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Erebus: Into The Unknown (DVD review).

January 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Erebus: Into The Unknown (DVD review).

On 28 November 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 jet with 257 passengers on a sightseeing tour to Antarctica, which was in its ‘summertime’ with perpetual daylight, disappeared somewhere around the Mount Erebus area. This is a remote region, covered in snow and ice, one of the most inhospitable areas of the world. It was […]

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Deliver Us From Evil (DVD review).

January 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Deliver Us From Evil (DVD review).

Endless dark nights of torrential rain, flickering lights and torch beams piercing through the gloom and an evil presence lurking in the hallway or the next room. That sums up ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ and, as I was writing this review, my light began to flicker and then go out. Left in darkness, with only […]

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The Game by Terence J Henley (ebook review).

December 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Game by Terence J Henley (ebook review).

Can you imagine a particle collider, much bigger than CERN, so large in fact that it’s as big as a moon orbiting a planet? The energy involved in particle collisions would be high enough to unite the four fundamental forces, even gravity, to produce conditions that existed at the birth of the universe. In Terrence […]

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The Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4 edited by Allan Kaster (CD review).

December 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4 edited by Allan Kaster (CD review).

‘The Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4’ is a substantial collection of Science Fiction, plenty to get your teeth into especially with Christmas coming up. Obviously, this is an ideal present, if you are into the commercial excesses of Yuletide and, basically, who except for humbugs like the editor and myself, are not? Here we […]

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The Shoggoth Conspiracy (The Harrison Peel Omnibus Book 1) by (ebook review).

December 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Shoggoth Conspiracy (The Harrison Peel Omnibus Book 1) by  (ebook review).

Cthulhu Mythos is a genre largely attributable to HP Lovecraft. In the early 20th century, his stories told of cosmic horrors that exist in the universe, entities to whom man is a complete irrelevance, with death and destruction a normal consequence of our contact with them. Many other writers have followed the trend over the […]

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Space: 1999 Special Edition Blu-ray (blu-ray TV review).

December 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Space: 1999 Special Edition Blu-ray (blu-ray TV review).

Next year, Network will release the entire second series of ‘Space: 1999’ on Blu-ray and DVD (the first series has already been released) but to provide an appetiser, so to speak, a special limited edition of a couple of episodes of the series in high definition Blu-ray comes on the market at the beginning of […]

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Out Of The Unknown boxset (DVD TV review).

November 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Out Of The Unknown boxset (DVD TV review).

In the 1960s and early 1970s, one of the highlights of TV viewing was ‘Out Of The Unknown’, the BBC Science Fiction drama series, normally shown midweek about 9pm. These were the days before video recorders and I can remember the imperative necessity of getting to the TV on time. There was a total of […]

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Ghostbusters Blu-ray (1984) 30th Anniversary Special Edition (blu-ray film review).

November 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ghostbusters Blu-ray (1984) 30th Anniversary Special Edition (blu-ray film review).

I can’t believe 30 years have passed since the ‘Ghostbusters’ apparition but here we have the anniversary special edition Blu-ray. The actors are older and have gone on to do other things but they will be remembered for that special movie which has become a cult masterpiece and a financially successful franchise. They have a […]

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The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) (blu-ray film review).

November 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) (blu-ray film review).

‘The Day The Earth Caught Fire’ was originally released in 1961 at the height of the cold war, when we all expected to be obliterated at any moment by an exchange of hydrogen bonds. Directed by Val Guest, it relates the cataclysmic consequences of nuclear testing by the Russians and Americans in the shifting of […]

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Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine # 60 (magazine review).

November 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine # 60 (magazine review).

The guys on this starliner must be feeling a little old because they’ve reached their Diamond Jubilee! Will they qualify for the state pension yet? I would keep them chained to the grindstone because, by all accounts, they are still doing very well in looking after the passengers on the ship, even grumpy ones like […]

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