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...
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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...

A New Generation of Star Wars

A couple of months ago came an announcement that caught many of off-guard. The announcement I refer to is that of the Star Wars...

“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff,...

The only time the public pays attention to Science Fiction is when that great machine of mass marketing and “entertainment” called Hollywood inundates the...

The Speed of Science

Science deals with a lot of high speed phenomena, like the speed of sound and the speed of light, which can make the topic...

Ready When You Are, JJ

They’ve really done it now. It’s over. First George Lucas sold Luke, Obi Wan, Princess Leia, Han and all the others into eternal indentured...

What is the Optimal Human Population? Lessons From the Novels of...

Are there too many people on the planet? Science fiction bears much of the responsibility for spreading this meme, which can be unpleasantly tinged with racism. But now and again a great science fiction author develops a more inspiring and pro-human approach to the population question.

A Big Money Cast Doesn’t Always Make For A Hit

You'd think that fronting a new TV show with a well known cast would equal a hit. Especially in the sci-fi sector. There are...

Life on the Fringe

Fringe finished it’s five year run the ot her night and I am grieving it’s loss. At the same time though, as I watched the...

Doctor Who and the Strange Victorians

Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction can exist in the real world, or create hermetic worlds of their own. Which is to say genre fiction...

Knock, knock…Who’s There? Doctor. Doctor Who?

Oh yes, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the one and only Doctor. Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction TV show in...

The Horror of the Asylum

American Horror Story is an odd show. I missed it’s first run but got hooking on the anthology-format and various timelines. Being British, I often...

A Conversation about Cheating with My Time Traveling Future Self by...

There are things that titles tell you. A title like "A Conversation with My Time Traveling Future Self" says "Expect science fiction comedy played...

How SFX Can Ruin a Horror Film

It recently struck me how most of the films that, IMHO, were truly scary were the ones that had little or no digital special...

Classic Science Fiction Science: Outland

The science fiction movie Outland has been described as a reimaging of the western classic High Noon set in space: The setting is Io, which...

Hollywood Loves “Remakes.” Sometimes Hardcore Fans Don’t.

The funny thing about movies is that liking or disliking them can become as political a process as anything else.  In fact, sometimes I...