Author archive for Buanzo

  • 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

    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.

  • Books

    Book Review: Rosewater

    - by Buanzo

    Winner of the Clarke Award this year, Tade Thompson’s Rosewater is the first in the Wormwood trilogy. It tells the story of an alternative future with a transformed Nigeria playing host to an alien dome, right in the centre of the eponymous new city.

  • Event

    FrightFest

    - by Buanzo

    The UK’s foremost horror film festival is celebrating its 20th year. As they prepare for their Halloween event, we take a look at two decades of FrightFest… The first time I went to FrightFest, I didn’t think of myself as a horror fan. I liked vampires, and I would tell anyone who would sit still for it about the time I’d seen The Woman in Black on stage and then couldn’t sleep until the sun came up, but I didn’t know much about the genre as a whole. However, FrightFest was hosting the first UK screening of Timur Bekmambetov’s Day Watch and I was desperate to see it, having fallen in love with its predecessor, Night Watch.

  • Tabletop Games

    Wargaming On A Budget

    - by Buanzo

    Wargames are a fantastically popular, but surprisingly expensive, hobby. However, if you’re smart about it, there are ways to get started without breaking the bank.

  • TV and Film

    The Witcher’s New Frontier

    - by Buanzo

    There’s always a certain trepidation when a franchise branches out. And for the Witcher franchise, a new frontier is rapidly opening that could see it elevated to the same level as Game Of Thrones, or Lord Of The Rings. The upcoming Netflix series has already amazed critics and fans alike with pre-screenings and a generous amount of teasing. But will the aard-ent fanbase of both novels and video games be able to deal with changes the show has made?

  • Fiction

    Erden Foe

    - by Buanzo

    The castle was decimated…