AUDIO REVIEW: Viribus Unitis, by Dragony

Label: Napalm Records Genre: Power Metal/Alternative History Tracks: 12 Runtime: 49 minutes Release Date: 15/01/2021 Verdict: 5/5 Here are three things I love: Power metal, alternative histories, and sinister magic. With their fourth album Viribus Unitis, Austrian-based band Dragony have combined all three to create a strong early contender for album of the year. Coming fromContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Viribus Unitis, by Dragony”

Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021

2020 was a rough year for most, but definitely for science fiction. A lot of industries ground to a halt, meaning that many of this year’s expected releases have been ushed back to 2021. On the plus side, that means next year is going to be absolutely packed with science fiction goodies. Here’s just aContinue reading “Brave New Worlds: Upcoming SF in 2021”

FANDOM, FILK & FUN: Carmen Miranda’s Ghost

  Last year, a friend shared a link to a song. “Carmen Miranda’s ghost,” the song began, “is haunting Space Station Three.” The quality was terrible, having originally been recorded from damaged cassette tape, but I was intrigued. When the playlist revealed an entire album of these weird songs, I was immediately hooked. The albumContinue reading “FANDOM, FILK & FUN: Carmen Miranda’s Ghost”

AUDIO REVIEW: 1896, by Steam Powered Giraffe

  Label: Independently Released Genre: Steampunk/Caberet/Soul Tracks: 12 Runtime: 50 minutes Release Date: 09/11/2020 Verdict: 4/5 How does one explain Steam Powered Giraffe to the uninitiated? On the one hand, they’re a group of family and friends who make catchy tunes about random things. On the other, they are a trio of steam-powered robots reprurposedContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: 1896, by Steam Powered Giraffe”

AUDIO REVIEW: Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower, by Paul Shapera

Genre: Science Fantasy/Hippiepunk Runtime: 1hr 37mins Cast: Paul Shapera, Kerttu Aarnipuu, Hayley Warner, Jessica Singer, Jessica Law, Lauren Osborn, Marjolein Nijsten Verdict: 4/5   A thematic successor to Katy Shaw and the Search for the Stolen Secret, Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower takes place in the halcyon days of New Albion,Continue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Nash Harding and the Secret of the Twisted Tower, by Paul Shapera”

AUDIO REVIEW: Space Ninjas From Hell, by Victorius

Label: Napalm Records Genre: Speed Metal/Science Fantasy Tracks: 12 Runtime: 45 minutes Release Date: 17/01/2020 Verdict: 4/5 I don’t like anime. In fact, I hate it. The jarring visual style, the over the top storytelling, the incomprehensible plotlines, the absolute black hole of a fandom. Yes, these are all ungenerous generalisations, but everything I’ve encounteredContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Space Ninjas From Hell, by Victorius”

AUDIO REVIEW: Katy Shaw and the Search for the Stolen Secret, by Paul Shapera

-Thanks to Paul and his team for sending me a free copy (and all the lyrics)- Genre: Noir/Dieselpunk Runtime: 1hr 7mins Cast: Paul Shapera, Lauren Osborn, Candice Price, Kerttu Aarnipuu, Hayley Warner, Marjolein Nijsten Verdict: 5/5 Having tackled every punk suffix from steam- to cyber- to atom- to fairy-, and written everything from transgender cyborgsContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Katy Shaw and the Search for the Stolen Secret, by Paul Shapera”

Boundy Awards 2019

Today marks a full year since I started this blog. While there have been times it felt more like a chore than a hobby, overall it’s been fun. It’s brought me into conversation with both creators and fans from across the SF community, and I know at least one person has picked up a bookContinue reading “Boundy Awards 2019”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Lost Fairy, by Paul Shapera

-If you’re here for music, dive right in. If you want to follow the story of New Albion, a review of the previous installment can be found here– Series: Fairypunk (#3) Genre: Fairypunk Runtime: 1hr 9mins Cast: Liel Bar-Z, Psyche Chimera, Vivian Moonic, Oliver Marsh, Lauren Osborn Verdict: 5/5 The final act of Paul Shapera’sContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Lost Fairy, by Paul Shapera”

AUDIO REVIEW: The Broken Cyborg, by Paul Shapera

Series: Fairypunk (#2) Genre: Biopunk Runtime: 1hr 12mins Cast: Liel Bar-Z, Psyche Corporation, Vivian Moonic, Paul Shapera, Lauren Osborn, Adrienne Byrne Verdict: 5/5   There are two ways to listen to a Paul Shapera album. One is to just sit back and enjoy the music, the other is to work your way through the increasinglyContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: The Broken Cyborg, by Paul Shapera”