The Monster Makers

The spotlight last month fell on the special effects wizards who make SF monsters come to life. The crowning glory was the award of...

Why Sorcerers Have Long Grizzled Beards

Ever notice that fictional sorcerers always seem to have long, grizzled beards? Ever wondered why?  Well, probably you haven't, but you're about to find...
Argo

Metadrama and Science Fiction in Affleck’s Argo

I had given some thought to doing an Oscars recap this week, tallying the various gains and losses of the science fiction and fantasy...

Dynamo – Unsuccessful Wooing, Decrees from Rashmon & A Silent, Bearded...

If there's a recently popularized term that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, it's "webisodes."  This demeaning and fun-sized determination of quality stems...

The Impossibility of Escaping the Palm of Buddha’s Hand

"Mortal, you have angered Shaka-sama and now Pigsy will eat your face." This is one of the improbable lines that is never spoken in the foundational saga of Buddhist fiction. Many other improbable lines are. Further out on the improbability spectrum: Shingo Katori costumes up as a monkey.

KIDS N ZOMBIES

When I was a little kid, three things terrified me. Bugs, Gargoyles, and Zombies. My fear of Gargoyles came from an early 70s movie...

JJ Abrams is coming back to the small screen

The man behind hit TV shows and films such as Lost, Cloverfield and Armageddon (yes he was involved in the script writing for the...
The Lost Boys

The Lost Vamps: Bloodthirsty Flicks that Actually Don’t Suck

Vampire flicks have been all the rage since Twilight flooded the box office with sticky, coppery crimson in '08, and have proven a solid...

Ten Totally Illogical Science Fiction Premises

Over on my own blog I wrote about eight science fiction tropes of convenience, mainly about unlikely or impossible technology or assumptions that are...

A DOCTOR FOR THE ENTERPRISE: New Art, New Pages

Troy Boyle reports that he's been sending completed pages to the inkers, letterers,colorers and who knows who else at a breakneck pace!  We're closing...

The Chocolate Teapots of the 21st Century

Looking back at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster of 3/11/2011, I ask more questions about Japanese robotics. Baudrillard and M. John Harrison are roped in to help. Also, we bought a Roomba.

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....

Will Wonder Woman Finally Make Her TV Comeback?

Wonder Woman is one of the shows I can't wait to see on TV. The original TV show was pre-me (I'm a child of...

Mouldy Old History

For a number of years I wrote The Crotchety Old Fan blog.  One of my favorite posts to write was finding new and interesting...

Walking unto Death

I’ve never read The Walking Dead but I love the TV show and watch it religiously every Monday morning. Series one enthralled me because...

SF Weapons 101: An Introduction

Retro Raygun by Donsolo   Science Fiction from its earliest incarnations has always featured some sort of futuristic weaponry. From H.G. Wells’ martian heat-ray to the...
J. J. Abrams | starwars.com

All Your Rebel Base Are Belong to Us: In Defense of...

(Or, Why Your Beloved Franchise Is About to Become More Powerful than You Could Possibly Imagine.) Since the news that J. J. Abrams will be...

Resident Evil

There are some people who think that a movie based on a video game should automatically be considered mindless trash. Good science fiction movies,...

Some shows get cancelled before their time

I always hate getting in to  a show and then it suddenly gets cancelled before it gets to even begin its story (Firefly is...

Christopher Nolan’s Inception as Shamanic Psychodrama

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing which films should be considered science fiction and which shouldn’t. He claimed comic book/superhero...

Invasion of the Movie Snatchers

We live in a cinematic age of remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. Even new movies like The Hobbit feel like pictures that have gone before....

The Rise of the Zombies

With zombie rom-com Warm Bodies opening to strong reviews and good box-office last week zombies have moved out of the horror ghetto into the...

The Battle of the Paranormal Romance

Now, I’m never one to say a film or TV adaptation of a book is ever as good as the read itself. I’m not...

Crackpots, Conspiracies, UFOs and Air War

I have mentioned elsewhere that my participating as a contributor to the new Amazing Stories feels like one of those Six Degrees of Separation experiences. Once upon a...

Being Human

Being Human is a fascinating TV show, originating in a time before Twilight became all the rage and posing an interesting question: what if...

Unearthed: Possesion (1981)

Title: Possession (The Night The Screaming Stopped) Release Date: 1981 Director: Andrzej Zulawski Starring: Isabel Adjani, Sam Neill Language: English Many horror fans are filled with despair when flipping...

Raptor Rapture

2013 sees the twentieth anniversary of Jurassic Park. To celebrate, a 3D version will be released in the USA in April: http://www.jurassicpark.com/index_splash.html. Dinosaurs are hotter...

Yeah Rite by Michael Penney

One of the things that has always been perfect for short films is that you can take a known property and play with it...

More Sci-fi Shows to Hit Screens in 2013

It is the time of year when the studios start looking at new pilots to hit screens this year. Some we will never see,...

Blind Geek For Beginners

Folks who read my author bio will have realized I lead an interesting life or that I have a passion for Starbucks. No wait, that wasn’t...