Inception

Underwhelmed By Interstellar

don’t much care about the superhero films. I don’t expect much from them, and was only disappointed by The Dark Knight Rises in that it wasn’t as good as The Dark Knight. But Interstellar is disappointing in a very different way.

Interview (Part 2): Nina Allan On Her Debut Novel, The Race

Welcome to the second part of an extensive interview with, Nina Allan who over the last decade has established herself as one of the UK’s most imaginative and compelling writers. This time we discuss some of the more the specifically science fictional aspects of her debut novel, The Race, as well as maps, Hastings, the best vampire film in years, fracking, politics, the planet, language, communication and much more.

Time Out’s ‘100 Best Sci-Fi Films’

This week the UK London listings and entertainment guide Time Out published part of an on-going series of genre by genre features on the 100 Best Films. The current one is ‘The 100 best sci-fi movies’. Gary Dalkin takes a look…

A young Philip K Dick

No. 20 – Philip K Dick – “Where’s My Head?”

Angst is a modern condition that few of us can escape. How many people, I wonder, wake up each day and ask themselves: “How did I get into this situation?  How can I fix my life? What can I do to straighten out my life?”  Philip K Dick had other questions: “Am I mad? Why […]

Ten Science Fiction Movies that are Really Fantasy

Without belaboring the concept, let’s do it. 1. Star Wars.  The force is magic, as are most other elements.  Just because something has robots, spaceships, ray guns doesn’t make it science fiction. 2. Inception.  Entering different levels of dreams to change minds as in this interesting but speculative movie isn’t based on realistic science. 3. […]

My Journey With Sci-Fi

There are many reasons that I love science fiction on the screen above and beyond any other format. I’ve always been someone who enjoys being told a story where I can see it in front of me. Yes I love the theatre too, but I also love the special effects with films and TV shows […]

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. Skyfall, the 23th entry in probably the world’s longest running and most successful film franchise. An undemanding, commercially safe example of formula film-making and an enormous box-office hit. Cloud Atlas a […]

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 movies should not be called SF. I claimed that Inception isn’t science fiction either. While the case can be made that comic book movies can be considered to be science fiction […]

The Mirror of Our Dreams

There is a curious phenomenon not exclusive to science fiction fandom, it is prevalent in pop music worship and other places, by which those afflicted feel a need to establish rivalries. The Star Wars fan who vociferously attacks all things Star Trek. And vice versa. The Star Trek fan determined to argue against every facet […]