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!
- Magic and Politics in the Desert: Deborah A. Wolf’s The Dragon’s Legacy I was browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble last week when I came across the two volumes above. They caught my eye immediately. Especially the second one, with its gorgeous depiction of a moonlit desert city… plus a supergiant bull, whatever the heck that’s about. I didn’t pick them up right away. Derek Kunsken’s […]
- A (Black) Gat in the Hand: Joe Bonadonna’s ‘Hardboiled Film Noir’ (Part One)I reached out to some friends to help me with A (Black) Gat in the Hand, as I certainly can’t cover everything and due it all justice. Our latest guest is author and fellow Black Gater, Joe Bonadonna. And Joe delivered an in-depth look at hardboiled adaptations on the silver screen. In fact, he covered […]
- Birthday Reviews: Suzy McKee Charnas’s “Beaty and the Opéra, or the Phantom Beast”Suzy McKee Charnas was born on October 22, 1939 Charnas won the Nebula Award in 1981 for her novella “Unicorn Tapestry” and the Hugo Award in 1990 for the short story “Boobs.” She is a three time James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award winner for the novels Walk to the End of the World, Motherlines, and […]
- New Treasures: The Promise of Space and Other Stories by James Patrick KellyJames Patrick Kelly is one of the best short story writers we have. His Hugo-winning tale “Think Like a Dinosaur” is one of the finest SF stories of the past 25 years (perhaps the finest), and his fiction has been collected in such essential volumes as Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories (1997), Strange But Not a […]
- The Beauty in Life and Death: An Interview with Sebastian JonesNiobe returns to reclaim her throne in 3 tales. Get the Erathune hardcover, She is Death #1 & #2, and the vampire epic, Essessa #1! It is not intuitive to seek beauty in art deemed grotesque/weird, but most authors who produce horror/fantasy actually are usually (a) serious about their craft, and (b) driven my strange muses. This interview […]
- Birthday Reviews: Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Rule of Names”Ursula K. Le Guin was born on October 21, 1929 and died on January 22, 2018. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed is in the Prometheus Hall of Fame and has won the Jupiter Award as wells as the Nebula Award and Hugo Award. The Left Hand of Darkness has also won both the Hugo and Nebula […]
- Old-School Sword and Planet with a Modern Attitude: An Excerpt from The MechMen of Canis-9The MechMen of Canis-9 is my seventh novel. I’ve always wanted to write some sort of action-packed Sword and Planet Adventure, with some planet-building involved, and that’s what I hope I’ve accomplished with this “sequel” to my Space Opera, Three Against The Stars. The Foreword below should pretty well set the stage for the excerpt […]
- October Is Hammer Country: The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)The Man Who Could Cheat Death is the odd-movie-out of early Hammer. It came about because of a production deal with Paramount.
- Birthday Reviews: Diana Rowland’s “Fine Print”Diana Rowland was born on October 20, 1966. Rowland won third place in the third quarter of the 2005 Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest for her story “Schrodinger’s Hummingbird.” In 2012, Rowland won the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy Protagonist for her character Angel Crawford in the novel Even White […]
- In 500 Words or Less: An Advance Review of The Fall by Tracy TownsendThe Fall (Thieves of Fate, Book 2) by Tracy Townsend Pyr (400 pages, $18 paperback, $9.99 eBook, Jan 15, 2019) Let’s start with something my friend Matt Moore would call a “hand grenade” on a panel: The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie. Why? Because it splits up our beloved characters and challenges […]
- Magic and Politics in the Desert: Deborah A. Wolf’s The Dragon’s Legacy