COULD A LOST DINOSAUR CIVILIZATION EVER HAVE EXISTED? It’s a bit of a silly idea, I know. And obviously the answer, before I’ve even started waffling, is very, very probably not. But why not? And how would we ever really know for sure? In my 147th century space opera series The Amaranthine Spectrum (getting the
Aristocrats – aren’t they the worst? Entitled and elitist; cruel and often willfully sadistic. They’re more than wealthy, more than powerful – they believe the right to rule runs in their very veins. That’s what separates them from mere Bond-style supervillains. Anyone can claw themselves up to fortune or position, but you can’t buy class.
In 2014, Unfriended had its world premiere at Fantasia. One of two films that year, along with Open Windows, that takes place on a computer screen – the film’s success has been a pivotal benchmark in a storytelling movement that reflects our increasingly plugged-in lives. Four years later, the sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web drops the
Fox greenlights Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows TV series By Jonathan Hatfull 04-05-18 834 Fantastic news for fans of vampires doing their best to live in a flat-sharing situation, as Fox has given a series order to Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows TV
Shapeshifters are a big thing with me – in keeping with my general fascination for looking out from other shapes and faces is the idea of being transformed, willingly or not, from human to Other and back. Here are some of my absolute favourites from the canon and, in keeping with my general malleability, most
The annual Glasgow Film Festival is a haven of genre, not only harbouring FrightFest in GFT1 for two and a half days of the festival’s duration, but also weaving many freaky frights and SF sights into the fabric of its main programme. This comes as no surprise – for genre, combining familiar narrative types with
SFF screen adaptations that need to happen immediately …and a few that are already on their way. Like many avid readers, I’ve always been wary of screen adaptations, particularly when it comes to books I loved. I still haven’t got over the treatment meted out to Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, adapted for the
Princesses have it rough. Sure, Disney makes it look like fun, with all the balls, dresses, money and perfect skin. Sometimes they even get to be feisty and make their own decisions, just so long as they’re still wasp-waisted and doe-eyed. But no one takes a princess seriously. It took 20 years for Princess Peach
Writing historical fantasy should be easy. After all, if you’re going to put gods, monsters, devils, demons, witches or even the odd unicorn into, say, the US invasion of Grenada in 1983, then getting the exact deployment of the enemy communist forces (I always struggle to remember if it was two fishing boats and a
Roxanne Benjamin has directed segments of ace anthology horrors Southbound and XX, and she’s about to make her feature directorial debut with the splendidly-named Body At Brighton Rock. Variety reports that the film is currently in production and that it’s just been picked up for worldwide distribution by Magnet. Benjamin also wrote the film, which
The Earth is in peril and all we’ve got to save us are this groups of amateurs and idiots. It is one of my favourite sci-fi tropes, most often used in my favourite bastard genre sci-fi comedy: Guardians of the Galaxy, Galaxy Quest, Red Dwarf. Even The Fifth Element, though I am stretching the definition
Miguel visits his ancestors in this new UK trailer for Pixar’s Coco By Poppy-Jay Palmer 21-11-17 11,184 Read the full synopsis for Disney Pixar’s Coco here: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice
Last weekend saw Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema play host to Mayhem Film Festival, and we headed into screen one for four days full of horror, sci-fi and cult movies from around the world. It was our first time at Mayhem, and it definitely won’t be the last. With an excellent and eclectic selection of features and
Powered armour goes by many names in science fiction – including exosuit, assisted armour, jacket and exoskeleton. As readers we might quibble about the terminology, but we can all agree on one thing: it’s damned cool. Armoured suits are an element of SF that frequently catches the public’s imagination. Join me on a tour de
Having made the most critically-acclaimed DC Extended Universe movie so far, it only seems fitting that Patty Jenkins would be picked to direct the sequel of Wonder Woman. And we couldn’t be happier. Wonder Woman saw something finally come into action that we have wanted to see for a long time: a female-led superhero movie.