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  • Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review)
    by Gareth D Jones on August 14, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Another of renowned Chinese author Cixin Liu’s novels has been translated for our enjoyment by Joel Martinsen in the form of ‘Ball Lightning’, a hard-SF, physics-based tale of obsession, complicated mathematics and the force of nature. As soon as I started reading, I recalled the curiously formal tone of Cixin Liu’s work, which initially may […] Related posts: The Dark Forest (The Three-Body Problem book 2) by Cixin Liu translated by Joel Martinsen (book review). Death’s End (The Three-Body Trilogy book 3 of 3) by Cixin Liu translated by Ken Liu (book review). The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu translated by Ken Liu (book review). […]

  • The Robot In The Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer (book review)
    by UncleGeoff on August 14, 2018 at 9:59 am

    ‘The Robot In The Next Cubicle’ by Larry Boyer will make you think of the automated voices that ring you up offering…well, whatever they try before you hang-up. The sub-title, ‘What You Need To Know To Adapt And Succeed In The Automation Age’ is a bit more revealing. In his brief history of the technology […] Related posts: Anatomy Of A Robot by Despina Kakoudaki (book review). Robot Takeover by Ana Matronic (book review). Robot Uprisings edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams (book review). […]

  • Beneath The Sugar Sky (Wayward Children book 3) by Seanan McGuire (book review)
    by SarahBruch on August 13, 2018 at 11:59 am

    ‘Beneath The Sugar Sky’ is book three in the ‘Wayward Children’ series by Seanan McGuire. Please don’t read this review without having read the first books in the series, ‘Every Heart A Doorway’ and ‘Down Among The Sticks And Bones’, as it may contain spoilers. We begin with Cora, a new girl to Eleanor West’s […] Related posts: Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children book 1) by Seanan McGuire (book review) Down Among The Sticks And Bones (book 2) by Seanan McGuire (book review). Magic For Nothing (InCrypid book 6) by Seanan McGuire (book review) […]

  • The Military Science Of Star Wars by George Beahm (book review)
    by John Rivers on August 13, 2018 at 9:59 am

    When I first saw the title of this book, I did a double-take: ‘The Military Science Of Star Wars’ by George Beahm. The what now? ‘Star Wars’ is a fantasy, it doesn’t even stretch to becoming Science Fiction often, a Campbell and Tolkien rip-off that tapped into a cultural need when the world needed it […] Related posts: Rogue One: save the rebellion, save the dream! (2nd trailer for the new Star Wars). Star Wars Rogue One: first trailer. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story international trailer. […]

  • The Moviemaking Magic Of Star Wars: Creatures And Aliens by Mark Salisbury (book review)
    by John Rivers on August 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Growing-up watching ‘Star Wars’, I was often amazed at the quality of the creature-making and mask work that the series had. Don’t get me wrong, I was equally fascinated by the work of, for example John Friedlander on ‘Doctor Who’, but ‘Star Wars’ had an extra-special something. This is something that is presented in a […] Related posts: The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak (book review). Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series by Gary Gerani (book review). Star Wars Block – Over 100 Words Every Fan Should Know illustrated by Peskimo (book review). […]

  • The 10c War: Comic Books, Propaganda And World War II edited by Trischa Goodnow and James L. Kimble (book review)
    by UncleGeoff on August 10, 2018 at 11:59 am

    As you can tell from the title, ‘The 10c War: Comic Books, Propaganda And World War II’, this book sets out to explore comicbooks in World War 2 where even super-heroes stepped in and helped the war effort. As light reads, comics were also popular amongst the armed forces and carried in their backpacks. The […] Related posts: Superheroes On World Screens edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward (book review). The Comic Book Film Adaptation by Liam Burke (book review) American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s by Bill Schelly (book review). […]

  • Retrospective: The Hypnotic Eye (1960) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).
    by MarkRLeeper on August 10, 2018 at 10:54 am

    In an unnamed major city, there is a baffling series of incidents of beautiful women inflicting agonising self-mutilations on their own faces. Dave, a police detective, investigates by searching for a common link. He ties the case to the visit of a popular stage hypnotist. The film’s plot is rather straightforward and flat. The short […] Related posts: Retrospective: Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper). Retrospective: Lifeforce (1985): a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper. Vaastu Shastra (2004) (a film review retrospective by Mark R. Leeper). […]

  • Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 – Spotlight on Scotland!
    by UncleGeoff on August 9, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Saltire – Legend Eternal art by Alex Ronald Lakes International Comic Art Festival welcomes Scottish comic creators to huge guest line-up for October Kendal, Thursday 9th August 2018: Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival has played host to creators of many nations – and this year, the Scots will be among the nations in the spotlight over […] Related posts: Lakes International Comic Art Festival second wave of guests for October 2018. Lakes International Comic Art Festival 12 July 2018 Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2017 […]

  • The Psychology Of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas (book review)
    by SueDavies on August 9, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Imagine being part of a team that fulfilled its greatest imaginings. It’s a tight-knit group of female scientists who have applied their knowledge to making time travel possible. Imagine the trauma of being excluded through no fault of your own and being forgotten by your team who you thought were friends. Barbara, one of the […] Related posts: The Mammoth Book Of Time Travel SF edited by Mike Ashley (book review). Frequency: time travel TV gets emotional. Time Travel In Popular Media edited by Matthew Jones and Joan Ormrod (book review). […]

  • Gamer Nation by Eric Geissinger (book review)
    by UncleGeoff on August 8, 2018 at 11:09 am

    With a title like ‘Gamer Nation’, author Eric Geissinger is more or less giving away the subject matter. The sub-title, ‘The Rise Of Modern Gaming And The Compulsion To Play Again’ means it doesn’t see the activity as being totally healthy. Oddly, I received this book at a time when I’d nearly completed the August […] Related posts: Virtual Billions by Eric Geissinger (book review). Powering Up: Are Computer Games Changing Our Lives by Rebecca Mileham (book review). Slay The Dragon: Writing Great Video Games by Robert Denton Bryant & Keith Giglio (book review). […]