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Editorial – December 2019 : There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

December 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Editorial – December 2019 :  There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

Hello everyone The test of an ideal political system depends on a couple things if it is to succeed. The main one is the co-operation of the majority of the population and doing no harm to the rest, commonly called the opposition who might be persuaded to accept it. The latter is a lot harder […]

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Editorial – November 2019: Little deluded universes everywhere.

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Editorial – November 2019: Little deluded universes everywhere.

Hello everyone In past editorials I’ve discussed the concept of we all live in mini-universes where we meet each other and share information and concepts and shape our perceptions. The reality we have around us is built on that. In this mix we have genius thoughts where, despite opposition, convince others that they are finally […]

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Journey Through Utopia by Marie Louise Berneri (book review).

November 2, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Journey Through Utopia by Marie Louise Berneri (book review).

Until this book, ‘Journey Through Utopia, I had never heard of Marie Louise Berneri (1919-1949). She died at 30 from a blood infection after giving birth to a still-born child. She was also an anarchist activist and reporter, although back in early part of the 20th century it wasn’t seen quite as oddly as we […]

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Albert Einstein: The Poetry Of The Real by Manuel Garcia Iglesias (graphic novel review).

November 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Albert Einstein: The Poetry Of The Real by Manuel Garcia Iglesias (graphic novel review).

Graphic novels are branching out to tell true stories, including biographies. ‘Albert Einstein: The Poetry Of Real’ is the life story of the most famous scientist of our time. The book uses the device of a framing story that has Einstein telling a student about his life. The first panel is captioned ‘Ulm, German Empire, […]

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Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores (website review).

October 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores (website review).

‘Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores’ is a website devoted to publishing short stories in various speculative fiction genres as well as art, interviews and resources for authors. This website feels forgotten, despite the stories that are uploaded roughly once per month. From the ‘About Us’ page I can see that the team behind the site […]

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Retro Fan #6 Fall 2019 (magazine review).

October 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #6 Fall 2019 (magazine review).

The opening features of the latest edition of ‘Retro Fan’ is pure Americana as I can’t recall them ever being shown over here. The first is an interview by Dan Johnson with TV horror host Svengoolie although I think he should have been called Son Of Svengoolie as he’s the second of that name. Amusingly, […]

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Roman Soldier Operations Manual by Simon Forty (book review).

October 10, 2019 | By | 3 Replies More
Roman Soldier Operations Manual by Simon Forty (book review).

When I was originally offered books from Haynes new range based on historical warriors, I did wonder if it fell in our remit. However, with so many books in our genre resetting history or even telling tales with a historic background, then they do make for useful research. Simon Forty’s book, ‘Roman Soldier Operations Manual’, […]

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Editorial – October 2019: Charisma is never enough.

September 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Editorial – October 2019: Charisma is never enough.

charisma /kəˈrɪzmə/ noun noun: charisma; plural noun: charismata 1. “he has tremendous charisma and stage presence” compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others. synonyms: charm, presence, aura, personality, force of personality, strength of character, individuality; More magnetism, animal magnetism, drawing power, attractiveness, appeal, allure, pull; magic, spell, mystique, glamour “some managers acquire […]

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Calling International Rescue: an article by: GF Willmetts.

September 29, 2019 | By | 2 Replies More
Calling International Rescue: an article by: GF Willmetts.

With two slightly different versions of ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series out there, it did make me ponder on a very real point. If there really was a secret organisation intent on appearing when normal rescues were impossible to do that very thing in our type of world there would be different repercussions, more so in a […]

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Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide by Richard Dawkins (book review).

September 26, 2019 | By | 2 Replies More
Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide by Richard Dawkins (book review).

With a title like ‘Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide’, you know what to expect from a book by Richard Dawkins. There’s a lot here that I already knew and have told you independently over the years. Dawkins puts them down in more black and white terms and really warms up in the second chapter. If […]

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