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Policing The Monstrous edited by Ashley Szanter (book review).

September 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
Policing The Monstrous edited by Ashley Szanter (book review).

With a title like ‘Policing The Monstrous’, pay attention to the sub-title, ‘Essays On The Supernatural Crime Procedural’. How do the police and other agencies handle crimes with a supernatural element? That already lays some ground rules for selection and the eleven writers here have chosen across the board, although not everyone. I mean, you […]

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Wonder Women And Bad Girls by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

September 24, 2021 | By | Reply More
Wonder Women And Bad Girls by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

In many respects, Valerie Estelle Frankel’s book title, ‘Wonder Women And Bad Girls’ is a bit of a misnomer. However, pay close attention to the spelling. It’s ‘Wonder Women’ not ‘Wonder Woman’ as she’s only one of the 46 super-heroines and super-villainesses covered in this book’s essays, although more pop up in there so don’t […]

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Ten reasons why modern genre movies suck (video).

September 22, 2021 | By | Reply More
Ten reasons why modern genre movies suck (video).

Here’s ten reasons why modern genre movies suck so much and feel unsatisfying, and they all have something to do with a vital word that starts with ‘P’, ends in ‘T’, and has ‘lo’ in the middle of it. Even the most fundamental components of narrative appear to be fading away these days. Learn about […]

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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 – Sept 2021).

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

August 1, 2021 | By | Reply More
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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