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Editorial – January 2020: The map is the territory.

January 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Editorial – January 2020:  The map is the territory.

Hello everyone The mantra of General Semantics is ‘the map is not the territory just a representation or reality’. Telling the two apart and not confusing the two is what makes for rational thinking. You might use a map as a guide to get around but you certainly wouldn’t want to be totally dependent or […]

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Retro Fan #7 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

January 3, 2020 | By | Reply More
Retro Fan #7 Winter 2020 (magazine review).

The latest issue of ‘Retro Fan’ focuses on two significant things. The first is that it has moved up to bimonthly status. The other is a look at ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Back in the day, I was a bigger fan of ‘Cagney & Lacey’, but it was the success of the former, which producer Barney Rosenzweig […]

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EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest by Qiana Whitted (book review).

December 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest by Qiana Whitted (book review).

I think the cover of Qiana Whitted’s book, ‘EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest’, should tell you what the subject matter is. Although I’ve read only a few of the stories over the years, including the notable 1953 story, ‘Judgement Day’, I wasn’t even born when they first came out and expensive reprints have […]

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Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

December 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

Looking at the book title, ‘Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy’, you would have to ask what exactly is ‘Fourth Wave Feminism’? Actually, it is called the Bechdel Test. From their definition it is having more than one female lead and they must talk between themselves about any subject but the men and […]

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NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring (book review)

December 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring  (book review)

When I saw ‘NASA And The Long Civil Rights Movement’ edited by Brian C. Odom and Stephen P. Waring, I was looking more at the title than the price. Generally, university books have expensive hardbacks and a cheaper softcover a year later. No doubt, as a university book, the universities are likely to buy their […]

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Editorial – December 2019 : There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

December 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Editorial – December 2019 :  There should never be such a thing as a ‘don’t know’.

Hello everyone The test of an ideal political system depends on a couple things if it is to succeed. The main one is the co-operation of the majority of the population and doing no harm to the rest, commonly called the opposition who might be persuaded to accept it. The latter is a lot harder […]

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Editorial – November 2019: Little deluded universes everywhere.

November 3, 2019 | By | Reply More
Editorial – November 2019: Little deluded universes everywhere.

Hello everyone In past editorials I’ve discussed the concept of we all live in mini-universes where we meet each other and share information and concepts and shape our perceptions. The reality we have around us is built on that. In this mix we have genius thoughts where, despite opposition, convince others that they are finally […]

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Journey Through Utopia by Marie Louise Berneri (book review).

November 2, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Journey Through Utopia by Marie Louise Berneri (book review).

Until this book, ‘Journey Through Utopia, I had never heard of Marie Louise Berneri (1919-1949). She died at 30 from a blood infection after giving birth to a still-born child. She was also an anarchist activist and reporter, although back in early part of the 20th century it wasn’t seen quite as oddly as we […]

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Albert Einstein: The Poetry Of The Real by Manuel Garcia Iglesias (graphic novel review).

November 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Albert Einstein: The Poetry Of The Real by Manuel Garcia Iglesias (graphic novel review).

Graphic novels are branching out to tell true stories, including biographies. ‘Albert Einstein: The Poetry Of Real’ is the life story of the most famous scientist of our time. The book uses the device of a framing story that has Einstein telling a student about his life. The first panel is captioned ‘Ulm, German Empire, […]

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Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores (website review).

October 21, 2019 | By | Reply More
Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores (website review).

‘Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores’ is a website devoted to publishing short stories in various speculative fiction genres as well as art, interviews and resources for authors. This website feels forgotten, despite the stories that are uploaded roughly once per month. From the ‘About Us’ page I can see that the team behind the site […]

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