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How Can Anything Be Out Of Date In Science Fiction: an article of probabilities by GF Willmetts.

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
How Can Anything Be Out Of Date In Science Fiction: an article of probabilities by GF Willmetts.

OK, let’s repeat the question from the title: How can anything be out of date in Science Fiction? Actually, it’s very easy when it’s based on scientific information. The basic laws, like thermodynamics and evolution, aren’t likely to change. Observed phenomenon is more likely as our instruments become more refined and our computer processing power […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

April 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 28 no. 4 #107 (magazine review).

On Spec # 107 contains seven short stories, a poetic tribute to Ursula Le Guin, another poem, two interviews, an editorial and a report on Can-Con 2017. As usual, I’ll focus on the fiction. Parson has an odd power in ‘When Winter Comes’ by Hayden Trenholm. People want to please him. Ever since he was […]

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The Infinet (Trivial Game Book 1) by John Akers (book review).

April 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Infinet (Trivial Game Book 1) by John Akers (book review).

‘The Infinet’ is both speculative Science Fiction and a thriller, set in the not-too-distant future. One company, Omnitech Industries, has grown to be the most profitable technical company in the world. It’s all due to the success of their Univiz product which allows people to interact with computers in a completely new way. It’s essentially […]

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The Backworlds (book 1) by M. Pax (ebook review).

April 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Backworlds (book 1) by M. Pax (ebook review).

Every now and then a book comes along that’s a real pleasure to read and ‘The Backworlds’ by M. Pax is a fine example of such a book. It’s not a long story and it’s not a very complicated plot but it is very well-written. The author has clearly spent some time thinking about the […]

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The Rain (Netflix trailer).

April 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Rain (Netflix trailer).

Another trailer for The Rain from Netflix, in which a brutal rain-borne virus wipes out most of the population, and two young siblings embark on a perilous search for safety. Looks like some worthy YA-style post apocalyptic guff. Streaming May 4th 2018 and ineligible for totally nothing on the awards front. Oh well.

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Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

April 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book review).

Until relatively recently, Adrian Tchaikovsky was known almost exclusively as a fantasy author, having produced the multi-volume epic fantasy series ‘Shadows Of The Apt’. More recently, though, he has successfully turned his hand to Science Fiction, winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016 for his hard SF novel ‘Children Of Time’. ‘Ironclads’ is a […]

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Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (book review).

April 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (book review).

Two books came to mind as I started reading Sam J. Miller’s book ‘Blackfish City’: ‘Austral’ by Paul McAuley and ‘America City’ by Chris Beckett. Of course, it turns out the book is not particularly like those novels at all, except in some superficial sharing of tropes. It’s set in a future where climate change […]

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Lost In Space (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) by Christopher Lennertz (soundtrack review).

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Lost In Space (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) by Christopher Lennertz (soundtrack review).

There’s not many people who don’t remember ‘Lost In Space’, be it the original TV series in the 1960s or the film from 1998 or perhaps the film ‘The Robinsons: Lost In Space’ from 2004. To ensure a generation of new kids get their fill of ‘Lost In Space’. Netflix has commissioned a new series […]

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They Came To A City (1944) (Blu-ray film review).

April 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
They Came To A City (1944) (Blu-ray film review).

Based off a JB Priestly play, ‘They Came To A City’, they used the same cast in the film version. Technically, this film is borderline SF in terms of eight people are taken from their reality and dropped into a cloudy or foggy open-air tower where they don’t know what is going on. With modern […]

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The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

April 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson (book review).

The idea behind dating apps meshes with social media to create compatible social groupings known as Affinities in Robert Charles Wilson’s near-future novel that initially seems to be heading towards a utopian tale of co-operation and acceptance, but soon turns into a wonderfully complex tale of social revolution. Adam Fisk’s life is fairly humdrum, with […]

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