Emperor of gondwanaland and other stories Review and Opinion

2016/01/23

Emperor Of Gondwanaland And Other Stories
Paul Di Filippo
Thunder's Mouth paperback $16.95

review by Duncan Lawie

The Emperor Of Gondwanaland And Other Stories is, as the author says in his introduction, a sampling of everything he does. The result is an excellent career overview but not an unalloyed pleasure.

I have read a fair amount

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Queen of the damned Review and Opinion

2018/06/12

Queen Of The Damned (2002)
Director: Michael Rymer

review by Jen Johnston

Vampire movies in general scare me to death. I tend to avoid them like the plague as my personal idea of a good time at the movies does not involve total cardiac arrest. There are times when I'll make exceptions. I went to see Shadow Of A Vampire because John Malkovich is

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Dressing a galaxy: the costumes of star wars Review and Opinion

2016/02/03

Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars
Trisha Biggar
InsightEditions / Harry N. Abrams hardcover $50

review by Amy Harlib

Born in Scotland with training and experience gained in the UK, costume designer Trisha Biggar, with a preface by George Lucas and a foreword by Rick McCallum, pens the text for Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars

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Sf uk Review and Opinion

2018/04/24

SF:UK: How British Science Fiction Changed The World
Daniel O'Brien
Reynolds & Hearn paperback £12.95

review by Steven Hampton

This illustrated genre survey, published as a companion book to Channel Four's TV documentary series of the same title, is engaging and thought-provoking. Yet, although the author seems to have a good idea what constitutes

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Island 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/02/16

The Island (2005)
Director: Michael Bay

review by Tony Lee

Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor, dogged survivor of Star Wars prequels) lives in a gleaming 21st century future where everything in life is usually 'nice'. If it's not very nice, there are doctors like the ever-smiling Merrick

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Dungeons and dragons Review and Opinion

2019/02/20

Dungeons & Dragons (1999)
Director: Courtney Solomon

review by Trent Walters

It's always good to find a movie to base your rating system on. A five-star flick would be Heavenly Creatures, while Dungeons & Dragons sets the one-star standard. The director appears to have hired from all the best high school drama queens and drag queens. One

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Firing the cathedral by michael moorcock Review and Opinion

2019/01/09

Firing The Cathedral
Michael Moorcock
PS Publishing paperback £8

review by Patrick Hudson

Jerry Cornelius is something of an icon for a certain era of British SF. He made his first appearance in 1968 in The Final Programme, combining the action movie thrills of James Bond with the hipster

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Chroicles of riddick: dark fury Review and Opinion

2017/07/10

Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Director: Peter Chung

review by Debbie Moon

After the events of science fictional horror Pitch Black, escaped convict Riddick is on the run with a slightly bewildered holy man and a girl called Jack. When a massive ship picks them up, Riddick suspects

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Pattern recognition by william gibson Review and Opinion

2018/07/11

Pattern Recognition
William Gibson
Penguin / Viking hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

Cayce Pollard is an American consultant to a corporate ad agency, advising designers on promising trends, emergent fads and marketing strategies. She has a gift for knowing what's cool and what's naff on the street, whether browsing the subculture of New

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Meditations on middle earth Review and Opinion

2018/08/29

Meditations On Middle-Earth
edited by Karen Haber
Earthlight paperback £10

review by Debbie Moon

Thanks to a certain film, Tolkien fever is back with a vengeance, and the cash-in industry is in full swing. Admittedly, asking the next generation of fantasy writers about the influence Tolkien's work had upon them is one of the more interesting ideas

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Dark heavens Review and Opinion

2019/02/27

Dark Heavens
Roger Levy
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

This sequel to Reckless Sleep gets off to a cracking start with a disturbing scene of clinical, yet nonetheless horrific, loss of life. It's shocking because the apparent slaughter of so many innocents is not a crime, the British government condones it. London detective Cy Auger

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Aliens: why they are here Review and Opinion

2016/04/26

Aliens: Why They Are Here
Bryan Appleyard
Scribner hardcover £15.99

review by Tony Lee

Unlike the vast majority of UFOlogy books, Bryan Appleyard's polemical text Aliens is more concerned with examining the psychosocial underpinnings of the 'flying saucer' phenomenon than simply collating UFO sightings or documenting reported abductions. Although

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Omegatropic by stephen baxter Review and Opinion

2018/07/23

Omegatropic
Stephen Baxter
BSFA paperback £8

review by Peter Schilling

This assemblage of nonfiction by Britain's premier hard-SF novelist, Stephen Baxter, is published by the British SF Association (of which Baxter is Vice President), and offers several well-researched articles, a few quite fascinating essays and some fairly astute criticism. Although

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Magazine of fantasy and science fiction 658 Review and Opinion

2015/12/29

The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction # 658 (February 2007)
editor: Gordon Van Gelder
$4.50

review by Jim Steel

One of the advantages of publishing a magazine on a (mostly) monthly basis is that serials are less annoying than they would be in a less regular publication. It still all depends on the individual readers and how they feel about being

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Ghosts of mars Review and Opinion

2018/12/16

Ghosts Of Mars (2001)
Director: John Carpenter

review by Trent Walters

They warned you not to go. They pulled their hair and screamed you'd regret it if you went through with it. But you didn't listen... to the critics of Ghosts Of Mars.
   The idea is actually interesting but almost as thin as the plot. Scientists open an ancient tomb that

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Jason x Review and Opinion

2018/11/02

Jason X (2002)
Director: Jim Isaac

review by Christopher Geary

The long running slasher movie series enters the realm of sci-fi for its tenth instalment, as Crystal Lake's indestructible madman, Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder), is awakened from cryogenic storage in the 25th century, only to find that his instinct for getting rid of horny teens is still

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Hitchhiker Review and Opinion

2019/03/07

Hitchhiker: A Biography Of Douglas Adams
M.J. Simpson
Hodder & Stoughton hardcover £18.99

review by Christopher Geary

With a foreword by TV producer John Lloyd, this meticulously researched but highly anecdotal biography gets started by demolishing - albeit somewhat apologetically - one of the key tales of Douglas Adams' meteoric rise to celebrity

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Deceiving eye, art of richard hescox Review and Opinion

2016/02/14

The Deceiving Eye: The Art Of Richard Hescox
Randy M. Dannenfelser
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Tony Lee

American illustrator Richard Hescox is not a fan of modernism or wholly abstract art. He prefers even surreal and impressionist paintings that successfully communicate a largely unambiguous message to the viewer. This first-ever collection

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Game players of titan Review and Opinion

2015/12/27

The Game Players Of Titan
Philip K. Dick
Voyager Classics paperback £7.99

review by Mike Philbin

Synopsis:(from philipkdick.com)
Poor Pete Garden has just lost Berkeley. He's also lost his wife, but he'll get a new one as soon as he rolls a three

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Fragile things by neil gaiman Review and Opinion

2015/12/31

Fragile Things
Neil Gaiman
Headline paperback £7.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Neil Gaiman is a writer deeply engaged with the world. His stories are richly referential, bouncing from Sherlock Holmes in A Study In Emerald to Scheherazade in Inventing Aladdin and, when he isn't name-checking, Gaiman is using our cultural heritage in more subtle

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Witch of ravensworth Review and Opinion

2015/05/02

The Witch Of Ravensworth
George Brewer
Valancourt paperback $14.95

review by Mario Guslandi

If you're a fan of Gothic fiction you probably have a bit of a problem. You read and loved The Castle Of Otranto, The Monk, The Italian, The Mysteries Of Udolpho, Frankenstein

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Angel stations by gary gibson Review and Opinion

2016/04/23

Angel Stations
Gary Gibson
Tor paperback £10.99

review by Simeon Shoul

Long ago a vanished species left relics of its civilisation strewn across the galaxy. Dubbed 'Angels' by humanity, this species possessed an almost god-like technology, including time and space distorting machines, miraculous bio-ware and nanotech, and immense teleportation hubs

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Spriggan Review and Opinion

2016/08/11

Spriggan (1998)
Director: Hirotsuge Kawasaki

review by Amy Harlib

Among the offerings at the Big Apple Anime Festival in New York City, 2003, Spriggan - a Japanese anime feature made in 1998 which already had limited theatrical distribution in the USA recently thanks to the surge in popularity of this Asian animated art form - in a word, disappoints

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Gospel according to philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/12/11

The Gospel According To Philip K. Dick (2002)
Director: Mark Steensland

review by Patrick Hudson

A documentary on PKD is a great idea - he's an important but overlooked writer, with a biography full of eccentricity and incident and plenty of interesting friends still alive to talk about him. Unfortunately, this cheaply produced movie will provide little

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Cube, hypercube Review and Opinion

2018/11/18

Cube (1998)
Director: Vincenzo Natali

review by Steven Hampton

The Hellraiser movies feature a puzzle box that opened a door to hell. This superb low-budget Canadian SF mystery thriller puts a mixed group of six protagonists inside a huge maze of interlinked yet mobile rooms, some of which have lethal traps.
   Who are these people? Why are

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Bridge to terabithia Review and Opinion

2016/07/14

Bridge To Terabithia (2006)
Director: Gabor Csupo

review by Barbara Davies

Life is hard for country boy Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson). At school he's the target of bullies, and his home life isn't a walk in the park. Jess' parents are stressed out just trying to put food on the table, and with four sisters he often feels left out. Drawing is his one

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Light Review and Opinion

2018/10/01

Light
M. John Harrison
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Patrick Hudson

M. John Harrison published his first SF story in New Worlds magazine in 1968, and for the last 30-odd years he has been leading the cutting edge of literary science fiction and fantasy. The Viriconium series,

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Angel body and other magic for the soul Review and Opinion

2019/07/10

Angel Body And Other Magic For The Soul
editors: Chris Reed, David Memmott
BBR paperback £9.95 / $16.95

review by Steven Hampton

Combining #24 of Back Brain Recluse, and volume 26 in Wordcraft's speculative writers series

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Can of paint Review and Opinion

2017/08/29

A Can Of Paint (2004)
Director: Robi Michael

review by Christopher Geary

This great little 24-minute film is based on A.E. van Vogt's short story, first published in the September 1944 issue of John W. Campbell's Astounding Science Fiction magazine. It concerns the misadventures of interstellar junk scavenger Kilgour (Aaron Robson) when he incautiously

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Ghost Rider Review and Opinion

2017/04/17

Ghost Rider (2007)
writer and director: Mark Steven Johnson

review by Tony Lee

If there's a serious problem with this adaptation of the popular Marvel comic, it's simply that director Mark Steven Johnson (the maker of Daredevil) attempts too many things at once. Ghost Rider aims to be

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Nosferatu the vampyre Review and Opinion

2018/07/26

Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979)
Director: Werner Herzog

review by Tony Lee

There is no doubt that F.W. Murnau's unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel, the ill-fated Nosferatu - A Symphony Of Horror (1921), is one of the greatest genre films of the silent era, as prominent in its way as The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1919

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Scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed Review and Opinion

2016/09/16

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Director: Raja Gosnell

review by Eric Turowski

I'm a fan, and I still do the 'Doo' when I see a rerun of the old cartoon (the original, mind you, "Scooby Doo, where are you!?" not the ones with the horrendous Scrappy, the new ones with real monsters, or even the 'movies' with special guest stars like Phyllis Diller

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Orcs, bad blood Review and Opinion

2015/08/28

Orcs - Bad Blood 1: Weapons Of Magical Destruction
Stan Nicholls
Gollancz paperback £12.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

Several years ago, Stan Nicholls published his Orcs: First Blood trilogy, which was essentially a traditional quest fantasy, but with orcs as the questors instead of their usual sword-fodder. Today, Nicholls' latest novel,

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Mary and the giant by philip k dick Review and Opinion

2015/10/01

Mary And The Giant
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Mike Philbin

Mary Ann Reynolds is just emerging from her chrysalis of childhood to face the reality of 1950s' California. Her home is Pacific Park, a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere. Her new acquaintances, Joseph Schilling who owns the new record store, Paul Nitz who plays piano

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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Review and Opinion

2018/11/26

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
Director: Alan J.W. Bell

review by Steven Hampton

Despite his lowly socio-economic status, sourpuss demeanour, and complete lack of sartorial refinement, Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) is very much the everyman cousin of sci-fi heroes Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. Like Flash Gordon before him, Arthur

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Lucifer's dragon Review and Opinion

2018/09/15

Lucifer's Dragon
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Pocket paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Lucifer's Dragon is the story of NewVenice, which sits in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Taiwan on bio-engineered coral and the rusting hulks of decommissioned tankers, whalers and container ships. It is a recreation of the great renaissance

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Galactic geographic annual 3003 Review and Opinion

2018/12/22

Galactic Geographic Annual 3003
Karl Kofoed
Paper Tiger artbook £14.99 / $21.95

review by Steven Hampton

Although reminiscent of Robert Holdstock and Malcolm Edwards' pseudo-nonfiction Tour Of The Universe: The Journey Of A Lifetime (1980), the publishing origins of writer and artist Karl Kofoed's journalistic styled SF book predates the Holdstock

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Polystom by adam roberts Review and Opinion

2018/06/20

Polystom
Adam Roberts
Gollancz hardcover £16.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The eponymous hero of Adam Roberts' new novel Polystom is a young unworldly aristocrat with a large estate, a fancy title, pots of money and not much to do. He spends his time indulging his passions for reading poetry, listening to opera records on his gramophone and flying

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Thunder cops Review and Opinion

2018/02/13

Thunder Cops (1987)
Director: Lui Chan Wai

review by Richard Bowden

Thunder Cops (aka: Meng Gui da Sha, Operation Pink Squad Part 2) is a frenetic horror farce, on the edge of genre expectations for western audiences. It's a film characteristic of cut-rate Hong Kong exploitation cinema, where wacky comedy and slapstick farce frequently

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Save the green planet Review and Opinion

2016/08/02

Save The Green Planet (2004)
Writer and director: Jeong Jun-hwan

review by Steven HamptonSpoiler Alert!The DVD box artwork of this crazy Korean black-comedy SF is proudly adorned with The Times' critical assessment: "as bonkers as anything" and, of course, it's hard not to admire the sheer nerve of

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Jesus christ vampire hunter Review and Opinion

2017/02/09

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001)
Director: Lee Demarbre

review by Richard Bowden
"The power of Christ impales you!"
Cheerfully cheap and good naturedly blasphemous, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is blessed with the sort of once in a lifetime title which makes it irresistible. It is also the first

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Prelude to dune: house corrino Review and Opinion

2019/02/21

Prelude To Dune: House Corrino
Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
NEL paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

The steersmen of the Navigators' Guild use it to alter their minds and bodies so they can bend space, piloting huge ships between planets. The nobility of the great houses consume it because it confers long life, health and mental insight.

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Alsiso project Review and Opinion

2019/07/17

The Alsiso Project
editor: Andrew Hook
Elastic Press paperback £6

review by Christopher Geary

An anthology with a difference, this intriguingly titled volume is not centred on a single genre trope or particular theme, it's a bundle of short fiction that's all inspired by a typo! Yes, the nonsense-word 'alsiso' (attributed to Marion Arnott), is used

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Identity Review and Opinion

2018/11/16

Identity (2003)
Director: James Mangold

review by Paul Higson

Advance publicity came late in the form of a quick set of atmospheric downpour rain scenes, the usual selective interviews and repeated mention of a super twist in the tale, a secret to be kept. The title of James Mangold's horror film was too big a final clue, a giveaway to an old hand like

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Mad professor by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/10/03

Mad Professor
Rudy Rucker
Thunder's Mouth paperback $15.95

review by Jim Steel

This collection is subtitled The Uncollected Short Stories Of Rudy Rucker, to which the obvious comeback is - well, they're collected now! Although four of the stories were published in 2006 (and some of

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Cradle of fear Review and Opinion

2017/07/25

Cradle Of Fear (2001)
Director: Alex Chandon

review by Christopher Geary

"What the fuck have I done to deserve this?" exclaims dogged Detective Inspector Neilson (Edmund Dehn), when he arrives at the scene of... yet another... murder. After two hours of this film's uneven narrative style, cringe-worthy performances from inexcusably bad actors in underwritten

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Shriek by jeff vandermeer Review and Opinion

2015/07/05

Shriek: An Afterword
Jeff Vandermeer
Macmillan paperback £10.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

This novel marks a return to 'Ambergris', the setting of Jeff Vandermeer's story collection City Of Saints And Madmen(though you don't need to have read it to understand and enjoy Shriek

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Blade 2 Review and Opinion

2019/06/08

Blade II (2002)
Director: Guillermo Del Toro

review by Christopher Geary

Stephen Norrington's Blade (1998) was an enjoyable slice of vampire slaying action with high levels of martial arts and splashy gore, and a scattering of digital illusions, based on a comic-book series. This overdue sequel marks the return of vengeful hero, Blade - alias

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Yotsuya ghost story Review and Opinion

2017/12/10

Yotsuya Ghost Story, Parts 1 and 2 (1949)
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita

review by Amy Harlib

A rare treat shown at Japan Society of New York's cinematic series: 'The History of Japanese Horror Films' (1 December 2003 to 24 February 2004), was a fascinating and gripping Edo period piece. Set in the late 18th or early 19th centuries, Yotsuya Ghost Story

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Death run Review and Opinion

2017/06/30

Death Run (1987)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson
Spoiler Alert!"Dear Sir,
Thank you for your interesting and informative magazine. I particularly appreciated your 'Best of '86'

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