Just Who Was Roger Zelazny?


When I reviewed Doorways in the Sand I assumed its author, Roger Zelazny, was better known than might be the case. If you want to know more about this highly respected and influential writer, the Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction entry is here. Meeting Roger Zelazny One year I was working on a friends bookstand at a... Continue Reading →

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Just Who Was John Wyndham?


I've done a few posts on Day of the Triffids and while I hope most science fiction fans have some idea of John Wyndham and his works, perhaps I am making the same assumption I did about Nigel Kneale. In case you do want to know more about John Wyndham, here's a great reference from The... Continue Reading →

The Mermaids in God’s Eye


There is a moment in the film Mermaids when Cher's character slaps her daughter (played by Winona Ryder) in the middle of an argument. The shock of the blow causes both of them to pause, and there is a splendid moment when they realise that they are arguing hammer and tongs not because they are... Continue Reading →

Vortex Books


If you lived in Brighton in the 1970s and 80s and were into sci-fi then there was only one place to hang out - Vortex Books not far from Preston Circus. This was a shop that sold both comics and books and only sci-fi/fantasy. This was in the days before CDs / VHS /DVDs so... Continue Reading →

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