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Alt Hist # 5 edited by Mark Lord (magazine review).

January 12, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Alt Hist # 5 edited by Mark Lord (magazine review).

Published twice a year, ‘Alt Hist’ magazine collects tales of alternate history, ranging from the supernatural to the military. Issue 5 includes five original stories, one of which continues an ongoing series about the successful Nazi invasion of Britain. The other four stories are varied. One touches on the myth of Frankenstein and another explores […]

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Army Of One: FREE Star Force Novella by B.V. Larson and narrator Mark Boyett (book review).

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Army Of One: FREE Star Force Novella by B.V. Larson and narrator Mark Boyett (book review).

The ‘Star Force’ novels by B.V. Larson tell the story of augmented human soldiers in a war against powerful alien foes. I’ve seen the books pop up now and again. I think I even have one of them buried on my Kindle somewhere. I probably took advantage of a free deal at some point. I […]

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Her (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

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Her (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

The lonely, divorced, and insular Theodore has a new operating system on his computer that has a very human-like interface. It is not just like any human, it is Theodore’s ideal woman. He falls in love with a woman whose only drawback is that she is a computer program. Spike Jonze writing and directing takes […]

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SpaceShipTwo creeps closer to the big dark.

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SpaceShipTwo creeps closer to the big dark.

Virgin Galactic has completed the third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo. In command on the flight deck of SS2 for the first time under rocket power was Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. Mackay, along with Scaled Composites’ test pilot Mark Stucky, tested the spaceship’s Reaction Control System and […]

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A Darkling Sea by James Cambias (book review).

January 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
A Darkling Sea by James Cambias (book review).

  ‘A Darkling Sea’ by James Cambias has one of the best opening lines I’ve ever seen: ‘By the end of his second month at Hitode Station, Rob Freeman had already come up with 85 ways to murder Henri Kerlerec.’ The following few paragraphs expand on the statement and the first chapter settles the bet. […]

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The Tomorrow People 2013 Pilot: an assessment by: GF Willmetts (TV review).

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The Tomorrow People 2013 Pilot: an assessment by: GF Willmetts  (TV review).

Watching this second remake of ‘The Tomorrow People’, the last being in 1992, this version owes more to the films ‘Jumper’ (2008), ‘Scanners’ (1981), ‘Push’ (2009) and ‘X-Men’ than its source material which really only gets lip service. If anything, I thought the original 1970s series was better and when you consider how kitchen sink […]

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Banshee Chapter (2013) (Mark’s film review).

January 8, 2014 | By More
Banshee Chapter (2013) (Mark’s film review).

A writer investigates the disappearance of a friend and gets caught up in the CIA Project MKUltra and perhaps some supernatural links to other universes. Combining the authentic horrors of illegal CIA medical tests on unwitting victims and more Lovecraftian inter-dimensional horrors, ‘Banshee Chapter’ delivers some cheap but occasionally effective scares to keep the audience […]

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Editorial – January 2014: How safe should Science Fiction be? (editorial).

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Editorial – January 2014: How safe should Science Fiction be? (editorial).

Hello everyone Publishers say they have a hard time selling Science Fiction to the general public. These same people, the public not the publishers, might go to the cinema and watch the latest SF blockbuster but this doesn’t translate into buying SF books, mostly because they think it’ll be too highbrow or with too much […]

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What Is Canon? an article of what is and isn’t by: GF Willmetts (article).

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What Is Canon? an article of what is and isn’t by: GF Willmetts (article).

What is canon? I’m not referring to a religious rank, a piece of artillery or even a rotund 70s TV detective. It is the difference between the source material and franchise material or spin-offs. What we regard as being officially recognised part of the continuity or more commonly called canon. Rarely do the twain mix, […]

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World For Sale: One Careless Owner – a story of seemingly despair by: GF Willmetts (fiction).

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World For Sale: One Careless Owner – a story of seemingly despair by: GF Willmetts (fiction).

   Hey, you! Yeah, you! I’ve got a planet to sell off. Dirt cheap. Well, dirt is the only thing that is cheap and common around the universe and there’s a lot of it here. Little of it is radioactive. There’s also a mix of rock and water with a once oxygen-based atmosphere that promotes […]

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