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Abaddon’s Gate (book 3 of The Expanse Series) by James S.A. Corey (book review).

January 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
Abaddon’s Gate (book 3 of The Expanse Series) by James S.A. Corey (book review).

Note for those who have only watched ‘The Expanse’, there are significant sub-plot changes between the TV series and the novel. The alien protomolecule has risen from Venus like ‘some titanic sea creature’ and travelled to the outer planets’ zone to form a Ring a thousand kilometres wide. A flotilla of science and military ships […]

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The Book Of M by Peng Shepherd (book review).

January 14, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Book Of M by Peng Shepherd (book review).

In the near future, a strange plague has swept the Earth. People are losing their shadows and, with them, their memories. Without memories, humans are turning into something new and uncontrollable, shaping the world around them into a dreamscape of the strange and the terrible. Yet some shadowed humans remain, fighting for survival, fighting to […]

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ET call home? Should we try to signal aliens, or are we signalling for elimination? (David Brin video interview).

January 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
ET call home? Should we try to signal aliens, or are we signalling for elimination? (David Brin video interview).

Science fiction author David Brin chats with astrobiologist David Grinspoon about METI – Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence – concerning the perils and unforeseen events that might occur for humanity if we actively try to establish contact with aliens. David thinks this is madness, and tells us all why …

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The God Game by Danny Tobey (book review).

January 11, 2020 | By | Reply More
The God Game by Danny Tobey (book review).

The best way to sum up the plot of Danny Tobey’s novel, ‘The God Game’, is a gang of five semi-delinquent university students called the Vindicators encounter a chatbot who declares it’s God with a capital ‘G’ and wants them to perform certain activities or risk being killed. Not a benevolent God obviously, more so […]

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Fox is very open to a Firefly revival: do you want money with your money? (news).

January 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Fox is very open to a Firefly revival: do you want money with your money? (news).

Firefly executive producer, Tim Minear, has hinted that it might be time for science fiction TV series Firefly to make a return to the small screen. Hmmm, a science fiction series with Western themes proving popular? I wonder what could have led them to that conclusion? This is the Way. More on this story over […]

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Mike Resnick, genius science fiction author, passes away (news).

January 9, 2020 | By | 1 Reply More
Mike Resnick, genius science fiction author, passes away (news).

Back in December 2019, SF author Mike Resnick sent this out to his friends: “Turns out the jaw surgery of a couple of weeks back showed up a small cancer. I’m taking radiation and chemo, and the doctors seem convinced that this is a winnable case. Still writing away, still putting out every issue of […]

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Avatar II first film concept art trickles out (film news).

January 8, 2020 | By | Reply More
Avatar II first film concept art trickles out (film news).

Some Avatar II film concept art has hit the interwebs via the wonder of Twitter – not impressed by this Pandora ocean-world stuff … kind of looks like a holiday brochure for a beach vacation, to us. In the #Avatar sequels, you won’t just return to Pandora — you’ll explore new parts of the world. […]

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Warbird by Jilly Paddock (book review).

January 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Warbird by Jilly Paddock (book review).

What seems like a lifetime ago and is probably much more than that for some of the readers of this is if students wanted to watch a favourite TV programme, they had to gather in a communal area and share one small screen. That was how we watched ‘Star Trek’ when it first appeared. We […]

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CoNZealand: Hugo awards open for nominations (award news).

January 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
CoNZealand: Hugo awards open for nominations (award news).

Nominations for the 2020 Hugo Awards (and, heck, the 1945 Retro Hugos), the US-based awards for honouring the tip-top in SF literature, media and fan activities, are now open. Nominations will close on March 13th 2020. The Hugos, named in honour of author and editor Hugo Gernsback, have been awarded since 1953 and are fan-run, […]

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Visions #2: Visions Of Humanity (magazine review).

January 4, 2020 | By | Reply More
Visions #2: Visions Of Humanity (magazine review).

The second issue of ‘Visions’ magazine landed on the doormat with a solid thud: a chunky, serious-looking magazine of 256 pages in red, black and white with monochrome illustrations, innovative fonts and unconventional layout. I had been very impressed with the first single-themed issue when it came out earlier in the year, so I was […]

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