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!
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- 5 More Things I Think I Think: March, 2023I enjoyed last week’s 10 Things I Think I Think. And it got some comments, which is kinda the goal of blogging. So, following up with 5 More Things I Think I Think. 1) THREE PINES is a Prime Original, based on a books by Canadian author Louise Penny. The series is at 18 novels and still going! Alfred Molina is Inspector Armand Gamache, head of the Quebec Sur […]
- Infinity, June 1956: A Retro ReviewInfinity Science Fiction, June 1956. Cover by Ed Emsh In my previous Retro Review I covered If, which I called a “classic digest magazine of what might be called the “second tier” of SF magazines.” Infinity was another, though it lasted for a much shorter time — 19 issues from 1955 through 1958. (I note for the record that the magazines of the so-called “fir […]
- Vintage Treasures: Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. MartinTuf Voyaging (Baen, February 1986). Cover by David Willson George R.R. Martin is the most successful living American science fiction and fantasy writer. He mostly gets attention for his novels these days, but early in his career he was chiefly known for his wonderfully moody and imaginative short stories, most of which were set in his sprawling Thousand Worl […]
- Nonstop SF Adventure: The Mickey7 Novels by Edward AshtonMickey7 and Antimatter Blues (St. Martin’s Press, February 15, 2022 and March 14, 2023). Cover design by Ervin Serrano Truth to tell, I missed Edward Ashton’s novel Mickey7 last year, despite all the breathless praise heaped on it (NPR listed it as one of the Best Books of 2022, calling it “A wildly entertaining mix of action and big ideas peppered with humo […]
- Goth Chick News: We’re Definitely Tuned to TPub’s Latest Twisted TaleIt was way back at the 2014 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo when we were first introduced to a fine British lad Neil Gibson and his fledgling comic company TPub. Gibson was there to promote volume one of TPubs inaugural graphic novel, Twisted Dark. At the time Gibson described the comic as a psychological thriller which contained horror with dark (at ti […]
- New Treasures: Dead Silence by S.A. BarnesDead Silence (Tor Nightfire, January 24, 2023). Cover by Timo Noack Nightfire is Tor’s new horror imprint. Launched in 2019, it’s published books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Catriona Ward, Cassandra Khaw, Ellen Datlow, T. Kingfisher, and lots more. That’s all well and good, but has it given us a haunted house story in space that’s a success […]
- Long, Long Time: The Last of Us, Episode ThreeAnd we’re back with the next episode of The Last of Us. As I outline this piece, the episode has aired a few days ago (vastly different from when this article will be published, I know), and the internet is absolutely buzzing. Most of the chatter I hear is about how devastatingly wonderful this episode is, which makes for a nice change. I’ve curated my socia […]
- 10 Things I Think I Think: March, 20231) THE MANDALORIAN remains the best Star Wars property going. My son loves The Bad Batch, and it seems cool. But as I wrote here, the mix of innovation and fidelity; and simply all-around awesomeness, I’ll take this over just about any Star Wars of the past few decades. I liked Boba Fett – and it didn’t hurt that it was like a subs-series for The Mandalorian […]
- Quatro-Decadal Review: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1989, edited by Edward FermanThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1989. Cover by Bryn Barnard I thought that Asimov’s was going to rule the 1988 roost, but MoF&SF gives it a run for its money. The issue jumps straight into the fiction! Fiction — “Icicle Music” by Michael Bishop A story told in time jumps, starting on Christmas Eve 1957. Danny Pitts, living with his […]
- Vintage Detectives: Supernatural Sleuths, Sci-Fi Private Eye, and Isaac Asimov’s Detectives, edited by Gardner Dozois, Sheila Williams, Charles G. Baugh, and Martin H. GreenbergSupernatural Sleuths and Sci-Fi Private Eye (Roc, 1996 and 1997), and Isaac Asimov’s Detectives (Ace, 1998). Covers by Romas Kukalis, uncredited, and Andy Lackow Science fiction detectives have been a popular theme for anthologies for a couple of generations now. We’ve covered a few (including Tin Stars, edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charl […]
- 5 More Things I Think I Think: March, 2023
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