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”

The Themes in Stephen’s King’s “IT”

SPOILER ALERT: If you are unfamiliar with the book or have only seen the recently released film with no idea what is going to happen in Chapter 2, I suggest you look away now if you don’t want it spoilt. The latest film version released globally this weekend. I saw it on Friday afternoon. Largely,Continue reading “The Themes in Stephen’s King’s “IT””

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?”

Book Review: The Ruins By Scott Smith

I saw this film maybe six or seven years ago and was aware it was based on a book. The film was just ok, but I enjoyed it enough to read the book. There are several key differences between this and the film, one of which I prefer in the film. For the most partContinue reading “Book Review: The Ruins By Scott Smith”

Stephen King’s IT’s Most Controversial Scene

SPOILERS: IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT AND DO NOT WISH IT SPOILT, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST! There is one scene from Stephen King’s most famous book IT (I reviewed yesterday) that appears to be the major talking point of the book even now decades later. The scene has divided audiences between those whoContinue reading “Stephen King’s IT’s Most Controversial Scene”

Book Review: IT By Stephen King

I first read this book when I was about 13 but didn’t really get it at the time. Now I am in my 40s, I can look back with hindsight and admit that I didn’t get it. But that’s ok. Not everybody gets Stephen King all of the time, not even his long term fans.Continue reading “Book Review: IT By Stephen King”

The Best of James Herbert

The last book published before James Herbert’s death at age 69 was Ash. A few days ago, I finished that book – it was the only novel of his I had left to read so this feels like the end of an era. Over an illustrious career, he had many best sellers – not leastContinue reading “The Best of James Herbert”

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”

Fear!!!! Why Do We Love It So Much?

What is it about horror that fascinates us? What is it about being scared that is like a drug? For many Brits of a certain age, that fear began young: cowering behind the sofa at the appearance of the Daleks or the Cybermen on Doctor Who. Children seem to love being scared and my childhoodContinue reading “Fear!!!! Why Do We Love It So Much?”