Book Review: Agency – William Gibson

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A black woman - as seen through blurred glass.

Verity Jane, gifted app-whisperer, has been out of work since her exit from a brief but problematic relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire. Then she signs the wordy NDA of a dodgy San Francisco start-up, becoming the beta tester for their latest product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the…

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Book Review: Black Sci-Fi Short Stories

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Book cover.

This is a delightful collection of short stories. It starts with a scholarly introduction to the history of Black Sci-Fi. And, for once, Black isn’t just limited to mean “African American”. We get a panoply of authors – both modern and historic. Some of the historic stories – especially W. E. B. Du Bois’ The…

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Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

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Book cover showing someone gazing up at a star filled sky.

A bit of a random one this. My friend David Carrington bought me it as a birthday present. It is AMAZING! Absolutely everything a modern sci-fi novel should be. It has aliens who are alien! Not just because they have pointy ears, but because their cultural values are radically different from humans. And us humans,…

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Movie Review: Space Sweepers / 승리호

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Astronauts and a Robot.

This is a frustratingly good movie. I wish I had the film-making vocabulary to describe it properly. As a fun sci-fi heist, it is a triumph. The special effects are light-years beyond Star Wars – both the original and the sequels. The multi-lingual world it presents is possibly the most realistic depiction of the future…

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Movie Review: TiMER

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A woman holds the hand of an unseen man.

It’s rare to find a sci-fi / rom-com crossover – and it’s even rarer to find one that’s good. TiMER is excellent. Like all good speculative fiction, it changes just one aspect of the modern world – what would it be like if you knew exactly when you would meet your one-true-love? It doesn’t bother…

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Event Horizon’s crappy UI

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A tablet computer.

Remember schlocky 1990s splatter film “Event Horizon“? No, me neither. But lockdown has us exhausting our supply of Sci-Fi movies, so we rewatched it. Anyway, I found some bugs! I’m a big fan of the Sci Fi Interfaces blog. It details the Human Computer Interaction design of the imagined future. It has primed me to…

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Book Review: Sweet Harmony by Claire North

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Book cover.

Claire North’s new book is only £1.99 on Kindle, and I highly recommend it. This is a perfect novella. It is the sort of Sci-Fi which adds only one new thing to our world, then plays out the unintended consequences. What if you had nano-bots keeping you healthy? And what if you paid for upgrades?…

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Movie Review: In Time

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Movie Poster - people hold guns

In a future where people stop ageing at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes…

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Movie Review: Palm Springs

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Two people sat on pool floats, drinking beer.

When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honour Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other. It’s almost impossible to review this movie without giving away the twists and turns that it takes. Just know that it is…

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Book Review: Utopia Five (Panopticon Book 1) – A.E. Currie

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Whose world would you kill for?

My name is Lee and I was born on the 8th January 2025 – the day the Panopticon was turned on. In 2053, Earth is a changed place. City states make their own laws and we’re all watched over by the ever present drones. I reckon the new Earth is a utopia. We’re still alive…

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