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  • TV and Film
    TV and Film

    Let’s Talk About… Joker

    - by Jane Clewett and Tom Grundy

    Released on October 4th in the United Kingdom, Todd Phillips’ Joker has grossed one billion dollars at the box office at the time of writing against a production budget of $62.5 million — making it the most profitable comic book film of all time. It’s divided audiences. Editors Tom Grundy and Jane Clewett discuss what has become a cultural phenomenon.  Jane:  Joker’s a game of two halves for me. I think the first hour or so is uneven, with too much fan service for…

  • Fiction

    The Purpose

    - by Louis Calvert

    Marie had just managed to struggle into the emergency pressure suit and clip the helmet down before the vacuum alarm gave her the bad news. She flung her arms out reflexively to catch a hand-hold as the compartment spun around her. She missed, bounced off a console, and span away.  Cursing inside her foggy helmet, she closed her eyes tight and forced her knees up, folding herself fetal in the microgravity. Each time her suit bumped against walls, consoles or bulkhead she felt the…

  • Books

    Finding Jin Yong

    - by Jane Clewett

    The bestselling Chinese author of all time passed away in 2018, at the age of 94. He’d been made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, awarded an OBE, and held an honorary professorship at nine different universities. But the vast majority of his books remained untranslated into English throughout his lifetime. In the year of his death, the first part of his Condor Heroes trilogy was finally given an official English language release. We take a look at the ‘Chinese Lord of the…

  • Video Games
    Video Games

    Space Engineers: six years of building and blowing stuff up

    - by Louis Calvert

    Space Engineers (SE) is a game about building things. Six years ago the game hit Early Access on Steam with a lot of potential, a handful of buildable blocks, and a buggy physics engine. It finally left Early Access in February last year. Why is it so great? The core concept could originally be compared to Lego, giving you building blocks and tools to make whatever you like. Now, that concept has been vastly expanded to include: a nearly-infinite space to play around in,…

  • Thinkpiece

    Aliens: Are they out there?

    - by Tom Grundy

    It’s the ultimate question. Are we alone in the universe? In this issue, respected science journal Parallel Worlds puts the matter to rest, once and for all.  Or not. Aside from us not being a respected science journal, the question remains utterly unanswered. But it’s one that concerns us at this magazine more than most: science fiction is our bread and butter, and a fundamental plank of science fiction is the concept of intelligences from places other than Earth.  I’m not a scientist —…

  • Books

    The Infinite Hex Crawl

    - by Anthony Perconti

    This month, a reader introduces us to one of the weirder works of Jorge Luis Borges. I was introduced to the writings of Jorge Luis Borges through my love of the late, great American fantasist, Gene Wolfe. This was the writer that inspired, to a great degree, the duplicitous, sneaky, and downright brilliant creator of Severian and Latro, two of fantasy’s most (if you’re a Wolfe reader, excuse the pun) memorable protagonists. Borges is the type of writer that is at once easily accessible…