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  • Books

    Review: Million Eyes

    - by Ben Potts

    Time travel fiction is of a particular flavour that doesn’t always fit neatly into a specific genre. For sure, it’s speculative fiction, but is it sci-fi? Historical fantasy? How about a dash of conspiracy thriller? Million Eyes by C.R. Berry includes all of the above in this new novel from a young author. “I shan’t be long,” says King Edward II of England on the first page of this book. Shan’t. What a lovely word. It has unfortunately fallen into disuse, as part of…

  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    Mini of the Month: Haruk ‘Ironeye’

    - by Connor Eddles

    The sky was clear for the first time in an age. Light blue and streaked with errant clouds, clear and crisp from horizon to horizon. Looking up into the sky, Haruk wondered what it’d be like to have open skies and clean air every day. Even his breathing, usually harsh in his ears through the ancient rebreather, rasped through his throat and filled scarred lungs until they stretched and ached. It was a beautiful sort of pain, like the throb of a well-trained muscle…

  • Podcast

    Parallel Worlds Issue 10

    - by Buanzo

    In Issue 10, we review a brilliant deckbuilder, evaluate Firefly, get to grips with Pathfinder, discover a brilliant French skirmish wargame, continue our excellent serial Acid, discuss worldbuilding, look back at one of Isaac Asimov’s greatest works, and introduce a wonderful new short story. 00:00:18 – It’s gorram over, Cap’n: why Firefly being cancelled was a good thing 00:16:12 – Canon: exploring consistency in storytelling 00:30:27 – Board game review: One Deck Dungeon and Forest of Shadows 00:35:39 – Pathfinder: all the tools 00:47:55 – Book review: Triggernometry 00:51:07 – GamesMasterClass: creating your world 01:02:41 – Acid, chapter two: a…

  • Video Games
    Video Games

    Cheap thrills: the value of video games

    - by Thomas Turnbull-Ross

    Video games are slowly clawing their way to general respectability, although most people’s parents will still look at you quizzically if you’re over 30 and tell them you play games. But we think they are the greatest-value form of entertainment the world has ever seen, as well as being a tremendous social good and hotbed of artistic creativity. Thomas Turnbull-Ross explains why.  League of Legends is famed for being the most-streamed game on Twitch. It also weighs in at third place in terms of…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Lost in Space: an enduring legacy of sci-fi brilliance

    - by John Tuttle

    It’s one of science fiction’s oldest franchises and one that has been successfully revived several times. And yet, Lost in Space is rarely spoken of with the same reverence as Star Wars, Doctor Who or Star Trek. It is most definitely worth your attention. Espionage. Sabotage. And bon voyage! A luminous saucer-shaped vessel ascends into space, an unwelcome and inadvertent stowaway trapped within. Amid the stars, this saboteur finds himself in a terribly awkward situation. A barrage of meteors strikes the hull of the…

  • Books

    Review: The Man in the Dark

    - by Thomas Turnbull-Ross

    The sequel to Jonathan Whitelaw’s 2018 novel HellCorp, The Man in the Dark finds The Devil still unable to take his holiday. As in HellCorp, The Devil is tasked by God with solving a crime to earn some time off, although this time it is a kidnapping rather than a murder. Finding himself stuck on Earth in the body of one of the prime suspects in the case, The Devil has his work cut out for him convincing DS Laurie he is who he…