In Defence of VIII?

I think VIII is better than VII. Here’s why. First of all, however, an admission: in story terms, VII shits on VIII by a mile. It’s hard to deny this. Just take the first three episodes: Tikka, Stoke, and Ouroboros – all great ideas for a story. Tikka is an interesting alterate history/screwed-up timelines story, […]

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Why Rimmer IS Red Dwarf

Craig Charles is, for many reasons, regarded outside the Red Dwarf fan base as being the main star of the show. Many newspaper articles describe him as such, and he does seem to be the most recognisable face of the show for many. However, I think it’s fair to say that actual Red Dwarf fans, […]

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Justice: or, Crime and Punishment

Crime is a prevalent theme in much fiction – and it’s certainly is no stranger to science fiction. One of the more famous examples of crime SF is Philip K. Dick’s 1956 story “The Minority Report,” which Steven Spielberg recently made into a Major Motion Picture that Completely Missed the Point. Great examples of SF […]

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Cassandra: or, The Marriage Twixt Myth and Story

The idea of knowing the future has always been a subject that has fascinated science fiction authors. For years, people have written on the subject, from Robert J. Sawyer’s Flashforward (1998), about Earth receiving a signal from the Alpha Centauri system to C.J. Cherryh’s Hugo-winning “Cassandra,” (1978) which deals with an end-of-the-world prophesy, to Infinity […]

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Cause and Effect

Red Dwarf‘s effects. Seen as irrelevant or simply boring by some people, I adore them – for the first six series, at least. Partly, of course, for how well they help tell the story – but mainly because they’re cool. Which is why, goddamn it, I get irritated by things like the following. “The first […]

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Wrinkles: A First Look

Before I get started I should point out that what you see here is severely truncated compared to my original plans (hence the rubbish title ‘A First Look’). For this article I have relied on one man to share with me his memories of this obscure radio show and that man was Rob Grant. I’ve […]

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Starbug Electronic Playset

Product: Starbug Electronic Playset Supplier: Product Enterprise Price: £29.99 from Product Enterprise (+ £3.50 P&P), £34.99 from RDSUK (+ £2.99 P&P) Since the 14th November 1989, fans have been waiting for this. So, how does the mass-market version of Rocky’s pride and joy bear up? RDSUK My Balls First, a complaint. I’ve moaned a lot […]

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Hitchhiker’s v. Dwarf (1988 – present)

“The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The most common argument is, since Hitchhiker’s came first, that Adams influenced Grant Naylor, or that Grant Naylor ripped off […]

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Programme Analysis

The brief for my main assignment for the first semester of my TV Production course was to analysise any television programme, of any genre, from any period. What do you think I chose? The first part is an overall analysis of the narrative; the second is a technical analysis of a five-minute section. Enjoy! Part […]

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