Flashback, by Dan Simmons: “scarily possible” future or Right wing propaganda?

Dan Simmons’ latest novel, Flashback (July 2011), is “[a] provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible,” proving “why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.” So says the publicist anyway. Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers, but sadly Flashback doesn’t prove that. And…
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Game of Thrones Season Two starts shooting in July

Season One of HBO’s Game of Thrones has come and gone and left a dedicated following of slightly shell-shocked fans in its wake. There’s little romance to this fantasy about warring families, political intrigue and the bloody struggle for power, and with a narrative dominated by grim realism we ought to be prepared for the…
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The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau: almost a first-rate SF movie

The Adjustment Bureau has the makings of a first-rate SF movie. It looks great, has the pacing of a thriller and a refreshing focus on story and characters over effects with good performances all around (starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie and Terence Stamp). On one hand it’s a love story about two people…
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