Quantum Leap: Prelude (1994) – Ashley McConnell

Ashley McConnell’s fourth Quantum Leap novel, Prelude, reworks some of the events seen at the beginning of the pilot, ties directly in with her second novel, Too Close For Comfort, and takes us back to when Doctor Sam Beckett and a newly retired Admiral Al Calavicci reconnected following the shutdown of Project Starbright to focus…

Space Battleship Yamato (2010) – Takashi Yamazaki

When I was a kid I would occasionally come across the odd anime cartoon, I always found them fascinating, there was the Americanization of Gatchaman that I adored until I discovered how much cooler the original was. And every now and then I would stumble across Star Blazers which took what looked like a naval…

Midsummer Night’s Doom (1999) – Raymond Benson

Jame Bond has had a long history with Playboy and for the magazine’s 45th anniversary, novelist Raymond Benson penned a short story to be featured in the celebratory issue. In fact, this time around 007 interacts not only with some Playmates from the previous years but also with Hugh Hefner himself. It seems there’s going…

Fringe (2012) – Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11, and In Absentia

Fringe’s fifth and final season began on 28 September, 2012 with the Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11. Written by J.H. Wyman it takes us back to the future, the year 2036, which was first introduced in the fourth season episode Letters of Transit. As Peter (Joshua Jackson), Walter (John Noble), Astrid (Jasika Nicole) track down Olivia’s…

Fringe (2012) – A Short Story About Love, and Nothing As It Seems

J.H. Wyman and Graham Roland deliver A Short Story About Love which first aired on 23 March, 2012. While Olivia (Anna Torv) and Lincoln (Seth Gabel) investigate a case that sees a killer attempting to re-experience a moment of love by dehydrating husbands and using their pheromones to seduce their wives before killing them, Peter…

The Rocketeer (1991) – Joe Johnston

Special effects wizard Joe Johnston’s second directorial effort is probably my favourite, as there is just something about The Rocketeer that I love. The style? Art deco is a fave. The score? James Horner! The cast? Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly (who I have crushed on FOREVER), Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin, Paul Sorvino. The source material?…

Ringworld (1970) – Larry Niven

I dug into some classic science fiction this week with Larry Niven’s Ringworld novel, which is set in his Known Space universe. I hadn’t explored any of his stories before, but this one was recommended to me from somewhere, and I found the general idea intriguing, a massive ring, instead of an enclosed sphere, placed…

Night Call: A Walking Shadows Novel (2020) – Brenden Carlson

Brenden Carlson’s Night Call, available from Dundurn Press is set in the past, an alternate 1933, and yet in describing it, I lean towards the phrase retro-future noir. We are introduced to the cynical hard-boiled detective, Elias Roche, who is haunted by an incident in his past and walks a fine line between the law…