Scifi

Replicas (scifi movie: 2nd trailer).

Replicas (scifi movie: 2nd trailer).

After a car accident kills his family (including wife played by Alice Eve), a synthetic biologist (aka Keanu Reeves) will stop at nothing to bring them back as scanned-in memories uploaded into robot replicas, even if it means pitting himself against his government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science. Not […]

November 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Legion: The Many Lives Of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson (book review).

Legion: The Many Lives Of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson (book review).

“That was fantastically, amazingly brilliant,” I said as he closed the cover on ‘Legion: The Many Lives Of Stephen Leeds’ by Brandon Sanderson. “Really?” Bartholomew sneered from his position by the window. Bartholomew wasn’t real – none of the other people in the room were – but that didn’t stop him having an opinion. “That’s […]

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Anime & Manga

Alita Battle Angel (trailer): when live-action replaces anime.

Alita Battle Angel (trailer): when live-action replaces anime.

From filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez, comes the live-action version of anime Alita Battle Angel. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognise, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a doctor who realises that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell […]

November 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Three new anime are coming to Netflix: Cagaster of an Insect Cage, Yasuke, and Trese.

Three new anime are coming to Netflix: Cagaster of an Insect Cage, Yasuke, and Trese.

Cagaster of an Insect Cage is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious disease “Cagaster” turns people into giant murderous insects, this manga-based series follows the struggle of a young couple to stay alive. Directed By Koichi Chigira (Last Exile, Full Metal Panic!). The animation studio for this is Gonzo (Hellsing, Afro Samurai). Yasuke starts […]

November 9, 2018 | By | Reply More

TV

Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 7: Kerblam! by Pete McTighe.

Doctor Who: Series 11 (or 36 depending on how you count): Episode 7: Kerblam! by Pete McTighe.

Is it me or do other people have no concept of time and space when it comes to contacting let alone delivering to the time-travelling Doctor? Be careful, you might be buying spoilers. The TARDIS gets some shaking up as it receives a delivery from the Kerblam warehouse. It’s a bit late and missed a […]

November 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files by Zack Handlen & Todd Vanderwerff (book review).

Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files by Zack Handlen & Todd Vanderwerff (book review).

I have to confess some confusion with the title of Zack Handlen and Todd Vanderwerff book, ‘Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files’ as I thought it was about what creatures Mulder and Scully encountered every week when I first selected it. Just goes to show, it pays to pay attention […]

November 16, 2018 | By | Reply More

Culture

SFCrowsnest Needs You.

SFCrowsnest Needs You.

For SFCrowsnest, late autumn is the more intense time for recruitment. We want people all the year around but this time of the year with the darker nights, you might well be wondering what to do with spare time reading. The two could meet. We supply the books. You review them and get more books. […]

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Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

The difficulty with this sort of book for the fan/reviewer is how to describe it without summarising it. While reading I jotted down interesting facts and ended up with seventeen pages of notes which, if I put them down here, would spoil the book for you. The names in the title are familiar to any […]

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Science

NASA will look for Martian life with 2020 Rover.

NASA will look for Martian life with 2020 Rover.

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search. The rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA’s next step in exploration of the Red Planet. It will not only seek signs of ancient habitable conditions – and past microbial […]

November 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Was ‘Oumuamua’ a light sail probe visiting the Solar System? Dr. Avi Loeb chats.

Was ‘Oumuamua’ a light sail probe visiting the Solar System? Dr. Avi Loeb chats.

Dr. Avi Loeb of Harvard University (as well as the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) does a little video about the background and science behind the oddness of the recent fly-through of the Oumuamua object, and why science suggests it might have been a solar sail probe of some sort on a fly-by.

November 19, 2018 | By | Reply More

Books

Legion: The Many Lives Of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson (book review).

Legion: The Many Lives Of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson (book review).

“That was fantastically, amazingly brilliant,” I said as he closed the cover on ‘Legion: The Many Lives Of Stephen Leeds’ by Brandon Sanderson. “Really?” Bartholomew sneered from his position by the window. Bartholomew wasn’t real – none of the other people in the room were – but that didn’t stop him having an opinion. “That’s […]

November 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire (book review).

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire (book review).

The genesis of a novel can sometimes be as fascinating as the book itself. In his later years, some of Ray Bradbury’s short pieces – stories, fragments and essays – were gathered in single volumes. In particular, ‘Match To Flame’ shows how his concern for the demise of books and reading developed over the years […]

November 20, 2018 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

The Dr. Phibes Companion by Justin Humphreys (book review).

The Dr. Phibes Companion by Justin Humphreys (book review).

Every time I looked through publisher BearManor Media’s catalogue, I spotted the title ‘The Dr. Phibes Companion’ by Justin Humphreys and asked about its availability and got told not yet. That is, until last month and a jump of glee. The two ‘Dr. Phibes’ films starring Vincent Price are black humour horror of a seriously […]

November 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Edgar Allan Poe: Ghastly Tales From The Master Of The Macabre (book review).

Edgar Allan Poe: Ghastly Tales From The Master Of The Macabre (book review).

It’s probably impossible to overstate the influence of Edgar Allan Poe on popular fiction. To pick two celebrated examples, the weird tales of H.P. Lovecraft and the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ stories of Arthur Conan Doyle have obvious precursors among the works of Poe and, if you follow these lines of descent through to the present day, […]

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
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