Is Alice K-drama worth watching?

Alice (2020) is a sixteen part Korean science fiction drama that should have been a twelve parter. It starts out very strong and degenerates into an illogical mess. I think it would’ve been a much tighter story with fewer episodes. Having said that, I don’t regret watching it. I love the characters and appreciate the... Continue Reading →

Raised by Wolves season one review

Raised by Wolves is a ten-part science fiction series about the colonisation of planet Kepler 22-b. The colonists – adults, children and androids – are refugees from an Earth torn apart by religious war. Amanda Collins and Abubakar Salim star as the androids Mother and Father. Their atheist creator sends them to Kepler 22-b to... Continue Reading →

The Silent Sea: K-scifi equals Squid Game

I thought The Silent Sea would be a formulaic drama about astronauts in danger on the Moon. There’s not much on the lunar surface, so it’s hard to imagine how anyone could come up with an original story that goes beyond oxygen shortages, aliens or interpersonal tensions. But how wrong I was! The Silent Sea... Continue Reading →

TV: Holo the nice Artificial Intelligence

Minor spoilers I’ve just finished watching My Holo Love. The 12-part South Korean drama deserves a lot more attention than it receives. I think it’s one of the most original shows on Netflix. It’s a lovely romance and an interesting take on Artificial Intelligence. I first blogged about My Holo Love when I was only... Continue Reading →

TV: Is My Holo Love any good?

Minor spoilers coming up. My Holo Love is a scifi-romance series made for Netflix in 2020. It stars Ko Sung-hee as the heroine and Yoon Hyun-min as two of the heroes. Choi Yeo-jin has a noteworthy role as the heroes’ supporter. This South Korean drama has a very original premise. A shy office worker, So-yeon... Continue Reading →

Book review: Wherever seeds may fall

First contact with extraterrestrial life is going to be complicated; if we know it’s coming. In Peter Cawdron’s Wherever seeds may fall, Earth has two months’ advance notice. The countdown starts when a comet begins to behave like a space ship. Cawdron’s novel shows just how complicated the situation will become if this scenario ever... Continue Reading →

Book review: Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun is the eighth novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Published in March this year, it was long listed for the 2021 Booker Prize. Ishiguro won the prestigious British literary prize back in 1989 for Remains of the Day. This, his third novel, was made into a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.... Continue Reading →

Quantum curators and urban fantasy

The Quantum Curators and the Faberge Egg The last book I read was The Quantum Curators and the Faberge Egg by Eva St John. It’s the first in a series of novels about time travelling museum curators from a parallel Earth. I enjoyed The Quantum Curators because it’s cheerful science fiction, rather like that cult... Continue Reading →

Science fiction reviews (Summer 2021)

This is a collection of science fiction book and screen reviews that I posted this summer over on blogspot. I’ve put them all together here out of a sense of nostalgia for all the good stories I got to enjoy. August 27th, 2021 Star Trek Voyager ran for seven seasons from 1995 to 2001. Earlier... Continue Reading →

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