Monthly Archives: April 2013

Interview: Silent Film Historian Steve Joyce

If you’ve been around the Internet long enough, you quickly learn that every genre and era of the cinema has its fans, and if you’re curious enough to read up on them, you learn to appreciate just why they have gained their adherents. For those curious about fantastic cinema of the silent era, an indispensable new book, American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929, provides what is not just to date the most comprehensive collection of original reviews of American Read more […]

The Admirable Crichton: One of the Most Influential and Unknown Stories of Science Fiction History

The name Crichton pops up in science fiction over and over again. From the irritable know it all robot in Buck Rogers, to the robot butler inĀ Red Dwarf, and again as the lone human surrounded by a universe of aliens inĀ Farscape. Why are all these characters named Crichton and what do they all have in common? In 1902 J.M. Barrie (yes the same J.M. Barrie who created Peter Pan) penned a short comedy about a butler named Crichton modeled on the real life Scotsman James Crichton who was himself a Read more […]