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Inner Drives by Pamela Jaye Smith (book review).

March 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Inner Drives by Pamela Jaye Smith (book review).

Pamela Jaye Smith’s book ‘Inner Drives’ is all about the motivations that drive characters to do what they do. She brings it down to eight basic ones but shows that people can change between them. For those of you who write, having an understanding of the growth and change in a character over the course […]

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Fur-Lined Ghettos # 4 (e-mag review).

March 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fur-Lined Ghettos # 4 (e-mag review).

Geoff’s monthly offering. This is what Sophie Essex, The Editor, gives us for an editorial: ‘And you.   You glowing, glowing with psychoanalytical embers;   burning with Dalinian giraffes,   Organs clogged with sunburnt grass.’ Stand aside, Uncle Geoff, you have been superseded. You can’t beat that for an editorial! I’m not completely sure about […]

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Editorial – March 2014: I see, therefore I must have…eventually!

March 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – March 2014: I see, therefore I must have…eventually!

Hello everyone Am I ever surprised? As I’m being rhetorical here, I’ll have to answer myself. Oh, lots of times. Most of the time it’s to do with human behaviour and the definition of normality which always surprises me especially by how much common-sense or thinking for yourself is thrown out the window in preference […]

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Cosplayers UK – The Movie (DVD review).

February 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cosplayers UK – The Movie (DVD review).

The first thing to consider with any kind of documentary is what the target audience is. This is an amateur video-film devoted to the world wide phenomenon of Cosplay. This is short for ‘costume play’ in which participants don costumes to represent characters from film, fantasy and comic, including animé. Anyone who has attended a […]

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Sirens: The Pin-Up Art Of David Wright by Terry Parker (book review).

February 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Sirens: The Pin-Up Art Of David Wright by Terry Parker (book review).

David Wright (1912-1967) is an artist’s works whom you might have seen and not been able to put a name to. As pointed out with a still from the 1952 film ‘Angels One-Five’, it was his cheesecake paintings on the wall in the officers’ mess. Coming from a family of painters, Wright had a good […]

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The Value Of Violence by Benjamin Ginsberg (book review).

February 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Value Of Violence by Benjamin Ginsberg (book review).

With an odd title like ‘The Value Of Violence’, Benjamin Ginsberg isn’t actually telling you to go and hit your neighbour. Please don’t. They might hit you back. No, what this book is about, for the most part, is the actionable violence carried out by governments in power. Although he looks at various governments across […]

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Editorial – February 2014: Scam of the Earth (editorial by GF Willmetts).

February 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
Editorial – February 2014: Scam of the Earth (editorial by GF Willmetts).

Scam of the Earth.  Hello everyone The world is full of fakery and I’m left in a quandary. I mean, you would have thought the average human would have wised up to at least some of the scams that are going on, not just on the Internet but in the real world as well. When […]

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Which Of The SF Sub-Genres Is Safe Or Unsafe And Why? An examination by: GF Willmetts (article).

February 1, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Which Of The SF Sub-Genres Is Safe Or Unsafe And Why? An examination by: GF Willmetts (article).

After last month’s editorial, I thought it would make sense to have a look at the baker’s dozen of Science Fiction sub-genres and which I classify as safe or need expanding. After a few recounts and additions, it became more than thirteen than Wikipedia thinks is out there. The one thing all these seventeen sub-genres […]

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Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll (book review).

January 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll (book review).

I’ve learnt a lot examining how films are structured from Michael Wiese Productions books. With ‘Cinematic Storytelling’ by Jennifer Van Sijll, it’s time to examine how various directors make the best of crucial scenes to set the mood that the viewer interprets. Having one hundred recognised conventions shown will not leave much that isn’t covered, […]

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The Seven Beauties Of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. (book review).

January 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Seven Beauties Of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. (book review).

I think the title ‘The Seven Beauties Of Science Fiction’ is something of a misnomer. Author Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. uses the ‘Beauty’ label as a descriptive for various aspects of Science Fiction, not as a selection choice for pretty characters or actors who’ve been significant in SF. As such, he introduces you to a variety […]

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