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Robocop – Limited Edition (1987)    (Blu-ray film review)

Robocop – Limited Edition (1987) (Blu-ray film review)

The future is here and the company OCP is running Detroit as a business. After the disaster of ED-209 executing a board member at a demonstration from Senior President Dick Jones (actor Ronnie Cox) as a glitch, Robert Morton (actor Miguel Ferrer) gets the go ahead from the chairman/Old Man (actor Dan O’Hergty) to prepare […]

December 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
William Gibson, keeping his science fiction real (interview).

William Gibson, keeping his science fiction real (interview).

Well, apparently, midway through his career as a scifi author, the prophet of cyberspace – one William Gibson – turned his attention to a strange new world… the present? Read the full story over at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/how-william-gibson-keeps-his-science-fiction-real The Offworld Report – the best news offworld SFcrowsnest

December 10, 2019 | 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, […]

December 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
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

RIP René Auberjonois: Odo in Star Trek Deep Space Nine (news).

RIP René Auberjonois: Odo in Star Trek Deep Space Nine (news).

Actor René Auberjonois, better known as policeman shapeshifter Odo in Star Trek Deep Space Nine, has passed away aged 79 from lung cancer. He also played Father Mulcahy in the original film version of MASH, as well as Colonel West in the 1991 Star Trek film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He was a […]

December 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Boys (Amazon Prime superhero TV: second season trailer).

The Boys (Amazon Prime superhero TV: second season trailer).

The ultra-violent grimdark take on superheroes operating in a corporate sponsored celebrity selfie world, aka The Boys (based on the comic-book strip of the same name) is coming back to Amazon Prime for a second season, which is no surprise given the popularity of the first one.

December 8, 2019 | By | Reply More

Culture

Editorial – December 2019 :  There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

Editorial – December 2019 : There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

Hello everyone The test of an ideal political system depends on a couple things if it is to succeed. The main one is the co-operation of the majority of the population and doing no harm to the rest, commonly called the opposition who might be persuaded to accept it. The latter is a lot harder […]

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Editorial – November 2019: Little deluded universes everywhere.

Editorial – November 2019: Little deluded universes everywhere.

Hello everyone In past editorials I’ve discussed the concept of we all live in mini-universes where we meet each other and share information and concepts and shape our perceptions. The reality we have around us is built on that. In this mix we have genius thoughts where, despite opposition, convince others that they are finally […]

November 3, 2019 | By | Reply More

Science

NASA’s Parker solar probe gets sizzling hot (science news).

NASA’s Parker solar probe gets sizzling hot (science news).

The Sun is revealing itself in dramatic detail and shedding light on how other stars may form and behave throughout the universe – all thanks to NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. The spacecraft is enduring scorching temperatures to gather data, which are being shared for the first time in four new papers that illuminate previously unknown […]

December 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
Welcome to the Galactic Community (speculative mini-documentary video).

Welcome to the Galactic Community (speculative mini-documentary video).

We often wonder how we might first meet extraterrestrials, muses Isaac Arthur in this speculative mini-documentary video, picturing flying saucers and UFOs landing and aliens emerging asking to be taken to our leader. But joining the galactic community might be a very strange experience, indeed!

December 5, 2019 | By | Reply More

Books

William Gibson, keeping his science fiction real (interview).

William Gibson, keeping his science fiction real (interview).

Well, apparently, midway through his career as a scifi author, the prophet of cyberspace – one William Gibson – turned his attention to a strange new world… the present? Read the full story over at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/how-william-gibson-keeps-his-science-fiction-real The Offworld Report – the best news offworld SFcrowsnest

December 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Illustrators Special #6: Brian Bolland  (book review)

Illustrators Special #6: Brian Bolland (book review)

You cannot have been brought up on comicbooks from the late 1970s on without seeing the art of Brian Bolland. Principally known for his work on ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘Camelot 2000’ and ‘The Killing Joke’, Bolland admits he is not the fastest artist and predominately did far more covers than interiors. I met Brian briefly around […]

December 8, 2019 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Batman Book One by Neal Adams  (graphic novel review)

Batman Book One by Neal Adams (graphic novel review)

Believe it or not, the long river website already declares that ‘Batman Book One’ by Neal Adams is already out of print or give it a high price when I was looking earlier in the year although some lower priced ones are there again now. I noted it in my bucket list on the hope […]

December 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 28   (magazine review)

Illustrators # 28 (magazine review)

If you haven’t seen the little green man above before then where have you been? This is the fifth cover appearance that I can remember it being used and I’m still counting. It was originally from the cover of ‘Martians, Go Home’ by Fredric Brown and illustrated by the great Frank Kelly Freas (you pronounce […]

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