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Bring out the big canon! An exploration of canon in scifi and fantasy genre TV and films (video).

April 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
Bring out the big canon! An exploration of canon in scifi and fantasy genre TV and films (video).

The Critical Drinker beams down to lay aside his brew and instead muse that while inhabiting a genre media landscape of continual reboots, remakes and reimaginings, it is becoming increasingly hard to tell what’s official canon and what isn’t. But why does that matter, and who the heck cares about canon, anyway?

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The Annotated Supernatural Horror In Literature written by HP Lovecraft and edited by ST Joshi (book review)

April 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Annotated Supernatural Horror In Literature written by HP Lovecraft and edited by ST Joshi  (book review)

In 1927, an essay was published in ‘The Recluse’ magazine in which its author, HP Lovecraft, described the development of what we broadly call horror fiction. Over the years, the essay has been accepted as one of the best reviews of the subject, partly because of its terrific breadth, but also because of the insightful […]

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Science Fiction: An Illustrated History by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

April 6, 2021 | By | 3 Replies More
Science Fiction: An Illustrated History by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

I mentioned last month I pulled ‘Science Fiction: An Illustrated History’ by Sam J. Lundwall so about time I gave it a read. Of course, the history of SF would only be up to 1977 but it’ll give a sharper snapshot leading up to that time. It’s hardly surprising that Lundwall is going to remind […]

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Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!: 2000AD & Judge Dredd: The Secret History by Pat Mills (book review).

April 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!: 2000AD & Judge Dredd: The Secret History by Pat Mills (book review).

‘Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!’ was the catchphrase of the villain Torquemada in ‘Nemesis The Warlock’, a Pat Mills series and is also the title for this history of the creation of ‘2000AD’, a British comic of some renown. Mills admits from the start that this is his truth, a popular conception today and that […]

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Editorial – Apr 2021: Going Through The Science Fiction Checklist: ID or Not ID?

March 28, 2021 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Apr 2021: Going Through The Science Fiction Checklist: ID or Not ID?

Hello everyone, Catastrophe seems to be going through the Science Fiction Earth checklist for extinction right now. From global warming to pandemics, we are being hit on all sides, mostly from problems we have created ourselves. Even with the warning signs decades ago, there were far too few voices or at least voices what would […]

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Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching by Patrick Parrinder (book review).

March 27, 2021 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching by Patrick Parrinder (book review).

I pulled a copy of ‘Science Fiction: Its Criticism And Teaching’ by Patrick Parrinder, not realising it was part of Methuen’s ‘New Accents’ collection back in 1980. Looking on the back cover, its amongst a selection of cultural academic subjects. Parrinder is principally going over the history of Science Fiction but not in great detail. […]

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Science Fiction: What It’s All About by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

March 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Science Fiction: What It’s All About by Sam J. Lundwall (book review).

When I was looking up the bibliography from Gary Westfahl’s book, ‘The Mechanics Of Wonder: The Creation Of The Idea Of Science Fiction’, I found several that I hadn’t read. ‘Science Fiction: What It’s All About’ by Sam J. Lundwall is one of them and dspite coming from 1971 is still out there. In his […]

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The Mechanics Of Wonder: The Creation Of The Idea Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

March 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Mechanics Of Wonder: The Creation Of The Idea Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

I picked up this book over a decade ago having seen it pop up in a bibliography and had an inkling to pick up books about Science Fiction at the time. This is the fifteen and last book of ‘Liverpool Science Fiction Texts’, although I haven’t looked at the rest. Westfahl’s introduction indicates he’s read […]

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The Problems Of A Secret Identity: an article by: GF Willmetts.

February 28, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Problems Of A Secret Identity: an article by: GF Willmetts.

Back when super-heroes were first created, the nature of the disguise was, for the likes of Bruce Wayne, to scare felons by looking like a bat. All right, a man-sized bat but criminals back then were probably jumpy anyway. As they mostly go around at night, you would think they would be used to bats. […]

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Retro Fan #13 March 2021 (magazine review).

February 22, 2021 | By | 2 Replies More
Retro Fan #13 March 2021 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘Retro Fan’ starts running with interviews by Mike Eury with Mark Goddard and Marta Kristen about their time on ‘Lost In Space’ and both being told that it wasn’t likely to get beyond a pilot episode otherwise they might not have done it. Ultimately, it only got cancelled because Irwin Allen […]

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