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The first explorers to leave the solar system return 800 years later to an unrecognizable Earth, a war hero journeys into the dead ruins of a galactic empire for technology, and mercenary ventures turn lethally sour in this week’s roundup of the newest releases in science fiction. Battlesuit Bastards (Quantum Mortis: Wardogs Inc. #1) – […]

The Double-Dyed Villains by Poul Anderson appeared in the September 1949 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. It can be read here at Archive.org. I am going to need to hurry up and read Poul Anderson’s “important” books that are still being discussed in Appendix N and Pulp Revolution circles, or I’ll be too bummed out […]

“No mercy! For anyone! Ever!”–Raffy, Barracuda Vol. 1: Slaves When Captain Blackdog of the Barracuda seizes a Spanish galleon on the seas, he finds a map to the hidden Kashar Diamond, slaves, and his son Raffy’s defeat at the hands of the Spanish captain. Blackdog the arrives in Puerto Blanco to trade loot for provisions for […]

This is the continuation of the ASL Starter Kit scenario S24 that I previously described at Vox Popoli. As you can see Turn 3 turned out to be eventful, as my AT gun revealed itself as soon as one of the Russian tanks presented it with a clear side shot on the right flank, while […]

WARDOGS INCORPORATED is one of the largest and most professional mercenary corporations operating in the Kantillon subsector. If you need a bodyguard, an assassination team, or an armored cavalry regiment complete with air support, WARDOGS Inc. can provide it for you… for a very steep price. Tommy Falkland is proud to be a Wardog. And […]

The universe of Dragon Award winner Richard Fox’s The Ember War expands further! Terra Nova broke free of the Ultari tyrants, but the colony’s struggle to survive has just begun. Governor Ken Hale and his expedition brought technology to the Canis Major galaxy that will change the balance of power forever, and the Ultari will […]

Dark Legion Comics is very pleased to announce the release of a new graphic novel, a stand-alone story entitled CHICAGO TYPEWRITER: The Red Ribbon by Brandon Fiadino. In 1920s Chicago, the criminal underworld is more than vice, racketeering, and bootlegging. During a brutal territory dispute with the Chicago Outfit, Emilio Enzo and his associates discovered just how […]

The Princess Bride opens with Fred Savage in bed suffering from a dire illness, the likes of which has seldom been encountered by mere mortal men. I can empathize because, indeed as I write these very words, my body is under assault from some vicious scourge more suited to a zombie horror movie (or a Cloverfield […]

Fiction (Got Your Games): “A little light reading I have, over the years, read a few of the books written about games and gamers and I’ll list here as many as I can recall off the top of my head, giving a brief review and recommendation. The Elfish Gene by Mark Barrowcliffe Just awesome – […]

I wrote a review of The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly two years ago. For various reasons, I did not read the online stories as they appeared since then. I waited for the next volume (#2) that covers 2011-2013. The book has a nice cover by Robert Zoltan that is better than most of the […]

As I mentioned in a previous article, Castlevania is my favorite game franchise, of which I’ve played almost every title.  Which one is my absolute favorite? Is it the fantastic Symphony of the Night? Or is it perhaps one of the later Metroidvanias that improved upon the formula, like the superb Portrait of Ruin?  Maybe it’s an old-school action platforming […]

This week’s roundup of fantasy and adventure features Appalachian witches, Merlin’s shape-shifting magic, and the return of Allan Quatermain. Accidental Duelist (The Accidental Champion #1) – Jamie Davis and C. J. Davis A Lost Princess and the Swashbuckling Game of a Lifetime Cari Dix didn’t know her whole life was a lie, she only knew […]