Locus Poll for the best sci-fi and fantasy of the past 110 years

The website for Locus magazine -- which I admit an unfamiliarity with -- is hosting an open poll, which closes tomorrow on November 30th, asking readers to vote for the best novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories in the genres of fantasy and science fiction from the 20th century and the first decade of the … Continue reading Locus Poll for the best sci-fi and fantasy of the past 110 years

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2012 Hugo Awards

As you may or may not know, the Hugo Awards are sort of like the Oscars for science fiction and fantasy stories. I don't follow them much (or, to be honest at the risk of losing my geek cred, at all), but when I saw the list of this years' winners, and recognized a few … Continue reading 2012 Hugo Awards

Short Film: “The Raven”

No, it's not about Edgar Allen Poe. (Although apparently there is a movie about him called The Raven coming out soon, starring John Cusack and Brendan Gleeson.) No, instead, this short sci-fi film is sort of like a simplified Minority Report. Or a sci-fi Bourne Identity. Or...well, look, it's pretty simple. A young guy who … Continue reading Short Film: “The Raven”

Short Film: Dr. Grordbort Presents “The Deadliest Game”

I like to showcase neat short films when I find them, even though I don't typically review them as I do feature films. Dr. Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game is a fun, five-minute diversion, a Vernian steampunk safari through an alien planet that humorously and gently satirizes the Victorian love of killing exotic and endangered … Continue reading Short Film: Dr. Grordbort Presents “The Deadliest Game”

TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episodes 3.08-3.09 “Human Nature” & “The Family of Blood”

Episodes 3.08 and 9 “Human Nature” & “The Family of Blood” Written By: Paul Cornell Originally Aired: May 26and June 2, 2007 Synopsis: “In order to hide from a family of murderous aliens who are following his scent across time, the Doctor disguises himself as a mild-mannered English schoolteacher in 1913, even rewriting his own … Continue reading TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episodes 3.08-3.09 “Human Nature” & “The Family of Blood”

Book Review: “Waverly Hall: Relois” by Brian Melton

This is a solicited review, and a free copy of the book was sent to me. In no way does this affect my opinions expressed here. Title: Waverly Hall: Relois Series: First in a projected series. Author: Brian Melton Pages: 255 Published: 2010, by Lantern Hollow Press Spoiler-free Synopsis: While staying at her mysterious Uncle … Continue reading Book Review: “Waverly Hall: Relois” by Brian Melton

TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.07 “42”

Episode 3.07 “42” Written By: Chris Chibnall Originally Aired: May 19, 2007 Synopsis: “On a spaceship headed straight for the centre of the sun, The Doctor only has 42 minutes to save Martha and the rest of the ship's crew from an inevitable doom...” (Wikipedia) I always get this episode confused with the “Impossible Planet”/ … Continue reading TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.07 “42”

TV Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.06 “The Lazarus Experiment”

Episode 3.06 “The Lazarus Experiment” Written By: Stephen Greenhorn Originally Aired: May 5, 2007 Synopsis: “The famous Dr Lazarus has appeared to discover the secret of eternal youth - but do his experiments hide a sinister secret?” (Wikipedia) The pre-title sequence is quite interesting for what it reveals about our two protagonists. It ends on … Continue reading TV Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.06 “The Lazarus Experiment”

TV Show Review: Doctor Who Episodes 3.04 – 3.05 “Daleks in Manhattan” & “Evolution of the Daleks”

“[In 1930s New York] The Doctor and Martha confront a host of surviving Daleks from the Canary Wharf battle. What are those creatures in the sewers? And why are the Cult Of Skaro attempting to create a Dalek/Human hybrid...?”

TV Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.03 “Gridlock”

Episode 3.03 “Gridlock” Written By: Russell T. Davies Originally Aired: April 14, 2007 Synopsis: “The Doctor and Martha return to New Earth to find it has been laid out as a horrendous trap, stuck in a giant and long traffic jam under the streets of New New York.” A rather grimy, almost claustrophobic episode is … Continue reading TV Review: Doctor Who Episode 3.03 “Gridlock”