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Cosplay from SFW in the City

by Peter Ray Allisonon 16/10/2017
One of the highlights of Sci Fi Weekender in the City was the diverse costumes worn by the talented cosplayers there.  The sheer breadth of cosplay ranged from faithful recreations of those worn on screen to imaginative re-envisioning of iconic characters. Here, in no particular order, is just a fraction of some of the fantastic […]

Sci-Fi Weekender in the City 2017

by Peter Ray Allisonon 12/10/2017
Sci-Fi Weekender (SFW), the largest science-fiction festival in Europe and only event of its kind in the UK, launched its new satellite event last weeked in Sheffield. Peter Ray Allison investigates.

Six games to watch out for from EGX2017

by Peter Ray Allisonon 25/09/2017
Games like Total War: Warhammer 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Origins naturally dominated this year’s EGX, which has always been about promoting new games.  Whilst I am keen to play Far Cry 5, if only for the story, much of the true innovation this year lies within the indie and left-field collections. As such, here are […]

SmartHalo – Making cycling smarter

by Peter Ray Allisonon 21/09/2017
Ride a bicycle? Sick of only petrolheads having fancy satnavs and touchscreen displays? Then, the SmartHalo might be of interest… The SmartHalo is a smart device that claims it can be fitted to any bicycle.  This, potentially, allows any bike to be turned into a smart bike, without having to pay hundreds of pounds. Once […]

Jaffa, kree! Stargate’s Christopher Judge to appear at SFW

by Peter Ray Allisonon 06/09/2017
The latest announcement, in the already star-studded line-up for Sci Fi Weekender next year, will be Stargate SG-1's Christopher Judge.

Dana Fredsti interview

by Peter Ray Allisonon 20/08/2017
To say Dana Fredsti is unconventional is an understatement. Before becoming an author, Dana was an actress and theatrical swordswoman. Dana’s most famous cinematic credits include Army of Darkness, where she was the armourer’s assistant and appeared as a sword-wielding deadite. Since leaving the world of acting behind her, Dana started a career as an […]

Highlighting Horror

by Peter Ray Allisonon 03/08/2017
For those with literary leanings and wish to exercise their quills, the Horror Writers Association have organised a script-writing event. Through interviews, panel discussions and screenings, attendees will have an unmissable opportunity to learn how to write and sell a script from leading members of the UK horror industry, with a number of very special […]

The Spawn of Lilith, by Dana Fredsti

by Peter Ray Allisonon 03/07/2017
Officially launched last week, The Spawn of Lilith is Dana Fredsti’s latest urban-fantasy/horror novel, a new series following her Ashley Parker novels (which was described as “Buffy with zombies, but different.”) The Spawn of Lilith is a new setting for Fredsti, and thus a great jumping-on point for readers.  The novel is set in Hollywood, […]

SFW in the City announce more guests

by Peter Ray Allisonon 26/06/2017
There is only four months to go before Science and Fantasy Warriors (SFW) in the City touches down at the O2 Academy in Sheffield, bringing the biggest science fiction, fantasy and horror spectacular to grace the steel city. Already announced as headline guests were Sylvester McCoy, James Cosmo, Nick Kellington and Stanislav Ianevski.  Three more […]

Sci Fi & Fantasy Weekender 9 is Go!

by Peter Ray Allisonon 11/06/2017
SFW is Europe’s largest sci-fi festival, which had over 6,000 sci-fi fans partying hard into the night in March this year. Next year is going to be bigger.