristen about their time on ‘Lost In Space’ and both being told that it wasn’t likely to get beyond a pilot episode otherwise they might not have done it. Ultimately, it only got cancelled because Irwin Allen […]

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Science

Rail-guns: the future of warfare gets magnetic (science video).

Rail-guns: the future of warfare gets magnetic (science video).

You might previously have only encountered railguns in science fiction novels such as Stephen Hunt’s Hellfleet, or the Expanse TV series where starships are regularly shooting the heck out of each other with magnetically accelerated tungsten rods. But, the US military was never one to allow such tropes to rest on their bed as pure […]

February 27, 2021 | By | Reply More
Mars, as Red as roses as NASA’s Perseverance Rover lands and sends back pics (science news).

Mars, as Red as roses as NASA’s Perseverance Rover lands and sends back pics (science news).

The largest rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars this Thursday Feb 18th 2021, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles. Unlike with past rovers, the majority of Perseverance’s cameras capture images in color. After landing, two of the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) captured views from the front and rear of […]

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Books

Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling (book review).

Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling (book review).

I occasionally come across this book, ‘Perspective Made Easy’ by Ernest R. Norling in artbook bibliographies and pulled a copy last year, only now finding time to read it. Unusual for Dover Publications, this is a regular paperback sized book although this has more to do with its original 1939 release. Like grammar, artists might […]

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Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts (book review).

Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts (book review).

In the far distant future, a group of long-lived humans take a 40 light year flight aboard the starship Forward to investigate an interesting feature detected on the planet V538 Aurigae. The craft is also a generation ship for what appears to be a sub-species of human and briefly reminded me of ‘Non-Stop’ by Brian […]

February 26, 2021 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Jabba’s Palace diorama: a model-maker’s masterclass (video).

Jabba’s Palace diorama: a model-maker’s masterclass (video).

In this model-maker’s masterclass, it’s time to build a realistic 1:700 scale Jabba’s Palace (or should that be Boba’s Palace as of now?). You can 3D print the structures and made the terrain from styrofoam. By the twin suns of Tatooine, this is a worthy subject for a quick six-minute masterclass video!

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Editorial – Mar 2021:  Read The Word.

Editorial – Mar 2021: Read The Word.

Hello everyone, With all this apparent time to think in even deeper isolation, I’ve been contemplating about the state of our Science Fiction genre again. For many years now, we have been coasting along, with more emphasis on film and TV than the written word. If you favour one or the other, try the one […]

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