Scifi and fantasy features from 2002.

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Eric Nylund Interviewed
01/12/2002. Eric, the SF author of Crimson Skies, talks about his previous career getting paid to play PC games, about writing to a strict outline, and the art of giving good sharecrop game novels.

Kiss me, Hardy
01/12/2002. Science fiction illustrator David A. Hardy interviewed. Very few artists have been able to tackle both comprehensively researched astronomical art and sf art with equal success. But David is a triumphant exception.

Offworld Report: November 2002
01/12/2002. The International Space Station gets a life boat, JK Rowling gets accused of stealing Harry Potter from a Russian author (translated from the original Klingon, surely), and Tom Doherty, the grand fromage at Tor Books, chats about his beautiful life in science fiction.

The Prisoner - Confined!
01/12/2002. Uncle Geoff takes a look at the classic TV series The Prisoner, and ponders why the heck did Number 6 resign from the British secret service?

Position Wanted: The Next Spielberg?
01/12/2002. The race is on across the UK for a new breed of science fiction films. The British Film Council's Development Fund has created New Steps Beyond, a film partnership, to develop three new science fiction feature movies.

Dead Stop (Star Trek Enterprise)
01/12/2002. The Enterprise, in desperate need of repair, comes aboard an automated space station that works miracles for a terrible price. Sounds a little like the greasy spoon in our local motorway service station.

A Night in Sickbay (Star Trek Enterprise)
01/12/2002. Archer spends the night in sickbay when an away mission threatens Porthos' life. Our Tim discovers some okay cultural stuff for Phlox, far overshadowed by the truly horrific sludge in between.

Marauders (Star Trek Enterprise)
01/12/2002. The Enterprise helps teach a mining colony to protect itself from the repeated depredations of a Klingon raiding party. Well, we're still waiting for the damn Klingons to turn up in nylon uniforms and green grease paint

Was it a wolf who said the sheep would inherit the Earth?
01/12/2002. There has always been some debate as to what Science Fiction has contributed to the modern world. If we are to believe the SF authors, especially when they based their stories in the turn of this century - seen as so far away 50 or 60 years ago - we could be heading to the stars, having periodic revolutions or suppression of the masses.

01/12/2002. Fantasy beats the parallel reality sub-genre as the oldest branch of SFF; but only just.

The moon landings - fantastic science or fantasy fake?
01/12/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for December 2002.

James Bond Is ... An Alien?
01/12/2002. It's true, Uncle Geoff, our esteemed editor has definitive proof. The British secret service's most deadly human weapon turns out not to be so human after all.

Peanut Butter & Magic
01/12/2002. Just in time for Christmas, a short fantasy story from the oft-enchanted pen of Elizabeth Burton.

Ken MacLeod interviewed
01/11/2002. Scottish SF author Ken MacLeod may be a best buddy with Iain Banks, but he's now been firmly established as a rising star in the science fiction firmament in his right. He chats with Stephen Hunt about why he's trying to find time to read Perdido Street Station, his new book, Engine City, and why most of the futures are capitalist Ö but they're terrifying!

Lost on the way to see the Brontosaurus
01/11/2002. Mark Leeper explores the BBC's miniseries adoption of the Lost World, and finds it is the best of a not-very-good lot of adaptations of Doyle's great adventure novel of a forgotten plateau with prehistoric man and dinosaurs. The dinosaur re-creations are effective, but there are major discrepancies from the novel.

Hit And Kismet
01/11/2002. A time travel chestnut from the pen of our own dear editor. But can you really send people into the past without upsetting the present? Read on for some shocking short fiction Ö

The Jim Munroe Reviews
01/11/2002. Jim Munroe is a Canadian author whose works are generally not marketed as science fiction, even though all three of his books to date have strong elements of the fantastic. In this appraisal of his works by James Nicholl, the light side of anti-globalization ideology comes under the microscope.

The Offworld Report: October 2004
01/11/2002. The chance of finding life on Jupiter's moon, Europa, goes up a notch, the Washington-based editor of muses about living life in the shadow of the sniper's crosshair, and author Jack Williamson gets interviewed about his long brilliant life in the SF world. All this and more in our round-up of the best SF offworld the 'Nest.

Fare thee well, Ron Walotsky
01/11/2002. Ron Walotsky's death shattered many people in the fantasy art world. Here, Paul Barnett, 'Nest columnist and editor of art book imprint Paper Tiger fondly remembers his friend, and there's his posthumous interview with Ron too.

Walter Jon Williams interviewed
01/11/2002. Science fiction author WJW chats about bashing out a new Star Wars novel, the impact of September 11th on his writing, and how he probably left a few scribbles on his mother's womb.

Shockwave Part II (Trek)
01/11/2002. As Archer attempts to make his way back from the 31st century, those damn tricky Suliban takes the Enterprise crew captive. And even their silly theme tune is growing on us!

Carbon Creek (Trek)
01/11/2002. T'Pol tells Trip and Archer about her great-grandmother T'Mir, who was part of an expedition to Earth that crashed in the 1950s. Vulcans at Roswell; who would have thought?

Minefield (Trek)
01/11/2002. When the Enterprise stumbles into a Romulan minefield, Reed finds himself in a life-or-death situation. As good as excuse as any for some more hammy acting, we suppose.

Dumbing Down In The TV SF Ghetto
01/11/2002. I probably watch as much TV SF as the next SF fan. All right, maybe a little less as I donít subscribe to the satellite channels.

Elf for a Day: Second Kingdom
01/11/2002. When it comes to the fiction market, high fantasy beats science fiction every time when it comes to those crude all-important numbers shifted across the sales counter.

Science fiction on TV - Dumb or Dumber?
01/11/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for November 2002.

The China Syndrome
01/10/2002. Author China Miťville talks to fantasy novelist Stephen Hunt about his passion for Gormenghast, the smug utopianism of Cambridge, why David Cronenberg should make the film version of Perdido Street Station, and on being a Dr Who man through and through.

DiFate Smiles Kindly
01/10/2002. It's hard not to use superlatives when talking about science fiction artist Vincent Di Fate. Just when you've been staggered by this artist's work, you realize he's also the man responsible for the ground-breaking survey of 20th-century SF art, Infinite Worlds. Paul Barnett from Paper Tiger interviews this fine fellow.

The King of Shannara
01/10/2002. Fantasy author Terry Brooks on why he didn't think he would still be writing books in his Shannara universe after all this time, on why less is more, and why, like science in our own world, magic is neither good nor bad.

The Offworld Report: September
01/10/2002. A bumper crop of offworld goodies, including an interview with Nancy Kress, short fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin, and the godfather of US science fiction, Charles N. Brown, speaking out about a life serving in the trenches of the fantastic.

The way from ConJose is Ö Scotland?
01/10/2002. Brush the dust off your sporran and boil the water for the haggis, because the World Science Fiction Convention for 2005 has been awarded to Glasgow. We may fail to land the Olympics, but who cares, because science fiction is coming home at last.

Sites for Sore Eyes
01/10/2002. Our Rod brings you the latest in science fiction and fantasy web site reviews from the comfort of his warm den in the Highlands.

Why TV Science Fiction Are Mostly Shoved In The Ghetto Slots
01/10/2002. Earlier this month we received a couple announcements that 'Farscape' was being cancelled and that there would be no Season 5.

01/10/2002. And for October's site of the month, we turn to the famous print magazine website, Asimov's.

Crop circles ... can there be consensus?
01/10/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for October 2002.

Martina Pilcerova interviewed
01/09/2002. Talented Slovak science fiction artist Martina Pilcerova on how Star Wars changed her life, plus the fun you can get creating fantasy paintings in the ex-soviet block. Ace interviewer, Paul Barnett, serves up a couple of her stunning images too.

Explorer's findings
01/09/2002. Short news snippets for September. Including the sad death of book-cover illustrator Ron Walotsky and the odd departure of Science Fiction Chronicle's founder Andrew Porter from said publication, followed by a trail of rumour and 'no comments'.

Robert Newcomb interviewed
01/09/2002. The fantasy author behind 'The Fifth Sorceress' talks about magic as physics, his past life on the lot of a car dealership, and why the best kings are reluctant ones.

When gravity falls
01/09/2002. What comes up must come down? Not according to the latest Russian research into antigravity. Our own Stephen Hunt investigates, and finds a potpourri of secret science, half-truths and tantalizing rumours of the soviet 'Roswell'.

Two Days and Two Nights (Trek)
01/09/2002. The Enterprise crew takes two days of shore leave on the pleasure planet of Risa. But does a tale of interstellar 'Holidays from Hell' make for an engaging plot?

Shockwave (Trek)
01/09/2002. After a mission goes horribly wrong, Captain Archer finds out that all may not be as it seems. He glances in the mirror and discovers that he's a six-year-old girl (actually, we're kidding about the last bit).

Time Gentlemen Please
01/09/2002. Rod serves up an historical Perspective of HG Wells' 'The Time Machine' - in print, as well as HG's recent sfx-dripping voyage onto the big screen.

On the mend
01/09/2002. Iím back. A little worse for wear as I write this, but Iím gaining strength daily even if my stamina feels somewhat shot. I would not recommend pneumonia to anyone. If youíre a smoker and had pneumonia, I think youíd regret every last cigarette. A good excuse to give up. It was bad enough me being a non-smoker.

The Doctor will see you now
01/09/2002. It's not often that the denizens of the 'Nest get to visit a URL that sounds like a character from the Asterix graphic novels.

Elevating Elric: Michael Moorcock Interviewed
01/08/2002. Fantasy author Moorcock speaks to Stephen Hunt about his dislike of formula sword & sorcery, the snobbery of the literary set, and on being censored more in America than anywhere else in the world.

Burns'ing Passions: Jim Burns Interviewed
01/08/2002. This brilliantly talented science fiction and fantasy artist waves an airbrush like Yoda waves a lightsaber. You only know you've made it as an author, when your publisher assigns Big Jim Burns to illustrate your cover.

Fostering Science Fiction: Alan Dean Foster interviewed
01/08/2002. Superstar author ADF on the differences between creating science fiction and fantasy, the life of Flinx, and the sad tale of how Alan wept openly for what the big screen did to James Gurney's Dinotopia. Stephen Hunt shines the piercing spotlight of editorial independence deep into Mr Foster's eyes.

Fallen Hero (Trek)
01/08/2002. Due to an undisclosed emergency, the original Enterprise is dispatched to pick up a Vulcan ambassador Ö only to find that all is not as it seems. Tim Lynch examines the episode, and discovers it pleases him greatly.

Desert Crossing (Trek)
01/08/2002. A mission of mercy leaves Trip and Captain Archer caught in crossfire, with the only way out a very long 'trek' through a vast expanse of desert. Forgive the pun, but peruse this review by Tim Lynch.

The Problem with Africa
01/08/2002. One of the more surreal conversations I had at a bar recently was when someone asked me what I thought should be done to solve Africa's problems.

Planetary People
01/08/2002. Just as the global media beast was writing off Geek Chic as a bizarre aberration of the Dot Com '90s - hey, having a couple of spare Silicon Valley fueled million in the bank is enough to make even a stable of supermodels overlook a man's collection of Deep Space Nine videos - then here comes a site that ... well, it's not going to make collecting Games Workshop figures sexy again, but it does have geekly in its title.

Science Fiction & Fantasy ... In danger of becoming trendy?
01/08/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for August 2002.

In Honor I gained them
01/07/2002. Science fiction author David Weber - creator of the fabulous Honor Harrington series of novels - in his most detailed interview to date. Fantasy author Stephen Hunt, a big fan of David's books, pokes a microphone in Mr Weber's direction.

Hot Spice and Majipoor
01/07/2002. Author Robert Silverberg interviewed by Stephen Hunt. The grand old man of science fiction and fantasy chats about his lust for spicy food, the genius of Majipoor, and living with Harlan Ellison.

Lightning Strikes Twice, Or Thrice, Or ...
01/07/2002. Ben Jeapes - owner of Big Engine - ruminates about the pain and joy of setting up a new science fiction book publishing company.

Detained (Trek)
01/07/2002. Captain Archer and Mayweather find themselves in prison with several dozen Suliban. But these alien devils are both more and less than they appear.

Futurama takes a laser blast through the chest. Doh!
01/07/2002. Big Jim follows up on last month's Matt Groenig interview, with an article on the death of cartoon SF series Futurama. Was it Simpsons in Space, or has SF lost an unsung treasure?

Vox Sola (Trek)
01/07/2002. An exceptionally alien life-form appears on board Enterprise and seizes several members of the crew, forcing Hoshi to push her communication skills to their limit.

Attack Of The Star Clones
01/07/2002.  ... or Reflections On The Attack Of The Clones & Other Aspects Of The Star Wars Universe.

Being first isnít always the wisest move ...
01/07/2002. Itís a very weird effect watching marketing forces being applied to our Science Fiction genre. Is it possible to stand on the fence? Do we love or hate it? I mean, is it being employed to influence the die-hard SF fans who know enough to know what they like or dislike?

Just the Facts, M'am
01/07/2002. It is said that the USA and the UK are two countries separated by the same language, as well as the blue depths of the Atlantic Ocean. How true, How true.

Asteroid Danger
01/07/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for July 2002.

Drinking from the Oasis
01/06/2002. A search for spare parts leads the Enterprise crew to a crashed starship with a surprising secret.

Remaking the Matrix.
01/06/2002. The Matrix II - better known as 'The Matrix Reloaded' - has begun filming. Keanu Reeves is back as Neo, saving the world from the treachery of computers.

The Trials And Tribbleations Of Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy
01/06/2002. Sarah Dobbs of SciFantastic brings the Pests at the 'Nest a quick interview with SF author extraordinaire, David Gerrold.

Scripts versus Special Effects in SF
01/06/2002. Jane Palmer asks some tough questions of the SF/F film industry. Like has plot taken one CGI-generated laser blast through the heart too many?

The Observation Deck
01/06/2002. This month's news shorts include the SideWise Awards nominees being announced, plus some shock discoveries on the Martian surface.

The Future in Futurama. Doh!
01/06/2002. Matt Groening, creator of Futurama & the Simpsons, interviewed by 'Big' Jim Pickard. So just what the heck is happening with Futurama, Matt?

Flesh Fair: What's Wrong With A.I.
01/06/2002. James L. Cambias puts Kubrick's last movie AI under the microscope, and boy, he doesn't like what he finds. It makes him angry.

Compromise Or Annihilation
01/06/2002. We all live in the shadow of a final curtain. Death takes no prisoners.

Surfing the Apocalypse
01/06/2002. Sometimes a magazine, book - or even web site - defies neat categorization. Only be the range, nature and tone of their content shall you know them.

The New Space Race
01/06/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for June 2002.

The Gold(in) Standard
01/05/2002. It's not every author who can boast they co-authored a science fiction novel with E.E. Doc Smith. But Steven Goldin is just such a fellow. We don't want to make S.G. feel old, but heck, most of us here at the 'Nest were rasied on the Family d'Alembert series in the 70/80s. He slips into the author's hot seat for an interview with fellow fantasy author, Stephen Hunt.

Art for SF's sake
01/05/2002. In the 'Nest's April issue we ran a tongue in cheek online poll comparing the cover art of one of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated SF novels - Pashazade by Jon Courtney Grimwood - with a Turkish cookery book. In this month's issue, John Jarrold, Pashazade's long suffering editor who's been around the SF/F scene so long that it's rumoured he ate snails with Verne, weighs in with a spirited defense of art for science fiction's sake.

Muster the Goombahs
01/05/2002. SF author Harlan Ellison has a quiet word about Isaac Asimov's death and an egregious misreading of history.

01/05/2002. With the Enterprise crew incapacitated and a Ferengi raiding party aboard, it falls to Trip, Archer, and T'Pol to save the ship.

Jack's Back
01/05/2002. Had he ever left? Writer Jack L Chalker is one of the few novellists who can switch from fantasy to science fiction with consumate ease. Read about his life and times here, as fellow author Stephen Hunt gets to know the master of the Well.

The Observation Deck
01/05/2002. A return of everyone's favourite section ... where we stick in all the news shorts.

Hugo, Hugo, as long as you USA-go
01/05/2002. The Hugo Award nominees get trotted out for 2002. Truly global, as long as your definition of the world starts at the West Coast and ends at the East Coast.

Moving with the times
01/05/2002. An American Physicist believes he has discovered how to visit the past, driven on by a terrible personal tragedy. Jamie Walters investigates.

Light In The Shade
01/05/2002. In the beginning, there was light ...

To Infinity and Beyond
01/05/2002. You know that you've made it onto the British science fiction scene when crusty old Interzone - the only native print magazine for short SFF fiction in the UK - invites you to do a guest editorial.

Intellectual Stimulation or Adventure?
01/05/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for May 2002.

Shuttle Pod One
01/04/2002. Stranded in a shuttlepod and believing Enterprise to be destroyed, Trip and Reed face dwindling oxygen supplies and their own fears. Timothy W. Lynch digs the cola and chips out for another Star Trek Enterprise episode review.

01/04/2002. That Timothy W. Lynch just can't stop watching Star Trek Enterprise episodes; in Fusion, he finds the Enterprise crew meeting a group of Vulcans who've chosen to embrace emotion, and T'Pol finds one of them strangely compelling. Only fair, as most of us seem to find T'Pol strangely compelling too.

Rogue Planet
01/04/2002. Timothy W. Lynch - our very own connoisseur of things Trek-like - catches up with the STE episode, Rogue Planet. In this, he finds that while investigating a "rogue planet" without a solar system of its own, Archer and the crew meet a group of hunters who seek a most unusual prey.

ĎNever fear, Smith is here!í
01/04/2002. Sitting comfortably? Then lean closer, dear reader, while Roderick S. MacDonald recalls the glory days of that classic TV series, Lost in Space. And a curious chap called Dr. Zachary Smith.

The sum of our parts
01/04/2002. The individual is the sum of our individual parts. If this is more than 100% then it is either a miscalculation or a bonus.

Chong nagh beQ De'wI
01/04/2002. Or from the Klingon, what a beautiful web site.

SF/F Novels - Cover Art FAILURE vote
01/04/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for April 2002.

Fortunate Son
01/03/2002. The latest episode of Star Trek Enterprise lands on our reviewer's doorstep. Timothy W. Lynch is the fortunate one who dishes the dirt on Fortunate Son ...

Cold Front
01/03/2002. Timothy W. Lynch kicks back with Star Trek Enterprise, and discovers that the Temporal Cold War is heating up when Suliban agent Silik arrives on the Enterprise ...

Silent Enemy
01/03/2002. Timothy W. Lynch braves radiation poisoning from his malfunctioning TV set to bring you another Star Trek Enterprise review; and discovers that while Silent Enemy is a bit artificial, it's certainly entertaining enough.

Dear Doctor
01/03/2002. Timothy W. Lynch runs across a Star Trek Enterprise episode which is both marvelous, meaty and engrossing; as a dying race forces a terrible choice on Dr. Phlox.

Sleeping Dogs
01/03/2002. In this episode of Star Trek Enterprise, Timothy W. Lynch discovers that when a Klingon vessel-in-distress puts an away-team in a tenuous position, the plot becomes watchable for a few character moments, then telegraphed and calculated.

Shadows of P'Jem
01/03/2002. In this episode of Star Trek Enterprise, Timothy W. Lynch finds that when Archer and T'Pol are caught up in a civil war, the action becomes a continuity-fest - just padded enough to disappoint those with high expectations.

The axe of imagination!
01/03/2002. This month, Uncle Geoff discusses how a greater use of imagination is needed if we are going to see SF develop.

Future Orbits, short Science Fiction for the digital world
01/03/2002. This month's Wizard Site award goes to Future Orbits, who are using the Adobe PDF format (among others) to produce a new SF magazine you actually have to pay to download.

The Science in Science Fiction
01/03/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for March 2002.

A touch of 'Civilization'
01/02/2002. The latest episode of Star Trek Enterprise lands on our reviewer's doorstep. Is the new Trek actually getting any better? Timothy W. Lynch asks the hard questions and comes up with the answer ...

A Stirling Job
01/02/2002. American SF author S.M. Stirling shares a cup of tea with fellow author Stephen Hunt, and tells us what it's really like to create a damn fine British-dominated parallel universe.

Captain Morgan and his Cyberpunk Organ
01/02/2002. Richard Morgan has just written the first great cyberpunk novel of the 21st century, Altered Carbon.

SF/F e-books break old ground. Oh Dear.
01/02/2002. E-books, long speculated to be a Colt-45 Equalizer for the trembling palms of new authors, turns out to be just more of the same old same old.

More dangerous than science fiction ...
01/02/2002. This month, Uncle Geoff wonders if computer tech isnít built with a pre-determined turn-off date. A fate far more dangerous than any Science Fiction scenario.

Fan War: It Ain't Pretty
01/02/2002. Every now and then, we are reminded why we rarely attend SF conventions.

You say Tomato, I say William Gibson
01/02/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for February 2002.

Culture in the Culture
01/01/2002. Just how much culture is there in author Iain Banks' greatest SF creation, the Culture? Chris Gilmore asks the hard questions.

The Mysteron Menace
01/01/2002. Geoff Willmetts looks at one of the great issues raised by the Captain Scarlet TV series ... just how Mysteronised was Captain Black?

01/01/2002. The best-selling fantasy writing tag team, Weis and Hickman, are interviewed by fellow sword & sorcery author, Stephen Hunt.

Demons in Skirts?
01/01/2002. A fine collection of web sites reviewed for the new year, including some Scottish fantasy and horror; lake monsters, ruined castles, kelpies, vampires, and men in skirts. What more do you want?

Worse case of parallel evolution Iíve ever seen
01/01/2002. Two arms. Two legs. A brain in a head at the top of a body. Worse case of parallel evolution Iíve ever seen.

A right Flare for science fiction
01/01/2002. From the pen - or should that be HTML editor - of Eoghann Irving comes a home grown science fiction zine in very fine feckle,

Talking Tolkien
01/01/2002. The Galactic Senate: polls & voting for January 2002.

Raise The Jolly Roger Over The Science Fiction Web
01/02/2000. When someone mentions space piracy, the normal image that leaps to mind is of a sleek star cruiser sliding over some poorly armed freighter with a Han Solo at the controls, swearing and hoping his shields will hold.

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