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The Book Of M by Peng Shepherd (book review).

The Book Of M by Peng Shepherd (book review).

In the near future, a strange plague has swept the Earth. People are losing their shadows and, with them, their memories. Without memories, humans are turning into something new and uncontrollable, shaping the world around them into a dreamscape of the strange and the terrible. Yet some shadowed humans remain, fighting for survival, fighting to […]

January 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
ET call home? Should we try to signal aliens, or are we signalling for elimination? (David Brin video interview).

ET call home? Should we try to signal aliens, or are we signalling for elimination? (David Brin video interview).

Science fiction author David Brin chats with astrobiologist David Grinspoon about METI – Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence – concerning the perils and unforeseen events that might occur for humanity if we actively try to establish contact with aliens. David thinks this is madness, and tells us all why …

January 12, 2020 | By | Reply More

Anime & Manga

Away (2019) (animated film review).

Away (2019) (animated film review).

I settled down to watch ‘Away’, an animated feature film with anticipation. It’s not Disney and it’s not Manga, so it’s going to be different. It certainly is different. Before we get to commenting on the film let’s get the credits out of the way as it won’t take long. The film was written, directed, […]

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Ten Years with Hayao Miyazaki (interview/documentary – part one).

Ten Years with Hayao Miyazaki (interview/documentary – part one).

A behind-the-scenes examination of the genius of Japan’s best known anime film director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki allowed one lucky documentary filmmaker to shadow him at work, as he dreamed up characters and plot lines for what would become his 2008 flick, “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.” In this […]

November 23, 2019 | By | Reply More

TV

Homeland: spy-fy TV series final season 8 (trailer).

Homeland: spy-fy TV series final season 8 (trailer).

The last, last, final, ever (we promise), series of dark spy-fy TV series Homeland is here with us soon – landing in the USA February 9th 2020 on the Showtime network. Oh, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, how will we live without you? And will you live, or both get whacked in some sort of […]

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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (horror TV series: trailer).

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (horror TV series: trailer).

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels moves us from Victorian times to the USA of the 1930s for the new series of this horror extravaganza – so goodbye steampunk, hello dieselpunk! Cops Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) and Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane) must fight various Cthulhu-lite-like forces of darkness while battling Nazis, gangsters, and a demonic Natalie […]

January 14, 2020 | By | Reply More

Culture

Spaced (at 21): geekiest sitcom ever? (video: cast panel).

Spaced (at 21): geekiest sitcom ever? (video: cast panel).

Spaced was perhaps the geekiest comedy sitcom, like, ever! It could take on the Big Bang Theory and leave our American cousins wheezing on the floor, begging for less scifi and comic-book in-jokes! In this video panel, Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, its director, Edgar Wright and cast and crew including Mark Heap and Reece […]

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

Here’s a book about a hobby taken to an extreme. Casual birdwatching is common enough, and some people take it a bit seriously, planning daytrips or summer holidays to places with particularly interesting variety of birdlife. But Noah Strycker aimed even higher, taking himself around the world with the aim to ‘spot’ at least half […]

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Science

The Moon Industrial Complex (science video).

The Moon Industrial Complex (science video).

The Moon is getting lined up to be commercialised damned quick – before you know it, there’ll be McDonalds and Space Ports and mines and the life of the high frontier will get real busy, real quick.

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First programmable artificial lifeforms designed by supercomputers (science news).

First programmable artificial lifeforms designed by supercomputers (science news).

You know you’re living in science fiction for real when the Deep Green supercomputer cluster’s evolutionary algorithms design and deploy the world’s first living robots, called xenobots, and hey, they can self-heal, too. That’s going to end well! Read the full story over at https://newatlas.com/biology/programmable-artificial-lifeforms-xenobots/

January 14, 2020 | By | Reply More

Books

Modern Masters Volume Twelve: Michael Golden (book review).

Modern Masters Volume Twelve: Michael Golden (book review).

Back in the day, I first got sight of Michael Golden’s artwork when he appeared at Marvel doing the first 12 issues of ‘The Micronauts’ in 1979. Stylish, expressive and action-packed. Who cared it was based on a toyline, more so as the key characters weren’t toys. From a Marvel perspective, we were used to […]

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Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker (book review).

Here’s a book about a hobby taken to an extreme. Casual birdwatching is common enough, and some people take it a bit seriously, planning daytrips or summer holidays to places with particularly interesting variety of birdlife. But Noah Strycker aimed even higher, taking himself around the world with the aim to ‘spot’ at least half […]

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Skywatch (scifi short movie).

Skywatch (scifi short movie).

Here’s a scifi short called Skywatch, created as a proof of concept for a possible larger film, in which two teens hack a futuristic drone delivery service in the later part of this century, for shits and giggles, only to come across a nasty conspiracy by accident, and then have to go on the run. […]

January 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Christopher Tolkien dies of old age at 95 (news).

Christopher Tolkien dies of old age at 95 (news).

Christopher Tolkien, literary executor of the Tolkien Estate (and son of JRR), has passed away in France of old age aged 95. The chair of the Tolkien Society, Shaun Gunner, commented, “All of us in the Tolkien Society will share in the sadness at the news of Christopher Tolkien’s death, and we send our condolences […]

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