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Link to my prior Civ VI post.  Instead of a Civ hiatus I decided to give it a go at the Deity level. I’m experimented with the game set up for domination victory only because the AI will quickly get science, cultural, and religious wins plus I won’t be ready to go on the offensive by […]

So I have lots and lots and lots of ideas (I’ve been meaning to do a write-up on “Hunter x Hunter” for a loooooong time)but am also quite busy. So here’s a great, relaxing, feel-good anime suggestion for you: “Silver Spoon”. Normally this is not the type of show I’d even consider watching in a […]

Authors (Rich Horton): Roger Zelazny would have been 82 today, but, dammit, he died way too young in 1995. I loved his short fiction but I haven’t written a lot about it, so instead I’ve taken four rather short bits, capsules, really, that I did of four of his novels, for my SFF Net newsgroup […]

A reader of both the history of firearms, history, and science fiction generally leads to a collision of all three. I have discussed how many governments chose not to make changes in small arms. Light machine guns were seized upon with enthusiasm but not self-loading rifles. You start to think of “what ifs?” The Third […]

Light novels have been a frequent topic in pulp fantasy, combining the evolution of the pulp magazine with Japanese pop culture to various degrees of success. In the 1970s, Japanese publishers combined pulp magazines with anime-inspired illustrations aimed at teens and young adults. Since then, the market for these short, pulpy and fannish novels (about […]

This week’s science fiction new releases have unearthed derelict ships, genetically-engineered heroes, an armored fist of mecha tales, and sleeping threats best left undisturbed. Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program […]

This week had me slammed, but we promise that next week, we’ll have a review up for Emmett McDowell’s Sword of Fire!

The time spent playing the Civilization series of games is second only to my favorite Campaign Series.  I have been able to secure consistent wins at the Immortal level but only if I remove the Technology and Points victory conditions. My style of play is to stay on the defensive until I have developed weapons […]

Reading (Rawle Nyanzi): By now it is well-known that reading in the US has declined across all demographic indicators. Whether it’s caused by television, the internet, video games, or boring literature classes, the drop-off in reading time is plain and obvious to see. Some even claim that we are entering a “post-literate” period where the written word is actively rejected in […]

World War 2 had shown that small infantry units could do more with increased firepower. The German Sturmgewehr 44 pointed the direction to the future with select fire capability and a less powerful cartridge. The bolt action rifle still had some life in it. The first Arab-Israeli War fought in 1948 mainly with bolt action […]

You can now preorder David the Good’s latest in the Good Guide to Gardening series, Free Plants for Everyone, from Amazon. Do you want to grow apples from seed? Or learn to graft? Or germinate seeds from that awesome old honey locust tree in your Grandpa’s backyard? In Free Plants for Everyone, you will learn tried and […]

Dragons, dragon knights, time travelers and vigilante soldiers rampage through this week’s roundup of the newest releases in fantasy and adventure. Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight – Kentaro Miura and Makoto Fukami The first Berserk novel, conceived by series creator Kentaro Miura and written by Makoto Fukami, novelist and screenwriter for the Berserk anime, Psycho-Pass and Resident Evil: Vendetta. The Flame Dragon […]