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Alien hunter Review and Opinion

2019/07/21

Alien Hunter (2003)
Director: Ron Krauss

review by Rob MarshallSpoiler alert!Julian Rome is a languages teacher and former cryptologist. He receives a call from NASA for help, after a GM research project in Antarctica detects signals coming from an object buried in the ice. Flying south through a blizzard

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Alien incursion Review and Opinion

2017/10/24

Alien Incursion (2006)
Director: Jeffrey Scott Lando

review by Alasdair Stuart

Ranger Kelly Jones (Kiara Hunter) is used to dealing with campers getting lost or injured, or even animal attacks. She's even used to her father Harry (Ken Roberts) and his survivalist mindset, hunkered down in a cabin in the woods, convinced that the government is out to

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Relic hunter Review and Opinion

2018/05/31

Relic Hunter (1999)

review by Michael Lohr

Relic Hunter is now going into its third season of production. It is an entertaining show that will no doubt see quick syndication on the Sci-Fi channel, once its ceases regular production. Tia Carrere and cast do an excellent job in a genre that is unfortunately used to poor acting quality. The show's special

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Time hunter: peculiar lives Review and Opinion

2015/05/30

Time Hunter: Peculiar Lives
Phillip Purser-Hallard
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

The Time Hunter series has an unusual pedigree, spinning off from the Doctor Who novella range Telos have published but are, due to legal reasons, no longer being allowed to refer to them. It follows the adventures of Honore Lechausseur

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City hunter Review and Opinion

2019/05/01

City Hunter (1992)
Director: Wong Jing

review by Steven Hampton

Hired to find a runaway heiress (Goto Kumiko, a former Miss Japan beauty) for a wealthy tabloid newspaper owner, private eye Ryu (Jackie Chan) traces the girl to a pleasure cruise ship, and is forced to stowaway in order to keep track of her...
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Alien worlds Review and Opinion

2017/10/22

Alien Worlds (2005)

review by Alasdair Stuart

With the astonishing success of the Walking With... franchise still continuing, Channel Four take the concept in a new direction - into space. A group of ten scientists combined established scientific fact with CGI fiction to imagine what life could look like on other worlds.

What could so easily

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Time hunter: echoes Review and Opinion

2015/06/01

Time Hunter: Echoes
Iain McClaughlin and Claire Bartlett
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Tom Johnstone

While the characters of Honore Lechasseur and Emily Blandish first appeared in the Doctor Who novella Cabinet Of Light, this latest novella in the spin-off from a spin-off series

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Time hunter: echoes Review and Opinion

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Alien vs predator Review and Opinion

2017/10/23

AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004)
Writer and director: Paul W.S. Anderson

review by Christopher GearySpoiler alert!A guilty pleasure, for sure, this monster-mash 'clash of the titans' sci-fi action adventure has been long awaited, not just by followers of the original Alien and Predator

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Rise: blood hunter Review and Opinion

2016/09/28

Rise: Blood Hunter (2006)
Director: Sebastian Gutierrez

review by Barbara Davies

There seems to be a vogue for vampire films that start with reporters investigating obscure vampire websites. The Last Sect was one such. Rise: Blood Hunter is another. But

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Alien abduction Review and Opinion

2017/10/26

Alien Abduction (2005)
Writer and director: Eric Forsberg

review by Christopher Geary

"Something big is about to happen..."
"An invasion?"
"Off the record, yes."

Here's another Z-grade slice of sci-fi horror lunacy from The Asylum stable, cursed with ambitions beyond its meagre resources

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Jesus christ vampire hunter Review and Opinion

2017/02/09

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001)
Director: Lee Demarbre

review by Richard Bowden
"The power of Christ impales you!"
Cheerfully cheap and good naturedly blasphemous, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is blessed with the sort of once in a lifetime title which makes it irresistible. It is also the first

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Predator Review and Opinion

2018/06/15

Predator (1987)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Okay, Predator is the ultimate testosterone movie, with its body-building, tough-talking cast, cache of weapons, including a handheld mini-gun (used by none other than Jesse 'the body' Ventura), a "scared out of her mind" woman who speaks little English, and a bone-breaking, skull

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Predator Review and Opinion

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Remnant population by elizabeth moon Review and Opinion

2018/05/30

Remnant Population
Elizabeth Moon
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population recounts an apparently familiar SF tale from an unusual angle. An unscrupulous corporation orders the abandonment of an unprofitable colony on a far-flung planet. One stubborn colonist, however, manages to hide and avoids the enforced

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What planet are you from? Review and Opinion

2017/12/27

What Planet Are You From? (2000)
Director: Mike Nichols

review by Trent Walters

What Planet Are You From? is less of a science fiction than a clever comedy of generic male and female relations. Bear in mind the segregation of genders is analogous to the segregation between species.
   Aliens, whose genitals have shrivelled now want to conquer

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Beautiful monsters Review and Opinion

2016/03/23

Beautiful Monsters:
The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To The Alien And Predator Films
David McIntee
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Every now and again, a film emerges fully formed and pre-wired to plug straight into the popular conscience. From the musical

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Kiss of the vampire Review and Opinion

2017/01/24

Kiss Of The Vampire (2006)
Director: Joe Tornatore

review by Barbara Davies

When Estelle Henderson (Katherine Hawkes) meets Alex Stone (Daniel Goddard) at the opera, the contrast between the handsome, brooding stranger and her boorish, drunken fiancé couldn't be more striking. Attraction is instant and mutual, but Alex proves to be curiously elusive...

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Reign in darkness Review and Opinion

2016/10/06

Reign In Darkness (2002)
Writers and directors: David W. Allen, Kel Dolen

review by Steve Anderson

Okay... if you ever wanted a convoluted, unnecessarily complicated movie about vampires, where the writers and directors are either so hard up for cash or so egomaniacal that they take the starring roles in their own movie then Reign In Darkness

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Tracker Review and Opinion

2018/01/29

Tracker (2001)
Created by Gil Grant

review by Michael Lohr

Adrian Paul (TV's Highlander) stars in a new Sci-Fi Channel series, Tracker. The debut episode of this series has to rate as one of the all-time classics for original science fiction on television. It was well written, very, very funny and extremely refreshing. Subsequent episodes

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Marrow Review and Opinion

2018/09/09

Marrow
Robert Reed
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Ceri Jordan

When an alien ship thousands of miles long, and completely empty, is discovered drifting through space, humanity is the first to board it and attempt to unravel its mysteries. To finance their explorations, they take aboard passengers, human and alien, and before long the ship is a touristattraction

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Wheelers Review and Opinion

2017/12/26

Wheelers
Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen
Earthlight paperback £10

review by Ceri Jordan

Ex-archeologist Prudence Odingo, robbed of the credit for an extraordinary discovery, takes to space exploration and returns with something even more fantastic: alien artifacts from the surface of Callisto. The ensuing trial by media seems certain to destroy her once

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K-pax Review and Opinion

2018/10/13

K-PAX (2002)
Director: Iain Softley

review by Debbie Moon

A homeless man is picked up by New York police for having no ID - and his excuse is that he's an alien from the distant planet K-PAX. Just another day for psychiatrist Jeff Bridges, right? But Kevin Spacey's mild-mannered, affable alien is surprisingly plausible. He knows a lot of things he shouldn

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Gordath wood by patrice sarath Review and Opinion

2015/12/17

Gordath Wood
Patrice Sarath
Ace paperback $7.99

review by Gary Couzens

We're in horse country, Hunter's Chase in north New York State, which abuts Gordath Wood. An earthquake tremor - very rare in this part of the world - has disturbed a valuable stallion. So Lynn decides to ride him home through the wood, being easier than attempting to load him on

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Blindsight by peter watts Review and Opinion

2015/08/21

Blindsight
Peter Watts
Tor hardcover $24.95

review by Duncan Lawie

As a child, Siri Keeton, the narrator of Blindsight, had half his brain cut out to cure seizures. He had to learn again what it meant to be human, an experience which suited him well to life in the late 21st century. The rise of machine intelligence and the increasing specialisation

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Signs Review and Opinion

2018/04/18

Signs (2002)
Writer and director: M. Night Shyamalan

review by Michael Lohr

If you are going to this movie to see another mindless alien invasion flick with silly jokes and lots of needless explosions then stay home! In Signs M. Night Shyamalan follows up his previous genre-bending modern classics The Sixth Sense and

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Crash Review and Opinion

2019/04/17

Crash (1999)
Director: David Cronenberg

review by Steven Hampton

Based on J.G. Ballard's cult novel, this is about a mixed group of accident victims who become obsessed with car crashes. Nominal leader, Vaughan (Elias Koteas, from Exotica and, bizarrely, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), goes so far as to recreate the fatal wrecks that killed

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Amelie Review and Opinion

2019/07/14

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean Pierre Jeunet

review by Thomas Cropper

This film came a year late when all is said and done, because it was last year when the Oscars were in the 'lets be nice to foreigners' mode, whereas this year they were closer to 'lets pretend we're all not racists.' As a result, the 'black Oscars' were to make a criminal oversight

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Smoking poppy Review and Opinion

2018/04/06

Smoking Poppy
Graham Joyce
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Debbie Moon

Danny Innes is a family man without a family. His daughter Charlie hasn't spoken to him for years, his son Phil is a Bible-basher, and he's just separated from his wife. When the Foreign Office informs him that Charlie is in a Thai jail, facing the death penalty for heroin

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Visitants by john kinsella Review and Opinion

2018/01/04

Visitants
John Kinsella
Bloodaxe paperback £7.99

review by Steve Sneyd

Bloodaxe is one of the big three UK mainstream poetry publishers yet here is a collection drawing heavily on science fiction themes, even terminology and sources (although the blurb carefully avoids the SF-word!). Name Australian poet Kinsella uses the possibility, and actuality

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Doctor who: the cabinet of light Review and Opinion

2019/02/24

Doctor Who: The Cabinet Of Light
Daniel O'Mahony
Telos hardcover £10

review by Tom Matic

When it comes to Doctor Who tie-in fiction, I prefer the kind that enhances the mystery of its central character to those turgid epics that bog the reader down in a quagmire of continuity. Thus I was

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Draco tavern by larry niven Review and Opinion

2016/02/05

The Draco Tavern
Larry Niven
Tor hardcover $24.95

review by Tony Lee

Long before 'Milliways' opened its doors to fin de siècle big spenders - in Douglas Adams' The Restaurant At The End Of the Universe, - Larry Niven dreamt up what is arguably the ultimate science fictional casual meeting place for extraterrestrials visiting planet Earth. Spanning

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Galactic geographic annual 3003 Review and Opinion

2018/12/22

Galactic Geographic Annual 3003
Karl Kofoed
Paper Tiger artbook £14.99 / $21.95

review by Steven Hampton

Although reminiscent of Robert Holdstock and Malcolm Edwards' pseudo-nonfiction Tour Of The Universe: The Journey Of A Lifetime (1980), the publishing origins of writer and artist Karl Kofoed's journalistic styled SF book predates the Holdstock

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Witchblade Review and Opinion

2017/12/23

Witchblade (2000)

review by Michael Lohr

Not since the first seasons of Hercules and Xena or the Highlander television series has a mythic-oriented action/adventure series caught my attention with this much intensity and bravado.
   Witchblade has all the panache of the above shows but without any of the campy fare that (with

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Ravenheart Review and Opinion

2018/06/09

Ravenheart
David Gemmell
Corgi paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Hunter

This is the third book in the now famous fantasy series which tracks the bloody but heroic history of the Rigante, a highland clan struggling against tyranny for its survival and honour. Ravenheart is set in a time when the clan has become little more than a subject people

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Science fiction: the best of 2001 Review and Opinion

2018/04/26

Science Fiction: The Best Of 2001
edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
iBooks paperback £5.99 / $7.99

review by Steven Hampton

As the editors of this anthology openly admit in their introduction, a prestigious annual collection of short stories already exists in the form of Gardner Dozois' excellent series of books, published in the UK by Robinson

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Looking for jake and other stories Review and Opinion

2015/10/11

Looking For Jake And Other Stories
China Miéville
Pan paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

China Miéville's first short story collection showcases not only his most interesting short work but also everything that makes him work as an author. Fiercely inventive and quintessentially English, Miéville is following in the footsteps of the likes of

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