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 […]

Crimson Peak (2015)


[Spoilers alert] After watching Crimson Peak last night I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that Guillermo del Toro is a director who persistently falls between several stools, and as a […]

Sorcerer – The Game of Magical Conflict


Having cut their teeth on the first ever grown-up science fiction game Starforce: Alpha Centauri in 1974, the US company Simulations Publications turned to fantasy a year later with Sorcerer: […]

Why Terry Pratchett is not Great Literature


Jonathan Jones wrote an article in The Guardian in which he stated that he had never read Terry Pratchett and had no intention of doing so because the discworld novels […]

Dante Deluxe


Funnily enough it was Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle who turned me on to Dante. Their decidedly odd libertarian take on the original, Inferno, came out in 1976 and had […]

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, and Logicomix


Comics again, this time with a couple of wonderful graphic novels that tackle similar mathematical themes but in very different ways. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis […]

Lovecraft by I. N. J. Culbard


A while back I wrote about the H. P Lovecraft Historical Society’s film of The Whisperer in Darkness. It’s a great movie and by and large it does a good […]

Jodorowsky’s Dune – Documentary (2013)


In 1977 the film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky wrote an introduction to Dragon Dream’s monograph on the paintings of Chris Foss, 21st Century Foss (1977). The essay describes the artist as ‘a […]

The sexual politics of Imperator Furiosa’s left arm


Mad Max Fury Road was just as brilliant the second time round I saw it. For what is essentially a colossal car chase in one direction, followed by a 180 […]

Paperback AntiHelix and a Goodreads giveaway!


The paperback version of AntiHelix is now available from Amazon. Above you can see it next to the first two books in the series with their new covers!. I’m now cracking on […]

AntiHelix out now!


Remorseless, vicious and brilliant – General Crysanthe Uella has dedicated her life to ensuring humanity will escape from the embers of a dead universe. But the corrupt lords of a […]

Ragged Claws


5 out of 5 – Jane Dougherty, “This is a wonderful book, a massive canvas of purple and blood red skies, oceans of liquid metal, decomposing cities full of […]



Reviews of Thumb Adrian Tchaikovsky – Shadows of the Apt “Thumb is a superb book, one that makes the madness work.” Ian Watson “Splendidly strange, vividly original.” 5 out of 5 […]

Autun Purser – Fantastic Travel Destinations


I came across the wonderful Fantastic Travel Destination posters of Autun Purser at Dysprosium and immediately bought the complete set of cards and a print for one of my own […]

Life on Uranus – Frank R. Paul, Fantastic Adventures April 1940


I came back from Eastercon 2015 with several pulp magazines, including a couple of copies of Fantastic Adventures carrying Frank R. Paul’s ‘Life on..’ series. This was a wildly optimistic […]

Tully Zetford – Hook: Whirlpool of Stars

Virility Gene

As I’ve mentioned before, 1974 marked my Looking into Chapman’s Homer moment when on opening Science Fiction Monthly number 2 I had the same feelings as ‘stout Cortez when with […]

Angry Ghosts


Watching Jennifer Kent’s magnificent The Babadook (2014) put me in mind of the spate of Japanese horror films that appeared in Western cinemas at the end of the last century, […]

Giordano Bruno and Alessandro Gallenzi’s The Tower


Giordano Bruno (1548 – 1600) didn’t do himself any favours. Not only did he adhere to a set of particularly extraordinary heresies but he also didn’t know when to shut […]