Steve Rogerson's web page
Some stuff about me
I live in Nottingham and I'm a freelance journalist in the trade and technology press. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm
a science fiction fan. I support Shrewsbury
Town football club, and I'm a season ticket holder. In May 2004 Shrewsbury
won the Nationwide
Conference Play-Off Final to get back into the league. But May 2007 saw Shrewsbury's last game at the Gay Meadow, which earned them a place in the play-offs, and they made it all the way to the Playoff Final at the new Wembley stadium. They repeated this again two years later reaching the 2009 Playoff Final. In June 2007, there was an auction of the fixtures and fittings and that month I also visited the new ground. Pictures from both are here.
I play pool
for the Queen Adelaide in the Nottingham
& District Pool League and The City Leisure League.
I'm also a qualified pool referee.
In September 2003, September 2004,
June 2005, August 2006, May 2007 and December 2008, I was part of a UK pool team touring
the Philippines. More details are on the UK
Pool Info page.
Most of my
spare time I spend down the pub (drinking real ale), cooking (here are some recipes), watching TV
or handling my email, that's when I'm not at conventions, which
you've probably gathered I go to quite a few of.
I read a lot of science fiction,
and authors I like include Philip K Dick, Iain (with or without
the M) Banks, John Wyndham, George Orwell, Jeff Noon, Isaac Asimov
and loads of others. Five of the best books I've read in the past
few years are Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, Desolation Road by
Ian McDonald, The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy, Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville and Voyage by Stephen Baxter.
This site also contains some of
my holdiay photos:
2005-January 2006, Malaysia
2007, USA (inc Disneyland)
2007, Donington Park
2007, Shanghai and Taipei
and September 2008, Barcelona and Nuremberg
2009, Stapeley Water Gardens
2012, Cocoa Beach, Florida
2013, Marston's Brewery, Burton-on-Trent
2013, Langkawi, Malaysia
2014, Phuket, Thailand
2014, Taipei Zoo
On TV, Blake's 7 is
my favourite show, but Buffy is a close second. I enjoy tons of
other stuff from Star Trek to Xena, from The Prisoner to Babylon
5 and from Dr Who to Firefly. Oh, and don't forget Andromeda, Angel,
X Files, Carnivale, Cleopatra 2525, Crusade, Charmed, Dead Zone,
Farscape, Hex, Jeremiah, Lost, The Survivors, Smallville, Star Cops,
Lexx, Red Dwarf, Regenesis, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The
4400, Torchwood, Ultraviolet, Wonderfalls and so on.
Some of my articles about films.
My favourite films by year:
I didn't see as many films in 2007 as previous years for various reason, but I did still find some gems. Two blockbusters that didn't make my top three were Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the best of the Potter films so far) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (good for purely escapism reasons). In third place I put Night of the Sunflowers, an engrossing case of mistaken identity in small-town Spain. In second place, and it nearly won, was the delightful Stardust. But the winner was Danny Boyle's Sunshine. Excellent movie.
This was a tough one to decide as I saw so many
good films in 2006. The three that were close but didn't make it
were Wilderness (a gritty UK made horror film), The Dark (strange
goings on in the Welsh countryside) and Underworld Evolution (the
sequel to the Underworld battle between werewolves and vampires).
In second place was Children of Men, set in a future where women
are no longer fertile and the effects that has had on soicety. And
in first place, Pan's Labyrinth, a combined fantasy and political
drama set in Spain in 1944.
What a year. This really was a good year for films,
and I saw a lot. It was tough to decide which was best but I ended
up choosing The Descent, very claustrophobic, very tense. In second
place was Serenity - Joss Whedon does it again as Firefly comes
to the big screen. In third place, I picked the best non-genre film
of the year - The Rage in Placid Lake. I reviewed all the films
I saw this year at the cinema on my LiveJournal (the link is at
the bottom of the page).
Another year with a lot of OK films but nothing
that was a great film. Top has to be Shaun of the Dead, just so
funny and original. Spiderman II showed that sequels can be better
than the originals, and so deserved a mention. And Eternal Sunshine
of the Spotless Mind was cool. This was the year Hollywood did a
remake of the Japanese horror film The Grudge, which prompted me
to watch the original as well, which was a far better film and makes
me wonder why Hollywood doesn't save itself the expense of remaking
these films by just distributing the originals.
The outstanding film of the year had to be the
vampire versus werewolf movie Underworld. This was so dark and gothic,
and a different interpretation on an old theme. Very original. Second,
also because of its originality, was Dogville, which didn't go on
general release in 2003 but I saw it at the London Film Festival.
Return of the King, as expected, was amazing, but nothing really
new here, and I felt a little disappointed that the scouring of
the Shire wasn't included, so it is not in the hunt.
I was hoping again to avoid the blockbusters in
selecting my movie of the year, and that looked like it was going
to be the case with Dog Soldiers top and 28 Days Later... second.
And then I watched the Two Towers, and it was awesome, and an easy
It was a bit tough to pick
the best film of 2001 with such crackers at the end as the first
Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies. But my vote goes to Ginger
Snaps as the best werewolf movie since American Werewolf in London.
The worst film of the year by far was AI.
There were no outstanding films in 2000 but a lot
of good ones. Just pipping the rest, I thought, was The Cell, though
it was run close by Sleepy Hollow, Galaxy Quest and Scream 3 (am
I the only person who actually liked that film?).
My favourite film from 1999 was The Matrix, closely
followed by The Sixth Sense (sorry Star Wars, I did enjoy The Phantom
Menace, it just wasn't as good as some of the other stuff around).
In 1998, my favourite films were Dark City and
The Cube. I'd also like to give a plug for Smilla's Feeling for
Snow, an excellent genre film almost totally ignored by the SF press.
Finally, I've got a Yahoo
profile if you want to know more about me. And I have a LiveJournal.