Yes it is that time of year again, the time that lovers buy each other chocolates and flowers, go out for a meal and sip wine into the small hours and generally revel in how loved up they feel. Well, not for everyone. Want a bit of romance in your reading? Believe it or not,… Continue reading A Sci Fi Romance Story for Valentine’s Day
This may be part of a series or it may just end here if I don't come up with any more. As sci-fi, fantasy and horror fans, do you notice when some songs turn up again and again in the genre? I guess I do otherwise I wouldn't be writing this post. None has stuck… Continue reading Soundtrack to a Genre #1: “Beyond the Sea”
Despite that spring is my favourite season, it seems that I've written few stories set during the three months between the end of March and June. It's a period that defines new life, a new start, new beginnings and people tend to be blessed with a certain air of positivity and relaxation. Spring for me… Continue reading A Coming of Age Story Perfect for Spring
This is the original book on which two BBC TV series were based. The first ran for three seasons between 1975-77. The second ran for two seasons between 2008-10 before being killed on a cliffhanger. Post-apocalyptic stories are nothing new and the idea behind it is one of the most enduring - a disease that… Continue reading Book Review: Survivors by Terry Nation
To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never "just" been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and films… Continue reading Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)
Is it just me or has there been a cosmic shift in television dramas (particularly sci-fi) in the last few years? Have you noticed? Go back over modern television - go back perhaps 30 years and those ongoing sci-fi series tended to be a "monster of the week" type serials. The endless Trek spin- offs,… Continue reading Is Modern TV a Case of “Books on the Screen”?
By now, we have probably all seen the explosive and shocking season 7 opener. For most of us, perhaps the revelation of precisely whom Negan killed did not come as a surprise (don't worry, I won't spoil it). Since last season, I think there has been a general feeling that The Walking Dead had become… Continue reading How Will The Walking Dead End?
I am going to try to avoid giving any spoilers in this review. It is hard because it is difficult not to talk about the ethics that underlie this book while avoiding giving away the major plot point that drives the book's events and the characters that populate this world. The story centres on Cathy… Continue reading Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I saw Dark Eden advertised in SFX magazine a few years ago and added it to my mental wish list. It sounded my sort of thing and I eventually bought it on Kindle. A tale of strange alien worlds and life forms, exotic yet hostile, beautiful yet problematic about a small colony trying to survive.… Continue reading Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
Here we are, the final part of my current serial. I hope you have enjoyed the adventure, please don't forget to offer your feedback. Previous parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7. The next few minutes seemed to pass in slow motion - up the stairs into a gunfights. The woman in… Continue reading Snippet Sunday: Syzygy Part 8 (Finale)