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Astronaut (2019) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Astronaut (2019) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘Astronaut’ seems like it ought be an appealing story for young and old alike. Retired Engineer Angus is too old to be sent into space, but that is his one great wish. By chance, a space industrial company will send a contest winner into space, but Angus is clearly too old to qualify. Now, also […]

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Editorial – July 2019 : All hail the geek outsider.

June 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Editorial – July 2019  :   All hail the geek outsider.

Hello everyone Having reviewed ‘The History Of Cults: From Satanic Sects To The Manson Family by Robert Schroëder’ this month, I was amazed how many were still active and how the press hasn’t raised much issue about them in a few years. Of course, there is still the distinction as to what makes a ‘cult’. […]

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A Few Nips In History : a short story by: GF Willmetts

June 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
A Few Nips In History  :  a short story by: GF Willmetts

You know how it is. People think werewolves are monsters. They even fortified the myths against us. As if we need a full moon to become…well, large, hairy, teeth and claws. It’s just a lot easier to wander around at night and grab the odd meal. Hey, you can’t accuse me of not eating the […]

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The Ethnicity Of Lead Characters: an article by: GF Willmetts.

June 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Ethnicity Of Lead Characters: an article by: GF Willmetts.

This examination of character ethnicity of existing characters came about largely because of media interest in changing the colour of James Bond. Like a lot of last century fictional characters, many are the colour of their authors or what would sell best to early readerships. Like with films, it was rare to have a lead […]

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Waste Tide by Chen Quifan translated by Ken Liu (book review).

June 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Waste Tide by Chen Quifan translated by Ken Liu (book review).

Award-winning Chinese Science Fiction author Chen Quifan is the latest to have his work opened up to the anglophone world via Ken Liu’s translation of his novel ‘Waste Tide’. Two of Chen Quifan’s stories appeared in last year’s collection ‘Broken Stars’ and one in the earlier collection ‘Invisible Planets’, both of which were also translated […]

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Samurai Warrior Operations Manual by Chris McNab (book review).

June 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
Samurai Warrior Operations Manual by Chris McNab (book review).

I did wonder when I selected Chris McNab’s book, ‘Samurai Warrior Operations Manual’, as to whether it fell without our remit. As I read, I saw pointers to the Minbari in ‘Babylon 5’ and, of course, the recent ‘Westworld’ TV series visited the time period. So, yeah, we should be interested in the real thing. […]

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Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 3 (e-magazine review).

June 27, 2019 | By | Reply More
Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 3 (e-magazine review).

‘Future Science Fiction Digest’ is still going (hooray!) and the third issue is out now. The non-fiction feature is an interesting interview with Dorothy Fontana of ‘Star Trek’ fame but I’ll focus on the fiction. There are two themes herein: the Moon and AI. There are also dogs. The Moon, AI and dog themes are […]

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Solaris Books to publish Jane Routley’s Shadow in the Empire of Light.

June 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Solaris Books to publish Jane Routley’s Shadow in the Empire of Light.

Kate Coe at Solaris Books has acquired rights to Shadow in the Empire of Light, a fantasy novel by Australian author Jane Routley. The agent was John Jarrold. Shine is an orphan without magical gifts in a family of powerful mages, and is stuck in managing the family estates with only an eccentric aunt and […]

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Irish scientist-astronaut candidate Dr Norah Patten to be special guest at Dublin 2019: Irish Worldcon.

June 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Irish scientist-astronaut candidate Dr Norah Patten to be special guest at Dublin 2019: Irish Worldcon.

Born in Co. Mayo, and now based in Dublin, Dr Patten became fascinated by space and space travel after a visit to a NASA facility at age 11. She earned a PhD in aeronautical engineering at the University of Limerick in 2011 following internships at Boeing and Bell Labs. She has participated in several citizen […]

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Nekrotronic (horror film: trailer).

June 26, 2019 | By | Reply More
Nekrotronic (horror film: trailer).

In this upcoming horror film, Nekrotronic, there are demons loose on the internet infecting people through smart phones, luckily there are a Ghostbusters-like team of necromancers out to stop them. Phew. For a moment, I thought we were going to have it. 

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