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Retro Fan #16 September 2021 (magazine review).

September 12, 2021 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #16 September 2021 (magazine review).

The opening section of the latest ‘Retro Fan’ focuses on ‘Logan’s Run’ as Anthony Taylor and his plans for a book on the subject failed through despite having various interviews taken over the years. So rather than waste them, they are here with actor Michael York, car creator for the TV series, Dean Jeffries (1933-2013) […]

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Revelation Thinking (Editorial – Aug 2021).

August 29, 2021 | By | Reply More
Revelation Thinking (Editorial – Aug 2021).

Hello everyone, For those of you who thought my comments after the main editorial, you would think that I don’t pick up many revelations myself. A lot depends on how profound they are. The one I picked up from ‘Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History Of Science Fiction’ by James Gunn came from a quote from […]

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The Science Of Science-Fiction Writing by James Gunn (book review).

August 28, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Science Of Science-Fiction Writing by James Gunn (book review).

As I commented when I reviewed ‘Alternate Worlds’, I wanted to check out some more of James Gunn’s non-fiction. Reading the introduction to this book, ‘The Science Of Science-Fiction Writing’, ‘Alternate Worlds’, I discovered it was originally conceived as a university course. Back at the turn of the century, he was asked to write some […]

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Drive Yourself Sane: Using The Uncommon Sense Of General Semantics Third Edition by Susan Presby Kodish and Bruce L. Kodish (book review).

August 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
Drive Yourself Sane: Using The Uncommon Sense Of General Semantics Third Edition by Susan Presby Kodish and Bruce L. Kodish (book review).

I often mention my practical application of General Semantics. Picking out books to recommend on the subject is a lot harder, mostly because the likes of the formative books, like Alfred Korzybski’s ‘Science And Sanity’ was originally released in 1933 and you would wonder if it could be relevant today. General Semantics is less a […]

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Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History Of Science Fiction by James Gunn (book review)

August 16, 2021 | By | Reply More
Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History Of Science Fiction by James Gunn  (book review)

Another of the books about Science Fiction I pulled last year is ‘Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History Of Science Fiction’ by James Gunn and only got around to reading now. A quick scurry through the pages and I was struck by the number of photographs of various Golden Age SF writers which made it immediately […]

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Editorial – Aug 2021: Is ‘average’ to wide or too narrow a definition?

August 1, 2021 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Aug 2021:  Is ‘average’ to wide or too narrow a definition?

Hello everyone What is ‘identity’ in the modern world? Having had a problem of proof of identity for something I didn’t really regard as pointy, wax carving tools, bought for shaping model filler, compared to other things I’ve bought with the long river website where I have neither a driving licence – don’t drive, not […]

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Back Issue #129 August 2021 (magazine review).

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Back Issue #129 August 2021 (magazine review).

As you can tell from the latest ‘Back Issue’ cover, this is a ‘TV Toon Tie-In’. Editor Mike Eury points out that 50 of them have been covered in earlier issues so this does feel like more of a tidy-up for those outstanding which does make sense. It might not be at the top of […]

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An interview with Louise Johnson, Translator of Andrea Víctrix, by Gareth D Jones (interview).

July 23, 2021 | By | Reply More
An interview with Louise Johnson, Translator of Andrea Víctrix, by Gareth D Jones (interview).

Q: It seems you’ve been a fan of Llorenç Villalonga for quite a number of years. How did you come to end up translating ‘Andrea Víctrix’? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do? I’m not sure I’d say I’m a ‘fan’! He’s a complex character who for very good reasons hasn’t always found favour, […]

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Back Issue #128 July 2021 (magazine review).

July 14, 2021 | By | Reply More
Back Issue #128 July 2021 (magazine review).

As you can tell from the cover of this ‘Back Issue’, the emphasis is on Bronze Age TV Tie-Ins. Mike Eury’s introduction shows just how extensive they were and also several that were never done. This subject has been tapped across several issues before but this one is a complete concentration. TV might has supplanted […]

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The Politics of Star Trek (video panel).

July 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Politics of Star Trek (video panel).

The politics of Star Trek are a funny thing. Are we still dreaming of freedom and justice in space? Or have those dreams moved onto fresh territories?

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