Category Archives: Books

The Shadow Hero (2014)

Currently enjoying Gene Luen and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero (2014), which reclaims him as a bona fide Chinese superhero. (I’m still waiting for a hero with whom I can culturally identify and it’s 2015!) These panels are for the … Continue reading

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Roy Random: Prediction for Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale and What I Want to Watch and Read

In the Game of Thrones season 5 finale, I predict that the set-piece spectacular will be when Cersei Lannister’s creepy pet necromancer, Maester Qyburn, resurrects a Terminatorised Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane to rescue her from the Sparrows. What I want … Continue reading

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Neo Sword and Sorcery

This morning I’m pre-empting possible responses that might arise from the can of worms I may have opened in my last podcast (ep. 63), after I bemoaned the lack of sword and sorcery (a term originally coined by Michael Moorcock) … Continue reading

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Rider In The Mist (Update): Sword and Sorcery Fiction

Rider is a gamified version of an unpublished short story. The story itself is a prequel to another similarly unpublished draft. You will shortly be able to read both as short stories, or incorporated into a novel. More information to … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Christmas Podcast Schedule UK SciFi/Fantasy/Horror/Tech Podcast

Merry Eve of… Christmas Eve! Until today the needle of my Super-O-Meter™ was firmly pointed at ‘Stylish Supervillain’, while I cackled with glee at the squirming masses of humanity from my Tower of Nerditude™. Unfortunately, a last-minute dash to the … Continue reading

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Alan Moore: BBC HARDtalk Interview (2012)

I completely missed this TV interview, in case you did too, here it is again via a kindly YouTuber:

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Writing Progress and Unashamed Plug for My Upcoming Techno-Thriller The Horus Box

Here is a progress report, aimed primarily at interested publishers and agents. The most notable item on the list is my upcoming techno-thriller The Horus Box, the rough draft of which I will have finished next week. After that I … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Fan Film Based on Iain M. Banks The Player of Games Culture Novel

Not sure why this great little fan film, based on Iain M. Banks widely lauded The Player of Games, hasn’t got a BAZILLION views. Let’s see what we can do about that:

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Writing 2000 Words a Day To Finish My Novel

I am currently twelve thousand words into my mystery/horror novel and have just finished the sixth chapter today. Here is the back cover blurb: The Horus Box Amidst the dot com boom, a traumatised bicycle messenger and an enigmatic war … Continue reading

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Tweeting First Line of Daily 2000 Words, My Fiction, Your First Fiction?

2000 Words Okay, just to prove that I’m not a total flake after the magazine debacle, I’m encouraging myself to keep writing by tweeting the first line of each piece of fiction I write each day. Each piece, whether a … Continue reading

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Very Quick Review: Sleeper Season One Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips (2009) (Wildstorm)

Holden Carver is James Bond with Rogue-like superpowers. He is a high level double-agent undercover in a supervillain’s cabal. Noir, hardboiled with superpowers thrown in for good measure. Not bad, though it is difficult to feel any real empathy whatsoever … Continue reading

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#UK #Retro #Comics #TV #KungFu Free Gift from Look-In Magazine in the 1970s

I still occasionally wear this cool pendant, souvenir of the Kung Fu TV series, “liberated” from an older cousin BITD and dated via this retrotastic page.

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#Nerds, #Writers, Earthians, Buy Me A Beer: Theron-Unpwned, Unwisely Consuming…, Old Olds…, Goat Attack, Grossip…, Prod-cast

Theron-Unpwned: Hi. Yeah, see, the thing about saying you’ve “gone-writing” is that it inevitably means that you’re not. So I thought I’d take a break from “not” and try to shake something loose by blahing on a bit.  So what … Continue reading

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Whitewashing: Check Out Racebending.com

Check out this laudable anti-whitewashing effort from the people at Racebending.com: In their own words: “Racebending.com is an international grassroots organization of media consumers that advocates for underrepresented groups in entertainment media. Since our formation in 2009, we have been … Continue reading

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#Tech/#Dev: #GoogleGlass, #DC #ComicBooks: #Stormwatch V.1

Google Glass Development: I suddenly got fired up about code this morning and decided to have a go at cooking something up for Google Glass, or at least trying to anyhow. At this very moment, in fact, I am downloading … Continue reading

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Quick Update: #DoctorWho, Matt Fraction Etc… (#SciFi, #ComicBooks)

Started Doctor Who: The Sleep of Reason yesterday in which the Doctor seems to be vacationing in a mental hospital with an nth-life crisis. Read Harker: The Book of Solomon this morning, a fairly run-of-the-mill, copper procedural in the tradition … Continue reading

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Last Couple of Weeks: #StrontiumDog, #ThePunisher, #DoctorWho, #Poirot (#ComicBooks, #UK #SciFi, #TV & #Writing)

It’s been a weird few weeks, good in some ways awful in others. Average, in other words. There was a storm that did some horrible things to the abode: , lashing it with an unbelievable amount of rain… …and wind! But … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Podcast: neRRRdcast AKA Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 17

Episode 17, huzzah! This week, an extra, extra long and very uncut show, featuring oodles of tentacular, nerdy goodness ready for direct brain download: Oldboy, World War Z, Atlantis, Blackout, Breaking Bad, BBC Radio SciFi, The Magician’s Land, StarAdventurer.com, Horrible … Continue reading

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The Magician's Land (2014)

The last (?) of Lev Grossman’s excellent Magician‘s trilogy comes out next year. The main protagonist of the novels is Quentin Coldwater. Quentin starts the series as a new pupil of Brakebills, a school for magicians, and later becomes a … Continue reading

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Whispers Under Ground (2012)

Met copper/apprentice magician investigates weird stuff in London. And that is why I found it impossible not to buy it in Foyles a couple of weeks ago. I have now almost finished this novel from a series by ex-Doctor Who … Continue reading

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My Journalistic Hate List @NUJofficial @journalism @BBC @Guardian

Things… …and some I’m also guilty of committing: Articles with “Why You Should…” in the title. Articles with “N Reasons Why You Should…” in the title. Any “Top N Things” type listicle articles. (GUILTY!) Statistically unprovable rating schemes with “N … Continue reading

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#Comic #Book #Review: Grant Morrision's and Philip Bond's Vimanarama

In this SciFi/Fantasy comedy the father of our lackadaisical hero, Ali, owns a corner-shop in Bradford. One day some shelves collapse on Ali’s hard-working brother Omar and a huge hole appears… The hole imprisons something very nasty indeed that inevitably … Continue reading

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#SciFi, #Horror, #Fantasy: "…send us a story if you think you can mix up some pulpy goodness…" #UK, #Canada & #Mauritius

I’m busy writing and not getting paid right now, in case anyone has any weird ideas of how I’m profiting from Star Adventurer Magazine (I AM NOT). So dust off your cynic’s hat and send us a story if you … Continue reading

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Varis the Musical Assassin: Spotted In Toy Store

About a month ago I saw this figure in Toy Barnhaus and realised that I had found the PlayMobil embodiment of the protagonist from my short story The Black Tower. Albeit, in a stolen uniform and ironically waving a standard. I … Continue reading

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Want Me To #Review Something? #Movies, #TV, #ComicBooks, #Games, #Gadgets etc…

Want me to review something? Then get in touch! Here’s what I can currently handle: SciFi/Fantasy/Horror movies (first UK press screening) and TV shows (pilot only on region unlocked DVD). Superhero/supervillain SciFi/Fantasy/Horror English language comic books (hard copy of first … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-2011)

I came to The Sarah Jane Adventures rather late in the game and well after the death of the wonderful Elizabeth Sladen in 2011. In my view, this is an utterly brilliant series that more faithfully captures the original spirit … Continue reading

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News from the Man-Cave: #BSFA, #DoctorWho, Judge Mathur, #Writers' Workshops and Links

Busy day as usual, just a quick post.  Postie brought a few BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) mags this morning: I tried sticking my new press pass in my Doctor Who UNIT wallet that I recently won, but it kept … Continue reading

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NEW #STORIES at Star Adventurer Magazine of #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror and #Pulp

We have just published another two pieces of fantastic fiction over at Star Adventurer Magazine: Claws and Skyscraper Glass by Brock T.I. Penner (Science Fiction) Lollipop by Roy Mathur (Horror) I wrote Lollipop with these songs swirling around in my … Continue reading

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PlayMobil and Ninjas!

Leaving the house can be hazardous with all that gorgeous loot out there ready to spirit cash away from the nerdly credit card.

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Writing Submissions for Star Adventurer Magazine: Proofread Several Times Please

I’m addressing this post to myself as well as those thinking of submitting to Star Adventurer Magazine, so please do not be offended. I proofread and re-edited my last short-story, The Black Tower, for the final time and posted it … Continue reading

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Batten Down the Hatches: It's Writing Time!

Okay, I’ve slept, done the laundry, washing up and shopping, messed about with LinkedIn (thanks all 175 contacts), checked my email and fiddled with my social media.  Now The Captain is battening down the hatches and hiding away from the … Continue reading

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Star Adventurer Magazine: Please Read the Guidelines!

I cannot emphasise more strongly that prospective authors need to closely read the submission guidelines here. Granted, they have been in a state of flux, because we are tweaking things, and you may have been caught out by changes.  However, … Continue reading

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3, 2, 1… Star Adventuer Magazine is GO!

A second story has been published… It took a while, but we ARE getting there! A big thanks to all the authors who got in touch with us, and also for all the support we have received generally! Lurid, Trashy, Glorious … Continue reading

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Rules/Terms and Conditions for Submitting Work to Star Adventurer Magazine

Please see revised rules. Thanks

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Writing for Star Adventurer Magazine: "people wouldn't know pulp from a gaping, bloody .50 cal hole in their heads."

Despite an initial lack of response to my call for submissions, some short stories are starting to trickle in. Unfortunately most people wouldn’t know pulp from a gaping, bloody .50 cal hole in their heads.* Pulp, Hard-boiled, 70s-style Hammer Horror, … Continue reading

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#Writing, #Writers Circles, Software and 12,000 Visitors!

Writing: I lost momentum on my main writing project, a detective novel, due to laziness. Now, coming back to it after months, I have found an appalling mess of jumbled chapters and a mobius spaghetti of half-a-dozen plotlines. You should … Continue reading

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#SciFi: Hey, Banks! Keep Writing! (#IainMBanks)

The unpleasant recent news about writer Iain (M.) Banks got me thinking that, although I don’t consider myself a fan, I have read an awful lot of his books. Also, it is quite astonishing that I have found it difficult … Continue reading

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#Comic #Book #Reviews: The #Question: Poisoned Ground, #Hellblazer: The Red Right Hand, #Moon #Knight: Vol 2

With a lack of much to do apart from applying for jobs and waiting for BT to send me a router, I made use of Redhill Public Library and borrowed some books.  Here’s a quick review of a few trades … Continue reading

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#Fantasy #Books: Sword and Sorcery's Hall of Forgotten Heroes

OK, so we’ve all heard of Conan, Robert E. Howard’s most popular creation who strides the earth in search of loot, women, adventure and a kingdom to call his own and we’re yawning with Tolkien (thank you very much Mr. … Continue reading

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Reading… Salam Pax

Just found this book in the corner of the toilet of the house I’m sharing- Salam Pax: The Bagdad Blog by an anonymous Iraqi blogger.*  It is made up of his blog entries made during the war in Iraq between … Continue reading

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Amphigorey: The Best of Edward Gorey (#Books, #Horror, #Fantasy, #Art)

Quite well known in the USA and Canada, but less known in the rest of the world, the late, lamented Edward Gorey was an artist, illustrator and poet of the peculiar.  This book is a nice collection of some of … Continue reading

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The #Books That Time Forgot: #Silverberg's Hawksbill Station, The Man In The Maze, Downwards To The Earth

Silverberg’s short novels are not so much “The books That Time Forgot” as much as  they are “The Books That Got Buried” under a pile of his later work, given the author’s insanely prolific output.  I picked these short novels, … Continue reading

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Great #Seasonal #Horror #Fiction: Robert Bloch's The Night Before #Christmas

One of my favourite Christmas horror Stories is Robert Bloch’s The Night Before Christmas featured in the seminal Dark Forces collection from the 1980s as well as various other anthologies. I can’t say much about it without giving away spoilers, … Continue reading

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Topics for the Next #SciFi, #Horror and #Fantasy #Podcast (#Movies, #TV and #Comics)

In the next podcast we’ll have a mixed bag to look forward to.  Neo noir, early/golden age genre cinema, the Arthurian Myth on film and a smattering of classic comic book artists… Here’s a rough list of what to expect: … Continue reading

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The #Books That Time Forgot: Any Book By Bob Shaw #scifi

I was moved to write this new Books That Time Forgot post after looking up Bob Shaw, one of my favourite authors, on Goodreads and seeing that many of his works had actually garnered only two star ratings from some … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket #Radio #Show: Nerdomundo #SciFi #Podcast #Christmas Edition OUT NOW! #Mauritius, #Africa, #UK, #Canada

Yes, here it is, in all its dubious glory.  As usual you can download the show utilising a veritable myriad of marvelous methods from here. In this week’s Christmas Edition we talk about: Seeking a Friend for the End of … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie #Book #Tech #Podcast: #Christmas Show This Sunday, Contents Here, Please RT!

Greeting Nerdlings, it’s the final show of the year!  Parrrp!  (Plastic trumpet fanfare sound, not digestive distress). The Christmas tree is already up (actually it never came down), so please join me for a couple of drinks as I talk … Continue reading

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The #Books That Time Forgot: Bruno Lipshitz and the Disciples of Dogma By John Robert King, #SciFi

Bruno Lipshitz and the Disciples of Dogma by John Robert King is another forgotten gem from Gollancz.  Moshe Dayan lookalike, layabout and slob Bruno Lipshitz is our lackadaiscial anti-hero when doggy alien overlord, god-squad nutters invade and make the puny … Continue reading

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#Shadow #Audio & #Comics: #Noir #Pulp Fans Rejoice As Old School Hard Nuts In Hats Kick Bottom

Dynamite, the sort-of Big Finish of the comic book world, have been publishing a series called, Masks.  It is a cross-over of a few fedora-wearing 1930s hard cases, including that master-of-men, The Spider and the original Mr. Nickel Plated 1911s, … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: One Year, 8000+ Visitors and 500+ Posts

I’ve just published the 500th post since Bold Voyaging the Multiverse started back in November last year and we’ve also just had our 8000th visitor a few minutes ago. Just wanted to say thanks people!

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WordPress, ITU, Blog, Career, Coffee, So It Goes

Yesterday or the day before, I  started to notice that the WordPress media uploader has changed along with a few other things like the toolbar in edit mode (where IS “indent”?)  The the new uploader is particularly horrible and slow, … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show #Podcast Late, Rescheduled for Sunday

Sorry, but I’m experiencing a few network difficulties. (Basically, I have to find a better position for intercept my router’s erratic WiFi signal.)  It’ll be out by Sunday at the latest. Topics- Editorial: Media Jobs, African Nerdery, Real-life violence = … Continue reading

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Über #Nerd #Podcast: Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show, Season 1, Episode 5, Out Friday!

V The next episode of the show will be out on Friday, possible topics- Movies: Argo, The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire, Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, TV: Discovery’s SciFi Science, Arrow revisited, The Walking Dead, Books: Hyperion, Polar City Blues, … Continue reading

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No #Sleep Til…, Getting Published, #Skyfall, #Fringe, #Writing, #Blogging & #Podcasting

No Sleep ‘Til… – After so many late nights, indicative of insomnia rather than hard work, I slept on and off for most of the last 24 hours and I’m still tired. Getting Published – I listened to the latest … Continue reading

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Rant Forgotten: Forget Eat, Pray, Love; Here’s Read, Eat, Code #Mauritius

I had something awfully important to say before, but after picking up an old favourite book at Game, Phoenix and stuffing myself with an enormous Mauritian sandwich, it just doesn’t seem that important anymore. Also, I just saw on coder … Continue reading

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First Run: #Arrow #TV Show, First Episode Review

OK, I just started watching the first season of CW’s Arrow.   I have deliberately avoided reading other reviews and, thus, have no idea how the has show been received by the public; meaning that there is nothing to prejudice my … Continue reading

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Back From My Walk, Lovely Day In #Curepipe, #Mauritius,The Jellyfish Sucks & #Arrow

Yep, yesterday walked twice around the Trou aux Cerfs crater and today I managed three laps, but my knee is killing me.  No one said “hi” despite (or perhaps because) of my superb Spiderman tee-shirt wrapped round the short, alluring, … Continue reading

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Double Bill: How Arthur Conan Doyle Came Up With #Sherlock Holmes + The #Shadow Now Playing!

Arthur Conan Doyle speaking for a Fox news reel in 1927 – Arthur Conan Doyle Speaks The Orson Welles The Shadow RKO radio series (1937-1938) for your PMP or iDevice- The Shadow (All courtesy of the Internet Archive) And remember… … Continue reading

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#NaNoWriMo: My Absence Explained

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#Book #Review: Fever Crumb and Web of Air By Philip Reeve

I read these about a year ago.  Fever Crumb followed by Web of Air are a new series of books that prequel the Mortal Engines SciFi series and features an orphan (Fever) brought up by the kindly, but eccentric, Guild … Continue reading

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#Book #Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #Mauritius

I arrived in Mauritius yesterday and plan to stay here with the parental units while the legal work for the UK property we found gets sorted out.  I’m not going to say any more until I’m know everything is hunky-dory … Continue reading

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#SciFi Ghetto: They're At It Again! #Banks #Atwood

I dooon’t belieeeve it! They’re at it again. This time I found Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood and Iain (not using the “M” as he does for his SF work) Bank’s Transition in the general fiction section of Horley … Continue reading

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Nerd Musings: A Surfeit of Ethans

I’m watching MI2 right now and it occurs to me that, offhand, I can think of three notable “Ethans”.  Ethan Hunt, of course, but also Ethan Frome Fortune, salesmen in Alan Dean Foster’s novel Icerigger and damn fine actor Ethan … Continue reading

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It's NOT #SciFi: Literary Snobbery

I was going to write a long posting about this particular bugbear that gets right under the skin of most SciFi fans, including myself, but a TVTropes article covers the subject thoroughly- Sci-Fi Ghetto Two notable authors guilty of this … Continue reading

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3 Best Worst #Books: Misery Tonight, Misanthrope's Delight

What did you expect? Here I am again breaking every rule of blogdom by writing yet another micro-ode to the depressing inevitability of universal entropy and posting it into the horrendous, gaping maw of not-so-public opinion.  (“Not-so-public” because no one … Continue reading

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#SciFi #NewWave: Bad Moon Rising: An Anthology of Political Forebodings by Thomas M. Disch

When I read Bad Moon Rising: An Anthology of Political Forebodings by Thomas M. Disch as a teen I felt that frisson of intellectual excitement you get when you realise that your IQ has risen merely from being in the … Continue reading

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The Books That Time Forgot: The Road to Corlay By Richard Cowper (#Books #Reviews)

Welcome to a new regular series of features that I’m calling  The Books That Time Forgot. Since about the age of nine, I have read a mountain sized heap of books.  Mainly Science Fiction and, to a slightly lesser extent, … Continue reading

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Eine Kleine Toilette Lesen #reading

You knew it would eventually come down to this level- Things I have Read On The Bog (Brit-slang for WC) Readers Digest – My dad used to subscribe to this and it was actually not completely awful if you avoided … Continue reading

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My Favourite Syndicated #Comic Strips

The Wizard of Id – I really can’t think of anything funnier than this strip.  Syndicated before the beginning of recorded history, this strip has entertained me since my age could be denoted with a single integer.   Miniature king with … Continue reading

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5000+ Visitors To Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse #scifi #movies #comics

We just had the five thousandth visitor to this blog early this morning. Amazing to think that when this blog started in March last year, we were lucky to get ten visitors a month, but by the end the year … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show Episode 3 #scifi #nerd #podcast

This week- The Hobbit, Elysium, The Possession and Berberian Sound Studio. You can get it here, subscribe here, or wait until Apple pulls its finger out and updates the iTunes webpage here. Apologies for the sound quality, content quality, my … Continue reading

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The Dandy: Last Post #UK #Comic Books

OK, I blogged about the demise of the print version of The Dandy yesterday.  Today, while I was shopping in Tescos, I had a look at the modern Dandy comic book.   When I was younger, The Dandy came in … Continue reading

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#UK #Comic Book Dandy Finito… Maybe

I just heard on the BBC six o’clock news today that the printed edition of The Dandy will end in December this year.  That’s a bit sad as The Dandy was my first comic and I wrote about it a … Continue reading

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Another Few Bite the Dust… #SciFi

I read this post in ScfiFiRama about the work of the late, great comic book artist Jean Giraud (AKA Moebius).  Apparently he died in March.  The same post also mentioned that filmmaker Dan O’Bannon had died… three years ago.  How … Continue reading

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Favourite #Books: Use of Weapons By Iain M. Banks #SciFi

This was the first Banks SF novel I read.  The book is set in Bank’s universe of the Culture, a kind of socialist utopia, like the United Federation of Planets, but far more advanced and, frankly, much more shallow and … Continue reading

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My #Marvel Gateway Drug: The Amazing #Spiderman Pocket Books Volume 1

These are the two Marvel pocket books that directly led to my life-long Spiderman obsession.  They came into my possession magically around the age of  seven or eight.  I say “magically” because I cannot honestly remember how I got them.  … Continue reading

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Starlord: The Rolls Royce of #UK #SciFi #Comics

I’m a notorious late-adopter, but in this one aspect I can honestly claim to having been a fanboy right from the very start. When Starlord came out, I was still in short-trousers, but the moment I saw it, I knew … Continue reading

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#UK #Comic Book Nostalgia: #Dandy and #Beano

I often mention that I was introduced to comics as part of my speech therapy.  It’s kind of my schtick – ask me about it sometime. The first comic my dad bought me was The Dandy followed a little later … Continue reading

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#Tired, #Coffee, #Hobgoblin, #Comic #Books, #Nerdvana and #Bhutan

I’m so tired this morning.  I finally got my podcast into iTunes and spruced up my main website. It all took a bit longer than I thought it would, but now I’m almost everywhere!  Apple have approved my podcast content … Continue reading

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Final Thought for the Day: #Write MORE! #writing #nanowrimo

Final thought for the day – Barbara Cartland, the one-woman-romance-factory churned out “6,500 words each afternoon from 1 to 3:15 p.m. and completed a book at least every couple of weeks.” Time to reorganise my time-table.

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No Good News Today, So I'm Doing The Only Thing Worth Doing: Writing

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: New Nerd Forum Launched! #Nerds #Geeks #Otaku #SciFi

Yes, now we have a forum too- Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: Probably the Best Nerd Forum in the Multiverse! “If you build it, they will come.” Not sure about that, but hope to see lots, some, a few more than … Continue reading

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Even More #UK #Comic Book Nostalgia: The Crunch!

Another two favourite characters, this time from ultra-violent Brit comic The Crunch (I actually had the Black Band… of Plastic!) Bear-Paw Jay, Native American, ex-Green Beret bounty hunter!  Makes Marshal Raylan Givens from Justified look like a right Wendy. And Johnny … Continue reading

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More British #Comic Book Nostalgia: Sir Chell Puddock, The Hammer Man!

Zounds!  He ain’t no MC Hammer!  It’s Sir Chell Puddock: The Hammer Man.  A burley, hammer-wielding, knight errant from the Middle-Ages.  He was a favourite character of mine who featured in The Victor, which I occasionally bought. Chivalrous, righting wrongs, … Continue reading

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Bigging Up Garth and Bigging Down Reigate and Banstead Council

Remember Garth, the hero from the eponymous comic strip in The Daily Mirror newspaper? A couple of days ago mum bought a copy of the Mirror and I was pleased to see that the time-travelling muscle-man was still a fixture. Also, … Continue reading

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Some Brit Comic Books I Used to Read #comics #uk #scifi

When I was a kid I spent an inordinate amount of pocket money on comics and then spent most of my time staring holes into them.  If you’re not from the UK, you probably haven’t heard of any of these.

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EBE Language In Common Nerdling Usage #scifi #tv #movies #comics

Borag Thungg – Tharg of 2000 AD Klaatu barada nikto – Klaatu from The Day The Earth Stood Still Bazinga! – Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory (obviously alien) Nanoo nanoo, shazbot – Mork from Mork and Mindy sQuEefsdkjkjfdyyy!#!’! – … Continue reading

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Hindu Mythology Shamefully Commercialised #scifi #comics

I grew up as an only child in a Hindu family with largely no knowledge of the gods or goddesses. This was exacerbated by not being able to speak Hindi or living in an area with others of our kind.  … Continue reading

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Future Run: Guardians of the Galaxy (and Dreadstar)

Even more Comicon stuff.  Marvel announced Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).  Future superheroes in space sort of thing (see Marvel wiki). Makes me wonder/hope/pray that those in charge may just get round to making something like the first run of … Continue reading

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Today I Decided to Finish Writing My Novels

Bugger waiting for NaNoWriMo or making excuses.

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Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius: James Bond on LSD, Playing an Electric Guitar in a Time-Travelling Wardrobe

Michael Moorcock’s insane series of time/reality-bending novels.  The eponymous was the hero of the utterly nutterly movie The Final Programme in 1973 starring uber-cool Jon Finch.  Dig the crushed velvet jacket?  Johnny Depp reboot?

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Calvin(a) and Hobbes Spotted in Crawley

I wish I had a camera with me at the time, but I saw this little girl dragging a toy tiger that was the exact size and scale of Calvin’s tiger Hobbes.  A couple of years ago, when I used … Continue reading

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What I'm Reading, What Are You Reading?

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Kane and Karl Edward Wagner

I borrowed a battered paperback copy of Karl Edward Wagner’s Dark Crusade from Catford Public library (sadly defunct) sometime in the 1980s.  That was my first experience of the monumental talent that was Wagner. There are many other articles about … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: Black Metal By Rick Spears

Though I am the very antithesis of any one musical sub-culture now, as a youth I followed a number of popular trends.  Let’s see- punk, headbanger, very late and very horrible flirtation with the new romantic look (Flock of Seagulls- … Continue reading

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TechieTalk June: Writing, Wii U, NFC, MacBook Pro Retina, Microsoft Surface, Movies, Games and More!

Just updated my TechieTalk column archive for June, so now you can read a whole bunch of my nerd column newspaper articles online- Mon 04-Jun-2012 Distraction Free Writing Tools Mon 11-Jun-2012 Upcoming Geekery, Gaming, Gadgets and Superheroes Mon 18-Jun-2012 Apples … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes, Free Books for Your Mobile Device: What Order To Read Them in and Where to Get Them

As you may know if you follow this blog, I’m a bit of a Sherlock Holmes fanboy. So if you’ve watched Sherlock Holmes on TV or at the movies and want to get into the books, here’s your chance.  Don’t … Continue reading

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Nerd TV Shows and Movies: So Much To Do, So Little Time…

Like Mister X‘s mumbled refrain, I’m having a little difficulty keeping up with the constant stream of geeky goodness. For some time now, other bloggers have been saying that shows aimed at nerds are the rule rather than the exception.  … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Actually saw this a few weeks ago on DVD.  Being a big, big Sherlock fan (from the books), I knew not to expect anything even near Conan-Doyle’s work, but I did enjoy the first Ritchie film so I was expecting … Continue reading

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DC's Green Arrow in New TV Show: Arrow, Trailers Etc…

I got into Green Arrow through Batman, and actually preferred the b-story featuring Green Arrow when he shared a second-billing in the Green Lantern comic book.  I also really enjoyed the 80s series The Long Bow Hunters by Mike Grell … Continue reading

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Second Run: Harry Palmer: Everyspy

Somewhere between James Bond and George Smiley sits Harry Palmer, underwhelming, but clever, supercool British spy. Played by Michael Caine, Palmer was the subject of either five or six films depending on how you look at things- The Ipcress File … Continue reading

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Puny God: Avengers Assemble, Raven's Gate and Horns

Rather religious theme this week with Norse gods, Satanists and the Devil. Avengers Assemble 3D– saw this a few days ago at the Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus, London.  Best line of the movie is uttered by the Hulk after he … Continue reading

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I have Not Ascended to Singularity-hood… Yet… Just Very Busy

Just wanted to let the followers of this thingy know that I’m still around, still in town, like Mongo, just busy for the next week.  So expect very few updates. Other news: my personal nerd-fit-club seems to be going well, … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Cult of Lego and My Continuing Struggle With Reamde

Cult of Lego is boring and unopinionated.  Unlike this blog.  Unaccountably, more than two people have actually read it (unlike this blog). Nice pictures, passable cover and published, so one chainsaw. Still struggling through Neal Stephenson’s Reamde.  It’s about a … Continue reading

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SciFi Watering Holes: The Best Bars In All Possible Universes!

Chalmun’s Cantina, Mos Eisley, Tatooine Where Captain Solo famously blasts a hole in Greedo before the latter has time to reach.  The band is also partly the reason I am learning to to play a musical instrument! The Spacers Rave, Proton … Continue reading

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Righteous Steam Punk

The trouble with steam punk, especially for those of us from ex-British colonies and possessions is that it is an uncomfortable reminder of the bad old days of the British Empire.  Slavery, indentured labour, oppression and economic exploitation.  Of course, … Continue reading

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Very Short Comic Review: Sebastian O

Sebastian O is a steam punky yarn from the tesseractal bonce of Grant Morrison with a anti-hero who could be best described as Oscar Wilde channeling James Bond.  Sort of.  Not bad.  Rating: two chainsaws (out of five) and a … Continue reading

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Comics Catchup: Caballistics, Egypt, Extremist, Johnny Double, Penguin, Strontium Dog, Zenith

Here’s a catchup review for most the comics I’ve read over the past couple of months.  As you can see there’s quite a lot to get through and I’m starting to see the benefit of doing a weekly podcast… once … Continue reading

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Dark Forces: Gorey, Wagner and Bashevis

No, “Gorey, Wagner and Belshevis” is not the name of a law firm in league with Beelzebub, but perhaps it should be.  Those three names are but a few of a distinguished list of horror authors whose works are included … Continue reading

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Second Run: TV: Dirt and Beast

Long time, no post.  Life, work and trying to live up to my bucket list has put a size-9, steel-toed dent into this blog. I have been watching a lot of TV though. Dirt Just finished watching the short-lived (season … Continue reading

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From Inspired to Insane: The Great Big Blog Post of My Favourite Quotes, Huzzah!

“I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.” -Nicolas Cage. “…fact is, you are a neo-maxi zoom dweeby.” -Bender character speaking to nerd … Continue reading

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Dredd: The Man, The Legend: Drokk! It's Judge Dredd! Run You Snekkers, Run!

Dredd, perhaps the most loved (and simultaneously reviled),  longest running character in the epic British comic 2000 AD will celebrate 35 years of publication history next month.  The one-man judge, jury and executioner of Mega City One, all that remains … Continue reading

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Sherlock: Portrait of an Intuitionless Man

I have found that the current season on Sherlock is better on a second viewing.  The episodes are so densely packed with many Holmsian stories interwoven with the plot of the episode and the story-arc of the season that it … Continue reading

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman: Short Review with Minimal Spoliers

About an hour ago, I finished reading Lev Grossman’s The Magician King.  This is a sequel to his earlier novel The Magicians.  It continues the adventures of Quentin Coldwater, a powerful young sorcerer.  What makes this different from most other … Continue reading

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Reviews: The Sphinx, Blakes Seven: Afterlife etc…

Here are some mini book reviews I wrote on Amazon a while back- The Sphinx, by Graham Masterton Blakes Seven: Afterlife by Tony Attwood And a mini review of this album- Light at the End of the Tunnel by the … Continue reading

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Review: Mister X

Earlier today I had the pleasure of finally finishing the last issue (above) of Canadian book cover artist Dean Motter’s meisterwerk Mister X.  Mister X, holds a particular fondness for me in that it absorbed many hours for me when … Continue reading

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How to Screw Up NaNoWriMo

The very same day you started NaNoWriMo, you started a diet, enrolled in a gym and began worrying about the bank account, which meant you also started to go to job interviews (ironically for writing jobs). You went to bed … Continue reading

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Supervillain Novels: Tremble in Your Lycra Panties Superman!

Garth Nix seems to have kick-started the youth supervillain sub-genre a while back with his Artemis Fowl series, so we’ll take a look a some of the books out there for you to enjoy.  These aren’t just for kids! H.I.V.E.: … Continue reading

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Brown, Yellow and Black SF and Fantasy Writers

As a brown English/Mauritian/Canadian beginner writer, struggling with NaNoWriMo, I cannot helping feeling a little isolated, but should I be?  We are obviously out there.  Now, I’m sure there are more examples than just these few but, off the top of … Continue reading

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Extra Hard Boiled Noir

All this talk of fedoras reminded me of two pulp style noir novels I read more than ten years ago.  The books have long gone, but the memories remain bloodily etched into my brain.  The first is Marc Behm’s Eye … Continue reading

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RE-EDITING Hey, Punk! Don’t Mess With My Fedora

Right after Raiders of the Lost Ark first came out I found myself in a second-hand shop in Blackheath Village (UK), buying a battered brown fedora. This hat stayed on my head for the next 5 years, evincing much ridicule through … Continue reading

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