The Red Scholar’s Wake – Aliette de Bodard

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"'The Red Scholar is dead.'" Xích Si's life as she's known it has come to an end. Captured by pirates, even if the impossible happened and they let her go, she'd be arrested as soon as she got home, tainted by association and ever suspect. Her future can only hold indentured servitude, or death. But … Continue reading The Red Scholar’s Wake – Aliette de Bodard

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

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Alithea (Tilda Swinton) is a narrative scholar, that is, she studies stories. She's hugely pragmatic and down to earth (not least indicated by her Northern accent, natch; an element I found hugely irritating), although given to some flights of fancy. Thus when she manages to unleash a literal genie from a bottle while visiting Istanbul … Continue reading Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club – Doug Henderson

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"Ben stood in the basement and called upstairs, 'Mom, have you seen my dice bag up there?'" Phew, that's a title and a half! And really, the second part could have just been 'D&D group', although that might have put a few people off the book, I suppose. However, having 'discovered' D&D myself for the … Continue reading The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club – Doug Henderson

Yesterday (2019)

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When the entire world suffers a mysterious power outage, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is unfortunate enough to get hit by a bus. As he recovers, he slowly starts to realise that somehow the world has forgotten various, every day things: certain brands don't exist any more, certain ideas. But, most excitingly for a struggling musician … Continue reading Yesterday (2019)

Tolkien (2019)

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It seems crazy that there hasn't been a biopic of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, almost certainly the most famous fantasy author of the 20th Century (if not all time, but only because these young folk have no sense of history ;)). Then again, his life wasn't the most gripping of sagas - his 'jam' (as … Continue reading Tolkien (2019)