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SciFi Now

SciFi Now

Issue 171

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

2 min.
welcome

Does anyone else out there feel like they’re the star of their very own sci-fi show right now? Aside from the coronavirus-related worries, technology is now at a point where I feel like I could be on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. I can access the world’s information from the palm of my hand, and acquire top level content from my computer or TV. I can even ask Alexa or Siri to switch off my lights after a long evening of binge-watching some genre goodies. We may all be a bit tired of our homes right now but we are truly lucky to be able to do what we can from the comfort of our sofas. However, sometimes it can all be a bit much. What to watch? Where do…

1 min.
meet the team

Q. What home entertainment show/ film are you most looking forward to? RACHAEL HARPER EDITOR A. The Umbrella Academy Season Two Mainly because I’ve been desperately wondering for all this time what happens next! ABIGAIL CHANDLER DEPUTY EDITOR A. What We Do In The Shadows Season Two The first series was a wonderful surprise aand one of my favourite new shows last year. MARCUS FAINT ART EDITOR A. American Gods Season Three This season could be where we see some epic-scale god-battling and I can’t wait. ANNIE MCKENNA SUB EDITOR A. Truth Seekers What can I say, my favourite comedy/horror duo have never let me down yet. And this time ghosts are involved too!…

4 min.
just say no

“We were having coffee one time and Justin’s like: ‘Hey I had this weird idea, it’s about a pill…” Aaron Moorhead explains of the inception of his new movie Synchronic. We’re speaking to him and filmmaking partner Justin Benson via the magic of Zoom one early morning. “After that came the idea of the paramedics.” Set in New Orleans, Synchronic follows paramedics Dennis (Jamie Dornan) and Steve (Anthony Mackie) who witness the affects a new legal drug, named Synchronic, has on the victims who take it. When Dennis’ daughter ends up being one of those victims, it’s down to the duo to investigate the drug. “We wanted someone who could investigate it, but not cops,” says Aaron on the reasoning behind the paramedic choice. “We almost always make a movie that’s about two…

5 min.
enter sandman

‘I WILL SHOW YOU TERROR IN A HANDFUL OF DUST.’ These words, first appearing in print adverts in 1988, introduced the world to a new horror-fantasy comic book: The Sandman. Written by Neil Gaiman, then unknown, for DC’s Vertigo imprint, it told the tale of Dream, aka Morpheus, one of a cadre of immortal beings. A blend of mythology, history and fantasy, it quickly transitioned from cult hit to mainstream success, with Gaiman – alongside Alan Moore and Frank Miller – feted as an integral part of the late-Eighties graphic novel renaissance. Unlike other comic creations, Sandman has never been adapted into other mediums – until now. But, rather than film or TV, Sandman will become an ‘audio movie’, written, directed and sound-designed by veteran radio drama pioneer Dirk Maggs. It’s a…

4 min.
mars needs moms

“It’s not a traditional space movie,” says writer-director Alice Winocour of her earthbound drama about a female astronaut’s intensive training programme for her journey to the International Space Station. Set in the near future, we are told it is the final mission before humans can fly to Mars (something NASA states could be possible by the 2030s). It has similar themes to recent films like Damien Chazelle’s First Man and James Gray’s Ad Astra but sets itself apart with a distinct female perspective that explores the act of balancing motherhood and career. Winocour watched those films, but after she had written her screenplay for research and as a way to look at the detailing in space suits. “My movie is different from those films,” she says. “My film is about detachment.…

5 min.
the ex from hell

It’s been 79 years since Noël Coward’s comic play, Blithe Spirit, debuted in West End theatres, and 75 years since he adapted it for the big screen with his friend and revered director David Lean. The supernatural classic starring Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings and Margaret Rutherford won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; its depiction of a luminous green ghost, a memorable marvel. Since then, multiple versions have played on Broadway, in London’s theatres, and on radio and television. Former artistic director of the Hampstead Theatre, Edward Hall’s spirited adaptation marks the 75th anniversary of Lean’s comedy and shows that Coward’s ghost story about death has lots of life left in it still. Fleshing out characters’ backstories and taking the narrative in a new and timely direction, with undercurrents of…