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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Pete: Part II

Approximately six years ago, the final few episodes of Red Dwarf were broadcast on terrestrial television. Today is the day when we return to find out what happened to the crew of … the office, Red Office, Red Dwarf. Specifically, the Captain’s Office. This newspaper clipping was found in the Newark Times newspaper on April […]

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Just The Shows – Volume 1

Ah. Saturday morning. Usually, a time to rush downstairs excitedly, and wait by the letterbox and wank repeatedly until the latest Dwarf DVD arrives. However, this Saturday was different. Less of an excited run, more of a bleary-eyed groan as Gilbert thrusts a package into my hand. “Apparently, it’s Just The Shows – Volume 1, […]

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Holoship: or, Love Stories

Love stories and science fiction are not always words that are spoken in the same sentence, unless that sentence was “I love science fiction stories,” or “Fiction stories love science,” but the last one seems a bit unnusual. Regardless, there has been a rich and long history of love stories in science fiction; some beautifully […]

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