Scifi

Skyward Flight by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson (book review).

Skyward Flight by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson (book review).

‘Skyward Flight’ is the omnibus edition of three ‘Skyward’ novellas: ‘Sunreach’, ‘ReDawn’ and ‘Evershore’, all of which are related to Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Skyward Trilogy’. I didn’t realise this before starting the book but, although these novellas refer back to events in the first trilogy, I was able to follow the story without any problem. There […]

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Monju Hunters of Sofugan Island (animated short scifi film: in full).

Monju Hunters of Sofugan Island (animated short scifi film: in full).

Here’s the animated short science fiction movie Monju Hunters of Sofugan Island, by by Dirk Wachsmuth & Karim Eich. In the flick, we visit “Sofugan Island” in a lonely period, an island that was formerly famed for supplying the mainland with the precious flesh of giant mutant whales known as “Monjus.” It was overcrowded and […]

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Anime & Manga

Drifting Home (anime: Netflix trailer).

Drifting Home (anime: Netflix trailer).

Drifting Home, Studio Colorido’s third feature-length animation film is coming to Netfllix. Sixth-graders Childhood pals Kosuke and Natsume grew up in the same apartment block. During their summer vacation, they get caught up in a bizarre occurrence while playing in the apartment building that is about to be destroyed. All they can see is a […]

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Inukami! Omnibus Collection 1 by Mamizu Arisawa and Mari Matsuzawa (graphic novel review).

Inukami! Omnibus Collection 1 by Mamizu Arisawa and Mari Matsuzawa (graphic novel review).

Kami are the spirits of Japanese folklore and an inukami, in particular, a dog-spirit that features in this manga series is called Yoko, a supposedly untrainable and rebellious spirit, despite her essentially benevolent nature. Keita Kawahira is a young man from a family of spirit trainers but, in time-honoured manga tradition, he’s really an idler, […]

May 11, 2022 | By | Reply More

TV

The Making Of The Umbrella Academy (book review).

The Making Of The Umbrella Academy (book review).

Don’t buy ‘The Making Of The Umbrella Academy’ expecting it to be like typical ‘making of’ TV or film books. This volume is illustration heavy with a greater emphasis on the scenery than the people. Interestingly, writer/producer Gabriel Bá also contributed to the art that is used in the series. Elliott Page who plays Vanya […]

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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: so, is it any good on TV? (video).

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: so, is it any good on TV? (video).

Now, thanks to a new adaptation on Netflix that was produced by Neil Gaiman himself, The Sandman will finally have the opportunity to enter the mainstream. Will it be successful where other adaptations of Gaiman’s work have been unsuccessful? Damien Walter has a sneaking suspicion that the response is going to be yes.

August 5, 2022 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – August 2022: Science is constant. Science Fiction isn’t constant.

Editorial – August 2022: Science is constant. Science Fiction isn’t constant.

Science is constant. Science Fiction isn’t constant. Hello everyone, There is always a debate as to which came first: the bird or the egg, forgetting the third answer: the reptile who laid it. After all, some animal had to lay the eggs first. Lesson learnt is not to accept that everything has only two choices, […]

July 31, 2022 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #21 July 2022 (magazine review).

Retro Fan #21 July 2022 (magazine review).

Scott Shaw! rolls off this issue of ‘Retro Fan’ looking at his time when he was involved in the advertising campaign for Pebbles cereal using the Flintstones giving some insight into his job. His end comment that it was safer to eat the box than the cereal shows how sugary it was. I was mostly […]

July 29, 2022 | By | Reply More

Science

Fermi Paradox… so where are all my flipping megastructures? (science video)

Fermi Paradox… so where are all my flipping megastructures? (science video)

John Michael Godier wonders why we can’t flipping see massive alien artefacts, given that the big enigma of where all the aliens are in the wide Universe imagines ancient interstellar civilizations creating enormous megastructures that match planets – or perhaps stars – in their enormity?

July 21, 2022 | By | Reply More
Earth to Mars, but really quick (science video).

Earth to Mars, but really quick (science video).

Earth to Mars, but really quick? Well, chemical rockets are nearing their limitations. Better means exist to travel between planets. Here are the top 10 propulsion methods. https://amzn.to/3B945v8

July 20, 2022 | By | Reply More

Books

Skyward Flight by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson (book review).

Skyward Flight by Brandon Sanderson and Janci Patterson (book review).

‘Skyward Flight’ is the omnibus edition of three ‘Skyward’ novellas: ‘Sunreach’, ‘ReDawn’ and ‘Evershore’, all of which are related to Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Skyward Trilogy’. I didn’t realise this before starting the book but, although these novellas refer back to events in the first trilogy, I was able to follow the story without any problem. There […]

August 7, 2022 | By | Reply More
The Making Of The Umbrella Academy (book review).

The Making Of The Umbrella Academy (book review).

Don’t buy ‘The Making Of The Umbrella Academy’ expecting it to be like typical ‘making of’ TV or film books. This volume is illustration heavy with a greater emphasis on the scenery than the people. Interestingly, writer/producer Gabriel Bá also contributed to the art that is used in the series. Elliott Page who plays Vanya […]

August 6, 2022 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Blade Runner comic-book by Al Williamson (comic retrospective).

Blade Runner comic-book by Al Williamson (comic retrospective).

Ed and Jim bring us a look at Marvel Comics Super Special: Blade Runner, sometimes known as simply Blade Runner, the 1982 comic book adaptation of the film Blade Runner published by Marvel Comics. Archie Goodwin wrote the work, while Al Williamson illustrated it. It was reissued in the United Kingdom as the Grandreams Blade […]

August 3, 2022 | By | Reply More
The Deluxe Gimenez: The Fourth Power & The Starr Conspiracy by Juan Gimenez (graphic novel review).

The Deluxe Gimenez: The Fourth Power & The Starr Conspiracy by Juan Gimenez (graphic novel review).

‘The Deluxe Gimenez’ is a bumper hardback edition of tales by talented Argentinian writer/artist Juan Gimenez, who sadly died of Covid 19 in April 2020. He’s probably most famous for ‘The Metabarons’ series, written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, but creates his own storylines here. An introduction by renowned comic book artist Bill Sienkewicz tells us how […]

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