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SciFi Now Issue 153

Written by fans for fans SciFiNow is the first new science fiction, horror, cult TV and fantasy magazine in the last 12 years – a high quality title that celebrates the explosion of new scifi TV shows, films and culture, past present and future. From Doctor Who to Buck Rogers. Star Wars to American Horror Story,D81 Buffy to Battlestar Galactica. SciFi Now loves them all, and there’s no better magazine if you want in-depth interviews, lavish features, trustworthy reviews and detailed scifi TV listings. The future is Now.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

Another year comes to a close and the lists of the very best of 2018 are amassing, and what a year it’s been. Marvel established dominance yet again with the one-two punch of Black Panther and Infinity War, Deadpool 2 showed that actually sometimes the joke is funnier the second time around, and Venom proved to everyone that sometimes dismal reviews don’t stop you from absolutely smashing box office records. We had some great franchise revivals (Jamie Lee Curtis’ return in Halloween was a triumph) and some not-so-great (we’re still not sure how The Predator ended up being quite such a mess). Our current golden period of horror was cemented critically (hands up everyone who’s not over Hereditary), commercially (The Nun, Insidious: The Last Key, The First Purge, etc) and sometimes even…

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meet the team

Q. What was your favourite genre movie of 2018? Jonathan Hatfull Editor A. Hereditary It’s so profoundly upsetting, I felt awful after watching it in the best way. Toni Collette shreds. Abigail Chandler Deputy Editor A. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Ambitious, funny, charming and heartfelt - what a great film. Poppy-Jay Palmer News Editor A. Coco Not a single shot that doesn’t leave me wanting to tear out my heart and mail it to my loved ones. Marcus Faint Art Editor A. Avengers: Infinity War It could have gone so very wrong and yet it ended up being so very right. Rachael Harper Sub Editor A. A Quiet Place Great story, great scares, great suspense and a great cinematic experience!…

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exploring new heights

WE’LL BE HONEST, when Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane announced he was making a space exploration show, we were expecting a Star Trek parody. Instead we got a warmly funny homage to the great space exploration shows (and yes, especially Star Trek), that boasts brilliant sci-fi stories alongside engaging drama. It’s not what we were expecting, but we should have known better. “You only have to follow Seth on social media to realise that he’s a very conscientious observer of the world,” says Mark Jackson, who plays alien robot Isaac in the show. “He has very worthy opinions on the political and socio-economic happenings in America and the world as a whole, but that combined with his passion for sci-fi… meant that we were definitely always going to get the…

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steering the show

What can people expect from the balance of sci-fi and humour this year? “The comedy comes from the real moments now, instead of trying to be like a modern comeback or something trying to fit in. It comes from the personalities of the people, and with the science fiction we’re leaning toward darker storylines. People might say it was funnier last year, but we’re hoping that people who enjoy the show will be satisfied with the futuristic storylines we’re going to be telling. It’s above and beyond, I’m telling you, the science fiction. It’s a little darker, but it’ll be funny because of the characters.” Season One told episodic stories – will that continue in Season Two or will season-long arcs be introduced? “We’ll have more arcs, more double episodes and two-parters, and…

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stan lee 1922-2018

FEW PEOPLE CAN be said to have created an entire universe, but Stan Lee did just that. Along with such legendary artists as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee contributed more characters and worlds to the pop culture landscape than just about anyone else. Spider-Man is his most lauded creation, but that’s barely scratching the surface. Born in 1922 in Manhattan and spending most of his childhood in The Bronx, Stanley Martin Lieber was the son of Romanian Jewish immigrants. Stanley was a voracious reader who loved movies and dreamt of being a serious writer – so it was with some reluctance that he took a job working for Timely Comics at 17, later going on to be a writer at the company that would eventually be renamed Marvel. He was…

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the marvel method

Stan Lee was such a huge part of the comics industry that he even defined a specific style of creating comics that’s known as ‘the Marvel Method’. Rather than writing full scripts then handing them to an artist, Lee would give his artist a story synopsis – sometimes detailed, sometimes little more than an outline discussed over the phone – and then he would add dialogue, captions and sound effects to the artist’s finished work. This has led to some disputes over the years as to who created characters; the artist or the writer. Because of how Marvel (and comics in general) worked at the time, artists were doing ‘jobs for hire’ and so weren’t given the credit they deserved. Later in life, Lee acknowledged the work of his artistic…

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