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  • By quint.baas
    Sep 4, 2012
    I first was exposed to Andrew (metaphorically of course) through his excellent blog. He hooked me with a set of essays he wrote on the DC comic series called Seven Soldiers written by Grant Morrison. Seven Soldiers was one of those series that was (and still is) quite debated by aficionados, although hardly anyone of the larger comic community seems to have read it. Andrew wrote quite passionately and intelligently about the series and made me want to pick the series up for myself and I was not disappointed. Andrew gave me a great background and reference to enjoy the series on a myriad of levels. So after this I started scouring his blog for other essays and quickly found he had published a lot of them in a handy little book and so immediately made the purchase. This little treasure trove holds all manner of wild ideas and concepts pertaining to comics, Dr Who, quantum physics and so much more. Each essay is a bite sized chunk of information which is easy to digest, but leaves you... More > with many thoughts to ponder on afterwards. I'm not an academic and always feel quite dumb when other people speak of hidden meanings and references to other ideas behind works of fiction, whether film, novels or comics. And I'd say I'm an intelligent person in general and able to grasp the obvious meanings and the general themes within fiction. I just never seem to grasp these hidden layers and references to other works. Well this is where Andrew comes in, he doesn't just tell you about possible hidden layers, he engages you in them allowing you to see them for yourself and leaving you to ponder about these issues and concepts afterwards. This is a great book to have on the go (whether at home or well on the go) and just read whenever you've got a few spare minutes. Each essay doesn't take that long to read as they're not long winded and/or bogged down with what I call sterile language, which you tend to find in more (pretentious) academic works. It's very much a fun read all the way through as he goes on interesting tangents at every turn. He also provides plenty of links to other works to seek out for those who want to read more about certain subjects. I'd recommend this book to anyone whose either a fan of Dr Who, Grant Morrison and/or comics in general even those who are only marginally interested in them and might, say watch Dr Who occasionally when it's on or are really only exposed to comics by seeing their adaptations in the cinema. Just a great read.< Less
  • By Matt Miller
    Aug 16, 2011
    An engaging and wide-ranging series of essays, revolving around a few central sci-fi and comics themes. I came for the Grant Morrison talk, but came away wanting to read Dr. Who spinoff novels I've never heard of and researching the physics theories of the afterlife! Highly recommended for anybody who's interest in scifi and/or comics runs deeper than the surface elements.
  • By Lawrence Burton
    Feb 4, 2011
    From the Faction Paradox forum, but repeated here because this really deserves to sell loads: This is a self-published Lulu collection of mostly blogged material, and I can sort of see why in that whilst there's a wealth of things like The A-Z of Non-Speaking Roles in Doctor Who, a cautious publisher might shy away from something quite so left-field as Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!, which says more about the book buying public than it does about Hickey's work. I suppose there's also the concern that at least some of this material has already appeared in blog form, but it nevertheless holds together as a nicely solid whole, and in any case I for one prefer page to screen as literary medium. As to what it's actually about, there are a lot of ideas set forth, and not many lend themselves to the shorthand of a single easily digested sentence, but it's dominated by the theme of canon and alternate realities in fiction. Ordinarily this might be subject to groaning and changing of the metaphorical... More > channel, life being too short to engage in arguments about why Listen, The Stars! (Doctor Who Annual 1974) didn't happen but The Macra Terror did; which is sort of the point. Examples derive from numerous DC comics (Superman, Batman, Crisis on Infinite Earths), Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Jack Kirby, Harry Potter (but the fan fiction version which sounds a lot better), Dave Sim, the above mentioned Doctor Who, and of course Faction Paradox - all of which is stirred up with a decent helping of the hardcore nosebleed physics of Max Tegmark and his like. The conclusion, if there really is a single conclusion to be had, seems to be that canon should be taken extremely seriously, and the best way to do this is by not taking it seriously. Or possibly the other way around. Anyway, whatever the case, it's an absorbing and eloquent argument for enjoying what you read rather than just reading it and sticking it in a mylar bag with the other seventy-five issues; furthermore, it may actually change the way you read things, depending upon where you were in the first place. I had a few minor disagreements (I like John Byrne, I don't like The Invisibles, and I suspect crappy 1980s DC comics like Blue Devil may ultimately be regarded with the same affection as 1960s issues of The Flash wherein the star spends the entire story as a paving slab), but the point here is to open up debate and encourage alternatives rather than to define any artistic hierarchy. Sci-Ence! Justice Leak! is a joy to read regardless of how familiar its subject may be (I'd never even heard of 52, for example), and I wish there were a lot more of its kind out there.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781446730423
Edition
First Edition
Published
March 3, 2011
Language
English
Pages
163
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.66 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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