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  1. Back with a vengeance

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Allan Nam

    ... on racial stereotypes and drove good taste out of American cinema? Whatever your philosophical leaning on Star Wars, there is no denying that this 1977 science-fiction blockbuster made an enormous ... but there is a lot more riding on this final chapter than seamlessly bridging the new and the old. A long time ago there was a critically acclaimed and wildly popular science-fiction film called Star Wars. ...

  2. Stranger than Fiction

    Posted May 19th 2005, 12:00am by Kevin Kwong

    ... Kevin Kwong Fri and Sat, 8pm; Sun 3pm City Contemporary Dance Company, Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre It's an unusual collaboration- but that's exactly what makes Stranger Than Fiction- 2 Lives Mirroring Each Other worth seeing. The City Contemporary Dance Company production, choreographed by Xing Liang and Phillip Adams, is described as a 'highly ...

  3. Stronger than fiction

    Posted Apr 14th 2005, 12:00am by Alister McMillan

    ... He pulled off one of pop music's great stunts. But now Simon Napier-Bell spends most of his time penning and promoting tell-all memoirs. Alister McMillan meets the man behind the words THE MOMENT Simon Napier-Bell saw an excerpt from his new memoir i ...

  4. Shadow Family

    Posted Feb 20th 2005, 12:00am by Liana Cafolla

    ... Liana Cafolla Shadow Family by Miyuki Miyabe Kodansha $179 Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe has created an absorbing murder mystery around a provocative and disturbing theme: the dangerous appeal of fantasy over reality. When Ryosuke Tokoroda, a middle-aged ...

  5. The Virgin's Lover

    Posted Jun 19th 2005, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... It's almost a given, then, that any telling of her life- especially one in a fictional format- will have a receptive audience. The book begins in 1558 with bells tolling to announce ... charge in a way that fiction allows, they appear simply to perform to a tried-and-tested script. ...

  6. All clues lead to Poe's pioneering spirit

    Posted Jan 26th 2004, 12:00am by Agatha Ngai

    ... Agatha Ngai Edgar Allan Poe is duly credited as the author who pioneered the detective fiction genre. One of his most representative crime fictions, The Fall of the House of Usher, was published in 1839- 20 years before the birth of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Poe successfully transformed Gothic mystery tales into modern horror, centred around the human ...

  7. Out of this world

    Posted Mar 27th 2005, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... worse', historical fiction. Sci-fi writers establish their own parameters and stand or fall by them. 'That really suits my temperament very much,' Morgan says. 'I've always ... is better placed to address the big 'what-if' questions, particularly now that we live in what Morgan describes as science fictional times. The news feels futuristic, he says. But although ...

  8. Prose & worship

    Posted Jun 05th 2005, 12:00am by Alister McMillan

    ... who have found me and told their friends about me are people who wanted this kind of book. 'I'm a cross of mainstream fiction, women's fiction, legal fiction, mystery, romance, a little bit of everything. My publisher told me the other day that she's got a genre for me: social fiction. She said I write about moral and ethical issues that are somehow brought out ...

  9. The Photograph

    Posted Feb 08th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... thing. She had neither children nor a career, so her friends and lovers decided for themselves who she was. Booker prize-winner Penelope Lively's 13th work of fiction grapples with the same ...

  10. From Bard to worse: a history of improv and prose

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... things, a reminder that jazz and literature can have occasional fruitful exchanges. It's a moot point, mind you, whether L. Ron Hubbard's science fiction can be regarded as literature ... claptrap as 'a model artist, because to me his fiction writing is on the level of fine art'. This isn't the place to dispute that, and I'll leave aside the question of how ...




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