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Isaac Asimov: a life in science fiction (documentary: video).

Isaac Asimov: a life in science fiction (documentary: video).

Here’s an interesting 25 minute-long video documenting the life and times and works of one of the greatest names in science fiction … the writer that is Isaac Asimov! Do you like how I avoided doing the cheesy intro about how this would be a Foundation into the works of the writer? This is by […]

February 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Salvation Lost (The Salvation Sequence book 2) by Peter F Hamilton (book review).

Salvation Lost (The Salvation Sequence book 2) by Peter F Hamilton (book review).

‘Salvation Lost’ by Peter F Hamilton is the second novel in the Salvation Sequence trilogy. This in line with so many of Peter Hamilton’s novels is a space opera on a grand scale across both space and time. Time-wise it comprises two threads, the Earth-centric one is set from 25thJune to 4thJuly 2204 and the […]

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Anime & Manga

Transformers War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege (anime trailer).

Transformers War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege (anime trailer).

Here’s the trailer for the new animated Transformers War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege coming to Netflix in the near future. In the midst of ongoing war on Cybertron, forces of good and evil clash as they search for the source of their power: the Allspark. This may not be the life they imagined, but it’s […]

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Reboot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition (DVD TV series review).

Reboot: The Definitive Mainframe Edition (DVD TV series review).

As the creators of ‘Reboot’ explain in their audio commentary, this was the first fully computer animated TV series that attracted children and adults alike. With no one knowing what was inside a computer, it gave them the freedom to make Mainframe the way they liked. Oddly, as the users, the humans when playing games […]

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TV

Star Trek Picard: Dave Cullen’s take (video review).

Star Trek Picard: Dave Cullen’s take (video review).

We’re up to episode five of Star Trek Picard, now – thanks Amazon Prime and CBS. So what does Star Trek expert, Dave Cullen, make of them so far? Well, we’ve got the episode by episode run-down for the initial five episodes right here! It’s cubier than a half-destroyed Borg starship, and balder than a […]

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season seven: animated trailer).

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season seven: animated trailer).

Here’s the trailer for the 7th and last season of the animated TV series that is Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In this one, we get to meet The Bad Batch, a kind of clone Dirty Dozen with major skills and way-off personal habits. I’m sure we’ll get this new series on DVD some time […]

February 22, 2020 | By | Reply More

Culture

How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

How We Learn by Stanislas Dehaene (book review).

When I started Stanislas Dehaene’s book, ‘How We Learn’, with its sub-title adding the detail, ‘The New Science Of Education And The Brain’, I didn’t expect the opening chapter to focus on Artificial Intelligence. More so, as in the introduction, there was a lot more focusing on what made humans different to other members of […]

February 16, 2020 | By | Reply More
Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film and Television by Heather Duerre Humann (book review).

Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film and Television by Heather Duerre Humann (book review).

Looking at the examples cited by author Heather Duerre Humann in her introduction to her book ‘Reality Simulation In Science Fiction, Literature, Film And Television’, I’m looking forward to seeing her knowledge in the chapters of this book. Keep a notepad ready because you’re going to want to check out her examples from fiction, non-fiction, […]

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Science

Earth’s alien first contact: how badly will humanity lose its s$£%? (video: documentary).

Earth’s alien first contact: how badly will humanity lose its s$£%? (video: documentary).

Earth’s alien first contact: so, just how badly will humanity lose its s$£% when it gets its first public message – or visit – from ET? A discussion between John Michael Godier and Trevor Williams about the many possible reactions of humanity and the various scenarios of first contact with an alien civilisation.

February 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Jetman: made of Iron, man? (video).

Jetman: made of Iron, man? (video).

Jetman, that brave jet-pack powered man of iron – or reinforced carbon – gets one step closer to his desire to remove Elon Musk from holding the title of … ‘Nearest thing we’ve got to a real-life Tony Stark”, as this video of his last flight and latest flight suit zipping around shows. 

February 22, 2020 | By | Reply More

Books

Salvation Lost (The Salvation Sequence book 2) by Peter F Hamilton (book review).

Salvation Lost (The Salvation Sequence book 2) by Peter F Hamilton (book review).

‘Salvation Lost’ by Peter F Hamilton is the second novel in the Salvation Sequence trilogy. This in line with so many of Peter Hamilton’s novels is a space opera on a grand scale across both space and time. Time-wise it comprises two threads, the Earth-centric one is set from 25thJune to 4thJuly 2204 and the […]

February 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Unkindest Tide (An October Daye novel book 13) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

The Unkindest Tide (An October Daye novel book 13) by Seanan McGuire (book review).

Selkies are the seal people of Gaelic, Scottish and Scandinavian folklore. While spending most of their time in the sea, they will come onto the land, shed their skins and take human form. The legends say that if a skin is found, the owner can coerce the Selkie into remaining human. Often Selkies are portrayed […]

February 22, 2020 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 9: Ascension Of The Cybermen by Chris Chibnall.

Doctor Who: Series 12 (or 37 depending on how you count): Episode 9: Ascension Of The Cybermen by Chris Chibnall.

Be warned, with three story strands spread throughout the story much if not all is SPOILER and I’m looking at them as sub-plots than jumping from one to the other. As the first of a two-parter, there’s no resolution and I’m minimising guesswork. I’m calling the last humans ‘humans’ as much of the time that’s […]

February 23, 2020 | By | Reply More
The stacked game of Japanese arcades (J-life video).

The stacked game of Japanese arcades (J-life video).

The gaming culture in Japan is intense, so this pair of miscreants decided to check out the scene inside a Tokyo-based Japanese arcade to see how well they could do with the equivalent of $50 in Yen. Here’s a little hint: take that 50 large and flush it down the toilet for a more direct […]

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