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Erebus: Into The Unknown (DVD review).

January 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Erebus: Into The Unknown (DVD review).

On 28 November 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 jet with 257 passengers on a sightseeing tour to Antarctica, which was in its ‘summertime’ with perpetual daylight, disappeared somewhere around the Mount Erebus area. This is a remote region, covered in snow and ice, one of the most inhospitable areas of the world. It was […]

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Editorial – Jan 2015: Safeguarding Artificial Intelligence (by Geoff Willmetts).

January 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Jan 2015:  Safeguarding Artificial Intelligence (by Geoff Willmetts).

Hello everyone One of the biggest tools in any SF writer’s toolbox is to be cynical and question any and everything. It’s hardly that surprising that there is a large proportion of SF novels that look at a gloomy end for mankind rather than an optimistic future. In some respects, the latter choice sells better. […]

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Anatomy Of A Robot by Despina Kakoudaki (book review).

January 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Anatomy Of A Robot by Despina Kakoudaki (book review).

The book ‘Anatomy Of A Robot’ makes more sense when you read its sub-title ‘Literature, Cinema And The Cultural Work Of Artificial People’. Essentially, author Despina Kakoudaki isn’t so much taking a robot apart but how they were used in our genre in comparison to what we actually have out here. Mind you, when she […]

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Guilt, Shame And Anxiety by Peter R. Breggin (book review).

December 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Guilt, Shame And Anxiety by Peter R. Breggin (book review).

Now here’s a book that you need this time of year. Peter Breggin’s book ‘Guilt, Shame And Anxiety’ stands by its sub-title ‘Understanding And Overcoming Negative Emotions’. Although its nearly a third of the book before he gets down to the nitty-gritty, what he is addressing is the effects of a poorly brought up childhood […]

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Alien Invasion Owners’ Resistance Manual by Sean T. Page and illustrated by Ian Moores (book review).

December 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alien Invasion Owners’ Resistance Manual by Sean T. Page and illustrated by Ian Moores (book review).

Why are those three alien Greys on the front cover of ‘Alien Invasion Owners’ Resistance Manual’ looking angry? Maybe it’s because they are sharing space inside this book with at least four other alien species that are reportedly coming to Earth on a regular basis, kidnapping people and doing all sorts of things alien people […]

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Inside The Mind Of Leonardo (2014) (film review).

December 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Inside The Mind Of Leonardo (2014) (film review).

There is much that is captivating and compelling in this study into the mind of one of history’s great geniuses. ‘Inside The Mind Of Leonardo’ is an 85-minute biography of Leonardo da Vinci dramatically performed by Peter Capaldi in Leonardo’s own words from his numerous and bountiful but formerly private notebooks. Rating: +2 (-4 to […]

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Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Can Never Die by the Museum of London and edited by Alex Werner (book review).

December 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Can Never Die by the Museum of London and edited by Alex Werner (book review).

How to encapsulate the worlds of Sherlock Holmes in one glossy hardback? It’s not easy and I don’t think this is in any way a summation of what the famous fictional detective Holmes means to everyone who has encountered him in his many different forms. However, this is not the aim of ‘Sherlock Holmes: The […]

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Editorial – Dec 2014: Just add water. The ultimate fast food. editorial by: GF Willmetts

November 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Dec 2014: Just add water. The ultimate fast food.  editorial by: GF Willmetts

Just add water. The ultimate fast food.   Hello everyone Before I start with a new subject, let’s go back to last month’s editorial. I only had one book noted by pro astro-artist David Hardy, who pointed out that there was the 2000 novel called ‘Jupiter’ by Ben Bova where there was a sentient species […]

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Instant News: a few minutes on the Net by: GF Willmetts (story).

November 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Instant News: a few minutes on the Net by: GF Willmetts (story).

‘It was reported earlier today that celebrity Grosvenor Plight was tragically killed. Although this has been unconfirmed, not helped by various trolls who claim to be Mr. Plight, we do not recognise such claims and we wish to be the first to report this celebrity fatality. ‘We have consulted with our experts, who describes Mr. […]

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Reflections Of The Shadow by Jeffrey Hirschberg (book review).

November 13, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Reflections Of The Shadow by Jeffrey Hirschberg (book review).

‘Reflections Of The Shadow’ is the oddly titled book by Jeffrey Hirschberg that explores, through examples, what makes compelling film heroes and villains. The title actually does make more sense when Hirschberg reveals that the villain is the shadow image of the hero, a reference from ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ of opposites. It does […]

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