Tag Archives: Alternate Histories

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream

Caesar (a.k.a. Andy Serkis)

Caesar (a.k.a. Andy Serkis)

The Guardian gives the flick 4-out-of-5-star review, as does The Telegraph.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream – first look review | Film | theguardian.com.

via Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream – first look review | Film | theguardian.com.

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The X-Files is 20: six ways that Scully and Mulder changed TV

loved The X-Files… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

The X-Files is 20: six ways that Scully and Mulder changed TV | Television & radio | theguardian.com.

via The X-Files is 20: six ways that Scully and Mulder changed TV | Television & radio | theguardian.com.


9 Women Who Shaped Science Fiction

Virginia Woolf

9 Women Who Shaped Science Fiction


Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories

(Ian Watson, Ian Whates (eds); Constable & Robinson Ltd.; London 2010)

The wonders of a Kindle (and I’m sure of other e-readers too), is the ease with which one can pick up a book on a whim, sometimes at a scandalously low price, and begin to read. Or dip, as is the case with short story anthologies. Hang on, rewind… I say “dip”, but I read this from cover-to-cover. I am a real fan of the short story form: it forces a literary economy on the writer that serves as a genuine test or showcase of skill; it enables the exploration of ideas which might not sustain a longer form, or at their best they leave the reader excited and craving more. Single author collections can of course be deeply rewarding, but the multi-author anthology offers the excitement of not knowing what you are going to get. Famous, oft-reprinted classics jostle with sparkling new tales knocked-out especially for the collection at hand; disappointing trifles rub shoulders with unexpected gems. Some tales fail to engage and invite a rapid flicking of the pages, whilst others sink their hooks in and leave a lasting impression. Continue reading


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