Archive for June, 2011


Watch this amazing trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger.

This is another film I am really looking forward to. THIS LOOKS AWESOME…..

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Hi all,

Here is my quick preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series which will be on the big screen on 15th July 2011.

I am a big fan of the Harry Potter franchise and am looking forward to watching the end of the series. You could say I have grown up with Harry Potter.  I have read the all the books and cannot wait to see this finale on the big screen.  Everything else has been leading up to this final film.

I can remember when it all first started in 2001 and I wondered what all the fuss was about. But this first film bowled me over and so I read the book, which was even better.

Harry, Hermione and Ron from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone (2001)

Little did I realise back in 2001 how big this franchise was to become. But I was hooked and have seen every film and read every book since.  In my opinion they have got better and better in time. And now the time for the awesome finale is nearly upon us.  And I must say at this point that I am really glad that they split the final book into 2 parts as there is certainly a lot to cover.

Anyway, in this highly anticipated epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

With three of Voldemort’s six horcruxes destroyed, Harry, Ron and Hermione must find the rest. One of them is a fabled Cup that once belonged to Helga Hufflepuff, one of the founders of Hogwarts, but the other two remain mysteries. They deduce both Gringotts and Hogwarts are likely hiding places, but will the mystical yet real Deathly Hallows prove to be a crucial part in the unfolding of events? Lord Voldemort has gained possession of the all-powerful Elder Wand, strengthening him further, but who really is its true master? Did the fateful events of 16 years ago have even more impact than Harry thought? All of these questions must be answered for ultimate Battle of Hogwarts, where the final showdown between Harry and the Dark Lord will determine the fate of both the wizarding and muggle worlds for the rest of eternity.

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley continue their search for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, which ultimately leads up to an epic battle at Hogwarts.

This film ties up every single loose end of the whole saga. And in between quests for hidden horcruxes and  duals with Lord Voldermort, Harry finds time for a little romance.  If its anything like the book you wont be disappointed.

There have been 8 films in the series, so just in case you have forgotten here is what’s happened up to now….. Here is a quick reminder:-

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Well basically Harry Potter is an orphan. His parents (two of the world’s best wizards) were killed by evil Lord Voldemort but when Voldemort tried to kill Harry as well, his killing curse rebounded and reduced the evil wizard to a weak, half-life like form. Voldemort then disappears for a decade.

Harry is left to be raised by his despicable Uncle and Aunt, the wizarding world believing that Voldemort is gone forever.

At the age of 11, children with wizard powers are invited to a special school – Hogwarts – to train and learn about their special gift. It is here that Harry meets Hermione and Ron,  the two children who would become his best friends and closest allies in the battle against evil. Harry learns the art of Quidditch and has his first run-in with Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry returns to Hogwarts – despite a warning from Dobby the house elf – and finds that sinister things are happening. Students are petrified like statues and menacing messages emanate from the walls. The trio must find the Chamber of Secrets and rescue Ron’s sister Ginny from its depths.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Convict Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban and it is feared he is out to kill Harry. But Black is revealed to be Harry’s godfather and we learn that it was Peter Pettigrew, not Black, who betrayed Harry’s parents to Voldemort and caused their deaths.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Year four at Hogwarts and Harry is chosen to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. Voldemort captures Harry and tries to kill him but our hero
escapes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Teenager Harry struggles to convince the sceptical wizarding community that Voldemort has returned. The new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Dolores Umbridge, arrives at the school but isn’t all that she seems. The film ends with a duel between Voldemort and Headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry begins a romance with Ron’s sister, Ginny, and sets about preparing to destroy Voldemort once and for all. This film also sees the demise of Dumbledore.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1

As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

The conclusion of the Harry Potter series.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing the Harry Potter finale? Let me know your thoughts…

And if, like me, you can not wait then take a look at this awesome trailer…..

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Hi folks,

I am proud to announce the debut of my horror ebook “The Madness of Beelzebub”.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO PURCHASE MY EBOOK

The ebook “The Madness of Beelzebub” is available as a kindle ebook for eReaders, tablets, phones and other devices from amazon and as a pdf from lulu for the low price of £3.75.

The madness of Beelzebub is a horror thriller and is about the story of an average man and his journey into madness, horror and murder. He is seduced/saved by an entity that claims he is “the chosen one” to do battle against evil.

Is he mad or is he really “the chosen one”?

Beelzebub  ”Lord of the Flies”; Ba’al-zebub, also called Beelzebub or Beelzebul is known as the ‘prince of demons’. In the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke),  it’s who the Pharisees accused Jesus of being because he could cast out demons.

Here is a quick peak of the prologue to wet your appetite….

“The first thing you need to know is that this is not an ordinary story, far from it.  This is a story of love, hate, passion, betrayal, madness, evil and the devil. That in itself doesn’t seam all that unusual I hear you say, but it’s more than just that, much more.  This story details 52 days of an average man’s life. It is an account that could happen to any of us and what would happen if you lose everything, your hope and your soul.  Now, where shall I begin, that’s a good question, a story doesn’t just begin, it develops. Maybe it started when the man first bought the computer or maybe the seed was laid in the accident many years ago……   Who knows?”

Happy reading and let me know what you think…

And has anybody else written a novel and managed to publish it themselves??  What are you experiences of writing? Click here for my blog on my experiences.

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Thanks


Watch the last trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ? the final instalment in the Harry Potter series.

Can you wait, I know I can’t! It looks awesome…..

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Is time travel possible?

Posted: June 13, 2011 in Misc
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When I watched Dr Who recently I wondered is Time travel possible??

I think it’s a very intriguing question as I love science fiction and stuff to do with time travel.  The “back to the Future” trilogy and “the time machine” are my favourite films to do with time travel. And so with my scientific background it got me thinking…..

Can we construct a time machine and travel throught time?

Well, I think we first need to look at Quantam theory and Einstein’s theory of relativity and see if time travel is theoretically possible within the laws of physics?. It’s very complicated so please bear with me.

I’m assuming that most of you have not got a degree in physics so I am going to try to make it as simple as possible.

So here’s the science bit!!!! (Skip if you want)

We will begin with quantam theory….

If we can look at an event that begins with a photon and an electron, and ends with a photon and an electron. We can say that what has taken place is a photon is absorbed by an electron,  the electron continues on a bit, and a new photon comes out. This process is called the scattering of light. When calculations are made for scattering, we must include some peculiar possibilities. For example, the electron could emit a photon before absorbing one. Even more strange is the possibility that the electron emits a photon, then travels backwards in time to absorb a photon, and then proceeds forwards in time again. The path of such a ‘backwards-moving’ electron can be so long as to appear real in an actual physical experiment in  the laboratory. The backwards-moving electron when viewed with time moving forwards appears the same as an ordinary electron, except it’s attracted to normal electrons – we say it has a ‘positive’ charge. For this reason it’s called a ‘positron’. The positron is a sister particle to the electron, and is an example of an ‘anti-particle’. This phenomenon is general.

Every particle in Nature has an amplitude to move backwards in time, and therefore has an anti-particle. When a particle and its antiparticle collide, they annihilate each other and form other particles. So time travel is not only possible, it is a perfectly normal phenomenon.

Now lets look at the Einstein’s theory of relativity….

Black holes, according to relativity theory, warp spacetime with their enormously powerful gravitation field. The effect of this gravitational field is that if an astronaut were to cross the event horizon of a black hole, time would slow down on board his spacecraft as he approached the singularity and eventually come to a stop. Similarly time slows down in proportion to speed, the faster our astronaut travels the slower time runs. The closer the astronaut travels to the speed of light the more time slows, until at the speed of light, time would stop. Both these effects of time being affected by speed and gravity illustrates that time is not a fixed  constant, but is affected by gravitational fields and relative speed in the same manner as the other three dimensions of space. The solutions to particular equations of the Special Theory of Relativity can be expressed mathematically in any direction of time without running into any problems. This means that there is nothing in relativity that rules out time travel and that it is theoretically possible.

Ok great its possible but if time travel is theoretically possible then it should have already happened and at some time in the future a clever scientist has already invented a time machine that can travel through time in any direction, just like the fictional time machine created by H. G. Wells.

So where is our intrepid time traveller?

To my knowledge, correct me if I am wrong, I believe history shows no record of a time traveller ever visiting us from the future, and so therefore I have to conclude it’s never going to happen. This appears at first glance to be a good solid argument against the possibility of time travel. But It may be that time travellers from the future have visited us, but have not revealed themselves in order to avoid changing the future. The fact that we have no record of having been visited by time travellers does not exclude its possibility.

Alternatively, time travel may be possible, but only into the future, the past already having been determined.

Finally, time travel into the past may be possible, but only into a different (alternative) universe, thus avoiding a paradox.

What do I mean by a Paradox? Let me try to explain.

The most commonly posed paradox is known as the ‘grand parent’ paradox. This states that if you could travel back in time you could murder your grand parents and thus prevent your existence, thus rendering it impossible for you to have gone back in time and killed them… no need to draw you a picture. Even more to the point perhaps, suppose you could travel back in time and kill the person responsible for time travel before they discover it! Then you wouldn’t have been able to travel back in time to kill him….. Catch 22. But this only reveals the tip of the iceberg.

Let’s examine a theoretical time travel situation in more detail in order to highlight some of the problems involved.

Ok lets imagine that today you travel back in time to say August 2001 and warn the authorities that the World Trade Centre in New York is going to be attacked on September 11th. Firstly will they believe you and lock you up for being a nutter. But suppose they do believe you and take the necessary action and as time unfolds the disaster is eventually averted.  But you are still in 2001 at this point and the disaster has been prevented, and you now wish to return to the time you came from. Here comes the Big Question – can you return to where you came from? Where you came from the attack had taken place, therefore where you came from no longer exists! If you do return to your original time, the World Trade Centre will still be standing (because you prevented the attack), so it cannot be where you came from. You will have changed the course of history, not just for yourself, but for the entire world. The question is, will the World Trade Centre still be standing when you return to your starting time? This is a major point of contention. According to one theory it both will and it won’t! This is because your actions will have created an alternative possibility and in the process an ‘alternative’ universe, where we now have one universe with the World Trade Centre intact, and one with it destroyed, and we will all exist in both.

The theory is firmly rooted in quantum theory that states that ALL alternative outcomes are possible. However, there is no evidence at this stage that the strange  phenomenon found in quantum theory can be applied to the larger world.

Yet another theory suggests that alternative universes will not be created because events will conspire against you that prevent you (as in this scenario) from warning the authorities and changing history. This ‘theory’ it isn’t really a theory as such, more an expression of a desire, because it is believed to be impossible (and very bad manners from the point of view of historians) to change history. The theory has no explanation as to how this ‘prevention’ could actually come about and has no solid theoretical basis. The same arguments can be applied to travel into the future. Suppose I travel 24 hours into the future and happen to meet myself crossing the street. (can you meet and interact with yourself?) . I push him in front of a car and he is killed instantly and then I return.

On my return, when tomorrow comes, I receive a visit from ‘me’ from my past. I of course knew he is gong to push me in front of a car and so I move out the way and push him into the path of the car and kill him instead. Can I do that? That isn’t what happened in my future, it was the ‘me’ in the future that died. Even if I don’t manage to kill ‘him’ in time and still die by the car, which one of us exactly is it that is still alive? We have created a nonsense scenario. Now this may sound like nonsense, and perhaps it is, but if the future really does exist then it does raise the prospect of meeting and interacting with yourself.

If we accept the idea that the future does exist, because time is just another dimension as discussed in the previous section, then these paradoxes would be unavoidable. If however, we take the view that only the dimension of time itself exists, and not the events  within it, then this would suggest that time travel is impossible. Why? Because if future events do not exist, then it would be impossible to travel into the future to witness them, there would be no ‘future’ to visit.

We either have to accept that if time travel is possible we will, by our actions , create all sorts of paradoxes, or accept that we will create alternative universes. The paradox problem will not go away. As for alternate universes, the mind boggles!.

So in answer to the question, is time travel possible??? Well, No I don’t think so because of the paradoxes created if you are able to interact with the surroundings. But if you are just an observer in a box and can’t interact with your surroundings then I think it may be theoretically possible.

But that’s just my opinion, what do you think?

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Hi all,

This morning, after adding more comics to my science fiction and horror online shop, I started thinking about who my favourite super hero was.  So I decided to compile a top 10 list, shown below. But then I also realised that without super villains, would there even be any super heroes? So I have also included a top 10 list of villains. Not anybody can be bad, to be considered a villain, you have to be ruthless, powerful, and sometimes, downright crazy.

I have based my assessment on a combination of factors including strengths, weaknesses, superpowers, character and likeability.

Anyway, here’s my list of Superheroes……..

Super Heroes

1. Superman

2. Hulk

3. Wolverine from “the X men”

4. Human torch from “the fantastic four”

5. Spiderman

6. The Thing from “the fantastic four”

7. Batman

8. Captain America

9. Cyclops from “the X men”

10. Dr Who

I know some people might not consider Dr Who a superhero but if you can single handily defeat Daleks, Cybermen and other foes then, in my opinion, that must make you some a sort of super hero.

Take a look at my list of the top 10 super villains…….

Villains

1. Magneto

2. Dr Doom

3. Skeletor

4. Green goblin

5. Darth Vader

6. Vane

7. Dark phenix

8. Count Dracula

9. Lex Luthor

10. Hannibal Lecter

So does everybody agree with me, what do you think? Let me know your top 10 lists.

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Here is a trailer of the upcoming “The Twilight Saga: Breaking dawn part 1” movie which is out in cinemas later this year…

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