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New Ghost in the Shell trailer reveals the origins of The Major

Ghost in the Shell Last week I posted the teaser trailer for The Ghost in the Shell, the live-action adaptation of the 1989 Cyberpunk manga by Masamune Shirow. That teaser was just 30 seconds long. Today Paramount and DreamWorks released the second full trailer for the movie. Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg police enforcer The Major. Set in a future world were technology has run amok and special interests dominate. It is a typical depiction of the future as...

Revenger review

Revenger review – Alastair Reynolds shows us a world of pirates and skulls, in space

Revenger Writing this review of Revenger is hard. The novel was released in September 2016 and though I am a major Alastair Reynolds fan I initially passed. I am not sure why, Revenger was hinted at by the author for a long time, but its sudden release made me worry it wasn’t that good. I need not have worried, Revenger is fantastic even if there is little to compare it with. But that is hardly a bad thing. So the story is hard to compare, it...

Richard Hatch as Apollo

Richard Hatch passes away at age 71!

Richard Hatch Sad news broke today with the announcement that Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch has died. Hatch had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and died in hospice care in Los Angeles at the age of 71. The original Despite a long running career in television Hatch is mostly famous for his roles on Battlestar Galactica, both the 1978 original and the 2003 remake. In his role in the 1978 version of the space opera series he played Captain Apollo,...

Scarlett Johansson sexy as The Major - Ghost In The Shell

Round up of all Sci-Fi Super Bowl Trailers with Logan, Guardians and Ghosts…

Super Bowl Trailers Super Bowl has come and gone. Apparently the New England Patriots won. Who would have thought. For those not inclined to be interested in sports can still enjoy the commercials. It is the moment when every company promotes its business with spectacular 30 second shots, which some have started to think are quite Gaudy. This year some of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the spring got their teasers. Just in case you missed them you can...

Empire Games review by Charles Stross

Empire Games Review – Charles Stross returns to travel among time lines

Empire Games Since the start of the year I have had a bit of the January blues. The best medicine is to delve right into a good science fiction novel. Empire Games from Charles Stross is such a pick me up, and you can now find out if it might work for you too. Empire Games left me with a bewildering array of emotions, all of them positive. It is difficult to compare this story with anything I have read...

Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson

Beauty and the Beast – a question of ‘Will you see it?’

Beauty and the Beast As a guy I have to deal with the lingering question. Should I go an see Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast? The movie, starring Emma Watson is set to release on March 17th. Today Disney released the final US trailer for the movie which is also a remake of the 1991 classic animated movie based. That movie was itself based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairytale La Belle et la Bête. Obviously any question of whether a guy like...

My new novel – Roland – is now available for pre-order from Amazon!

Roland Dear readers of SciFiEmpire.net – my third book, and second novel is now available for pre-order from Amazon. The title of the novel is Roland, named after the protagonist. It is set in in the future, though I would be hesitant to call it pure science-fiction. The novel is scheduled for release on January 29th, this Sunday. So those who pre-order it won’t have to wait long. I have set an introductory price of just $ 1.99 – so be quick...

Star Trek The Next Generation A gentle Encounter Before Farpoint Deanna Troi wearing skirt uniform

Star Trek The Next Generation A Gentle Encounter Before Farpoint

Star Trek The Next Generation A Gentle Encounter Before Farpoint For a while now I have considered writing a novel set in the Star Trek universe. I already have an extensive collection of notes as well as outlines for several novels. Yet I have not been able to really make a good start. One issue is that the novel will probably be rejected because I am still a novice writer. Just before Christmas I felt an urge to salvage something. I...

Star Wars Episode 8 The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi – LucasFilm has announced the title, but is it any good?

The Last Jedi Yesterday LucasFilm announced the official title for the Star Wars sequel. It is officially called – Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie, which is being written and directed by director Rian Johnson received its title with only meager clarification offered. As is custom for Star Wars movies. Fans have immediately started speculating whether or not the subtitle – The Last Jedi – refers specifically to Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill). Others have speculated, or hope, that the title should be interpreted...

new Logan trailer - Logan reading a comic

New Logan trailer reveals a dark farewell movie from Hugh Jackman

A new Logan trailer The X-Men movies have always given me mixed feelings. Feelings that return with the release of a new Logan trailer. I can’t help but feel the series has been tainted by the first movie. Though it was decent it was also certainly nothing more than that. X2 may have straightened the ship, but the start of large ensemble casts handicapped character development. The Wolverine series of which Logan is set to be the last was meant to remedy...

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is coming in March and here is what I think of it!

Nintendo Switch After months of speculation Nintendo has fully unveiled its upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. Officially it is labelled as the successor to the tepid Wii U, but with its portability it has potential for more. Along with last Friday’s announcements and press unveiling Nintendo revealed the console will sell for 300 dollars from March 3rd onwards. While the price may have been a little higher than expected the console certainly received interest due to its novel concept. A...

Outcast Second Contact - Cutter Slade on Adelpha

Outcast: Second Contact – Do we really want a remake?

Outcast: Second Contact – Do we really want a remake? All too often I find that my mind has played a trick on me, as with the news of Outcast: Second Contact. My opinion of some games and movies is way better than they deserve. Perhaps ‘deserve’ is not the right word. I remember them as though they offered photo-realistic graphics and special effects. I am thinking of games such as Knight of the Old Republic and movies such as...

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net, your website for all Sci-Fi news

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net 2016 has come and gone. For many it outstayed its welcome. Problems such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump has certainly made me apprehensive about the future. Sadly we also lost far too many celebrities: Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds and actor Alan Rickman to name just a few. On the last day of the year we also lost William Christopher, who played father Mulcahy on M.A.S.H for over a decade. All this makes...

Black Friday deal - purchase Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners for $2.99

Black Friday deal – purchase Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners for $2.99

Black Friday deal For those inclined to improve their Computer Science skills can now purchase my E-book on pre-order from Amazon. The book, entitled Linux, Programming and Hacking for Beginners, is for sale in the Kindle store for $ 2.99. You can download it directly to your Kindle or as an PDF and read it on any device of your choosing. As the title betrays the book is an introductory text into Linux, Programming and Hacking. It aims to teach novice readers a critical...