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Battlefield earth Review and Opinion

2019/06/18

Battlefield Earth: Take Back The Planet (1999)
Director: Roger Christian

review by Steven Hampton

"If man-animal prefers its rat uncooked then our job is that much easier." I think the harshest critics of Battlefield Earth may have misinterpreted the whole thing. True, it's seriously flawed, but Roger Christian's SF adventure is not a complete

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Quiet earth Review and Opinion

2018/06/10

The Quiet Earth (1985)
Director: Geoff Murphy

review by Gary Couzens

One morning, Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) wakes up to find himself alone. He seems to be the only person left on Earth.
   For the next half-hour of screen time - the best part of the film - Lawrence is alone on screen, apart from a couple of voiceovers and one of Zac's scientist

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Meditations on middle earth Review and Opinion

2018/08/29

Meditations On Middle-Earth
edited by Karen Haber
Earthlight paperback £10

review by Debbie Moon

Thanks to a certain film, Tolkien fever is back with a vengeance, and the cash-in industry is in full swing. Admittedly, asking the next generation of fantasy writers about the influence Tolkien's work had upon them is one of the more interesting ideas

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Don't Look Now + The Man Who Fell To Earth Review and Opinion

2018/05/12

Don't Look Now (1973)
Director: Nicolas Roeg

The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
Director: Nicolas Roeg

reviews by Gary Couzens

When their daughter dies in a drowning accident, John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Julie Christie) take a holiday in out-of-season Venice, where John works on restoring a church. Laura meets

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Day the earth caught fire Review and Opinion

2019/03/26

The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Director: Val Guest

review by Tony Lee

With recent freak storms, droughts and recurring floods, and the gloomy prospect of global warming fast becoming unavoidable reality, a new generation of film fans will surely find this 40-year-old British disaster movie far more eerie, frightening, and unnervingly prophetic

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Downward to earth by robert silverberg Review and Opinion

2019/03/05

Downward To Earth
Robert Silverberg
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

Analogy can be a highly problematic technique in science fiction, which can lead to a facile prefixing of 'space' before what in our time and place would be a terrestrial phenomenon. For instance, in Robert Silverberg's Downward To Earth, the former Earth colony

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Day the earth stood still, 2008 Review and Opinion

2017/05/31

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Director: Scott Derrickson

review by Mike Philbin

Based on the classic 1951 film about mysterious humanoid alien Klaatu who comes to visit earth to deliver some very bad news, his enormous robot buddy Gort by his side...

It's probably easy to say this remake is as worthy as the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

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Earth, air, fire and custard Review and Opinion

2016/01/31

Earth, Air, Fire And Custard
Tom Holt
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Reading a Tom Holt novel is a unique experience, some authors transport you to far off places or make you consider who you are and what it is you really believe, Tom Holt throws you in the boot of his car and drives round the country forcing you to identify where

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Earth, air, fire and custard Review and Opinion

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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne Review and Opinion

2015/11/02

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
Jules Verne
Penguin paperback

review by Andrew Darlington

Did Jules Verne invent science fiction? Perhaps, but there are other contenders, as far back as Mary Shelley... What Verne did do was seize upon the era's taste for mechanical miracles, social progress and limitless optimism, opening up the world, and the places

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Asimov's science fiction 372 Review and Opinion

2016/04/16

Asimov's Science Fiction #372 (January 2007)
editor: Sheila Williams
Dell www.asimovs.com $3.99

review by Jim Steel

Wow - 30 years already. How did that happen? Since the start of the 1980s, Asimov's SF magazine has been widely acknowledged as one of the heavyweights, and for much of that

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X the unknown Review and Opinion

2017/12/13

X The Unknown (1956)
Director: Leslie Norman

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

One of Hammer's successful forays into science fiction laced with dark fantasy (much like the Quatermass series), X The Unknown attempts to create not so much horror (a guttural response to something frightening) but rather terror (a paralysing response to the unknown

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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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Super mario bros Review and Opinion

2016/07/27

Super Mario Bros (1993)
Directors: Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton

review by Trudi Topham

A score of eight out of ten... Have I gone crazy? This is Super Mario Bros, one of the most reviled films of the 1990! Come on, though. Admit it. It's actually a lot of fun. Oh sure you wanna say no, you want to pretend you never even saw it, but secretly

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Saturn by ben bova Review and Opinion

2018/05/06

Saturn
Ben Bova
NEL paperback £7.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Saturn continues Ben Bova's 'grand tour of the Solar system' but this episode is rather a letdown. The story begins as a crew is assembled for the longest journey yet to be undertaken by mankind, a mission to Saturn, and 10,000 people join Goddard - a good old fashioned centrifugally

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Evolution Review and Opinion

2019/02/02

Evolution (2001)
Director: Ivan Reitman

review by Gary Couzens

Investigating a meteorite strike in Arizona, Dr Ira Kane (David Duchovny) and his colleague Harry Block (Orlando Jones) find out that it�s brought to earth more than just rock. Hitching a ride are single-cell organisms that rapidly evolve into complex multi-cellular beings that like their

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Evolution Review and Opinion

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Lexx Review and Opinion

2018/10/03

Lexx (1997 - 2002)
Created by Paul Donovan

review by Michael Lohr

I have to admit, when I first saw the trailer for this series, I thought, this wouldn't last a month. But you know what, this damn show grew on me to the point where I am now a loyal weekly watcher and that's not just because of Xenia Seeberg's pouty lips. Yes, it's tacky. Yes, the plot

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Somnambulists by allen ashley Review and Opinion

2015/06/24

Somnambulists
Allen Ashley
Elastic Press paperback £5

review by Steven Hampton

Allen Ashley's startling fiction is like the literary equivalent of multi-tasking. Most of the 16 short stories (some are reprints, while others are presented for the first time here) in this collection are weaving their own, frequently unique, cunningly devised paths through

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Men in black 2 Review and Opinion

2018/08/28

Men In Black II (2002)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

review by Gary Couzens

Five years on from the original Men In Black, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is 'deneuralised'. He is working for the postal service with no memory of ever ridding the Earth of the scum of the universe. Meanwhile Agent J (Will Smith) continues to fight the fight, but none of his

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Solar lottery by philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/04/03

Solar Lottery
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

The year is 2203 and the Earth is governed by a bizarre system of leadership whereby public officeholders and the targets of political assassinations alike are chosen by a random twitch of The Bottle. In this maniacal world, Ted Benteley becomes the saviour in a mad struggle

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Mahabharat Review and Opinion

2018/09/14

The Mahabharat (1988-90)
Directors: B.R. Chopra, Ravi Chopra

review by Gary CouzensSpoiler alert!The Mahabharata was begun around 400 BC and, with additions and revisions, was completed around AD 400. It's one of the oldest poems in existence and at some 100,000 two-line Sanskrit verses, one

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Core Review and Opinion

2019/04/23

The Core (2003)
Director: Jim Amiel

review by Debbie Moon

On an ordinary day in an ordinary American city, dozens of people suddenly drop dead. Pigeons in Trafalgar Square start re-enacting Hitchcock. Crack NASA pilot Beck Childs finds herself landing the space shuttle hundreds of miles off course after the instrumentation fails.
   Madcap geophysicist

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Ardly effect by mitis green Review and Opinion

2016/04/20

The Ardly Effect
Mitis Green
Brambling paperback £7.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

The Ardly Effect is the first book from author Mitis Green and publisher Brambling Books, and is billed as 'Book One of the Two Moons Trilogy'. The two moons in question are Edenia and Horridoa, each occupied by the original inhabitants of the other (the more

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Dune Review and Opinion

2019/02/22

Frank Herbert's Dune (2000)
Director: John Harrison

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Originally aired on cable television's the Science Fiction Channel, John Harrison's visual presentation of Frank Herbert's Dune is a stunning, four-hour epic that captures much of the novel intact, bringing to life Herbert�s cultures, ideas, and even ideologies. Although

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Martian race by gregory benford Review and Opinion

2018/09/08

The Martian Race
Gregory Benford
Warner / Aspect paperback $6.95

review by Amy Harlib

Gregory Benford, a working physicist and a renowned, award-winning SF writer, tackles the popular theme of near-future manned Mars exploration in a recent, easily obtainable, nuts and bolts hard SF adventure, The Martian Race (expanding on a 1997 novella

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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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Approaching omega by eric brown Review and Opinion

2016/04/21

Approaching Omega
Eric Brown
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Tom Matic

There's more than a whiff of Alien, Blade Runner and Star Trek's the Borg to this tense slice of SF horror from rising UK star Eric Brown. Put simply, the story revolves around an interplanetary colonising mission that goes horribly wrong. However the expedition

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Power girl Review and Opinion

2015/08/13

Power Girl
Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, and others
Titan graphic novel £7.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The blurb on the back of this book asks, "Who is Power Girl? ... Superman's cousin? ... Granddaughter of an ancient Atlantean sorcerer? ... Pawn in a game of cosmic chess?" My wife suggested there was another question that might be posed about the super

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Cosmonaut keep by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2019/04/21

Cosmonaut Keep
Ken MacLeod
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Cosmonaut Keep is the first part of the Engines of Light trilogy and a new beginning for Ken MacLeod. In the first chapter it looks like a massive departure. This is set on Mingulay, a planet on the edge of the Second Sphere, one hundred light years from Nova Sol.

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Superman: for tomorrow Review and Opinion

2015/06/08

Superman: For Tomorrow - volume one
Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel £8.99

review by J.C. Hartley

This graphic novel (first published in 2004 as Superman #204 - 209) points up some of the current thinking about the character as you would expect from such a prestigious creative team.

I first became aware of

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Ophiuchi hotline by john varley Review and Opinion

2018/07/18

The Ophiuchi Hotline
John Varley
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Patrick Hudson

In the mid-21st century, humanity is unceremoniously evicted from Earth by mysterious aliens known only as the Invaders. The remnants are pushed out to the moon and then to the other planets of the Solar system. Humanity has an ally, however, in the shape of the Ophiuchi

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Extinction journals by Review and Opinion

2016/01/16

Extinction Journals
Jeremy Robert Johnson
Swallowdown paperback $9.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

Dean is either the luckiest man alive, or the unluckiest man left alive. He's survived World War III, and now finds himself alone in a nuked Washington, DC, standing over the fallen corpse of the President. The President survived too, but whereas he chose

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Time machine Review and Opinion

2018/02/09

The Time Machine (2002)
Directors: Simon Wells (and Gore Verbinski)

review by Gary Couzens

First published in 1895, H.G. Wells' novella is one of the founding texts of modern science fiction. A film version was inevitable once special effects were up to the task - indeed, those in George Pal's 1960 version won an Oscar. That 1960 version became a favourite

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Martian time-slip by philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/09/07

Martian Time-Slip
Philip K. Dick
Millennium paperback £6.99

review by Steve Sneyd

Once you've entered one of Philip K. Dick's worlds, escape is impossible. This is a book I'd read probably a dozen times before, yet once started again, it was 3am and 'the end' before it let me go - and, once in bed, I was awake another hour or more speculating again

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Postsingular by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/08/14

Postsingular
Rudy Rucker
Tor hardcover $25.95
Free download via: rudyrucker.com

review by Patrick Hudson

The 'singularity' is a slightly mystical concept. It describes the moment of a paradigm shift in technological innovation, the point when, as in physics, it is impossible

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