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7 alternate holiday movies to watch filled with snark and black humour

My name is Paul Crilley and I have a soft spot for snark and black humour. Especially in well-written dialogue. I have a book coming out in 2016 from Hodder. It’s called Poison City and does indeed feature much snark and black humour, (whether it’s well-written snark and black humour will be up to others […]

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The best fictional versions of Mars

Ever since W.S. Lach-Szyrma first introduced the term ‘Martian’ to science fiction in his 1883 novel Aleriel, the Red Planet and its inhabitants have exerted an enduring appeal for writers and filmmakers. It would be impossible to list every single fictional version of Mars but here, in chronological order, are just a few of our […]

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Friday Favourites: Bond Films

  Thunderball (1965) What the early Bond films feature (and which only really came back with Casino Royale) is brutality: the Bond of the 60s is an elegant monster. Thunderball, which Fleming wrote for the screen and then turned into a novel, features man-eating sharks, nuclear bombs and a pretty tremendous villain. Many might find […]

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Films to Watch at Halloween If You’re a Big Scaredy-Cat.

Here are some films that will get you into the spirit on All Hallows’ Eve, without scaring the absolute bejesus out of you. Cheesy, fun, creepy, but not terrifying. Hocus Pocus “A virgin… lit the candle.” We’ll start with an obvious one. It’s Disney so you’re not going to be jumping out of your seat, […]

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Martian canals and borrowed ideas in science fiction

I was going to write about Martian canals. There are no waterways on Mars, but for a while lots of intelligent people thought that there were. It was the Italian astronomer, Giovanni Schiaparelli, who kickstarted the idea accidentally. In 1877 he observed long, straight lines on the surface of Mars and called them canali. That […]

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Films to watch this Autumn

Science fiction, fantasy and horror on the big screen this Autumn.

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The best cats in science fiction and fantasy

  Ser Pounce from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin Ser Pounce is one of the three kittens given to the young King Tommen in A Feast for Crows. He is the most docile of the bunch, and the most like Tommen in personality. Tommen’s bond with this sweet little ball of […]

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