I’m a writer who publishes my books all by myself. The easiest, best, and most lucrative way to do that for me is to upload my books as data files to be sold as ebooks. I’m always interested, therefore, in what predictions people are making for the future of the ebooks industry. I was reading the Guardian the other day, and just such a story caught my eye. The headline is eye-catching, and it turns out to be a pretty good summary of what is actually said in the article.
This is an ongoing series of blog posts where I am reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically early 1979, and in this post I am looking at issue 96 of 2000 AD. It came out 20 Jan 1979, and sold for the princely sum of ten pence. The cover of issue 96 isn’t very futuristic. It depicts technology that was commonplace even at the time the comic was published.
My blog posts are usually just a bunch of carefree escapism and sci-fi shenanigans, with occasional angry barbs at Trump sprinkled in. This post is not like that. It is a lot heavier, and deals in part with my thoughts on a very disturbing subject. It deals with gun violence in the USA. Now is the time to click away if you are not in the right frame of mind to handle that today.
This is a sci-fi blog and so it shouldn’t be too difficult to guess that I am a big fan of Janelle Monáe. Monáe has been around for more than a decade, but I first noticed when The ArchAndroid, her second studio album was released. It incorporates conceptual elements of Afrofuturism and science fiction in a tale of a messianic android. It features lyrical themes of love, identity, and self-realization. The album has been compared to the work of artists such as David Bowie, and Prince.
This is an ongoing series of blog posts where I am reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically early 1979, and in this post I am looking at issue 95 of 2000 AD. It came out 13 Jan 1979, and sold for the princely sum of ten pence. The cover of issue 95 is extremely lacking in detail, and what detail there is, in the costume of the character on the cover, makes him look like he is dressed to appear on an episode of Blake’s 7.
I saw Black Panther yesterday and it lived up to my high expectations, then handsomely exceeded them. All of the elements that are important to me in a superhero movie were done beautifully well, and there were some nice surprises, too. This is my review of it, and if you have seen the trailer this is pretty-much spoiler free. The lead performances were excellent, which was no surprise. I had already seen a couple of trailers, so I was not worried about the acting.
I’m reading The Champions today, a comic book about a team of teenage superheroes. It’s a popular book and has been well received by critics. When it was released, there was an article and interview in Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter, which hints at it being something special. The writer says the team are intended to be very socially conscious, very activist-minded, and very positive about being superheroes, which I much prefer to grimdark interpretations of superheroes, like the recent Superman movies.
This is an ongoing series of blog posts where I am reading comic books from the far distant past, specifically early 1979, and in this post I am looking at issue 94 of 2000 AD. The cover of this issue is, for me, a classic. It features an epic story arc of the Judge Dredd strip called The Day the Law Died. It’s drawn by a very talented artist called Mike McMahon.
Valentine’s Day is coming, and naturally all our thoughts turn to love. This is a blog focused mostly on sci-fi so my thoughts, as far as this post is concerned at least, have turned to the most romantic lovers of the worlds of sci-fi, comic books, and such like, specifically the ten most romantic. Often, with a list like this, it is the entries lower down the rankings that are more interesting than the ones nearer the top.
Star Trek: Discovery’s first season has come to an end, and therefore it is at last time for us to make our minds up about whether it is a worthy continuation of the Star Trek tradition. In order to do this, of course, we will have to delve into plot twists and examine all that happened, so be warned, here be spoilers. Star Trek: Discovery, as you undoubtedly know unless you have been living under a rock, is the first Star Trek series to grace our screens since Star Trek: Enterprise.