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The Trouble With Close Encounters: Why It’s So Frustratingly Close To...

Here's why Close Encounters of the Third KInd will never be a classic.

2015: A Geeky Year for Movies

Forget about all the things we were promised to have in 2015 by Back to the Future. 2015 seems to be our year for...

Con Report: Dragoncon 2014 (with over 100 pictures!)

The Gaffen family attends Dragoncon 2014 and comes back with LOTS of pictures

Star Wars Episode VII. Everybody stay calm

It's time to take a chill pill when it comes to Episode VII

Is Interstellar Too Loud?

I have read repeated complaints that Interstellar is too loud. Which makes as much sense as complaining that a record is too loud.

Review: Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber

Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber is a visually stimulating look at the creative possibilities within the LEGO world using the innovative theme found in Steampunk.


Steve revisits the old days of computer gaming... the "old days" are back!

BUTTON, BUTTON—Who’s Got the button? 

Steve collects movie memorabilia at cons. Do you?

You Are The Hero – A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks

A review of a history of You Are the Hero adventure game books.

The Top Ten Best Robots of All Time

This week we take a look at the top ten best robots of all time. The rules are simple. Each robot must have a unique...

Hello Summer, Goodbye – After The Blockbusters, After The Hugos Have...

Gary Dalkin looks back on the state of science fiction as another summer of massive budget SF and fantasy spectacles draws to a close. It seems this summer may have been a little better than those of late. The latest Michael Bay atrocity aside, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Godzilla received enthusiastic receptions and almost everyone loved Guardians of the Galaxy, which achieved the near impossible feat of pleasing fans, delighting general audiences and entering the popular culture as a new phenomenon in its own right.

Drawing Star Wars aged 9

Star Wars inspired a generation: John White started drawing the movie 37 years ago....

Lost Curiosities: The Disappearing Death Ray

Did Tesla have a death ray? Did the FBI take the plans?

If Space Doesn’t Work This Way, Try With the Death Star

Why spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship? Why, indeed.

The Last of the Star Hawks

Back in the late 1970s, Gil Kane and his collaborators fought the good fight, against more than aliens.

Star Wars and Space Problems

Do you remember a very famous quote from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker Guide of the Galaxy about dimensions in space? “Space is big. Really...

Retrospective – Spielberg & Kubrick’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence

In 2001 I wrote that A.I. was more successful as a fable that as pure SF, a film to be seen and argued over, which in the current climate of mindless special effects dominated action fodder made it easy to over-rate.

Answers from Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

The Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb finally answers a lot of questions about the original Star Wars story in the aptly titled special, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars.

What’s Wrong with the Saga?

The trilogy, the saga, or the series. They come in many shapes and forms, but in the end…they may NEVER end! Is it too much to ask that books have an ending?

The 72nd Worldcon Voters will Forge History

The Hugos are upon us. RK gives you even more (and better reasons) to join up and vote!

Tatooine in Real Space

Would there, could there be inhabitable planets with more than one sun, like the iconic Tatooine?

AMAZING NEWS: June 29, 2014

Amazing News isn't always amazing...sometimes it's just Startling, or merely Astounding, or somewhat Thrilling...or maybe even Unknown....

Top Ten Science Fiction Movie Sidekicks

Who are your favorite SF movie sidekicks? RK has quite a list for you to ponder....

Self-Publishing Odyssey: Part 4 Designing the Cover Image

Alastair Savage's Self-Publishing Odyssey moves on to stage 4: Designing the cover.

Review: Rollerball Blu-ray (Twilight Time edition)

Post fall of communism, with governments subservient to corporate paymasters, Rollerball seems like a much greater, more prescient, film now than the one I originally saw back in 1976. Today Rollerball surely stands as one of the most underrated films of the 1970s and one of the most thought-provoking and rewarding SF films ever made.

The End of the Summer Blockbuster

Musings on the birth and development of the strange media behemoth - the summer blockbuster

Star Wars and the EU

All was well until Lucas sold to Disney


Michael Jackson performs as a hologram. Who's next? Bogie?

Re-reading Alien, Aliens, and Alien 3

Titan Books brings us the movie novelizations of all three books written by Alan Dean Foster in the original Alien saga. This powerful trio exemplifies why Foster is the master of movie novels.