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Splice (2009) (DVD review).

February 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Splice (2009) (DVD review).

In many ways I would probably agree with director Vincenzo Natali that ‘Splice’ is a re-working of the Frankenstein myth. Only instead of revitalising dead flesh with electricity, this time it’s with recombinant DNA to create a new life-form. Although it produces a male and female slug-like creatures, none of this hermaphrodite nonsense, that are […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2013 Volume 124 # 706 (magazine review).

February 24, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction March/April 2013 Volume 124 # 706 (magazine review).

There are so many riches in an issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction’ that it’s hard to know where to start. I’ll follow my usual policy and go in the order of the contents page, beginning with the novelettes. Fate or fortune arranged things so that I read ‘Among Friends’ by Deborah […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3 # 90 (magazine review).

February 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol 24 no. 3  # 90	(magazine review).

This is a themed issue of ‘On Spec’ and the theme is… Apocalypse! Themed issues and anthologies are often interesting because it’s fun to see the varied approaches taken by different writers from the same starting point. Old-time SF magazines used to have certain professional contributors write a story based around the painting on the […]

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Beast Master’s Planet: A Beast Master Omnibus by Andre Norton (book review).

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Beast Master’s Planet: A Beast Master Omnibus by Andre Norton (book review).

‘Beast Master’s Planet’ contains two novels: ‘Beast Master’ and ‘Lord of Thunder’. Meerkats! Nowadays these cute little critters are used to sell insurance comparison websites in England and everybody loves them. Back in 1959 when ‘The Beast Master’ was written they were not so well known, I bet. The meerkats, an African black eagle and […]

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire… Katniss and Peeta, heroes of the people.

February 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Hunger Games: Catching Fire… Katniss and Peeta, heroes of the people.

The science fiction movie Hunger Games: Catching Fire (or just Catching Fire if you read the books first) is heading our way late November of this year, but it’s never too early to have some Soviet-inspired prop-art from the future, as Katniss and Peeta, those damn heroic centurions of the people, go on their victory […]

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Riddick… alone.

February 23, 2013 | By | Reply More
Riddick… alone.

It’s tough at the top, particularly when you’re ruling over some semi-magical death cult nomad barbarian space horde type deal. You have to feel for Riddick, in this latest photo from the SF movie of the same name.

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The Incarceration Of Captain Nebula by Mike Resnick (book review).

February 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Incarceration Of Captain Nebula by Mike Resnick (book review).

Some authors are reluctant to write short stories, either because they think they are no good at it and prefer the longer length of a novel or because they don’t find the time between those novels. In some cases, they are correct in leaving the shorter pieces alone. Some, like Mike Resnick, surprise themselves. The […]

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Ender’s Game… at Battle School, you eat for free.

February 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Ender’s Game… at Battle School, you eat for free.

Good news for Asa Butterfield, and good news for fans of the upcoming Ender’s Game movie… at Battle School, you eat for free. But then, they do send you off to die fighting aliens, so hey-ho.

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The Gift Of Fire/On The Head Of A Pin by Walter Mosley (book review)

February 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Gift Of Fire/On The Head Of A Pin by Walter Mosley (book review)

Can you handle change? A new home or a new place to work? How about a new reality that changes everything you believe in, maybe for the better, maybe for the worse. But a definite change nonetheless. These are subject of Walter Mosley’s loosely-connected ‘Crosstown To Oblivion’ series. The flip-over style is perfect for these […]

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The Explorer by James Smythe (book review)

February 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Explorer by James Smythe (book review)

Apparently Hell is other people, so what does that make the complete absence of company? Heaven? Purgatory? Or perhaps a fresh circle of Hell that makes you crave that annoying work colleague to pop up with inappropriate comments? I’ve always been comfortable in my own company but even I would struggle to cope if I […]

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