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!
- The Golden Age of Science Fiction: Peter Nicholls and The Encyclopedia of Science FictionPeter Graham is often quoted as saying that the Golden Age of Science Fiction is 12. I was reminded of this quote last year while reading Jo Walton’s An Informal History of the Hugo Awards (Tor Books) when Rich Horton commented that based on Graham’s statement, for him, the Golden Age of Science Fiction was […]
- Future Treasures: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonSamantha Shannon, author of the bestselling Bone Season trilogy, is the latest YA author to attempt the jump to adult fantasy. Her highly anticipated The Priory of the Orange Tree — all 830 pages of it — arrives in hardcover from Bloomsbury in a month. The transition from YA superstar to mainstream success isn’t easy, […]
- The Beautiful and the Repellent: An Interview with Charles A. GramlichIt is not intuitive to seek beauty in art deemed grotesque, but most authors who produce horror/fantasy actually are usually (a) serious about their craft, and (b) driven by strange muses. Weird fiction masters (Robert E. Howard, Poe, Clark Ashton Smith, H.P. Lovecraft…) held serious beliefs that their “horror” was actually beautiful. This interview series [ […]
- Hither Came Conan: Fletcher Vredenburgh – The Frost Giant’s DaughterSubmitted in 1932 to Weird Tales, “The Frost Giant’s Daughter” is possibly the first Conan story of entirely new material (read Keith West on the story’s publication history), and it is also unique in its style. It is stripped down to the bare, primal essences of sword & sorcery, and exists on the lip between […]
- Call for Backers! DreamForge: A Magazine of Science & Fantasy Fiction Campaign on KickstarterA new science fiction and fantasy market is about to launch, and they’re calling for Kickstarter backers to help get them off the ground. DreamForge, headed up by Scot Noel, is recruiting “dreamers, heroes, and optimists” to back, submit to, and subscribe to this new magazine. Check out their Kickstarter video above! This magazine is an […]
- Vintage Treasures: Space, Time & Crime edited by Miriam Allen deFordGenre blending these days is very popular. So you have steampunk space operas like RJ Theodore’s Flotsam, SF noir like K.R. Richardson’s Blood Orbit, near-future police procedurals such as Serial Box’s Ninth Step Station, and every conceivable genre mash-up in between. But there was a time when daring to mix genres like science fiction and mystery was […] […]
- Golden Age of Science Fiction: The 1973 Phoenix AwardAce edition covers by Gray Morrow Steven Silver has been doing a series covering the award winners from his age 12 year, and Steven has credited me for (indirectly) suggesting this, when I quoted Peter Graham’s statement “The Golden Age of Science Fiction is 12″, in the “comment section” to the entry on 1973 in […]
- The Complete Borderlands Campaign now Available in PDF from ChaosiumA few years ago I took a nostalgic look back at one of my favorite adventure settings, the boxed set Borderlands published by Chaosium in 1982, in the provocatively titled “Can Playing RPGs Really Make You a Billionaire?” Some of the most treasured possessions in my games library are the boxed adventure supplements published by Chaosium […]
- Godzilla Raids Again/Gigantis the Fire Monster (1955)How Godzilla became Gigantis and then pulled a cultural vanishing act is quite the tale.
- Mage: The Hero Denied 14So we’re down to the penultimate issue of the entire Mage trilogy. Obviously, I’m not expecting any big reveals until the very last issue, so this one is just going to let things simmer just a little bit further until the boil. We begin with the reveal that Magda and Hugo did NOT kill a […]
- The Golden Age of Science Fiction: Peter Nicholls and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction