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Jason x Review and Opinion

2018/11/02

Jason X (2002)
Director: Jim Isaac

review by Christopher Geary

The long running slasher movie series enters the realm of sci-fi for its tenth instalment, as Crystal Lake's indestructible madman, Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder), is awakened from cryogenic storage in the 25th century, only to find that his instinct for getting rid of horny teens is still

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Moonbase Review and Opinion

2018/08/15

Moonbase (1997)
Director: Paolo Mazzucato

review by Steven Hampton

It must take either great chutzpah or sublime naiveté to make a sci-fi action movie today without the mega-budget that major studio production or superstar talent would attract. Moonbase has a principal cast of almost-unknowns and a hopelessly derivative scenario, filching its

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Night sessions by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2015/09/04

The Night Sessions
Ken MacLeod
Orbit paperback £7.99

review by Tony Lee

Although basically SF crime/ mystery, about police detectives with A.I. robot partners conducting investigations of murders in Scotland, this novel tackles many of the social and urgent political issues raised by religious extremists

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Parasite dolls Review and Opinion

2016/11/10

Parasite Dolls (2002)
Directors: Kazuto Nakazawa, Naoyuki Yoshinaga

review by Amy Harlib

Among the myriad varieties and pleasures of the 2004 Asian-American International Film Festival, the science fiction anime feature Parasite Dolls proved a standout and, for fans of the genre, it is essential viewing. Making the rounds of the festival circuit

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A.li.ce Review and Opinion

2017/10/25

A.Li.Ce (1999)
Director: Kenichi Maejima

review by John Percival

Alice Hayashi is the youngest person ever to go into space. However, soon after the launch her shuttle crashes at the North Pole. After the crash Alice finds herself chased by soldiers and then rescued by a boy named Yuan. Together they discover that during the crash Alice has been catapulted

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Armitage 3 Review and Opinion

2019/07/06

Armitage III: Poly-Matrix (1994)
Director: Takuya Sato

review by Jeff Young

In this colourful and dynamic sci-fi anime, Naomi Armitage (voiced by Elizabeth Berkley, of Showgirls infamy) is a feisty super-cop on a futuristic, independent Martian colony where - according to her boss - she's the resident "badge-toting terror in hot-pants." In defiance

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Super-state by brian aldiss Review and Opinion

2018/02/27

Super-State: A Novel Of A Future Europe
Brian Aldiss
Orbit hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

This is expansive speculative fiction. It frames a big picture of diverse elements with a vast array of characters that spills over into the real world of today whenever we recognise an aspect of the political dogma being dissected, or a cultural

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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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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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Ghost in the shell Review and Opinion

2015/12/24

Ghost In The Shell
Shirow Masamune
Dark Horse Manga paperback $24.95
UK distribution by Titan - £19.99

review by Steven Hampton

Sexy super-agent Major Motoko Kusangi is extremely talented, absolutely hard-as-nails when the gun-battles and kung fu fighting start, and exquisitely beautiful in that way of nearly all ultra-cute, manga heroines. Despite

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Cleopatra 2525 Review and Opinion

2019/04/29

Cleopatra 2525 (2001)
Created by Robert Tapert and R.J. Stewart

review by Ian Shutter

Remember that classic science fictional song, 'In The Year 2525', by Zager & Evans? It was a number one hit back in 1969, so when the millennium arrived it was probably inevitable there would be something to revive its SF theme - but I doubt the songwriters could ever

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Solaris (usa) Review and Opinion

2018/04/04

Solaris (2003)
Director: Steven Soderbergh

review by Steven HamptonSpoiler alert!Stanislaw Lem's highly praised SF novel Solaris was first published in the author's native Poland in 1961 - and translated into English in 1970, shortly before Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky filmed it in 1972

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Robot stories Review and Opinion

2018/05/14

Robot Stories (2004)
Writer and director: Greg Pak

review by Amy Harlib

Robot Stories represents that rarity - an independent, low budget SF film that thoroughly entertains and stimulates contemplation of themes related to its tag line: 'Science fiction from the heart'. Korean-American director/scripter Greg Pak, hitherto known for his award-winning

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Ghost in the shell 2: innocence Review and Opinion

2017/04/15

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Wrieter and director: Mamoru Oshii

review by Amy Harlib

When Japanese director Mamoru Oshii's SF anime feature Ghost In The Shell (1995) debuted in the USA, it became a hit, an instant classic building on the success of an earlier, equally classic stateside SF anime release, Katsuhiro Otomo's

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Die another day Review and Opinion

2019/03/18

Die Another Day (2002)
Director: Lee Tamahori

review by Christopher GearySpoiler alert!Die Another Day opens with a rather disappointing surfing sequence and proceeds to a hovercraft chase, after briskly introducing the criminally old-fashioned backstory of a military power struggle, as a kindly

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Essential fantastic four Review and Opinion

2019/02/08

The Essential Fantastic Four Volumes 1 and 2
Stan Lee
Marvel Comics paperback £11.99 each

review by Patrick Hudson

In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics launched a series of titles that changed the face of the superhero genre. Before then Marvel - a venerable member of the funny book trade with roots in the post-pulp, pre-Superman four-colour books

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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13th warrior Review and Opinion

2019/08/06

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Ian Shutter

Ever since the mega-hit of Jurassic Park ensured every preteen kid wanted a cuddly dinosaur for Christmas, Hollywood's profit-hungry moguls have been falling over themselves to option Michael Crichton's older novels for the big screen. This tenth century tale of an Arab living

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One more for the road by ray bradbury Review and Opinion

2019/08/05

One More For The Road
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Ray Bradbury's name conjures recollections of greatness in the average science fiction reader. He is the author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, principally, and of a great deal of other work as well, much of it short stories. However, very

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One million years bc Review and Opinion

2019/08/04

One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey

review by Ian Shutter

A British remake of Hal Roach's 1939 classic One Million BC, this prehistoric adventure was produced by Michael Carreras for Hammer and it became the studios' biggest ever success, making an international sex symbol of its star, Raquel Welch.
   The story of primitive

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2001: a space odyssey Review and Opinion

2019/08/03

2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Christopher Geary

A handy special edition in hardback format, this timely reprint of the novel that evolved alongside the screenplay of Kubrick's classic, is likely to have become a collectors item already. In addition to the diversive main text's variations on the film's narrative

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28 days later Review and Opinion

2019/08/01

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle

review by Paul Higson

Whilst Dog Soldiers and My Little Eye (both 2002) were winners, the former did load both barrels of the shotgun with cartridges of comedy and horror

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4 sided triangle Review and Opinion

2019/07/30

Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Director: Terence Fisher

review by Tony Lee

Speculative SF (predating The Fly, 1958) in which scientist Bill (Stephen Murray) and old friend Robin (John Van Eyssen) build a homemade reproducer machine that can duplicate an object (a watch chain, a signed cheque) in

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6th day Review and Opinion

2019/07/29

The 6th Day (2000)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode

review by Steven Hampton

Here you get two copies of 'der Arnold' for the price of one, as a sinister tycoon clones Schwarzenegger - to mask his own illegal carbon copy resurrection after being assassinated.
   A helicopter pilot is shocked and disturbed to find an identical 'twin' has taken his place

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8 mm Review and Opinion

2019/07/28

8MM Eight Millimeter (1999)
Director: Joel Schumacher

review by Steven Hampton

A rich widow discovers a reel of Super-8 millimetre film in her late husband's safe at home. The footage appears to be an authentic 'snuff movie'. Wary of this traceable evidence of a serious crime, she hires a reputable private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), and

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Abominable snowman Review and Opinion

2019/07/27

The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Director: Val Guest

review by Steven Hampton

Another DVD release from Anchor Bay's 'Hammer Collection' that's certainly an uncharacteristic offering from the famous British studio's heyday. A monster hunt set in high Himalayan mountain valleys instead of their favourite locale - a European castle, and very much happening

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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

2019/07/25

The Affinity Trap
Martin Sketchley
Simon and Schuster paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

In a future of colonisation and contact with alien races, Earth has become a major player, throwing its weight around to prevent interstellar conflicts that might be bad for trade. To stabilise a potential flashpoint, tyrannous General Myson plans to father

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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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Akira Review and Opinion

2019/07/23

Akira (1988)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

review by Porl Broome

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is a classic of the modern-cinema. When I say that I don't mean it's a classic amongst other animated films, I mean it's a classic amongst all films, be they animated, or live action. The plot is huge, the storyline is intricate, the characters are complex, and

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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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All tomorrow's parties by william gibson Review and Opinion

2019/07/20

All Tomorrow's Parties
William Gibson
Penguin paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

All Tomorrow's Parties concludes the popular trilogy that includes Virtual Light (1993) and Idoru (1996) - set towards the close of the 21st century. As much character-driven as plot-driven, the story focuses on the approach of what celebrated, American

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Alsiso project Review and Opinion

2019/07/17

The Alsiso Project
editor: Andrew Hook
Elastic Press paperback £6

review by Christopher Geary

An anthology with a difference, this intriguingly titled volume is not centred on a single genre trope or particular theme, it's a bundle of short fiction that's all inspired by a typo! Yes, the nonsense-word 'alsiso' (attributed to Marion Arnott), is used

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