Author Archives: Rhube

Fuck Silence Too

I wrote this poem on the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. It’s been out to submission, but I feel like it’s not something that can wait another six months to be said. Today’s terrible shooting in New Zealand provokes the … Continue reading

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Me and Chronic Fatigue

So, long term readers (really long term readers) will know that this used to be a lively, happening blog that updated at least once a week. They’ll also know that all that changed a few years ago. Actually, more than … Continue reading

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Review: Russian Doll

Has The Good Place whetted your appetite for high-concept, well-executed speculative television? If so, Russian Doll might be just what you need. Be warned, Russian Doll is as dark as The Good Place is light-hearted and colourful, but it’s darkly … Continue reading

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2018 – a year in review, I guess

It’s definitely been a year, hasn’t it? Trump? Brexit? Distracted boyfriend memes. Tide pods. Black Panther. Female genderqueer Doctor Who. Oceans 8. Increasing ways to fuck monsters on the big screen. I suppose I should start with the illness Personally, … Continue reading

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Review: Doctor Who, Series Eleven, Episode Six, ‘The Demons of Punjab’

Another beautifully written historical episode. I think the fact that showrunner Chris Chibnall has ensured that people of colour are hired to write historically sensitive episodes like this, and ‘Rosa’, is making a palpable difference. Writer Vinay Patel‘s grandparents were … Continue reading

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Micro Review: Doctor Who, Season Eleven, Episode 5 ‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’

I have a blinding headache, so this is just a quick note to say I thought this episode was a lot of fun. Loved the Space General with her robot consort. Loved the multiple explorations of family dynamics. Loved the … Continue reading

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Could there be medieval science fiction?

Tumblr user elucubrare raised a really interesting question: here is a concept that I’m still trying to flesh out: medieval science fiction. not, of course, aliens land during the middle ages, though I’ve read and enjoyed that, but something much … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: season eleven, episode 4, ‘Arachnids in the UK’

This was a solid episode. It didn’t blow me away the way that the previous three episodes did, but it didn’t have to. Not every episode has to deal with issues as prescient and historically significant as ‘Rosa’, and we … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: series eleven, episode two, ‘Rosa’

This week Doctor Who tackled a pivotal moment in American history with heartbreaking resonance for current events. With white supremacy on the rise again, choosing to have the first historical episode in this season focus on Rosa Parks is bold … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: series eleven, episode two, ‘The Ghost Monument’

I am so freakin’ EXCITE about the new Doctor Who. The writers seem to be going out of their way to establish both their sci-fi and Whovian credentials, and I don’t mind one bit. This week was a fast-packed action … Continue reading

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