Exploring Class and Society in Carnival Row and Snowpiercer

NB: I know Snowpiercer season 2 is currently going up on Netflix so I’m going to limit discussion of it to season 1 alone. Carnival Row on Amazon Prime and Snowpiercer on Netflix are two vastly different TV shows. True, they have some big name actors (Jennifer Connolly and Sean Bean in Snowpiercer, and OrlandoContinue reading “Exploring Class and Society in Carnival Row and Snowpiercer”

Frank Herbert’s Dune: “Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.”

This was actually one of the first articles I wrote on this blog way back in 2011. It had an overhaul in 2016 or thereabouts and now, with the new film due, a second revamp. Science fiction is often about technology, yet there are some fictional universes where some technologies we take for granted areContinue reading “Frank Herbert’s Dune: “Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind.””

Reflecting on Climate Change Disaster Fiction with 2018’s Heat Wave

The Japanese government has declared it a national disaster; the far Eastern country has seen temperatures more in line with the middle east. Here in the UK, we are set to have the hottest and driest summer since 1976. Some time in the next few days, we were expecting to experience the hottest average temperatureContinue reading “Reflecting on Climate Change Disaster Fiction with 2018’s Heat Wave”

How Will The Walking Dead End?

By now, we have probably all seen the explosive and shocking season 7 opener. For most of us, perhaps the revelation of precisely whom Negan killed did not come as a surprise (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it). Since last season, I think there has been a general feeling that The Walking Dead had becomeContinue reading “How Will The Walking Dead End?”

Social Commentary in Science Fiction: Mockingjay

I know I have already written a post on The Hunger Games but here I want to write specifically about the final book/film where everything changes and the story is brought to a satisfactory conclusion (well, for some). Though it follows the same theme of celebrity culture, there are other elements that make this finalContinue reading “Social Commentary in Science Fiction: Mockingjay”

Book Review: An0maly by CJ Moseley

CJ has been kind enough to review two of my released self-published works in the past, most recent a fantastic review of Dead Heat. Having bought this about a year ago, I felt it was time to return the favour. With the promise that this would be a good weird-fi romp (as promised by reviewsContinue reading “Book Review: An0maly by CJ Moseley”

Motivation and Character: X-Men’s Trask

I finally saw X-Men: Days of Future Past yesterday and thought it was awesome. I expected it to be the final instalment in a series that lasted twelve years and seven films with a few that never came to pass (the Origins spin-off series faltered with Wolverine yet what we got in its place – First Class –Continue reading “Motivation and Character: X-Men’s Trask”

Obsolescence – Pitfall of a Sci Fi Writer

Technologies rise and fall and sci fi is the one genre above all other where projected new technologies can quickly become anachronistic. Today’s post a day is about just that – obsolescence – except I’m going to briefly discuss one of the biggest problems of writing science fiction. Read any sci fi books from the 1950s andContinue reading “Obsolescence – Pitfall of a Sci Fi Writer”

Steampunk as Counter Culture

So, last weekend I read, absorbed and reviewed Jeff Vandermeer’s The Steampunk Bible. Something that Vandermeer hinted at through the text and something that was far more blatant in the afterthought written by Jake von Slatt got me thinking, it concerned how perhaps people are drawn to steampunk as a reaction against the nature ofContinue reading “Steampunk as Counter Culture”

Book Review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (US title: Midnight Riot)

Peter Grant is a thoroughly modern Copper. He loves beer, curries and football, he fancies his professional partner, has become cynical about being in uniform, has a love-hate relationship with the city of London and generally tries to get on in life while avoiding being pushed into a dull desk job. Yet when called toContinue reading “Book Review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (US title: Midnight Riot)”