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Scifi

The 27 Run: 1 by Justin Zimmerman and Russell Brown (graphic novel review).

The 27 Run: 1 by Justin Zimmerman and Russell Brown (graphic novel review).

In the opening scene of ‘The 27 Run’, a young man wakes up to find himself dangling from cables in the pilot seat of a huge robot. Chatting to him is SID, a designated sidekick robot/AI companion who overwhelms him with information and makes jokes. SID is fun, reminding me of Robin Williams’ voiceover of […]

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A Week With Rebecca (short scifi movie: in full).

A Week With Rebecca (short scifi movie: in full).

In short science fiction movie A Week With Rebecca by Marcus Shenn, a robotics company executive pushes for the development of an android companionship model and unexpectedly spends a week with her. It’s a tough old job, but someone has to do it.

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Anime & Manga

Castle In The Sky: when Studio Ghibli did steampunk anime (review).

Castle In The Sky: when Studio Ghibli did steampunk anime (review).

The Critical Thinker is back for a little classic retrospective work, in this case a very fine review, of one of the greatest anime epics of all time, Castle In The Sky by Studio Ghibli. There are weird flying airships, sympathetic ancient robots, and many more themes of interest to anyone who loves a fine slice of […]

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Eden (Netflix anime: 2nd trailer).

Eden (Netflix anime: 2nd trailer).

Here’s the new trailer for Eden, an original Netflix anime TV series set in the far future, where a city known as “Eden 3” is inhabited solely by robots whose former masters are long overthrown. On a routine assignment, two farming robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught […]

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TV

Jupiter’s Legacy (comic-book retrospective: video).

Jupiter’s Legacy (comic-book retrospective: video).

Ed and Jim are back to bring us a timely look at the Jupiter’s Legacy comic-book series from Mark Millar – just in time for the Netflix TV adapation coming our way at the end of this week. 

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Star Trek Picard Season 2: Q-tastic rumours (news).

Star Trek Picard Season 2: Q-tastic rumours (news).

Q might be the god of space malarky in Star Trek, but actor John de Lancie comes close in real life, too. As proof of this thesis, just watch this here video about his upcoming appearances in the next two seasons of Star Trek Picard. 

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Culture

A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction by David Kyle (book review).

A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction by David Kyle (book review).

One thing you can say about David Kyle(1919-2016), he was an expert on SF. Quite why I didn’t buy his 1977 book ‘A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction’ at the time, I’m less sure about. My home town is a sleepy place and although he shows several books about SF in his introduction that I’ve […]

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Retro Fan # 14 May 2021  (magazine review)

Retro Fan # 14 May 2021 (magazine review)

One of the main advantages ‘Retro Fan’ has with Will Murray presenting material is he can call upon his knowledge of interviewing many people for ‘Starlog’ over 30 years. Here, he presents more information about Van Williams (1934-2016) who was the Green Hornet of the TV’s 1966 single season, filling in gaps in his acting […]

April 25, 2021 | By | Reply More

Science

The Fermi Paradox explanations: a wide multiverse? (Science video)

The Fermi Paradox explanations: a wide multiverse? (Science video)

In this 30 minute-long science video from the talented Isaac Arthur, we investigate the multiverse as one of the potential explanations for the Fermi Paradox (a.k.a. where is anybody?). That is to say, the same basic premise as the Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett books, The Long Earth, where humanity discovers a possibly infinite series of parallel worlds […]

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Warping to victory: the new physics of the warp drive (science video).

Warping to victory: the new physics of the warp drive (science video).

Matt O’Dowd brings us a look at the recent new physics papers published in the field of potential warp drives which look promising. But don’t expect to be sitting on a starship bridge saying “Take us to Warp Five” any day soon.

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Books

Mythanimus by Storm Constantine (book review),

Mythanimus by Storm Constantine (book review),

An issue that many writers of short stories have is that their output is likely to appear in many disparate publications such as anthologies and magazines, including, these days, on-line magazines with no print version. No reader can reasonably follow all the sources if they wish to read the entire output of a favourite author. […]

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King’s Reach: John Sanders’ Twenty-Five Years At The Top Of Comics by John Sanders (book review).

King’s Reach: John Sanders’ Twenty-Five Years At The Top Of Comics by John Sanders (book review).

The first thing to clarify about‘King’s Reach: John Sanders’ Twenty-Five Years At The Top Of Comics’ is what the title means. ‘At The Top’ refers to him being the managing editor of the comics division of IPC. He was more of a businessman than anything else but he did see the direction of cultural trends […]

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Recent Articles

Suicide Squad Vol. 7: Drain The Swamp by Rob Williams, Si Spurier, Eduardo Pansica, Fernando Pasarin, Tom Derenick, Neil Edwards, Jack Herbert and Jose Luis (graphic novel review).

Suicide Squad Vol. 7: Drain The Swamp by Rob Williams, Si Spurier, Eduardo Pansica, Fernando Pasarin, Tom Derenick, Neil Edwards, Jack Herbert and Jose Luis (graphic novel review).

The penultimate volume of ‘Suicide Squad Vol. 7: Drain The Swamp’ for this reality is actually a restoration to form reprinting Suicide Squad # 36-40. The first two issue covers a minor talent but useful criminal, Juan Soria, who wants people to remember his name so isn’t seen as cannonfodder and whose digitally enhanced hands […]

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Loki: hitting Disney Plus on June 9th 2021 (new trailer).

Loki: hitting Disney Plus on June 9th 2021 (new trailer).

The God of Mischief is back with unwarranted mayhem on his mind, and a time-line monitoring multiverse agency that wants him on-side for some odd reason. The first season of Loki will be streaming on Disney+ on June 9th 2021.

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