Monthly Archives: June 2016

Man in the High Castle (season 2)

The Man in the High Castle season 2 has been given the go ahead. The first season of the alternative history series was based on the novel by Philip K Dick exploring a version of 1960’s America where the Axis powers (Germany & Japan) won the Second World War and occupied the United States. If your unfamiliar watch the trailer here. High Castle trailer

The Biggest news is Frank Spotnitz is reportedly stepping down as showrunner, he will remain as executive producer, he can free himself up to consult on the show he so heavily moulded. The series will remain in the hands of the people who brought the novel to life in season one.

There has been little casting news on season two. Sebastian Roche (ABC General Hospital) has been cast in a recurring and major role. He will play Joes estranged father a mostly absent figure. Who is a wealthy high ranking nazi official trying to reconnect with his son.

Frank Spotnitz had alluded last year to an idea that the world of High Castle would extend the Pacific States or the Third Reich. With alternative history stories there are so many stories to explore.

Season 2 has no definitive release date as yet from Amazon but it is likely to be the end of 2016 at the earliest.






The Consul: A SciFi Espionage Comic.

 Orlando, FL based Future Earth Entertainment, the publisher of The SciFi Comic Earth Alliance, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support a new series The Consul.

Set in the year 2017 and follows the adventures of Gabriel Quinn a former Naval aircraft pilot who is shot down while on a routine recon mission. The Telen’s an altruistic humanoid alien race who are charged with aiding humanity’s development, resurrects Gabriel, thus giving him a chance to serve humanity as a Consul. Issue one sets up what will be a action packed four issue story arc.

 Future Earth Entertainment is hoping to raise $1,200, all of the money raised will go to pay the artist working on the book. FEE is offering some cool rewards such as digital and print editions of the book, 11×17 prints and t-shirts. The campaign will run thirty days and end on July 20th. FEE prides itself on delivering rewards on time to backers that support it’s kickstarter campaign.

If like us your interested by this fascinating project.

Contact: Raymond C Fields 

Email: contact Raymond via E Mail Twitter: @scifiwriter1         Facebook:Facebook link                FEE Website: Future Earth Website

 To view the Kickstarter Campaign:Kickstarter page

Ink Pot Graphics 

We spoke to the creative force behind Ink Pot Graphics, Matt Buckett, whose fantastic graphic novel, The Weapon, we reviewed earlier (see link below).

 The Weapon Review

Above is Matt’s amazing Boba Fett sketch from his visit to Film and Comic Con Exeter. 

He is now taking commissions for the following:

A4 Inked = £45

A4 Painting = £75

A3 Inked = £65

A3 Painting = £95

  • All these prices are for works on paper and he can also supply card mounts.  Matt takes larger commission on canvas, which can be quoted for individually. 
  • If you’re interested, please contact Matt on the link below and say that SDGS sent you.   
  • Contact Matt 

Fast 8 News

We’ve got no plot details about Fast 8, or even confirmation as to whether there IS one yet; we don’t know what laws of physics will be bent and stretched for it. But it doesn’t matter because that’s what I love and have come to expect from this franchise. 

All I know is that it will have to reach down deep to be able to surpass the ever-rising bar the Fast films keep setting themselves. The rides are looking brilliant, as you would expect, and I think that one of them looks like a Coil Brawler from GTAV. What do you think?


Robert Llewellyn 

Robert Llewellyn Interview 

We’ve been listening to your audiobook, The Man in the Rubber Mask, about your story and behind the scenes on Red Dwarf, on Audioboo; the first three chapters are there free, but we haven’t been able to buy the rest – am I doing something wrong? It’s so good, we really want to get it!


I think it isn’t working – I need to meet someone who runs it, to sort it out.

When it first came out on there it worked great but something’s happened recently. I will try to sort it out soon, it’s on a long list of things I need to do.


You’ve been doing talks in the southwest on renewable energy – we were planning on coming to your talk in Dartington recently but couldn’t make it. Are you planning on doing any more?


Not in the immediate future, no. I did one in Dartington and one in Falmouth after that. I lecture at universities about media! I don’t know anything about it really, but they seem to like hearing about it. I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for 35 years, but it’s changed so much in that time. I run a You Tube channel now, which is doing very well and they want to know how I do that. I don’t actually know …. But I’m quite good at making it up!


Do you have a favourite Red Dwarf episode?


I really don’t. There are some episodes that stay in your mind as being memorable, but not always for good reasons. The episodes aren’t awful but the process was. Demons and Angels was particularly difficult for all of us but particularly for me. There were a lot of reshoots – you’ve done it and you think ‘thank goodness’ but then you’ve got to do it again! That was a tough one, but the end result was great.


Polymorph with the shrinking boxer shorts was great. When we rehearsed it, we kind of figured it would be good, but ended up being really funny. In the latest series, series XI which goes out in September, though I can’t tell you anything about the plot, there are two moments in that where we got a similar reaction form the audience to Polymorph. We couldn’t do anything for about a minute and a half while the audience screamed and laughed and clapped and …. Went bananas! We were just standing there holding on to the next line for a long, long time. They’ll have to cut it but we had to just wait til it stopped. That has given us a clue that it’s going to be really good.  


Does having a live audience feed into your love of stand up?

Yes… I’ve been criticised in the past for saying that none of us are actors – that’s not strictly true. We are actors, but we aren’t from a traditional background, none of us did drama school – we are all from a performance, stand up thing. Chris (Barrie) is an amazing impressionist, Craig (Charles) was a performance poet, I was in stand-up, so we really learned early on when some BBC executives came to watch us rehearsing in costume with no cameras and they were really upset because they thought we were sloppy and unprofessional – we didn’t know our lines and they were really shocked. We didn’t hear this at the time, but they were really angry… going what’s going on, it’s ridiculous, it’s not professional. We were just standing around going ‘whatevahhhhhh…’ like spoilt kids. But then the audience came in and they couldn’t believe the difference – we raised our game completely. Thankfully, Doug Naylor, the writer, and all of the cast love an audience – most people don’t. It’s much harder, more expensive, you have to run it right – the camera crew are under enormous pressure because if they miss a shot, we have to redo it and it’s their fault, not ours. It’s often my fault though… Chris’s or mine. (the famous quote from Craig ‘Get your lines right, Bobby, there’s a bag of chips in it for you’!)


It sounds horrendous having to go through the palaver of getting the mask done. Do you have to go through that each series?


Yes, every series is a new mask. It’s expensive and a lot of hassle. Actually, this most recent one is without question the best one I’ve ever had. It’s made out of silicone rubber rather than foam rubber, which I thought when I first heard, that it might be even hotter but weirdly it’s not. It’s not breathable, we don’t do breathing!… but it must conduct heat better, so the heat can escape more easily.  


Do you lose weight from being in the mask?


I don’t like I used to, because the other good thing with this new mask is that I can eat with it on! I couldn’t with the foam one because, apart from messing up the make up on the lips, if you got any food on the foam one, it would stain it but also it made the food taste so disgusting, I can’t tell you, it was so bad it was like a taste from another dimension – you never want to experience it. So I just didn’t eat with it on. But with this new one, I can – I can spill curry down it and it wipes off!


Also, it fits better. I used to have my head cast in alginate, which is what you use for dental moulds, and goes in your mouth and up one nostril. Then you’ve only got one nostril to breathe through… can’t do it if you’ve got a cold or are claustrophobic, you’d freak out. I found it harder and harder as the years went on. This time, though, I had a 3D photograph of my head taken with 97 cameras – I had to sit still for a second, they printed a 3D head and that was it. Also, with the weight of the old cast, your face would be distorted underneath – I’ve seen one that Arnold Schwarzenegger did at the studio and his face was all smooshed – it’s not a good look! Whereas this is absolutely the ugly old bloke that I am… it looks and fits better, right under the eye, and is so much easier. Though it still takes two hours to put on. It’s much better though.


If you ever want us to let the Squad know about anything you’re doing, let us know!


I will! My new book, Gardenia, is a science fiction book, so I will be in touch.


Thank you so much, Robert!



Hattie Hayridge Interview 

Hattie Hayridge 

Hattie played Holly, the ship’s computer on Red Dwarf for three seasons (3, 4 and 5), taking over from Norman Lovett when he left. Such a friendly, approachable lady to speak to!


Was it difficult coming into the programme to replace Norman Lovett, when the rest of the cast had already got to know each other?


I came in at the end of Series 2, so I got to meet them then, and I knew Norman from the comedy circuit. I was just meant to be in it for one episode (Parallel Universe – where each character has a different-sex version of themselves) as Hilly, the female Holly. And then in between series 2 and 3 whatever happened, happened and I had to audition for the role of Holly; I didn’t get it automatically. I was just excited to have done the one episode!  


As well doing stand up, I understand you had an ambition to be a foreign correspondent for the news? Do you have a particular liking for adrenalin-inducing jobs?  


I think I would have liked to do that, yes – I wanted something that involved travel and I liked the sound of that. Kate Adie was famous at that time too, but I soon realised I was no Kate Adie and if some foreign general had told me to go somewhere dangerous I probably would have said wasn’t going!


You got into stand-up on a whim – you decided one evening to have a go and just did it – do you think you’d have done that as a career if you hadn’t tried it that day?


No, it wouldn’t have occurred to me, I don’t think! It was a real lightning bolt, that night, so I probably wouldn’t have!


You don’t tend to advertise your stand up gigs either….?


No I don’t have a website yet, or anything. If I was doing a theatre tour, I would, but just one off gigs I don’t. You don’t know how they’re going to go and what the venues are like, so I don’t want to advertise it and then it’s badly organised and a bad gig! You only know afterwards and then you wish you’d told people!


Red Dwarf is filmed in front of a live audience – did that feed into your love of stand-up, getting an immediate reaction?


I suppose without realising it, you’re comfortable in front of a live audience, but I still didn’t do any warm-up chat or anything like that. I don’t think I could have done that, I don’t think somehow my brain would have been able to combine the two. The boys always did a bit, chatting and larking around with the audience but I could never do it.


You were lucky that you didn’t have to get covered in mud or slime when the boys were out on location doing the mucky bits whilst you were in your ‘Holly box’ – did they ever get you back and mud or slime you?


No, they were much too gentlemanly – they probably thought I was more delicate than I am. Very gentlemanly – I always loved seeing them.  


You had seen Robert on the comedy circuit before Red Dwarf, was it good having him on the team when he joined?


Yes, although I didn’t really know him that well before – I knew Norman the most from the circuit. All of the boys were great, there was no weirdness about joining.


Thank you so much for your time, Hattie. Lovely to talk to you.

Film & Comic Con Exeter

This weekend has seen the Showmasters Film & Comic Con arrive at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena for two days. This event brought some of your favourite stars from film, TV and comics, along with a whole host of attractions: panels, talks, photo and autograph opportunities and many great stalls, full to the brim with memorabilia – a veritable cornucopia of excitement for a geek.  


We had the great pleasure of catching up with our dear friends Ben and Nate from the Lazarus Pit Pod, who were busy interviewing some of the stars and cosplayers – between us, we covered most of the guests. Head over to their website (The Lazarus Pit Pod) to listen to their fantastic coverage of the event, and hear them falling at Jock’s feet. #nerdschatting


Plymouth College of Art also had a number of free, interactive workshops running throughout the day, offering workshops in digital printing, animation, illustration and costume production. You can see more about this at Plymouth Uni 


There were some fantastic stalls, selling everything the discerning geek could ever want or need; from t-shirts to Funko comics to one-off collectibles and everything in between. 


The cosplay area was run by Dark Cleo Productions and featured some local costumed heroes, including space marine David Roth and Maisy-Minx with her brilliant Gandalf costume, giving cosplay-related talks. The event ran a cosplay masquerade with celebrity judges – the chance for those with a passion for costume to showcase their work. Some amazing UK colonial marines worked hard at keeping deadly Xenomorphs out, too.


The stars of TV and film in attendance included some very heavy hitters such as:

Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm St) whose queue was, predictably, enormous!

Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)

Robert Llewellyn (Kryten – Red Dwarf)    

Hattie Hayridge (Hilly/Holly – Red Dwarf)  

Sylvester McCoy (The 7th Doctor Who)

Ian McNeice (Doc Martin, Dune, Edge of Darkness and Dr Who)


Being huge Red Dwarf fans, we interviewed both Robert Llewellyn and Hattie, and I have to say both were extremely friendly, welcoming and very down to earth. It was a pleasure (and a thrill!) to talk to them.  

 From the world of comics, the legendary illustrator, Jock, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing some time ago, was there. He was more than happy to chat to fans and autograph his work, which includes Batman – Black Mirror, Judge Dredd, Green Arrow and Wytches. Lee Garbett, an illustrator whose titles include Batman RIP & Judge Dredd, was also present.


There was some fresh new talent too, including a friend of the Squad, Matt Buckett from Ink Pot Graphics and creator of the exciting new graphic novel ‘The Weapon’; and author David J H Smith, whose work includes ‘The Titanic’s Mummy’ and his new book ‘The Beasts of Karlstad’. 


What struck both of us was just how approachable everyone was. There was really no diva-like behaviour; everyone was just happy to be there and very willing to give of their time freely. It was refreshing and a thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you to the organisers, Showmasters, too, for running a very slick and efficient show.

 It’s without doubt the best convention we have been to in a long time.

Bob & Jules


Some of the great cosplay from today.