Author name: Alasdair

From The Earth to the Moon Episode One: Can We Do This?

The history of manned spaceflight is defined by inconceivable scale and fragility. Hundreds of thousands of miles, hundreds of thousands of pounds of thrust, millions of hours spent designing, testing, flying, all for a small group of desperately human, utterly fragile people who would travel higher and further than anyone ever had before. A unique …

From The Earth to the Moon Episode One: Can We Do This?

The Things We Carry, The Things We Lose: Nowhere Boy

Adolescence is skin deep invincibility. You find yourself clamped to the handlebars of a motorcycle with the throttle jammed open, hurtling towards adulthood, sex, money, furniture and everything in between. You can’t turn, you can’t stop and if you slow down the only thing that will happen is every other driver will laugh at you. …

The Things We Carry, The Things We Lose: Nowhere Boy

Stargate Universe: Darkness, Light and the Luxury of Shadow

Darkness subtracts. Darkness doesn’t just take away where you’re going it takes away where you’ve been, stranding you in an eternal present you can neither see nor touch. That removal of outside stimuli not only forces us to look inward it also brings our inner selves to the surface, reveals things we may not want …

Stargate Universe: Darkness, Light and the Luxury of Shadow

Where’s Al?-The Bigger on the Inside Edition Part 2

Journalism I filed my first story for a national newspaper this month. The Guardian are producing two ‘Guides to the Night’ at the end of October and the Guide editor, Phil Daoust, contacted me about writing a piece about telling ghost stories to live audiences. It was massive fun to do, covering environment, story, audience …

Where’s Al?-The Bigger on the Inside Edition Part 2

Where’s Al?-The Bigger on the Inside Edition Part 1

It’s been a busy few weeks, so busy, in fact that ‘Where’s Al?’ needs to be broken up into two entries. First off, let’s take a look at what’s been going on at Hub, Pseudopod and Escape Pod recently.. Podcasting Orrin Grey’s ‘The Worm That Gnaws’ followed Mark Felps’ ‘Raising Eddie’ at Pseudopod. It’s a …

Where’s Al?-The Bigger on the Inside Edition Part 1

Eviction Night in the Pit: Ian Rankin’s Dark Entries: A John Constantine Novel

John Constantine has been around. A former punk rocker turned street magician, Constantine has faced down every ruler of hell, defeated the thing that lives behind the world, survived time in an insane asylum and a Maximum Security prison and become involved time and again with the London underworld. John Constantine has been around. Created …

Eviction Night in the Pit: Ian Rankin’s Dark Entries: A John Constantine Novel

Happy Anniversary, Doctor Banzai: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

The pantheon of heroic scientists contains some of the greatest names in science fiction; Professor Bernard Quatermass, Professor Henry Jones II, The Doctor and many more. But there’s one in particular who has strode across the world for twenty five years, a man whose genius is matched only by his compassion and musical ability; Doctor …

Happy Anniversary, Doctor Banzai: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

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