Mental Illness in the Post-Apocalypse

Hi there. I am a crazy person. My mental illness impacts every part of my life. Specifically, I am a person with severe depression and a panic disorder. It’s possible (undiagnosed, but confirmed as very likely by a psychiatrist) that I have Borderline Personality Disorder. I am medicated in order to control this, taking a regular dose of Citalopram, and I am in therapy. Obviously, none of these things will be available to me post-apocalypse. This could be a problem. Read more

I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse

BBC Three are looking for applicants for a new reality show called I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse. Zombie fanatics and fitness enthusiasts should apply to  zombies@tigeraspect.co.uk for an application form. Applicants must be able to attend auditions in the UK. Now, personally, I think zombies are a little old now – overplayed. They’re the least likely apocalypse, and everyone has added them to everything in a cynical attempt to hit the zeitgeist. But, I may be alone in this opinion, as they still seem to be popular. With that in mind, I can see I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse being... Read more

Interview with Joseph D’Lacey

A little while ago, I reviewed the books Black Feathers and The Book of the Crowman. They were excellent books, and the author, Joseph D’Lacey, was kind enough to take time out of his schedule and answer some questions for us. Yay! 1. The Black Feathers Duology is quite unique in its premise and themes. How did you develop it? I’m fortunate in that ideas seem to happen to me regularly and naturally without me having to do anything. If they’re good ideas, they hang around and bump into other ideas, getting bigger and heavier. Eventually, if I can’t ignore... Read more

Book review: The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire Author: Kameron Hurley Series: Worldbreaker Saga (book 1) Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Release date: September 2, 2014 (North America); September 4, 2014 (UK) Note: This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself. In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. As the dark star of... Read more

Book review: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Some Fine Day Author: Kat Ross Genre: YA SF Publisher: Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot Release Date: July 1, 2014 (North America and digital); Jul 3, 2014 (UK) Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly and knows three things with absolute certainty. She knows that when the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface. She knows that the only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian... Read more

Book review: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

The Buried Life Author: Carrie Patel Genre: Dystopian, SF Publisher: Angry Robot Release Date: July 29, 2014 (North America), August 7, 2014 (UK) Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Ricoletta’s top-secret historical research facility. When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall... Read more

5 Video Game Futures That Could Be Awesome

Sometimes the present is boring and the future takes too long to get here. No hover cars, no robots, not a single alien. In video games we get to see the possibilities for the future good, but mostly bad. But I don’t think the bad is really all that bad. If you look from the right angle, some of these video game futures are kind of awesome. 1. Borderlands If you’re a psycho or a bandit in the Borderlands future your life expectancy is probably not very promising. However the Borderlands future is an entrepreneur’s dream. From magic powers to... Read more

Book review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception Author: Mary E. Pearson Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Holt/Macmillan Children’s Release Date: July 15, 2014 Note: this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Blurb: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into... Read more

How to Trick People Into Liking You…

People are fairly simple creatures who are easily tricked because of their addiction to patterns and basic context cues. People want to trust you, like you, not need to kill you. Heck, you could be an asset to their team if you turn out to be someone they can trust, let their guard down around, and learn to lean on. We see characters like Daryl on The Walking Dead become fan favorites both in and outside of the show while still being kind of dickish. That’s because in fiction people aren’t real. In fiction, people can’t have all the minutia... Read more

My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces (by Evonne Tsang)

On a whim I picked up a graphic novel from the 80% off shelf at Comicopia with low expectations and a piqued curiosity for something apocalyptic (as always). One of the books I grabbed was My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang. This is one in a series of books about girls who love boys lacking some of the qualifications to make them human. Most of these boys are also deadly dangerous and in the case of I love Him to Pieces, deadly contagious. Le Sigh. Dumb bitches live for love. In I Love Him... Read more

Free Comic Book Day 2014: IMAGE Comics

Gasp! Not only will there be free comics on Free Comic Book Day but Image Comics  is using this wonderful geek holiday to allow even more newbies entry into the wonderful world of comics and stories with pictures.  Image Comics is launching $1 first edition first issues! Comics are an investment and people want to know if there worth the price of a mediocre sandwich or nah. This way you can get a variety of stories from Sex Criminals to Lazarus to try and, maybe, like. Check out the list of Image firsts below: ALEX + ADA #1 A sci-fi drama set... Read more

Book review: Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Last God Standing Author: Michael Boatman Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Angry Robot Release date: March 2014 (US/Canada/ebook); April 2014 (UK) Blurb: Creator. Supreme being. Stand-up comic…?! When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose. Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned. Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God. How is he ever going to make it as a... Read more

The CW’s The 100 is…

...Lord of the Flies. The 100 is about a far future where humanity lives on a space station and they send all the delinquent youths back to Earth to determine is the planet is habitable. … Um, they’ve proven they can’t be trusted so you send them on an important mission to see if earth was survivable? Good plan. All the 100 have these wristbands that monitor their vitals and let the folks up on the space station know they’re alive and thriving or dying slowly. Of course the take-charge psycho realizes you can just take the wristbands off and... Read more