Sorry the blog’s been quiet! Not because nothing’s been going on… just that it’s been going on in other forums. One day I’ll get around to updating the bibliography and other pages, but in the meantime they’re like a peek back. Hard to believe the first posts are nearly 10 years old, moved here when I switched to WordPress all the way back in 2008!
- Birthday Review: John Gribbon’s “Something to Beef About”Cover by Tim White John Gribbin was born on March 19, 1946. Gribbin has published both fiction and non-fiction, including non-fiction titles The Jupiter Effect with Stephen Plagemann, In Search of the Big Bang, and The Science of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials with Mary Gribbin. His own novels include The Sixth Winter with Douglas […]
- Vintage Treasures: A Midsummer Tempest by Poul AndersonCover by Luis Bermejo Poul Anderson formed a pretty consistent part of my paperback SF diet in the late 70s and early 80s. Novels like Mirkheim (1977) and classic tales like the Hugo Award-winning “No Truce with Kings” (1963) made me an early fan. But I always thought of Anderson as an SF writer, and as […]
- Birthday Reviews: Marcos Donnelly’s “As a Still Small Voice”Cover by Peter Stallard Marcos Donnelly was born on March 18, 1962. He has published a handful of short stories, mostly dealing with religious themes and three novels, Prophets for the End of Time, Letters from the Flesh, and The Mostly Weird Chronicles of Steffan McFessel, the last in collaboration with Ted Wenskus. Donnelly’s debut […]
- Looking at the Density of Comic Book Page LayoutsI may have picked the most boring blog post title in history, but this is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I was listening to Kieron Gillen’s excellent podcast Decompressed. Decompressed is a look under the hood at the craft of comic book creation and in the 4th one, he interviewed Matt Fraction […]
- New Treasures: First-Person Singularities by Robert SilverbergA new book by SF grandmaster Robert Silverberg is a cause for celebration. It took a while for the cake and balloons to arrive, but we’re now ready to celebrate his collection First-Person Singularities. It gathers stories spanning the last six decades, all told in first person singular. Here’s Kirkus Reviews. The sheer diversity of storylines […]
- The Complete Carpenter: Prince of Darkness (1988)John Carpenter returned to indie horror with a weird mixture of science, religion, and a zombie siege movie: Prince of Darkness.
- Birthday Reviews: James Morrow’s “The Fate of Nations”James Morrow was born on March 17, 1947. In addition to the novels in his Godhead trilogy, beginning with Towing Jehovah, Morrow has written several other books, including Galápagos Regained and The Last Witchfinder. Many of his works deal with the role of religion in a rational society. He has also edited three volumes of […]
- Unbound Worlds on Where to Start with Gothic Space OperaI didn’t even know one of my favorite SF sub-genres had a name. But it does, and over at Unbound Worlds Matt Staggs tells us what it is. In a gothic space opera, pseudo-medievalism, superstition, insanity, and decay are juxtaposed with space travel: a perfect embodiment of progress, science, and rationality. The starship becomes a […]
- We Don’t Get No RespectIt’s often struck me that writers get more respect in other countries than they do in North America (I’m thinking specifically Europe here, since that’s the limit of my experience). When I told my (Spanish) mother as a child that I was going to be a writer when I grew up, she asked why was […]
- Birthday Reviews: P.C. Hodgell’s “Knot and the Dragon”P.C. (Patricia Christine) Hodgell was born on March 16, 1951. She has written the eight volume Chronicles of the Kencyrath, which began with God Stalk and continued most recently with The Gates of Tagmeth in 2017. God Stalk was nominated for the Mythopoeic Award as was its follow-up, Dark of the Moon. “Knot and the […]
- Birthday Review: John Gribbon’s “Something to Beef About”