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The Illustrated Book Of Science Fiction Ideas & Dreams by David Kyle (book review)

June 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Illustrated Book Of Science Fiction Ideas & Dreams by David Kyle  (book review)

This book, ‘The Illustrated Book Of Science Fiction Ideas & Dreams’, is a companion piece to David Kyle’s ‘A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction’, looking at different aspects of SF although it would have been difficult not to have some elements of history, simply for its placement in time. Even so, there has to be […]

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Editorial – June 2021: Boredom And Indifference.

May 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
Editorial – June 2021: Boredom And Indifference.

Hello everyone I should stay from the start that as geeks we don’t necessarily suffer from boredom. Well, not for long. If we’re idle, then we find something to do, even staring into space, our minds are imagining something. Depending on what you read, some level of boredom is either good for you or might […]

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Journalism In The Future: an article by: GF Willmetts.

May 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
Journalism In The Future: an article by: GF Willmetts.

Has anyone wondered why so few Science Fiction realities don’t have any news media facilities? Granted it would be difficult with dictatorships without getting the literal chop but you would have to wonder why it isn’t utilised by the oppressed to get their message across more effectively and cheaper than a war. All right, there […]

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Orwell by Pierre Christin and Sebastian Verdier (graphic novel review).

May 26, 2021 | By | Reply More
Orwell by Pierre Christin and Sebastian Verdier (graphic novel review).

Who would bother to make a graphic novel about English political writer George Orwell? The French, obviously. They are much more political. While the British have muddled through with a constitutional monarchy since 1688, they are on their Fifth Republic. They take both politics and comic strips much more seriously than their neighbours on the […]

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A Monster Of Voices: Speaking for H.P. Lovecraft by Robert H. Waugh (book review).

May 9, 2021 | By | 1 Reply More
A Monster Of Voices: Speaking for H.P. Lovecraft by Robert H. Waugh (book review).

When it comes to the deeper criticism of HP Lovecraft, there’s little out there to match Robert H. Waugh. What sets Waugh apart from, say, S T Joshi, is his willingness to explore what Lovecraft’s stories mean, not simply where they came from. It’s this that makes this collection of Waugh’s essays so enjoyable. Take, […]

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A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction by David Kyle (book review).

May 1, 2021 | By | Reply More
A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction by David Kyle (book review).

One thing you can say about David Kyle(1919-2016), he was an expert on SF. Quite why I didn’t buy his 1977 book ‘A Pictorial History Of Science Fiction’ at the time, I’m less sure about. My home town is a sleepy place and although he shows several books about SF in his introduction that I’ve […]

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Retro Fan # 14 May 2021 (magazine review)

April 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan # 14 May 2021  (magazine review)

One of the main advantages ‘Retro Fan’ has with Will Murray presenting material is he can call upon his knowledge of interviewing many people for ‘Starlog’ over 30 years. Here, he presents more information about Van Williams (1934-2016) who was the Green Hornet of the TV’s 1966 single season, filling in gaps in his acting […]

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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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