Absolution Gap (2003) – Alastair Reynolds

I return to Alastair Reynold’s Revelation Space universe this week, with this, the third novel in the ongoing storyline involving the Inhibitors and the struggle of humanity, in all its forms, to escape extinction. We are introduced to a slew of new characters in this titanic space opera, while reacquainting ourselves with old friends. The…

Diamonds Are Forever (1956) – Ian Fleming

The fourth James Bond adventure by Ian Fleming is on my book shelf this week, and I dug into it eagerly. Despite some troubling moments of racism, 007’s literary adventure in this book is damned enjoyable, and you can see a number of themes and locales survived the jump to the big screen with Sean…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Detained, and Vox Sola

Captain’s log: date unknown Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 24 April, 2002 and featured Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula’s co-star in Quantum Leap in his only Trek appearance. Archer (Bakula) and Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) are captured by…

Star Trek: Voyager (2000) – Critical Care, and Inside Man

Captain’s log: stardate unknown James Khan pens this Doctor (Robert Picardo) episode from a story by Kenneth Biller and Robert Doherty. It debuted on 1 November, 2000, and has a story with a very familiar theme to it. The concept of privatisation of health care and better service for those who can afford it (or…

War of the Worlds (1990) – Time to Reap, and The Pied Piper

There’s some cool stuff going on in Season 2 of War of the Worlds, and this episode may in fact be one of the best. Written by Jim Trombetta, this story, featuring some time travel, a science fiction standby, first debuted on 29 January, 1990. Nowadays, and even just a little after this episode aired,…

War of the Worlds (1989) – The Last Supper, and Vengeance is Mine

The war rages on this week, and Team Blackwood is seeking other experts who may be able to help. The Last Supper was written by Tom Lazarus and first aired on 6 March, 1989. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin), Norton (Philip Akin), Suzanne (Lynda Mason Green) and Ironhorse (Paul Chaves) are overseeing a gathering of supposed…

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) – Roger Corman

Ray Milland assumes the mad scientist mantle as I continue to explore the dark corners of the fabulous Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. Milland plays Dr. James Xavier. He is fascinated with eyesight, particularly in humans, as we see so little of the world and the light spectrum around us. He has developed…

Fearless and Fantastic! (2018) – Sam Maggs, Ruth Amos, and Emma Grange

With Captain Marvel waiting in the wings, the timing for DK Canada’s latest super hero book Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World couldn’t be more perfect. More reference than guide book, the handy little tome gives us profiles of the well-known, and some of the lesser known, female super heroes that populate…

Be More Yoda and Be More Vader (2018) – Christian Blauvelt

The holidays are drawing closer, in fact some people have probably already started their Xmas shopping, and if you have a Star Wars fan on your list, or a businessperson, or someone trying to get the best out of their life, as well as achieving a bit of zen, then DK Canada may have the…

Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) – Peyton Reed

Opening this Friday is the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and The Wasp. While lacking the originality of the first film (and its desire to repeat the beats and moments that made the first one such a unique success), this one still succeeds and does so best when it focuses on the…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) – Dark Page, and Attached

Captain’s log: stardate 47254,1 Airing on 1 November, 1993, this episode sees the return of Deanna Troi’s (Marina Sirtis) mother, Lwaxanna (Majel Barrett) returns for another visit, and also features an appearance by a young Kirsten Dunst as a young telepathic alien named Hedril. Written by Hilary J. Bader, the story gives a little more…