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 →

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 →

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 →

Gerry Anderson’s UFO = culture shock

Gerry Anderson (1929–2012) was Britain’s version of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Anderson’s TV sci fi is just as iconic as anything Roddenberry ever made. In the 1960s, Anderson became famous for making futuristic TV shows such as Stingray, Thunderbirds, and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. The big difference between the two men is that... Continue Reading →

For All Mankind is amazingly good tv

The Americans were the first to put a man on the Moon. What would’ve happened if the Soviets had beaten them to it? The makers of For All Mankind think it would’ve encouraged the US government to make space its number one priority. For All Mankind is an alternative history drama about the astronauts and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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