Month: December 2012

  • StarForce – Alpha Centauri

    This post is a bit of unashamedly geeky nostalgia. As I’ve mentioned before, in the early 1970s I started collecting the science fiction magazines Galaxy and Worlds of If. Apart from the stories and articles what also fascinated me was the adverts. Flicking back through them now gives a fascinating insight into what people thought […]

  • Vortex – The Science Fiction Fantasy

    The disappearance of Science Fiction Monthly in 1976 left a void in the UK. While New English Library’s SFM never really escaped from its teenage boy bedroom poster origins, and the fiction and artwork it published in later issues rarely rose beyond the mediocre, it was Britain’s only real science fiction magazine post New Worlds.  The biggest […]

  • Nordic Noir – the Moomins

    I’m a huge fan of Nordic crime thrillers at the moment. I’ve been reading Henning Mankell’s Wallander books, and watching the Swedish TV version. I’m also slowly working my way through the three series of The Killing. They are all about taciturn detectives struggling to make sense of the darkest reaches of the human soul, […]