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SFCrowsnest Needs You.

December 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
SFCrowsnest Needs You.

For SFCrowsnest, late autumn is the more intense time for recruitment. We want people all the year around but this time of the year with the darker nights, you might well be wondering what to do with spare time reading. The two could meet. We supply the books. You review them and get more books. […]

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Quality Grades Science Fiction : an article by GF Willmetts.

December 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Quality Grades Science Fiction : an article by GF Willmetts.

There is often a question as to what makes Science Fiction Science Fiction. My criteria has always been a plot ending that wouldn’t work in any other genre. However, with the nature of the 17 SF sub-genres (https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/which-of-the-sf-sub-genres-is-safe-or-unsafe-and-why-an-examination-by-gf-willmetts-article/), you do have to wonder if there should be a gradient within these definitions, if only to […]

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The Norse Myths by Dr. Tom Birkett (book review).

November 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Norse Myths by Dr. Tom Birkett (book review).

Tom Birkett is recounting the obviously named ‘The Norse Myths’ in this book. As it’s a subject I’m familiar with, the first thing I checked was his bibliography and how far back he went in his ‘Further Reading’ which was only as far as 1980. My own references go back to ‘Myths Of The Norsemen’ […]

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Brick Journal #53 – October 2018 (magazine review).

November 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Brick Journal #53 – October 2018 (magazine review).

A review copy of Brick Journal # 53 arrived in good time to coincide with the return to TV of ‘Lego Masters’, which I enjoyed watching last year. ‘Brick Journal’ is packed with articles about and interviews with Lego model designers, instructions for various models and other Lego-related articles of interest to AFOLs (Adult Fans […]

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Working-Class Comic Book Heroes edited by Marc DiPaolo (book review).

November 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Working-Class Comic Book Heroes edited by Marc DiPaolo (book review).

As editor Marc DiPaolo points out in his lengthy introduction to the book ‘Working-Class Comic Book Heroes’, this isn’t just about super-heroes but any working-class or ‘blue-collar’ characters in the comicbooks which raises some interesting choices as well as some odd absences. The rich and the blue-collar interact a lot as he points out. It’s […]

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Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

October 30, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard And The Golden Age Of Science Fiction Kindle Edition by Alec Nevala-Lee (ebook review).

The difficulty with this sort of book for the fan/reviewer is how to describe it without summarising it. While reading I jotted down interesting facts and ended up with seventeen pages of notes which, if I put them down here, would spoil the book for you. The names in the title are familiar to any […]

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Beyond Bombshells by Jeffrey A. Brown (book review).

October 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Beyond Bombshells by Jeffrey A. Brown (book review).

Much of Jeffrey A. Brown’s book, ‘Beyond Bombshells’ focuses on the growth of women as lead heroines in a film, TV and comicbook market dominated by male characters and whether they are getting a fair deal. The discussion in the opening chapter and women and torture draws some comparison to how men go through the […]

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First Man (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

October 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
First Man (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘First Man’ is a film that speculates on and tries to recreate the experience of being Neil Armstrong, going from his early flying days to his terrestrial flying days to his flight to the Moon where he became the first human being to step out onto our satellite. Then there is the trip home and […]

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Logo-A-Gogo by Rian Hughes (book review).

October 7, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Logo-A-Gogo by Rian Hughes (book review).

I have to confess to not knowing who Rian Hughes is but looking at the people praising him prior to the introduction then I must have seen his work as indeed you have. After this book, you’re not likely to forget him. I thought more about my opening line after reading this book and figured […]

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Editorial – October 2018: Dystrophic Science Fiction rarely ends well.

September 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Editorial – October 2018: Dystrophic Science Fiction rarely ends well.

Hello everyone I blame ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for bringing dystrophic Science Fiction back into vogue, although really, it hasn’t gone away, just not so extreme and not so close to our current time that it can make people uncomfortable. After all, George Orwell’s ‘1984’ is one of the rare SF books on school curriculums and […]

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