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Review: "A Hole in the Universe" by J H Wear @JH_Wear

Introduction I know that Gene Roddenberry wanted Star Trek to be a “Hornblower in Space”, but I reckon that this novel should also get that description, albeit Hornblower was in the navy and the Captain in this novel is not. But the sense of it. The feel. It is so very much like that. The first few chapters provide background information and then the novels explodes into action. While I

Review: "Prism City: Gun for Hire & Heir to an Empire" by L K Weir

Introduction “Prism City: Gun for Hire & Heir to an Empire“ is the debut novel of L.K. Weir and was published earlier in 2020 by Prism City Press. I came about reading it when I saw the author describe her work as science fiction noir (or something similar). Back in my youth I was a fan of film noir and had even once made a four minute promotional film noir

Review: "Suicide Squad" (2016)

NOTE: I intend to avoid spoilers as best I can, but will talk in generalities that may (or may not) hint at things. So read on at your own peril. Truth be told, I found little entertainment in the first two films of the DC Extended Universe. I will probably get some hate for expressing that. Thing is, the original comics and the animated series and movies were just so

Review: "The Abominable" by Dan Simmons

I first stumbled across Dan Simmons’ writing around 1990. The book was a science fiction delight called “Hyperion”. It was a science fiction epic, a Canterbury Tales for space and time travel. Since then I have frequently indulged myself in his novels. As an author he leans towards the fantastic, whether it be in science fiction or horror. And be warned, they are not light weight. “The Abominable” held certain expectations.

Cinematography of spacecraft in "The Expanse"

If you haven’t seen it yet, “The Expanse” is a recent science fiction television series based on the series of book with the same name by James S A Corey (actually the alias for two authors working together). The first in the series is “Leviathan Wakes”. I really love this series of books and was lucky enough to stumble on them almost as soon as the first one was published. Anyway,

Review - The Shannara Chronicles - Chosen

The advertising was very persuasive. The cinematography on the advertisements blew me away. And Terry Brooks’ books had been favourites of mine as a teenager. I can remember reading Sword of Shannara in the library and then going out and buying Elfstones the moment that it was published (1982?). But still there was lingering doubt. I still remember the appalling mess that was the 2004 mini series based upon A

One does not simply fly into England

Actually I lie. We did simply fly into England, after a 23 hour journey from Australia. I then spent several hours in a hotel room becoming disgusted with the Android WordPress app. By the following night I had decided to use Facebook as a journal to record immediate thoughts and impressions. So part of what follows will be excerpts from that with other learnings etc. :) So an annotated version

Site changes, Iray, new digital art, and film reviews

Hi all, it’s been a busy few days since my last post. In this post I intend to: tell you about my further site changes and how they relate to my writing make a brief mention of DAZ Studio’s new renderer Iray show you my new digital art – two characters from Shade review “Jupiter Ascending” and “Grown Ups” Yes, way too much for one post. So just scroll down

Sculptris and then a review of a texture pack that authors can use as a resource

Hi all, This post starts off with a chat about an application called Sculptris and then talks about a texture pack that I highly recommend for anyone looking at creating affordable, high quality book art. Sculptris I had originally intended to write a little piece about a free 3D sculpting program called Sculptris. It is free and can be downloaded from here. Some months I created the following image of mushrooms