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Book Review: Collision Course (variant title: Collision with Chronos), Barrington J. Bayley, (1973)

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3.75/5 (Good)

Barrington J. Bayley’s Collision Course (Collision with Chronos) (1973) is based on a fascinating hard sci-fi premise, the intersection of two time waves, one from the future heading into the past, and the “present”, heading Continue reading Book Review: Collision Course (variant title: Collision with Chronos), Barrington J. Bayley, (1973)

A Film Rumination: Damn the Defiant! (variant title: H. M. S. Defiant), Lewis Gilbert (1962)

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Damn the Defiant! isn’t the best naval action film out there however it’s definitely an under appreciated good film.  That said, I have a weakness for the subject matter since I grew up on C. S. Forester’s Hornblower and Alexander Kent’s Captain Bolitho books (i.e Napoleonic era valiant British officers fighting the evil Frenchies!).  Thus, Continue reading A Film Rumination: Damn the Defiant! (variant title: H. M. S. Defiant), Lewis Gilbert (1962)

Book Review: Non-Stop (variant title: Starship), Brian Aldiss (1958)

4.75/5 (Very Good)

A generation ship!  Science run amok!  A brilliant work from the late 50s which must be read!  Brian Aldiss’ Non-Stop (published in the U.S. as Starship) is a relentlessly dark science fiction novel written in response to Robert Heinlein’s revolutionary yet ultimately unsatisfying Orphans of Continue reading Book Review: Non-Stop (variant title: Starship), Brian Aldiss (1958)

A Film Rumination: The Battle of Culloden, Peter Watkins (1964)

7.5/10 (Good)

The pseudo-documentary (docudrama) The Battle of Culloden––made for BBC Television––was the first feature film by the soon to be famous (in somewhat esoteric circles) radical pacifist Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Battle of Culloden, Peter Watkins (1964)

A Film Rumination: The Servant, Joseph Losey (1963)

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8/10 (Very Good)

Joseph Losey’s film, The Servant (1963) is a profoundly unsettling experience concerning various class related themes (servitude, the British upper class life, etc).  Losey – an American blacklisted communist who was forced to flee Hollywood in the 50s to England – gives an interesting take on this common cinematic theme. This film marks the first of three successful collaborations with the renowned playwright and screenwriter Harold Pinter Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Servant, Joseph Losey (1963)