Tag Archives: music

Some Comments on the 2018 Nebula Award Winners (and a bit about the Eurovision Song Contest)

So the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards were announced yesterday and the finale of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest took place as well. And lest they be forgotten, the winners of the 2018 AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Martin Böttcher

German film composer Martin Böttcher (1927 – 2019) died April 19th aged 91. Once again, there is no English language obituary, but here are some German ones from Tagesschau, RP Online and Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Deutschlandfunk Kultur also has a nice … Continue reading

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Some Comments on the 2019 Academy Award Winners

So the winners of the 2019 Academy Awards were announced last night with the usual pomp and circumstance and gorgeous gowns, but without the usual host, since the guy they picked disqualified himself due to homophobic remarks and bad behaviour. … Continue reading

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A Few Words on Some Very Lacklustre Academy Award Nominees

So the nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards have been announced today and it’s a very lacklustre selection. The SFF world is rejoicing that Black Panther got a Best Picture nod, the first ever superhero film to do so, which … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Dieter Thomas Heck

German TV personality and actor Dieter Thomas Heck died today aged 80. Here is a video obituary with many clips, courtesy of ZDF. Unfortunately, there is no English language obituary anywhere (honestly, Deutsche Welle, that’s your job), so I had … Continue reading

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New Release No. 2: Anjali and Mikhail become “Hunter and Hunted” in a new “In Love and War” Novella

In my last post, I said that there would be two new release announcements in the near future. This is the second new release announcement, a new novella in my In Love and War series. But first, I’d like to … Continue reading

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Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month for February 2018

It’s that time of the month again, time for “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”. So what is “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”? It’s a round-up of speculative fiction by indie authors newly published this month, though some January … Continue reading

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What is it that makes Space Opera so good?

Tor.com and the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog are still running their space opera week event, so I’ll use this as an excuse to talk some more about one of my favourite subgenres. First of all, we have … Continue reading

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And even more reactions to the 2017 Hugo Finalists

In general, the 2017 Hugo Awards shortlist is less contentious than those of previous years, but were still seeing reactions trickling in. I offered my own take on the 2017 shortlist and also did a round-up of reactions from around … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, Carrie Fisher and George Michael, and Fuck 2016

The annus horibilis of 2016 has struck once more, because after the death of George Michael on Christmas Day, we also lost Carrie Fisher yesterday, aged only sixty, following her heart attack on December 23. And her mother Debbie Reynolds … Continue reading

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