DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? & A SCANNER DARKLY

Two of Philip K. Dick best-known works are Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and A Scanner Darkly. The latter was, of course, turned into a movie starring Keanu Reeves whereas the former is better known as the ‘source’ of the movie Blade Runner. Both stories firmly established the late great PKD as the father … Continued

LIFEFORMED: CLEO MAKES CONTACT

What are the cornerstones of a great graphic novel? The concept, obviously. The script and the artwork, of course. But, like a book we can’t put down, a tv series we can’t miss, or a movie we have to rewatch every time we’re having a bad day, the very best graphic novels have something almost … Continued

JEANNE & MODIGLIANI

Nadine Van der Straeten’s Jeanne & Modigliani accomplishes something quite remarkable for a graphic novel. It proves that real-life stories can be just as captivating as stories about heroes who save the universe while wearing their underwear outside their trousers, and because it’s an artistic representation of the romance between two artists whose own work … Continued

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FAQ

For a series that originally concluded almost fifteen years ago, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still very much a part of our cultural consciousness. That probably shouldn’t be a surprise, given how much it changed the landscape of primetime television and brought the usually taboo subject of the supernatural and occultism slap-bang into everybody’s homes. … Continued

STARLINGS

In her introduction to Starlings, novelist Jo Walton admits that she’s not really a short story writer. That’s probably the reason why this collection is such a hit-and-miss affair. In Walton’s own words, Starlings incorporates “two short stories that I wrote after I knew what I was doing, two I wrote before I knew what … Continued

SCYTHE

In a seemingly perfect world, where there is no conflict and no disease and mankind has conquered even death (thanks to self-healing nanites within our bloodstream) the only real concern is population control. And even that isn’t a worry for most, because it is the Scythe’s job to randomly cull (or ‘glean’) the populous. The … Continued

THE EXORCIST (THE FOLIO SOCIETY EDITION)

Folio Society editions of books give us a lovely excuse to take a look at popular books with fresh eyes. STARBURST is well established, but the novel of The Exorcist came out in 1971, so a review of William Peter Blatty’s horror classic is well overdue. In case, somehow, you’re not familiar with the story; … Continued

THE WILL TO BATTLE

When the general public thinks of science fiction novels, they tend to assume they are filled with epic-space battles, funny headed aliens and robots that go beep. People who actually read science fiction, however, know that a lot of it is about the future of human thought. The backdrop of ‘science fiction’ simply serves to … Continued

MY LADY’S CHOOSING

It’s safe to say that after someone shoved the words ‘and Zombies’ underneath the title of Pride and Prejudice, that the subgenre of Regency Era romance became fair-game for geeks of all stripes. The latest attempt to take this most po-faced of genres and make it more fun is My Lady’s Choosing – An Interactive … Continued

THE ESCAPE BOOK

When resourceful crime-busting journalist Candela Fuertes wakes up inside Castian Warnes fiendish labyrinth of death, she realises with a shock that she only has fifty-six minutes left before she is murdered by poison gas… or, preferably, fifty-six minutes to solve all the increasingly complex puzzles that lie ahead of her, inject herself with the antidote … Continued