On This Day: Cyrano De Bergerac
On this day in 1655, French soldier and writer, Cyrano de Bergerac, died in Sannois, near Paris. Although arguably best-known (if he is known at all) as ‘that swordsman with the big nose’ – and, […]Read More
On This Day: the Loch Ness Monster
On this day in 2003, the BBC reported (presumably with a straight face) that, despite cneturies of sightings, there was no monster in Loch Ness. This followed an investigation utilising 600 separate sonar beams and […]Read More
Bloom County Returns!
As has been noted across the interwebs, the great Bloom County is returning! Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, Berkely Breathed called time on his brilliant satirical cartoon a quarter of a century ago, in 1989; he moved […]Read More
Madness or Genius?
In this fast-moving, modern world we inhabit, there is an ever-increasing amount of information to sort through and process. Broadcast media, newspapers, magazines, social media, online news, mobile devices – all bombarding us with information […]Read More
New Book of the Week: Zero Minus X
It has been claimed that between the years of 1958 and 1964, Lionel Fanthorpe was the most prolific genre author alive, writing under a bewildering array of pseudonyms and house names, and producing a book […]Read More
The Best T-Shirt at Worldcon?
As is ever the case at SF conventions, the quality of T-shirts on sale was high at last weekend’s London Worldcon – I came away with the excellent ‘SCIENCE: I’m one accident away from being […]Read More
New Book of the Week: Unseen University Challenge
‘Right, your starter for ten, no conferring: Which beginners’ course at Unseen University was taught by Jeophal the Spry?’ Bzzzzzzz ‘Quirm College for Young Ladies, Sto Helit.’ ‘Algebra?’ ‘No, I’m afraid it’s Beginners’ Dematerialisation. Which […]Read More
On This Day: M C Escher
It was on this day in 1972 that the extraordinary Dutch artist M. C. Escher died. ‘Who?’ You might be saying (although we really hope you’re not!). Well, him: The guy that did this: And […]Read More