The Midwich Cuckoos (2022 TV series)

The Midwich Cuckoos should do well internationally with fans of English television. It’s the most quintessentially English show I’ve seen for ages. It stars English actress Keeley Hawes (Mrs Durrell in The Durrells) and is set in a prosperous suburban town just outside London. Think big brick houses surrounded by green woodland and you’ve got... Continue Reading →

The Kraken Wakes on Audible

When you’re an Audible member you get some audiobooks as part of the deal. That works well for me because sometimes I just want noise in the background and don’t want to worry about missing a few minutes here and there. It was in this spirit of not really caring that I downloaded The Kraken... Continue Reading →

Is Voyagers movie worth watching?

One evening last week I watched Voyagers (2021), a movie about an intergenerational space ship travelling to a distant planet. I don’t exactly regret watching it, but in the last half I did keep checking how much time was left. That’s not a good sign. On a visual level the movie looks really good. The... Continue Reading →

Project Hail Mary on Audible

Project Hail Mary is a novel about an American astronaut alone on a space ship in a distant solar system. It’s got lots of science in it. The astronaut uses his knowledge of maths, physics, chemistry and biology to solve a variety of problems. And of course it’s by Andy Weir, the author of The... Continue Reading →

Is Moonfall worth a watch?

Rotten Tomatoes has given Moonfall (2022) a score of 36%; I don’t think the movie is that bad. It has likeable characters, a story that makes sense and absolutely amazing special effects. It’s not perfect but it’s not horrible either. As the title suggests, Moonfall is about the moon falling out of the sky. NASA... Continue Reading →

2001: A Space Odyssey on Audible

Last night I finished listening to 2001: A Space Odyssey by the British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. He wrote the novel while working with director Stanley Kubrick on the 1968 movie of the same name. The book and movie are both considered to be great classics of sci fi. The story is about... Continue Reading →

Picard Season 2 Review

After ten weeks the story is over. The final episode of Picard season 2 is now available to watch on Amazon. I saw the show last night and enjoyed every minute of it. If I had to describe the finale in one word it would be “heartwarming”. So what’s Picard season 2 about? It stars... Continue Reading →

Audible: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Recently, I finished listening to Children of Time (2015) by Adrian Tchaikovsky, a British science fiction writer. This audiobook is read by the English actress Mel Hudson. The total recording is 16 hours and 31 minutes long. I loved Mel Hudson’s narration. She speaks very clearly and is good at acting out the different voices... Continue Reading →

Just a note about Audible

I have recently subscribed to Audible, the podcast and audiobook service. My first Audible listen is the science fiction novel Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I still have about 9 hours to listen to before I can write a review. So far, I’m really enjoying it.

Star Trek: Riker’s Beard

I have recently learnt that “Riker’s beard” is the opposite of “jumping the shark”. When a popular TV show starts to go downhill, it jumps the shark. When an unimpressive TV show suddenly becomes brilliant, that’s a Riker’s beard moment. Riker, of course, is Commander William Riker of the USS Enterprise. He first appeared with... Continue Reading →

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