Dangerous Women: Part II - Book review

CoverFollowing on from the release of Dangerous Women: Part I, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, we now have the inevitable Part II, with Part III to follow. This book was originally released as a single volume, but seems to have been split up for the UK market... [click here...]

 

 

The Hawley Book of the Dead - Book review

CoverRevelation Dyer was born with a gift, the ability to disappear, not that her husband, Jeremy minded, in fact it was a positive boon to their stage magic act. Like her female antecedence and her own children, the women of her line were invariably blessed with a single gift, whether it was healing or the ability to control animals. Her once idyllic life is shattered when during a trick involving Jeremy catching a bullet with his teeth Revelation fires a real bullet, killing him instantly. In the weeks which follow it becomes clear that someone had switched the guns and now that someone is sending Reve pictures taken of her children. Fleeing to her ancestral home of Hawley Five Corners, Revelation is unable to protect her family from the Fetch which is stalking them... [click here...]

 

Grave Halloween - DVD review

CoverMiko uses a college project to take two friends and an associate into the vast woodland at the base of Mount Fuji. The idea is to have her experiences filmed and recorded as she attempts to find the place where her mother committed suicide and, through a prayer-like ritual, to lay her spirit to rest. Miko has been experiencing half-seen dreams involving what happened to her mother ever since she was a small child. The woodland has a notorious reputation for suicides and, almost immediately, she begins to see the often aggressive spirits of some of those who have died in the area. The group is assailed by violent apparitions which separate them in an instant. Miko strives to find the location of a particular tree in a photo she holds, but her memories are catching up with her, and her late mother may not have been the innocent victim she was portrayed as... [click here...]

 

Falling Skies (Xbox 360) - Game review

CoverAfter the destruction of the Espheni’s Boston Tower in the third season of the hit TNT series, the 2nd Mass stumbles onto the wreckage of an ambushed convoy. Among the survivors is an engineer who claims he can create a destructive weapon that will aid in the human resistance against the Espheni invaders, but it will require them to undertake several risky operations to collect all the components he needs. What sounds at first to be a simple salvage mission becomes more than the team has bargained for… the aliens are everywhere... [click here...]

 

Automata - Soundtrack review

CoverMovieScore Media releases Zacarías M. de la Riva’s soundtrack for Automata. In this Swedish sci-fi movie, Antonio Banderas plays the role of Jacq Vaucan, a disillusioned insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation whose job involves the investigation of manipulated robots. Although it seems like another routine case at first, Vaucan soon realizes that his latest mission will have more profound effects on the future of humanity... [click here...]

 

The Avengers Goes Sci-Fi - Feature

CoverWe all know that the 1960s British television series The Avengers ended on a supremely fantastical note, with secret agent John Steed and fellow spy Tara King blasting off into space – without a chaperone! But when did the show make its first forays into the realms of science fiction? Was it the killer robots of the Emma Peel adventure The Cybernauts? Was it the supercomputer Plato in the Cathy Gale episode The Big Thinker? No, it was even earlier than that. Avengers historian Richard McGinlay argues that the programme’s first small steps into sci-fi were actually taken during its debut year, in episodes that no longer exist today... [click here...]

 

Dangerous Women: Part I - Book review

CoverWomen have not had a good time in literature and until relatively recently, certainly not science fiction and fantasy, usually being confined to secondary roles. This started to change in the last thirty years. In films we had Ripley (Alien), games gave us Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) and television Servalan (Blake's 7), and so it is little wonder that we should have an anthology devoted to the idea of dangerous women... [click here...]

 

Sci-Fi Chronicles (Hardback) - Book review

CoverHaving been murdered a year before, Eric Draven returns from the dead seeking vengeance for both himself and his dead girlfriend, guided on his quest by a crow. As the Crow he has a number of new abilities, invulnerable to bullets, quick to heal, he is also able to get into people’s minds. In his quest he is helped by Sarah Mohr, a young girl who knew the couple when they were alive and the sympathetic, Detective Darryl Albrecht... [click here...]

 

The Crow: Stairway to Heaven - DVD review

CoverHaving been murdered a year before, Eric Draven returns from the dead seeking vengeance for both himself and his dead girlfriend, guided on his quest by a crow. As the Crow he has a number of new abilities, invulnerable to bullets, quick to heal, he is also able to get into people’s minds. In his quest he is helped by Sarah Mohr, a young girl who knew the couple when they were alive and the sympathetic, Detective Darryl Albrecht... [click here...]

 

Hannibal: The Complete Season Two - DVD

CoverWill Graham is locked in a mental asylum accused of Hannibal Lecter's crimes. Now that Will sees Hannibal for what he truly is, he faces a fight to prove his own sanity and convince those closest to him he is innocent of murder. Jack Crawford is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protégé is in fact a cold-blooded killer. Looking for answers, Jack turns to a man he has come to trust: Hannibal Lecter. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack's new consultant on cases. Hannibal is torn between self-preservation and his desire to keep Will close to him, despite advice from his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier to stay away. The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways, in a season that will show nothing can ever be the same again... [click here...]