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  • Podcast

    Parallel Worlds Audio Issue 5

    - by Souvarine

    In this issue, we’re all about aliens: we look back at Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 film, scare ourselves silly in Alien: Isolation, and wonder just how common alien life is in our galaxy. We also interview horror writer Priya Sharma, continue our guides for gamesmasters, uncover a Chinese fantasy author you’ll never have heard of, review books and board games, chat to one of the UK’s thriving independent presses, muck around in Space Engineers, and assess Todd Phillips’ Joker. 00:00:32 – Editorial 00:02:15 – The infinite hex crawl 00:08:58 – Aliens: are they out there? 00:23:52 – Board game review:…

  • Video Games
    Video Games

    Homeworld: Past and Future

    - by Buanzo

    With the announcement of an upcoming release in one of PC gaming’s most loved franchises, we go back to the start to find out what it is that makes Homeworld so magical. In PC games, what we identify as a classic can be ephemeral. There are many elements that go into the design and production of a game, and many subjective factors that can influence our view of the experience playing it. We don’t just watch games, we participate in them; and that participation should allow us to shape what happens. The best games make us feel like we have affected their outcome and connect with the circumstances and role we’ve taken on in the game’s fictional premise.

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Keeping – Trek Part 2

    - by Buanzo

    In the second part of our focus on Star Trek, we look back over the 1990s, 2000s, and the famous franchise today. The 1980s saw Star Trek successfully transition to the cinema screen. However, the reliance on the same actors and characters would gradually take its toll, and whilst the six movies that focused on original Enterprise crew would continue until 1991, Gene Roddenberry, creator of the brand, had some other ideas up his sleeve.

  • Books

    Book Review: Duchamp Versus Einstein

    - by Buanzo

    What if a transcendent alien intelligence made Marcel Duchamp and Albert Einstein play chess together? This is the premise of the pleasingly-named Duchamp Versus Einstein, a new novelette co-written by Christopher Hinz and Etan Ilfeld. The latter is the director of the company that owns Angry Robot, the book’s publisher.

  • Books

    Diamonds in the Rough: Read Adventurous

    - by Buanzo

    Self-published books — how can you tell if you’ll enjoy one? These days, finding a good book to read can be tricky. Not because there aren’t enough books around; the science fiction, fantasy, and horror markets are absolutely saturated, so navigating through the flood to get to something you’ll enjoy can be difficult.

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Mini of the Month: Garillien, Isharann Soulrender

    - by Buanzo

    The last of the celestial warriors fell, his empty armour collapsing to the mud-churned ground. Garillien watched as the warrior’s body and spirit returned to the Heavens in a bolt of blinding light, its afterimage lingering behind his eyelids as he slumped against his talúnhook. He wouldn’t be able to rest long. With the battle over, his work was only just beginning. Sebell brushed against his leg, swimming around his knees, her serrated bill still bloody. Garillien absently stroked the rakerdart’s abrasive scales while…