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Oxygen (a Netflix scifi film review by Mark Kermode: trailer).

Oxygen (a Netflix scifi film review by Mark Kermode: trailer).

The new Netflix scifi film Oxygen is reviewed by our man of many movies, Mark Kermode. This is the one where a woman wakes up trapped inside a cryogenic chamber, with no memory and her oxygen swiftly running out. A good’un, or does it run out of air half-way through?

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2021, Volume 140 #755 (magazine review).

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2021, Volume 140 #755 (magazine review).

The first thing you notice about this issue of MF&SF is the distinctive cover by David A Hardy. Atypically, it doesn’t quite illustrate any of the stories in this volume. The lead story, a novella, ‘Refugees’ by Robert Grossbach, is a tongue-in-cheek invasion story. Eeps are small, doughnut-shaped sentient aliens from the planet Narsuto. Qui-Phess […]

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Anime & Manga

Castle In The Sky: when Studio Ghibli did steampunk anime (review).

Castle In The Sky: when Studio Ghibli did steampunk anime (review).

The Critical Thinker is back for a little classic retrospective work, in this case a very fine review, of one of the greatest anime epics of all time, Castle In The Sky by Studio Ghibli. There are weird flying airships, sympathetic ancient robots, and many more themes of interest to anyone who loves a fine slice of […]

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Eden (Netflix anime: 2nd trailer).

Eden (Netflix anime: 2nd trailer).

Here’s the new trailer for Eden, an original Netflix anime TV series set in the far future, where a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters are long overthrown. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught […]

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TV

Doctor Who: Ghost Light by Marc Platt (DVD review).

Doctor Who: Ghost Light by Marc Platt (DVD review).

With only three stories to go in the McCoy era, I suppose it was inevitable that we would finally have a ghost story of sorts with ‘Doctor Who’ and another personal hate for Ace, as she doesn’t like ghosts or ghosthouses. The TARDIS deposits the Doctor (actor Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (actress Sophie Aldred) in […]

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Star Trek The Next Generation: the failure that never happened (video documentary).

Star Trek The Next Generation: the failure that never happened (video documentary).

Many expected a new TV series franchise called Star Trek The Next Generation to bomb and sink without a trace. How dare they make a new series without Kirk, Spock and the regular gang? But history had other ideas! In this hour-and-forty-minute-long video documentary, Rowan J Coleman asks and examines a question we rarely ask… […]

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Culture

A Monster Of Voices: Speaking for H.P. Lovecraft by Robert H. Waugh (book review).

A Monster Of Voices: Speaking for H.P. Lovecraft by Robert H. Waugh (book review).

When it comes to the deeper criticism of HP Lovecraft, there’s little out there to match Robert H. Waugh. What sets Waugh apart from, say, S T Joshi, is his willingness to explore what Lovecraft’s stories mean, not simply where they came from. It’s this that makes this collection of Waugh’s essays so enjoyable. Take, […]

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A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction by David Kyle (book review).

A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction by David Kyle (book review).

One thing you can say about David Kyle(1919-2016), he was an expert on SF. Quite why I didn’t buy his 1977 book ‘A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction’ at the time, I’m less sure about. My home town is a sleepy place and although he shows several books about SF in his introduction that I’ve […]

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Science

The Fermi Paradox explanations: a wide multiverse? (Science video)

The Fermi Paradox explanations: a wide multiverse? (Science video)

In this 30 minute-long science video from the talented Isaac Arthur, we investigate the multiverse as one of the potential explanations for the Fermi Paradox (a.k.a. where is anybody?). That is to say, the same basic premise as the Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett books, The Long Earth, where humanity discovers a possibly infinite series of parallel worlds […]

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Warping to victory: the new physics of the warp drive (science video).

Warping to victory: the new physics of the warp drive (science video).

Matt O’Dowd brings us a look at the recent new physics papers published in the field of potential warp drives which look promising. But don’t expect to be sitting on a starship bridge saying “Take us to Warp Five” any day soon.

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Books

Cthulhu: Dark Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural Movies by Gordon Kerr (book review).

Cthulhu: Dark Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural Movies by Gordon Kerr (book review).

From the striking front cover painting of Cthulhu literally eating the world through to the mind-flayer smoking a pipe on page 89, ‘Cthulhu: Dark Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural Movies’ is a richly and sometimes bizarrely illustrated guide to the most famous godlike entity in popular culture. It really is popular culture we’re focusing on here, […]

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Three Moments Of An Explosion by China Miéville (book review).

Three Moments Of An Explosion by China Miéville (book review).

‘Three Moments Of An Explosion’ by China Miéville is an anthology of his 28 short Science Fiction, fantasy and horror stories. China Miéville is considered a main author of the New Weird genre. Although there is no single definition, there is some agreement about its facets. One is that it tends to break down barriers […]

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Recent Articles

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor And River Song by James Goss, Lizzie Hopley and Jonathan Morris (CD review).

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor And River Song by James Goss, Lizzie Hopley and Jonathan Morris (CD review).

The delightful pair return to get to know each other better in the three adventures in this box set known simply as ‘The Tenth Doctor And River Song’. For a start, she should definitely be the first person mentioned but maybe it scans better. Expiry Date by James Goss ‘Excuse me. I received your note. […]

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Sláine and ABC Warriors artist Clint Langley interviewed: I’ll stop that mouth with steel! (video).

Sláine and ABC Warriors artist Clint Langley interviewed: I’ll stop that mouth with steel! (video).

2000AD’s Sláine and ABC Warriors artist Clint Langley is interviewed about his work on these two seminial strips for the Mighty Tharg.

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