Monthly Archives:

s

A blood feud among oil rig divers, a sword in an enchanted forest, and an assassination plot in Saudi Arabia are featured in this week’s roundup of the newest releases in fantasy and Adventure. Aching God (Iconoclasts #1) – Mike Shel “Closer, mortal. You are here, finally, to feed the Aching God…” The days of […]

After a great story by Arthur C. Clarke, I was all ready for the September 49 issue of Astounding to start getting good… Only to find that was the last story. Okay, that’s not really fair, because maybe L. Sprague DeCamp’s The Queen of Zamba was fantastic, but it was the 4th and final installment […]

Ever since the Red Baron’s Flying Circus swept the skies clean of enemy planes, readers across the world have been captivated by the exploits of military aviators, real and fictional. When the newspapers weren’t singing the praises of Chuck Yeager, Eddie Rickenbacker, Robin Olds, and Duke Cunningham, the pulps churned out flying ace after flying […]

Hanhoka of I, THE ONE returns in the new serial by Dominika Lein. A story of budding romance, dashed dreams, and the loneliness of suffering secrets. War has waged for all of Princess Hana’s life. She has only just become a woman and yet defeat looms on the horizon, her home running out of people, […]

This has been updated from an article on Superversive SF. Like Snicket’s other big series, this series is not superversive. Since I’ve done so much writing on the Snicketverse anyway, and since the excellent second season of the Netflix series came out, I figure I might as well do a bit on his prequel series […]

Modern movies are mostly awful. It’s rare you find even one worthy of a recommendation, and to find two? Well, that’s like winning the modern movie lottery. And to find two movies worthy of a recommend on the same day, movies that are absolutely and intrinsically opposed to each other in concept and execution, is […]

Fiction (Pulp Archivist): “Also of note is that the epic retribution intended in each of these scenes falls considerably short, for a rogue is never a crusader and the shades of gray that cloud these tales never clarify into black and white. It is easy to dismiss this myth of Melniboné as a mere Leftist […]

Karl Edward Wagner’s story, “Neither Brute nor Human” to me, is one of the best satires on fantasy publishing that I have ever read. The story originally published in the World Fantasy Convention Program Book for 1983. ISFDB.org page has a question mark as to whether it is trade paperback size or not. I have […]

AI clash against humans in a war of liberation, a father and daughter separated by an invasion fight to reunite their family, and the famed Four Horseman of Earth ride forth into the Omega War in this week’s roundup of the newest releases in science fiction. Darkling (Kin Wars Saga #2) – Jason Cordova Soldier. […]

Hide and Seek by Arthur C. Clarke appeared in the September 1949 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. It can be read here at Archive.org. Arthur C. Clarke’s Hide and Seek is the first really good thing in this issue of Astounding. Clocking in at 9 pages, if it ends up being the only good story […]

Dragon Award winner Brian Niemeier presents a fascinting collection of strange stories that chart the course of his journey as an author. In these pages you’ll meet an investigator tackling an apocalyptic mystery, a Cold War reporter pursuing terrors beyond understanding, a working stiff thrust into an impossible dilemma, a team of Moderns pitted against […]

Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné has enjoyed a storied history in comics. First portrayed in a 1971 bande dessinee, Elric next appeared in America alongside Conan the Barbarian. Over the next forty-five years and more, he has continued to wander from issue to issue and publisher to publisher to the delight of comics readers. Most recently, Elric […]