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Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy).

Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy).

This anthology ‘Robots & Artificial Intelligence’ from Flame Tree Publishing has the exciting notion of mixing classic tales on the theme with new ones by modern writers. The stories and extracts come at you in alphabetical order by author, beginning with Frank L. Baum and ending with Eleanor R Wood. Although I enjoyed the mix, […]

February 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Astounding Illustrated History Of Science Fiction (book review).

The Astounding Illustrated History Of Science Fiction (book review).

With any book, always pay attention to the title as to what the content is supposed to be. ‘The Astounding Illustrated History Of Science Fiction’ is supposed to be about the illustrated aspect of SF and despite Pat Mills introduction, the initial focus is on SF origins than where art, beyond covers, entered into the […]

February 22, 2021 | By | Reply More

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 […]

February 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
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

Fear the Walking Dead (season 6 trailer: video).

Fear the Walking Dead (season 6 trailer: video).

Horror TV series Fear the Walking Dead is heading back to TV screens and here is a little trailer which features perhaps the strangest and nastiest character to yet make an appearance in the post-zombie apocalypse. And heck, that’s quite a contested title I would imagine.

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The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano – aka Cara Dune – interviewed (video).

The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano – aka Cara Dune – interviewed (video).

Actress Gina Carano is interviewed about her role playing bounty Hunter and space sheriff Cara Dune in the first two seasons of the Disney+ live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, in this hour-long piece from YouTube. She’s a former professional fighter in the mixed martial artist (MMA) leagues and also made appearances in the movies […]

February 22, 2021 | By | Reply More

Culture

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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Cicero by David Llewellyn (book review).

Cicero by David Llewellyn (book review).

Marcus Tullius Cicero was a political writer, a powerful orator and statesman who came to a rather sticky end in 43BC on the way to Macedonia. He was seeking to escape after falling out of favour with the new government of Rome. There weren’t any deselect ions or impeachments in ancient Rome but there were […]

February 13, 2021 | By | Reply More

Science

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 […]

February 21, 2021 | By | Reply More
Martian Colonies… peaceful independence, or will war be needed? (video).

Martian Colonies… peaceful independence, or will war be needed? (video).

Here’s a short science video examining what will happen after the Martian colonies reach millions of people and the urge to declare nationhood and independence beckons. Can Mars win its independence peacefully, or will there be conflict on the way out?

February 21, 2021 | By | Reply More

Books

Mastering Composition by Richard Garvey-Williams  (book review)

Mastering Composition by Richard Garvey-Williams (book review)

Remember me writing last month that I got a second book focusing on photographic composition and saying there isn’t much difference between the two mediums, well apart from artistic ability. I do wonder if anyone has ever gauged just how well artists do as first-time photographers? After all, we already have an eye for composition. […]

February 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Ninth Talisman (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 2) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

The Ninth Talisman (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 2) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

‘The Ninth Talisman’ is the second volume in ‘The Annals Of The Chosen’ series, following ‘The Wizard Lord’. In that book, ordinary village bloke Breaker became The Swordsman, one of the Chosen who act as a check on the Wizard Lord who rules the land of Barokan and have the duty to either remove him […]

February 24, 2021 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Draw! #23 Summer 2012 (magazine review),

Draw! #23 Summer 2012 (magazine review),

Going back nearly nine years, we have the 23rd edition of ‘Draw!’ where there is some focus on comicbook artist Al Williamson (1931-2010) and the people who worked with him. He was the penciller on Marvel’s first Star Wars’ comicbook series amongst other comics, don’t forget. In his later years, Williamson turned inker after an […]

February 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Dune: where are the flipping aliens? (video)

Dune: where are the flipping aliens? (video)

Dune is one of the most popular classic science fiction franchises both in books, TV form, and the movies now. But there is one question that has long been nagging fans of this evergreen science fiction universe – and that is, where are the flipping sentient aliens? After all, there are over 13,000 settled planets, all colonised by humanity, with […]

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