Jul 2, 2008
Manxom Vroom’s Growing Up Star Wars column last week got me thinking about my early interest in science fiction.
I’ve been a fan of science fiction and fantasy for as long as I can remember. I’m told that the first book I ever read by myself was Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien. This would be at about the age of 7, so round about 1979.
Now those of…
Jul 1, 2008
There can be no doubt that Sean Connery is a cinematic legend. He is the definitive James Bond, and he is Indiana Jones’s father. He won an Oscar for his portrayal of Jim Malone in The Untouchables, and rightly so. He is The Man. But for someone as highly regarded as him, he’s appeared in some really…let’s just say, craptacular movies.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Connery plays Allan Quatermain in this…
Jul 1, 2008
Bob Kane (birth name Robert Kahn) was born on October 24th 1915 in New York. He is best known as the creator of Batman. In fact Bob Kane was relatively new to comics when he began working on Batman.
Kane was actually a high-school friend of Will Eisner (The Spirit). He studied art at Cooper…
Jun 30, 2008
This is the first in a series of posts where I will be exploring the history of science fiction and staying true to the remit of the site I will be looking at science fiction in all media. Obviously I plan on it being a long series. To kick things off I thought I should discuss the…
Jun 27, 2008
Over at Aint It Cool News, Harry Knowles has posted the results of his exclusive access to some footage from the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. I try not to pre-judge things, particularly when I haven’t even seen so much as a trailer. However this is a project that has worried me since it’s conception.
First some background. While a huge sci-fi fan, I really don’t qualify as a Trekkie/Trekker. As…
Jun 26, 2008
Jonathan McCalmont has posted an interesting read called How to define a genre… and why not to bother in which he looks at various attempts to define science fiction, and what if any help they have been.
A few years back I made a post The Definitions of Science Fiction in which I listed some worthy attempts to define the genre. I ended that with Damon Knight’s definition:
Science Fiction is…
Jun 26, 2008
Honestly coming up with any sort of definitive list of Batman stories is next to impossible. While there are a lot of bad stories, there are also a lot of good ones. I’m not going to claim that this is anything more than a sample of what’s available. But I do think that these…
Jun 24, 2008
If you are a member of Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1982), odds are that the original Star Wars trilogy figured prominently in your childhood. I was lucky enough to see Star Wars (not “Episode IV: A New Hope” - just plain old Star Wars)on the big screen at the tender age of seven, and it totally blew my mind. My life was forever changed that happy day,…
Jun 23, 2008
SciFi Ranter Girl helpfully posted the season premieres for all the genre tv for 2008, a few weeks ago. For which I am grateful, because I always end up forgetting when shows start and if I don’t have a season pass set up already I miss the first episode.
So I created a public Google calendar based on the information:
The direct link to it is:
If you have information on any…
Jun 19, 2008
Science fiction seems to be the genre of choice in Hollywood these days, but it mainly comes in the forms of superheroes or action based sci-fi. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy both types of movies when I’m in the right mood, but I’m starting to wonder if Hollywood just isn’t capble of making a good hard science fiction movie.
What is Hard SF?
Well now there’s a question. I’m not a…