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  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Let’s talk about: The Boys

    Last month, our team discussed Amazon Prime’s The Boys. Angus: Amazon Prime’s The Boys is a look at the world of superheroes. On the surface everything is clean, bright and building towards that utopian future. But it’s just a thin veneer over some pretty dark and twisted shit! This is a world where superheroes are made and owned by the Vought Corporation. They are licenced to various governments and other corporations and managed so as to keep their image untarnished whiter than white — at…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Twin Peaks: what did I just watch?

    - by Louis Calvert

    The legacy of Twin Peaks has echoed across the past 30 years so pervasively that someone watching it today for the first time is likely to find it hauntingly familiar. But is it still good in 2020? Warning: contains spoilers. Twin Peaks was so iconic during the early 1990s that its visual and storytelling influence spread into other media even in the slower-moving pre-internet age. Contemporary TV shows such as The Simpsons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Northern Exposure, Beverly Hills 90210, Sesame Street…

  • Books

    Classics of sci-fi: Dune

    - by Connor Eddles

    Here’s a sci-fi scenario for you: a young man stands under alien sun(s). He’s a messiah figure. The planet he’s living on is a ball of sand, rock, sun and danger. There’s a mystic order who wear robes, aristocracy in space, and a bunch of conniving asshats who don’t like freedom or hope. Which franchise am I referring to?  It’s Dune, obviously. The novel so inspirational every wannabe wordsmith in the genre has taken something from it, consciously or otherwise. There’s a strain of…

  • Podcast

    Parallel Worlds Issue 14

    - by Buanzo

    In this issue, we revisit one of Asimov’s science fiction classics, get to grips with the Judge Dredd tabletop game, discuss setting in roleplaying, review another cracking board game, continue our fiction serial Acid – and much more! 00:00:18 – The quiet war: exploring the Polity novels of Neal Asher 00:14:27 – Classics of sci-fi: The Gods Themselves 00:20:08 – Dredd from the Big Meg: the Judge Dredd tabletop game 00:33:07 – Gamesmasterclass: journey or location? 00:44:48 – Review: Cowboy Bebop: Space Serenade 00:50:57 – Acid, chapter 6

  • Interview

    Interview: Joseph McGuire

    - by Angus McNicholl

    Joseph McGuire is a game designer, and creator of cyberpunk skirmish wargame Reality’s Edge and post-apocalyptic skirmish wargame This Is Not a Test. Hi, Joseph, thanks for taking the time to talk to Parallel Worlds. Could you tell us a little about yourself? Who are you and where are you from? Greetings! Happy to talk about myself, as any good self-promoter would. Well, I’ve been a miniatures wargamer since 1997. The same year I discovered a life-changing copy of the Games Workshop product catalogue.…

  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    The mad genius of Rick and Morty

    - by Ben Potts

    It took my younger brother a long time to convince me to watch Rick and Morty. It often does take him a while to get me hooked on things, and I don’t know why. He was right when he steered me towards Brooklyn Nine-Nine and he was right when he urged me to give My Hero Academia a shot.  I don’t remember how he described Rick and Morty to me. Maybe I resisted because it was a cartoon. Maybe it was because I’d heard…