Book Review: Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life under Putin – Oleg Kashin

By Jade Fell “I predict we will abolish suffering throughout the living world. Our descendants will be animated by gradients of genetically pre-programmed well-being that are orders of magnitude richer than today’s peak experiences.” ― David Pearce Oleg Kashin is a rather notorious Russian journalist whose open criticism of the Putin government may or may not have motivated unknown assailants to beat him to within an inch of his life back 2010. You’d think such an event would put the dampeners on a guy, but apparently Kashin was undeterred and returned full force to publish his first work of fiction, … Continue reading Book Review: Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life under Putin – Oleg Kashin

#DrWho 50th anniversary: Doctors, assistants and enemies – an annotated graphic

From William Hartnell’s 1963 debut to Peter Capaldi in 2013, a total of 12 actors have portrayed the enigmatic Doctor, eponymous star of the TV series Dr Who. As the BBC and the Doctor’s many fans worldwide prepare to celebrate 50 years of this unique take on science-fiction, we offer this infographic detailing key characters from the series. Fans of the Doctor might enjoy our recent sci-fi special, in which we looked at the restoration of original Dr Who episodes; talked to Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter about their Long Earth multiverse; celebrated the legendary sci-fi artwork of Chris … Continue reading #DrWho 50th anniversary: Doctors, assistants and enemies – an annotated graphic

New issue of #EandT magazine online now – it’s an engineering #SciFi special!

The latest issue of E&T magazine is available online now. It’s a sci-fi special this time. We look at the restoration of the surviving Doctor Who tapes; the likelihood of inventing a working sonic screwdriver; the engineering legacy and accuracy of 2001: A Space Odyssey; an interview with Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter about their ‘Long Earth’ multiverse collaboration; the question of engineering accuracy in sci-fi writing and films; how well sci-fi has historically performed in predicting the technological future, and much more. It’s a pretty darn solid issue this time, with plenty of great images, even if we do … Continue reading New issue of #EandT magazine online now – it’s an engineering #SciFi special!

New Scientist Launches Spin-off

Bearing a suitably technical-sounding moniker, Arc 1.1 is the inaugural issue of New Scientist magazine’s bimonthly spin-off focussed on investigating the intersection of science and technology with culture and society at large. With the slightly ominous-sounding subtitle ‘The Future Always Wins’, the magazine is a collection of essays and think pieces interspersed with several pieces of short fiction, all loosely themed around the future, futurism and futurology. The articles range from slightly creepy, sci-fi writer China Mieville’s visit to a marine biology lab, to slightly gloomy, Paul Graham Raven on the Dark Mountain Festival and the collapse of Western civilisation, … Continue reading New Scientist Launches Spin-off