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Everything Sucks! (new Netflix comedy: think Stranger Things without monsters).

February 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
Everything Sucks! (new Netflix comedy: think Stranger Things without monsters).

Here’s the first trailer for another new series from Netflix, this one – Everything Sucks! – following the rites of passage of some AV Club geeks as they navigate retro 1990s High School in the USA. So, basically Stranger Things sans the dimensional Cthulhu-lite monsters, then? Looks good, though. We’ll fire up the 16k modem […]

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Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

January 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual by David Baker (book review).

Author David Baker points out in his introduction to his book, ‘Nuclear Weapons Operations Manual’, that it does not make moral or political issues related to nuclear weapons. In fact, all countries who have them get some coverage in this book so there is no bias other than when information is not available. The opening […]

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Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein (book review).

January 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein (book review).

When I realised that Nancy Goldstein’s book ‘Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist’ was in Eurospan’s catalogue, a request brought the book to my doorstep. This is a good reminder that if you’re after first hand books from any of the University presses and live in the UK, make Eurospan your first port […]

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Firestarters by Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder (book review).

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Firestarters by Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder (book review).

I thought when I first saw the title of Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder’s book ‘Firestarters’ that it might have something to do with arsonists. However, the other text on the cover, ‘How Innovators, Instigators And Initators Can Inspire You To Ignite Your Own Life’ tells otherwise. In my language, what they […]

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Myth-Busting Your Body: The Scientific Facts Behind The Headlines by Dr. Sarah Schenker (book review).

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Myth-Busting Your Body: The Scientific Facts Behind The Headlines by Dr. Sarah Schenker (book review).

Sometimes with non-fiction, I find it easier to start a book not knowing what I am going to discover or when it becomes pertinent. A lot of this is selecting by name and cover far more than content hype as, after all, this is what you might be selecting books by as well. It gives […]

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Cold War Operations Manual 1946 to 1991 by Pat Ware (book review).

January 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Cold War Operations Manual 1946 to 1991 by Pat Ware (book review).

Understanding how the Cold War developed between the USA and the USSR in the aftermath of World War Two is important to what we have today. Pat Ware’s book, ‘Cold War Operations Manual 1946 to 1991’ looks honestly across the board. If you thought that only America was developing nuclear bombs, there is no fiction […]

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The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks The Rules by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

January 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks The Rules by Pilar Alessandra (book review).

If you read Pilar Alessandra’s previous book, ‘The Coffee Break Screenwriter’ then you will want its sequel, ‘The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks The Rules’. What she says in the introduction is that all the supposed scriptwriting rules aren’t that at all, just guidance as to what to be careful of. Interestingly, throughout the book, she […]

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Ignorance: Everything You Need To Know About Not Knowing by Robert Graef (book review)

January 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ignorance: Everything You Need To Know About Not Knowing by Robert Graef (book review)

Should I say that Robert Graef’s book, ‘Ignorance: Everything You Need To Know About Not Knowing’ is targeted at an American audience? Of course, it is. However, the subject matter applies world-wide and everyone benefits from it. If nothing else, it will make you think and remind you that ignorance isn’t bliss. Knowledge is power […]

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Dominic Frontiere (1931-2017) : a brief remembrance by: GF Willmetts.

December 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dominic Frontiere (1931-2017)  :  a brief remembrance by: GF Willmetts.

It was brought to my attention today that composer Dominic Frontiere died shortly before Christmas at the age of 86. Wikipedia notes 19 TV series themes and 19 films although IMdB notes many more. It is with his TV series that he should be remembered most for specific SF shows. ‘The Outer Limits’ (1963), ‘The […]

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Groovy by Mark Voger (book review).

December 19, 2017 | By | 6 Replies More
Groovy by Mark Voger (book review).

I have to confess to a little confusion when I saw the cover of Mark Voger’s book ‘Groovy’ back in the summer. TwoMorrows is known principally for their interest in comicbooks and despite the cartoon head of a dollybird on the cover, this book is about the flower power/hippy culture from 38000BC to April 1970AD. […]

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