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Africa as Realm of Adventure

Because much of Africa’s interior remained unknown to Europeans till quite late in colonial history, it offered an arena for the imagination in scientific romances written around the end of the nineteenth century. In contemporary Franco-Belgian BDs it has continued … Continue reading

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Sword and Planet

Something else celebrated its fiftieth year in 2015 besides me and my age-mates. Frank Herbert’s epic novel Dune was published in that same fateful year of 1965. Some say it’s the best science fiction novel there’s ever been. It’s also … Continue reading

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Review of Deep Time – by Adam Randall

Reblogged from Trusty Water Blog Deep Time tells the story of an African expedition led by cryptzoologist Brendan Merlie who is hoping to find some evidence that certain extinct species might still be living deep in the jungle. You may … Continue reading

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Afro-beasts

When I was growing up, all the books about mammals would gleefully tell you that the nearest relative of the elephant is the rabbit-sized hyrax. Molecular biology has since revealed that elephants and hyraxes belong to a diverse group of … Continue reading

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Bandes Dessinées Exotiques

In the course of my efforts to improve my French I’ve discovered French graphic novels. They are extremely diverse in genre and style, sometimes stunningly beautiful, and a quite a lot of them indulge the same kind of taste for … Continue reading

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Right-Wing Dystopia

The UK general election in May effected a further rightward shift in politics. Similar trends can be seen elsewhere in Europe. In a time of economic and environmental crisis the ensuing right-wing policies look set to head in exactly the … Continue reading

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Deep Time and the Wilderness – by Nimue Brown

Originally posted on Druid Life:
Most of the wilderness fiction I’ve read is historical. Last of the Mohicans, Moby Dick, Robinson Crusoe, assorted American transcendentalists, – books whose authors who had the advantage of writing about places and environments that…

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Jurassic World and Weaponised Dinosaurs

Jurassic World recycles the theme-park setting of the first Jurassic Park film, but on a grander scale and this time we see thousands of visitors there experiencing it. Every aspect of the theme-park experience is so relentlessly kitsch that I … Continue reading

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Speaking Stones

At the opening of the current Fringe Arts Bath exhibition at 8/9 New Bond Street Place, Bath, I saw – and heard – Alun Ward’s new sound installation, Sea Hear. It sparked in my mind a set of associations about … Continue reading

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Wine and Waterstones

On Thursday – 21 May – I was in Waterstones, Bath, with Martin Large from Hawthorn Press and poet Helen Moore to promote Helen’s new collection, ECOZOA, and my novel, Deep Time. Chairing the readings and discussion was ecocritic Richard … Continue reading

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