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Star Wars Thrawn Review – The origin story of a master tactician

Star Wars Thrawn Review It must have been around 1996 or 1997 when I first saw Star Wars. I was 11 or 12 years old. I had played plenty of Star Wars games up to that moment, but I had not seen the movies. Several VHS tapes later and I could not get enough of Star Wars and thus I began to delve into the Expanded Universe. With some careful research I came tot he conclusion that the Heir To The Empire trilogy would be my starting point. Quickly the problem became whether or not I should buy the three novels separately or...

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USS Discovery Update – What has CBS been up to?

Update on Star Trek: Discovery The development of CBSs Star Trek: Discovery is finally heating up and so it is time for an update. The first new Star Trek series since 2005 has had a difficult year with delays and creative staff turnover. However, CBS seems certain to release the series early this fall. Recently the cast were seen together to celebrate the birthday of James Frain – who will play Sarek. That is a good indicator filming has started or is about to commence. Meanwhile plenty of unofficial announcements have indicated who the cast will be. For the first time in Star Trek history the...

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Ghost In The Shell Review – This adaptation succeeds but does lack punch!

Ghost In The Shell Review Ghost In The Shell has finally received its long awaited live-action movie adaptation. The movie, directed by Rupert Sanders tell the story of Major Mira Killian. Major is a cyborg, developed by Hanka Robotics as weapon after her body was killed in a supposed terrorist attack. Ghost In The Shell is an adaptation of the comic book created by Masamune Shirow in 1991. The story might be considered conventional. Major must hunt down a terrorist named Kuze with her partners from Section 9. At the same time she attempts to uncover more of her past from before the terrorist attack. This sets...

Outcast: Second Contact trailer released + delay confirmed

Outcast: Second Contact delayed A few weeks a go I wrote a short preview on the remake of the 90s classic game Outcast. Since then there have been rumors the game has been delayed. No longer would it be released in March 2017. As March has come and gone developer Appeal has yesterday announced a new time frame – fall 2017. The news is not a surprise as the developer had been quiet since last year. To make up for missing the March date an official trailer was released instead. Outcast: Second Contact Trailer  The trailer consists of the first moving images of...

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First Official Photos of Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander

Tomb Raider reboot Warner Bros. studios has unveiled the first details of its Tomb Raider reboot, including an official first look at Alicia Vikander in the starring role. Previously a few pictures of on set scenes managed to leak, but now we have official high-res pics. First look An official plot synopsis was also released. Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the...

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Rogue One Digital Release Review – Does the movie transcend mediums?

Rogue One: A Digital Release Today, anyone who has not yet seen the first Star Wars Anthology movie – Rogue one: A Star Wars Story – can do so. The movie has officially been released as a digital product on iTunes and Amazon Video. This release comes ahead of the DVD and Blu-Ray release set for April 4th. Below you can read my commentary on whether the download is worth it or if you should wait. Rogue One: The Movie Rogue One does not need much of an introduction. It is the first of the anthology movies in which the Star Wars universe...

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SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Review – the right journey into electronics

SparkFun Inventor’s Kit Review For the past week or so I have been tinkering with the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit. This is an Arduino-based tinkering kit sold by SparkFun for just over a 100 dollars on their website. At first I was somewhat reluctant to purchasing it. This is not my first foray into electronics, so the perceived low threshold made me skeptical. I need not have been. The kit comes with an extensive parts list that covers LEDs, various input sensors, LCD display, breadboard, wires and an electric motor amongst a few others. The kit does not require the user to solder – all...

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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 silly popcorn movies – save for a few guilty pleasures – and I dislike CGI. Little of that mattered in this...

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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 the first playable version of the game – available on Steam for 22.95 $. It is thus necessary to remember...

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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 hindsight I should have realized it may not have been the best place to start. Following the instructions to put it...

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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 the US-Mexico border area with a limousine service. Along with Caliban he looks after Professor X – who spends a lot...

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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 of The Blacklist Redemption didn’t quite hit it home for me. Pilot episodes too often need to do too much...

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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 they manage to devastate England. In The Massacre Of Mankind we follow Julie Elphinstone and we read her first-hand account of how England...

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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 up writers. Point of View An important technical consideration when writing a story is to determine whose story it is. Who...

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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 while. As the original Arthur Conan Doyle estate has no longer the exclusive rights pretty much anyone can use the...

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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 buildings and an inspiring story. The development team started with just 4 people, now they are 8. Which is still...