Scifi

Captive State (alien invasion film: second trailer).

Captive State (alien invasion film: second trailer).

Set in a Chicago neighbourhood a decade after an invasion and occupation of Earth by an advanced alien race, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the alien collaborators, as well as the dissidents and resistance.

November 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
If Pigs Could Fly (West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency Book 1) by Jonny Nexus (book review).

If Pigs Could Fly (West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency Book 1) by Jonny Nexus (book review).

Any book, whatever the genre needs humour. In life, there is rarely unremitting bleakness, there is often something to lighten a mood, however small and fleeting. So in fiction, for a character to be rounded, humour is necessary, if only to give the reader a chance to appreciate the dire peril the author has put […]

November 9, 2018 | By | Reply More

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. […]

November 4, 2018 | By | Reply More
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 […]

October 30, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More

Science

How To Invent Everything by Ryan North   (book review)

How To Invent Everything by Ryan North (book review)

The basis of Ryan North’s book, ‘How To Invent Everything’ is transporting yourself into the past by a time machine but alas breaks down and you’re stuck there. No matter which century, this book is not so much a survival guide but the means to make where you are a better place and removing the […]

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Goodbye Kepler, planet-hunter par excellence.

Goodbye Kepler, planet-hunter par excellence.

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from […]

October 31, 2018 | By | Reply More

Books

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
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

Recent Articles

The Star Wars Cookbook: Han Sandwiches And Other Galactic Snacks by Lara Starr with photographs by Angie Cao  (book review)

The Star Wars Cookbook: Han Sandwiches And Other Galactic Snacks by Lara Starr with photographs by Angie Cao (book review)

For the little ‘Star Wars’ fan in your life who are desperate to learn to cook before they go to university and live on cold pizza, this book could help them on their way. Illustrated with the action figures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, this small book goes where several have gone before (whoops wrong […]

November 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Women Of The Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe, foreword by Kathleen Kennedy (book review).

Women Of The Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe, foreword by Kathleen Kennedy (book review).

‘Women Of The Galaxy’ by Amy Ratcliffe is a timely and welcome book celebrating the female characters who have entertained and enthralled us throughout the ‘Star Wars’ saga. It provides an in-depth look, both in story terms and behind-the-scenes, of the women who have stood up to the Dark Side or in some cases, fully […]

November 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
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