Just published is issue 2 of new ezine Sorcerous Signals featuring my story 'Wizard's Gambit'. The superb artwork accompanying the story is by award-winner Lee Kuruganti. Check it out here: Sorcerous Signals
Light years from home. Bonded to an alien for survival. A dark secret is about to be revealed . . .
planet Verdana was supposed to be their new home, their new Eden. But
shortly after arriving the human colonists were faced with a dilemma -
join with the alaahi or perish. In the end, they chose the process of
symbiosis, a physical conjoining with the native alaahi.
there are whispers amongst the colonists. The alaahi are not the
benevolent beings they made themselves out to be. Before long a dark
secret is about to be revealed, and young Jena must make a terrible
choice . . .
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I remember way back in 1999, as the world was gearing up to return to the Star Wars Universe for the very first prequel, the anticipation reached fever pitch. In the midst of all the excitement, one commenter had wise words to share - that no film could possibly live up to the expectation being heaped upon this movie. Star Wars is a phenomenon, and the arrival of a new movie is always an event, regardless of whether you're a fan or not. That call for caution was not only wise but also prescient. After watching The Phantom Menace, it took me a long time to realise just how much was wrong with it. The war in my heart between wanting something I loved to be great and the disappointing realisation that it wasn't lasted several years.
Now we are at a similar point. In a month's time, a new Star Wars film will hit cinemas and, once again, the anticipation and excitement is infectious. But I believe we have good reason to be excited. For a while, their was an air of caution over…
Whilst Den of Geek has pretty much nailed it all on the head in the above article, I just wanted to add my own thoughts on the casting of Peter Capaldi in the iconic role of the Doctor.
First things first, now that the news is sinking in, I am very very pleased. Buzzing, in fact.
Peter Capaldi's name was linked with the role over the past few days and even Den of Geek dismissed the idea as a little bit of misdirection, and I was quite convinced it was. But as soon as I saw his hand on the live TV show I shouted out, "It IS Peter Capaldi!", and I found myself suitably thrilled and confused at the same time. Considering the ages of recent Doctors I just didn't expect to see a new Doctor being cast who was over 40, let alone over 50. (Mr Capaldi is 55). But I am soooo glad they did. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of the Doctors since the show started anew in 2005, and although it was …