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Black Blade, Heavy Metal - The Influence of Michael Moorcock

2008 has been a banner year for British science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock: the Times Online named him as one of the 50 greatest British writers after 1945, a list that includes such luminaries as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George Orwell, Ian Fleming, Iris Murdoch and Kingsley Amis. He was also named a Grand Master by SFWA, which is their highest honor.

Del Rey books just published a…

From The Mind of Manxom Vroom

I’m very excited to introduce a new contributor to Solar Flare. Manxom Vroom, AKA Jeffrey Valka will be contributing a weekly column to Solar Flare taking a different look at the world of science fiction and fantasy. This week he writes about Michael Moorcock’s influence in the sphere of Heavy Metal music.

It’s not something that springs to my mind when I hear the name Michael Moorcock and the extent of…

I Told You The Incredible Hulk Doesn’t Suck

I’d just like to point out that I told you The Incredible Hulk Wouldn’t Suck!. And by however you choose to measure these things, it doesn’t. Commercially and critically The Incredible Hulk is a success.

With a box office take of $54.5 million for the June 13th weekend, The Incredible Hulk took the number one spot comfortably.

But it’s not just a finiancial success, it’s also getting good reviews.
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Sci Fi Podcast Roundup #7

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Podcast Roundup

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for another Sci-Fi podcast roundup. I’m keeping it short and sweet this time, but I’m always interested to here about more podcasts that I could add to the roundup, so why not post a comment and let me know.

  • Beam Me Up #108 - Tim Pratt’s short story “The Frozen One”. There’s also…

Science Fiction Web Round Up #4

It’s been a long time since my last roundup but it’s back with another crop of articles worth reading around the web. Remember, I can only link to it if I know about it. So if you read or write something you think others would be enjoy. Let me know.

  • SF Signal gets the ball rolling this week with The SF/F Genre Will Eat Itself which addresses fans strange obsession with…

Solar Flare Is Looking For Contributors

Solar Flare: Science Fiction News is looking for contributors. I’m looking to make this blog a premier site on the web for coverage of all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. I want to take things to the next level and provide more information about a wide range of fantasy and science fiction. I’m particularly interested in reviews of books, tv shows, comics, films etc. Anything fantasy or science fiction…

Solar Flare Gets A New Look

I’m breaking my usual routine to post on Sunday because I’ve just launched a new look for Solar Flare.

I’ve been fighting with my own home made theme for a long time, trying to achieve a look that satisfied me and failing. Probably because I have the design skills of a 5 year old.
Image via Wikipedia
I think the new look which is based on the publicly available Grid Focus theme…

Sci-Fi Podcast Roundup #6

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Podcast Roundup

Well I’ve been back from vacation for a week now and I’m almost caught up on things so it’s time to bring back my regular columns. Starting with the Sci-Fi Podcast Roundup.

Podcast Spotlight - Lipstick Aliens

Lipstick Aliens features blogger Cat (AKA Sci Fi Ranter Girl) and video podcaster Lynne Gryphon and the two offer a female perspective on all…

Batman In The Movies

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Batman A History of the Dark Knight

There have been seven movies so far in the Batman movie franchise. To date Batman has been portrayed by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale.

The first Batman movie was known (appropriately enough) as Batman: The Movie and was a theatrical spin-off from the 1966 tv-series which starred Adam…

Batman On Television

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Batman A History of the Dark Knight

Batman has appeared on television in various forms since the 60s. In addition to the live action series from the 60s there have been several animated appearances and also a number of cameos.

The Batman TV Series

In 1966 the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) launched the Batman tv series. The show ran for 2 and a…

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