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The Physics Of War by Barry Parker (book review).

January 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Physics Of War by Barry Parker (book review).

Books can sometimes be a surprise. Case in point is Barry Parker’s ‘The Physics Of War’, where as the sub-title says ‘From Arrows To Atoms’. In other words, it’s about the development of weapons over the centuries. Parker points out from the start that the weapons of war developed as a means to have an […]

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Screenwriting: Behind Enemy Lines by John Schimmel (book review).

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Screenwriting: Behind Enemy Lines by John Schimmel (book review).

John Schimmel didn’t start off as a producer but as a bass player and scriptwriter. Much of the opening of his book, ‘Screenwriting: Behind Enemy Lines’, explains how he started switched from running the Story Department to being a producer at Warner Bros. As such, he’s seen both sides of the fence. An interesting statistic […]

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Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene (book review).

January 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene (book review).

Morality works in two ways, individually or group. Joshua Greene’s book, ‘Moral Tribes’, looks at both especially at what differentiates us from ‘them’. As we are often regarded as ‘them’ for our geeky interests in things like Science Fiction, I thought it would be interesting to see was covered that I haven’t read before. Greene […]

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The Science Of Miracles by Joe Nickell (book review).

December 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Science Of Miracles by Joe Nickell (book review).

As a full-time professional paranormal investigator, Joe Nickell has been spending considerable time investigating all claims of miracles. This book, ‘The Science Of Miracles’, in 57 chapters is the accumulation of this work. As such, he applies scientific method to the claims and divides the fraud from the misinterpreted, as well as showing how people […]

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Writing The Science Fiction Film by Robert Grant (book review).

December 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Writing The Science Fiction Film by Robert Grant (book review).

If you thought all of Michael Wiese Production books used American authors, then this will show different as Robert Grant, the author of ‘Writing The Science Fiction Film’ is British, a Londoner in fact. As with all of the Wiese books, these are designed for use at film schools or for potential film-makers to provide […]

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UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

In more recent years, I’ve tended to become a lot more ambivalent when it comes to UFO sightings. Going back through history, although this book starts in 1892, Man has always seen odd things in the skies. Once they were thought to be gods and monsters, then airships and, from the 1930s on, alien spacecraft. […]

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Dan O’Bannon’s Guide To Screenplay Structure by Dan O’Bannon with Matt R. Lohr (book review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dan O’Bannon’s Guide To Screenplay Structure by Dan O’Bannon with Matt R. Lohr (book review).

It’s been three years since scriptwriter Dan O’Bannon died in 2010. Before then, he wrote this book, ‘Dan O’Bannon’s Guide To Screenplay Structure’, with media student Matt R. Lohr helping him get his research and such put together. I should point out that O’Bannon was also a filmmaker-in-residence at Chapman University and was teaching scriptwriting. […]

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Gentlemen Junkie by Harlan Ellison (book review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Gentlemen Junkie by Harlan Ellison (book review).

Harlan Ellison has produced a steady stream of award-winning short stories and television scripts down the years, often in the fantasy and Science Fiction genres. This book does not fall into those categories but perhaps SFCrowsnest got it because he’s a fantasy author or perhaps because it‘s from the Subterranean Press who release many excellent […]

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We’re back in the poll business.

December 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
We’re back in the poll business.

Hello everyone We’re starting an experiment to see if you folk want the SFC main page to have voting polls back so you can see if we non-conformists can agree about anything. Unlike other polls, I hope to cover all options. If you think I’ve missed anything, you can find me email in the editorial […]

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Editorial – December 2013: Category be thy name.

December 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Editorial – December 2013: Category be thy name.

Category be thy name. Hello everyone It’s a singular human tradition to put things into categories. No doubt this helps find things in our own memories than having to recall everything in detail like…well, like I do here from time to time. Even we geeks aren’t immune to this. One only has to look at […]

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