Since the decanonisation of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, we know next to nothing about how the Empire – and subsequently the First Order – creates its soldiers. So with the release of Episode VII and our introduction to (darling, lovely, adorable) Finn, the question is begged: why does the First Order prefer stormtroopers to clones? […]
This busy month it’s been vital that I keep up with my projects and responsibilities – so of course I’ve largely been daydreaming about books. So what have I been reading in December?
I never met Sir Terry Pratchett. He had been a familiar figure at cons and book events for years and was a friend or acquaintance to many in the SFF community. I wasn’t that lucky. But to me, Terry Pratchett will always be a well-worn part of my mental furniture as the author who created […]
Last week, SFX celebrated its 250th issue with a bumper edition publishing their 250 greatest moments in scifi, fantasy and horror, as voted by readers. Of course, this is the internet, and if there’s something the internet cannot abide, it’s publishing subjective opinion as objective fact, especially when SFX’s subjective opinion is just wrong, dammit. While […]
As a blogosphere virgin, entering the world of real, grown-up blogs in 2013 is a little like walking into a party that’s already in full swing, and you don’t know anyone. Maybe you’ve heard of some people here – the really fun, exciting ones. You could never speak to them in a million years, though. […]