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Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities by Konstantinos Dimopoulos (book review).

March 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities by Konstantinos Dimopoulos (book review).

Subtitled ‘An Atlas And Exploration Of Video Game Cities’, ‘Virtual Cities’ is a chunky hardback explores 45 iconic or just plain interesting cities that feature in various games. Each city is presented in the same format, beginning with an ‘in-universe’ guide, such as an archaeological treatise on ‘Ant Attack’s Antescher, followed by design insights from […]

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The Mechanics Of Wonder: The Creation Of The Idea Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

March 11, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Mechanics Of Wonder: The Creation Of The Idea Of Science Fiction by Gary Westfahl (book review).

I picked up this book over a decade ago having seen it pop up in a bibliography and had an inkling to pick up books about Science Fiction at the time. This is the fifteen and last book of ‘Liverpool Science Fiction Texts’, although I haven’t looked at the rest. Westfahl’s introduction indicates he’s read […]

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The Alluring Art Of Margaret Brundage by Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock (book review).

March 10, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Alluring Art Of Margaret Brundage by Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock (book review).

I’ve heard the name of artist Margaret Brundage (1900-1976) but hadn’t really sought her out until this book, ‘The Alluring Art Of Margaret Brundage’ by Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock. A former fashion illustrator, Brundage had to find other venues when that market dropped off and took her portfolio to ‘Weird Tales’ where […]

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Foundation: was it Isaac Asimov’s legacy to the world? (video).

March 7, 2021 | By | Reply More
Foundation: was it Isaac Asimov’s legacy to the world? (video).

Foundation competes for the title of most important science fiction novel in the genre, and let’s face it, that’s a crowded field! But is its reputation well-deserved? Was it even the best book that our Isaac bashed out? This ten-minute video will answer your questions!

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The Marvel Art Of Mondo Poster Book (artbook review).

March 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Marvel Art Of Mondo Poster Book (artbook review).

Originally, a small store in the basement of a Texan cinema, the legendary Alamo Drafthouse, ‘Mondo’ is now a worldwide boutique store in which artists from across the world give their own unique spin on pop culture. Unsurprisingly, the comicbook world is a popular source of inspiration for Mondo’s selection of memorabilia with screen prints […]

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Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Alliance by Matt Medney and John Connelly (book review).

March 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Alliance by Matt Medney and John Connelly (book review).

As ‘Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Alliance’ is written by Matt Medney, the current CEO of the legendary ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine, alongside aerospace engineer John Connelly, it does boast some impressive credentials. The first is what is intended to be a series of epic sci-fi adventures, Medney and Connelly throw every sci-fi cliché against the wall […]

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Corpse Light (Verity Fassbender book 2) by Angela Slatter (book review).

March 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
Corpse Light (Verity Fassbender book 2) by Angela Slatter (book review).

For those unfamiliar with the set up in this series, Verity Fassbinder is a ‘strangeling’…half-human, half-Weyrd. ‘The Weyrd’ is a term for all the supernatural creatures of legend, who actually do exist. They live under an agreement with the humans in the know…which means they’ll not eat humans in return for being allowed to live […]

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The Summer Palace (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 3) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

March 2, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Summer Palace (The Annals Of The Chosen volume 3) by Lawrence Watt-Evans (book review).

‘The Summer Palace’ is the third volume in ‘The Annals Of The Chosen’, which began with ‘The Wizard Lord’ and continued in ‘The Ninth Talisman’. In fact, ‘The Summer Palace’ is the second half of the story told in ‘The Ninth Talisman’, which ended on a cliff-hanger. The cliffs in question are the eastern cliffs […]

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Vigil (The Verity Fassbinder series book 1) by Angela Slatter (book review).

March 2, 2021 | By | Reply More
Vigil (The Verity Fassbinder series book 1) by Angela Slatter (book review).

When I saw this in the SFCrowsnest list of unclaimed review copies, it immediately struck me as something I might like. I’ve always been a fan of stories that combine detective fiction with the supernatural. Having said that, I generally prefer the supernatural element to not be too common. Worlds that have every sort of […]

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Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling (book review).

February 28, 2021 | By | Reply More
Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling (book review).

I occasionally come across this book, ‘Perspective Made Easy’ by Ernest R. Norling in artbook bibliographies and pulled a copy last year, only now finding time to read it. Unusual for Dover Publications, this is a regular paperback sized book although this has more to do with its original 1939 release. Like grammar, artists might […]

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