Month: October 2013

  • Pards and Manticores – A Medieval Bestiary

    Pards and Manticores – A Medieval Bestiary

    Herodotus the father of history divided knowledge into three types. Things he saw with his own eyes, information people told him which he could verify as true, and things he couldn’t verify and might easily be completely made up. He visited Egypt, and so when he writes about its manners and customs we can be […]

  • Things to Come (1936)

    Things to Come (1936)

    In 1936 Alexander Korda, flush from his success with The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), collaborated with H. G. Wells to turn the writer’s future history The Shape of Things to Come (1933) into a movie, ending up with what is probably the first attempt to make a serious SF film. What emerged is […]