Interior artwork for Voyage of the Acolyte
Interior artwork for Voyage of the Acolyte

Voyage of the Acolyte – Steve Hackett 1975

Interior artwork for Voyage of the Acolyte

I have a huge soft spot for Prog Rock, well – to qualify that, I have a soft spot for a handful of Prog Rock albums that I came across […]

Space Games


I guess, like many, I fell in love with the visual style of No Man’s Sky. The screenshots posted in the build up to its release looked like the covers […]

An Interview with Edmund Cooper by James Goddard


James Goddard has very kindly agreed to let me reprint his interview with Edmund Cooper from Science Fiction Monthly Volume 2 Number 4. This first appeared in 1975 when Cooper’s […]

Edmund Cooper


There’s a poignant anecdote that Terry Pratchett once told about a book signing. A young woman in the queue told him that her father was once a famous science fiction […]

The Final Programme (1973)


Here’s another film that seems pretty apt for the current state of the UK post-Brexit – Robert Fuest’s end of the world-lite version of Michael Moorcock’s classic novel The Final […]

High Rise and Brexit


I’ve been scrabbling around for an appropriate metaphor for the colossally surreal act of self-harm the UK inflicted on itself 48 hours ago, and early this morning, on the borders […]

The Art of Jack Gaughan


Hot on the heels of Peter A. Jones, here’s my tribute to another great SF artist who, sadly, is no longer with us. The vast majority of science fiction art […]

Caligula – 1979


One of the oddest worst movies ever made has to be the Penthouse ‘erotic epic’ Caligula, released in 1979. It’s an extreme example of a massive gap between proclaimed artistic […]

The Art of Peter A. Jones


As part of my ad hoc trundle through the greats of 70s and 80s Science Fiction book covers I thought I’d turn my attention this time to the work of […]

Dark Feathered Hearts Out Now…


The Book of the Colossus is now complete with the final volume – Dark Feathered Hearts. “You shut us down in the darkness, you skin people oh so bright beneath […]

Tormentum– Dark Sorrow and Darkest Dungeon


Platforms like Steam have opened the game market to a horde of independent developers, some brilliant and some dire. One of the great advantages is that concepts that would never […]

Eschatus – Bruce Pennington (1976)


One of the strangest books to come out of the 1970s fantasy art imprint Paper Tiger had to be Bruce Pennington’s Eschatus (1976). I’ve already briefly spoken about Pennington as […]

Science Wonder Stories – June 1929


The first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, is forever linked to Hugo Gernsback. In reality he was only in charge for three years. By April 1929 the Experimenter Publishing Company […]

Interview with Richard Mansfield of Mansfield Dark

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As a companion post to my review of Mansfield Dark’s Count Magnus and The Story of A Disappearance and an Appearance, Richard Mansfield very kindly agreed to answer some questions […]

Count Magnus and A Disappearance and an Appearance – Mansfield Dark


Until now I’ve always been left a bit disappointed by film and TV adaptations of M.R. James’ stories. Even acknowledged classics like Jonathan Miller’s 1968 version of Oh, Whistle, And […]

Zardoz (1974)


What better way to recover from New Year’s Eve than a leisurely afternoon watching John Boorman’s cult classic Zardoz. Putting aside the seriously disturbing sight of a post-Bond ever so […]

Cosmic Fire Clowns – Bob Haberfield’s Moorcock covers.


On the one hand it’s great that SF and Fantasy are more or less mainstream these days, and so every Waterstones has a huge selection to browse. On the other […]

Sinead O’Connor and Five Nights at Freddy’s


Yesterday Sinead O’Connor posted this on her Facebook page: This is a message for parents of young children. There is an online game going round at the moment called Five […]

Dark Feathered Hearts Concept Art


Cosmonauts at the British Science Museum


The only mildly interesting scene in that otherwise steaming heap of found-footage nonsense Apollo 18 is when the US astronauts stumble across the Soviet LK Lunar lander sitting in a […]