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New DVD’s For January 18th 2005

Its a quiet week for genre DVDs so all that I could dredge up was these three.


Um. Well you might want to buy it. I suppose. Halle Berry looks pretty hot certainly, but still…

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

Now this was a great mini-series. Everything that was good about Farscape, and not much of what was bad about it. Definitely worth a purchase.

Kung Fu: The Complete Second Season

Okay I’m probably stretching the genre…

Big Dumb Object Review Quotes

Over at Big Dumb Object James is soliciting for glowing reviews. Well allow me to oblige.

Big Dumb Object provides intelligent and wide ranging coverage of the science fiction genre.

Hows that for a nice review quote? Its true too. Its not accidental that Big Dumb Object is one of a very small number of links that feature on every page of this site rather than just the links page. If you…

Mark Gatiss Nebulous

Nebulous is a new original science fiction comedy on BBC Radio 4 starring Mark Gatiss starting Thursday 6th January at 11 pm (if you’re in the UK obviously). Nebulous is written by Graham Duff.

The year is 2099 and Professor Nebulous (Mark Gatis) is the director of K.E.N.T - the Key Environmental Nonjudgemental Taskforce. Cattle-clasm has wiped out the majority of livestock, the year now inludes the months Octember and…

Who Should Show The New Doctor Who Series?

First of lets get one thing very clear. Doctor Who is thesci-fi series. I can enjoy a good Star Trek. I loved Babylon 5. But Doctor Who is the series. Its the one I grew up with. Its at the heart of my love for the genre. You can make all the snide comments you want about wobbly sets, Doctor Who at its best is better than any other SF…

Short Story A Day

I’d like to congratulate John over at SFSignal for achieving last years New Year’s Resolution which was to read a certain number of stories over the course of the year. I’ll leave the full details of the points system to John, but the main point is that he read a lot of both short stories and full length novels.

Far more and a far wider range than I’ve ever managed in…

Site Changes

I’ve been going back and forwards on this for a bit, but finally decided that it was better to split off the wrestling and tech content of this blog into their own blogs.

So from now on, if you’re looking for wrestling news hop on over to and if you want to read about computers and gadgets, check out

All of the science fiction and media related stuff will…

Books I Should Read

Amazon has a nice feature where it takes all your purchases and your book ratings and then suggests what else you ought to try. Being borderline obsessive compulsive at times, I’ve given Amazon a lot of ratings to chew in the last 4 or 5 years. And it spits out some interesting suggestions.

The following are recent or upcoming releases that Amazon thinks I ought to like:

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Wizard by Gene…

The Night Before Christmas


‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In the hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s…

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Stave 5 The End Of It


YES! and the bedpost was his own. The bed was his own, the room was his own. Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!

“I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!” Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. “The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley!…

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Stave 4 The Last of the Three Spirits


THE Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.

It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. But for this…

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