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CTRL+S by Andy Briggs (book review).

December 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
CTRL+S by Andy Briggs (book review).

In many respects, Andy Briggs’ book, ‘CTRL+S’, is an extension and a possible future of our reality. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to out the correct name to various things we see today. What Briggs has done is do the standard SF practice of taking it to extreme. The major difference is […]

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 cancelled (TV news).

November 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Mystery Science Theater 3000 cancelled (TV news).

It looks like the resurrected comedy science fiction thang that is Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been cancelled by Netflix. This just in via Twitter from the series’ host, Jonah Ray … So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K. We are off to Get Down in Lilyhammer while the OA helps us […]

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ET go home (again).

November 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
ET go home (again).

The U.S. comms firm Xfinity have splurged their budget by doing a four minute-long advert reuniting E.T. with Elliott in a kind of mini-movie. I have to say, Elliott looks a lot less cute than I remember. And as for E.T. … well, never has a species evolved to be less evolutionary fit than his […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2019, Volume 136 #743 (magazine review).

November 28, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/Jun 2019, Volume 136 #743 (magazine review).

The May/June 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ contains a novella, three novelettes, six short stories, two poems and seven non-fiction articles. I’ll focus here on my highlights, starting with the excellent cover image. It was painted by Cory and Catska Ench and accompanies Lavie Tidhar’s SF novella, ‘New Atlantis’, and […]

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Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald (book review).

November 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald (book review).

Things are changing on the Moon as the third volume of Ian McDonald’s Luna trilogy, ‘Moon Rising’ kicks off. The remaining four Dragons of the Moon and their powerful and rich families are still plotting and fighting amongst themselves while the remains of the Corta family live in exile and fear in several supposedly safe […]

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War Of The Worlds (an appraisal of the second episode of the BBC’s new 2019 series).

November 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
War Of The Worlds (an appraisal of the second episode of the BBC’s new 2019 series).

Please bear in mind that I’m writing down my thoughts and reactions as I watch this episode. It’s very odd seeing the food being rationed out in the second episode, because something I share with HG Wells is we’re both Type One diabetics. At least he fully turned in his early 60s, because he would […]

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Avenue 5: new HBO scifi TV series (Love Boat in space?) (trailer).

November 20, 2019 | By | Reply More
Avenue 5: new HBO scifi TV series (Love Boat in space?) (trailer).

The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci has rather oddly created a new scifi comedy series called Avenue 5, which comes across a little like the Love Boat in space. I suspect, knowing Armando, that this will be more a diatribe on the super-rich wanting to abandon Earth’s poor to its woes and bugger off […]

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Alien Vault by Ian Nathan (book review).

November 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alien Vault by Ian Nathan (book review).

If anything, I’m surprised that there hasn’t been an ‘Alien Vault’ before now until I discovered that it was originally printed in 2011 by Voyageur Press. Whether there is any difference between the two editions is hard to say but if you missed it then, now is the opportunity to get a copy. Ian Nathan’s […]

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Season 4 of The Expanse (trailer: scifi TV series).

November 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Season 4 of The Expanse (trailer: scifi TV series).

Here’s another trailer for Season 4 of The Expanse. The crew of the Rocinante are on a mission from the U.N. to explore new worlds beyond the Ring Gate. Humanity has been given access to thousands of Earth-like planets which has created a land rush and furthered tensions between the opposing nations of Earth, Mars […]

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War Of The Worlds: an appraisal of the first episode of BBC1’s new 2019 series (TV review).

November 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
War Of The Worlds: an appraisal of the first episode of BBC1’s new 2019 series (TV review).

You might have thought it strange that after all these years with the BBC doing historical dramas, that it took until now for them to tackle HG Wells’ 1897 book ‘War Of The Worlds’ as it was originally set, in Victorian (well, Edwardian – close enough) times, as a 3 episode series. Oddly, unlike other […]

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