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.””

Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never “just” been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and filmsContinue reading “Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)”

Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

I saw Dark Eden advertised in SFX magazine a few years ago and added it to my mental wish list. It sounded my sort of thing and I eventually bought it on Kindle. A tale of strange alien worlds and life forms, exotic yet hostile, beautiful yet problematic about a small colony trying to survive.Continue reading “Book Review: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett”

What is “New Space Opera”?

… there are plenty of American writers who, like the Brits [list of names provided] have been engaged in reinventing and refurbishing space opera’s cherished but almost fatally tarnished and rusted tropes. In short, the New Space Opera is more of a confluence than a movement: a wide range of writers working on a broadContinue reading “What is “New Space Opera”?”

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”

The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars: Thoughts on War of the Worlds

Do you “believe” in life on other planets? I don’t but only because – in this case – “belief” is irrelevant. People used to believe that this planet was the centre of the solar system. The fact that this hypothesis was violently enforced does not make it true. What matters is the evidence and theContinue reading “The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars: Thoughts on War of the Worlds”

Book Review: Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F. Hamilton

I’ve waited a long time to read anything by one of the new masters of sci-fi and of British sci-fi. I purchased this collection of short stories several years ago; around the same time, I also purchased The Reality Dysfunction which I hope to read soon. This will be a review of Hamilton’s working styleContinue reading “Book Review: Manhattan in Reverse by Peter F. Hamilton”

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”