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Kong: Skull Island Review – The big ape manages to throw more than just a wrench

Kong: Skull Island Review Yesterday evening I viewed Kong: Skull Island at the cinema. After watching the trailer a few times I could still not make up my mind to go and watch it. As Ghost In The Shell is still a few weeks from release I decided to take the risk. What is the worst that could happen? It did not end up being the movie I was expecting. So what was I expecting? I hate monster movies, I dislike...

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P.A.M.E.L.A. Steam early access review – NVYVE Studios delivers the goods

P.A.M.E.L.A. on Steam Let me get one thing straight. This is not a review in the sense that I am passing final judgement. P.A.M.E.L.A. is an Indie game from Canadian game developer NVYVE Studios. They started development with just 4 employees and now have 8 working for them. Without a dedicated publisher to fund them they are obligated to seek funds. They managed this through the Steam Greenlight program after the trailer for P.A.M.E.L.A went viral. Now they have readied...

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Tinkering with Electronics Part 1 – The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit

The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Let me introduce myself. I am a software engineer. I code, program and find optimal solutions to problems that can be defined mathematically. I am not really much of a hardware guy. Sure I know how computers work – sort of. But I am not a tinkerer. I write, paint and I draw but I don’t know much about electrical engineering. About 8 years ago I tried to remedy that. I bought an Arduino based robotics kit. In...

Logan Review

Logan Review – A Hugh Jackman swansong I was not expecting

Logan Review Logan wasn’t the movie I was expecting. Between all the gore and action scenes I wasn’t expecting so much character development, or love and mutual loathing between characters. Now this review does contain spoilers, but I won’t discuss too many details. But I will discuss what I wasn’t expecting. So here is my Logan Review. The story certainly doesn’t start the way I was expecting, even though I had seen every trailer. Logan spends his time driving through...

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The Blacklist Redemption S01E02 Kevin Jensen Review

The Blacklist Redemption Last week The Blacklist Redemption officially premiered on NBC. The spinoff starring Famke Janssen and Ryan Eggold has been hotly anticipated since rumors first circulated. For many fans of The Blacklist the news did come as a surprise. The hit show starring James Spader is often a hit-or-miss affaire and Ryan Eggold’s depiction of Tom Keen has been a fan favorite since the beginning. Why dilute what needs fixing? So far not so good… Anyway, last week’s premiere episode...

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A Review of The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter as the Martians come again

The Massacre of Mankind After reading Alastair Reynold’s Revenger earlier this year I dived right into another thick novel. The Massacre of Mankind is written by Stephen Baxter as an official sequel to H.G. Wells’s The War Of The Worlds. The original story is a first-hand account of a Martian invasion of England in 1907. In 1920 the Martians try their luck again, this time they are come prepared against the Earth’s bacteria and viruses which killed them in the first round. Quickly...

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Tips on Writing Fiction: Part 2 – Point of View

Tips on Writing Fiction – Point of View A little over a week ago I wrote an article on writing fiction. It was a just a set of tips covering issues such as that important first draft and why you should redraft your story. For the second article in this series I have chosen to discuss the point of view or narrative of a story. I will discuss what they are, how you should use them and why they can trip...

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Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Second Woman Who Wasn’t – A short story

For a few weeks I have been writing a Sherlock Holmes short story. As an author I write for SciFiEmpire.net kind of like a side-project. Yet I don’t often post the fiction that I write. It is something I intend to correct. In fact, if you follow this link you can read a Star Trek The Next Generation short story I published last month. Today I finished a draft of a Sherlock Holmes story I had wanted to write for a...

P.A.M.E.L.A. on Steam

P.A.M.E.L.A. set for March 9th release on Steam Early Access + Trailer!

P.A.M.E.L.A. NVYVE Studios, the producers behind the horror shooter P.A.M.E.L.A., have announced the game will become available on March 9th on Steam Early Access. P.A.M.E.L.A. made waves in 2015 with a fantastic trailer that showed that a small Indie studio can indeed compete with big budget titles. After a wave of support the game became fully financed through Steam. The trailer, which I urge you to check out here, showed a futuristic utopian setting that quickly turns sour with zombies, decaying...

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SS-GB Review – The BBC adapts Len Deighton into a clever mystery drama

SS-GB Sunday evening a new TV show – SS-GB – started on the BBC, it is an adaptation of the novel by Len Deighton in which Nazi Germany won the war with Britain. It is similar in vain to The Man In The High Castle and Fatherland. I think such a series can give the BBC a much needed boost, but have they succeeded? SS-GB is set in an alternative historical timeline in which Nazi Germany won the Battle of Britain....

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Disney announces Star Wars Inferno Squad as sequel to Rogue One

Star Wars Inferno Squad The standalone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, released in December has not disappointed Disney financially. However, as most of the major characters died at the end of the movie we are not likely to see a sequel. LucasFilm producer Kathleen Kennedy has already said as much. To keep the Rogue One mini-franchise going Disney has announced a follow-up novel – Star Wars Inferno Squad. With this novel the Rogue One continues in another format. Inferno Squad...

Tips on Writing Fiction - Point of View

Tips on Writing Fiction: Part 1 – Finishing that first draft

Tips on Writing Fiction After the release of my second novel Roland, which you can purchase on Amazon Kindle, I thought it a great idea to write a short series articles on the writing process itself. After about a decade spent as a writer I think I have something to offer other prospective writer’s. So far I have published two novels, two novella’s, half dozen short stories and a book on Linux. These tips will mostly be useful for writing fiction, but...

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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...