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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 […]

Ragged Claws – concept art

The sequel to Thumb.

Elysium (2013)

Beware – mild spoiler alert. It’s a truism that, on the whole, film and TV sf lags behind the written genre by twenty to thirty years. With Elysium we’re firmly […]

Phoenix (Hi no Tori) – Osamu Tezuka

Following on from Jim Barker’s post about the need to take comics seriously I thought I’d write about an artist who is recognised as one of the greatest comic book […]

Frank Frazetta

I’m still waiting for Conan. The first Arnold Schwarzenegger film was kind of OK, and had one or two impressive moments. The second was dire and I still can’t bring […]

The Castle of Otranto

There’s one school of thought, kicked off by Brian Aldiss in his book A Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (1973), that says that Science Fiction and Fantasy […]

Aeon Flux – the animated series

I stumbled across Cyberpunk when living in Tokyo. This had both its advantages and disadvantages. Half the time it felt like I was living in a true William Gibson world, […]

Thumb available in paperback!

Thumb is now available in paperback from Amazon, priced $9.99 in the US, £7.99 in the UK and €11.17 in Europe. I confess to being biased but I’m really happy […]

Thumb – Out Now!

The universe is empty. The stars are dead. The worlds are no more. The last humans struggle to create a god to save them from the utter end. In the […]

Countdown to Thumb

A flat singularity carried the unfinished body of God through an empty universe. The colossus lay on his back, a being so vast he might easily have put his arms […]

The Monster of Lake LaMetrie

Following on with the Victorians and Dinosaurs theme, one of the strangest science fiction stories I’ve ever come across is The Monster of Lake LaMetrie by Wardon Allan Curtis, first […]

Tangerine Dream – Phaedra

I started reading science fiction round about the same time I got into music, and so being a fairly literal minded so-and-so I immediately embarked on a quest to find […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nemesis the Warlock – Shriekback

In the mid 1980s England was ruled by a right wing conservative government under Margaret Thatcher. Like Cameron’s Tories and New Labour under Blair they espoused the values of liberty […]

Kings of Space – Captain W. E. Johns

Captain W. E. Johns is best known as the author of nearly a hundred books about Biggles, the pilot who started his career flying Sopwith Camels against the Hun over […]

Under the Moons of Mars

I’ve just got back from a trip to Moscow and was planning to write a few posts on some of the things I found there; especially the wonderful Symbolist Art […]

Orlando (1992)

I’m delighted that Sally Potter’s film Orlando, based on the book by Virginia Woolf, is now available on iTunes. Orlando is one of those books that falls into the category […]

Aelita, Queen of Mars. 1924

Silent Science Fiction movies are understandably dominated by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) which is a truly astounding piece of German Expressionist film. Two years before the Soviet director Yakov Protazanov, […]

Warwick Goble’s original illustrations to The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds was first serialised in Pearson’s Magazine in 1897. By sheer luck, many years ago, I came across the complete bound set […]