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Another favorite bio-bibliography is Donald Sidney-Fryer’s Emperor of Dream: A Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography. This book came out in 1978 from Donald M. Grant Books. Contents Introduction Acknowledgements Principal Facts of Biography Collections Clark Ashton Smith – In Memory of a Great Friendship by Eric Barker Poems

Most familiar as his pen name Max Brand, the poet and incredibly successful pulp writer Frederick Schiller Faust is best known for his Westerns and creating the character of Dr. Kildare. However, Faust also wrote for Argosy, filling its pages with tales of 1600s’ fencers, swashbucklers, and swordsmen. In Clovelly, he brings knowledge of the sword […]

Galactic cults, impossible missions, first encounters, and robot rescuers fill this week’s collection of science fiction’s newest releases. Black Labyrinth (Ruins of the Galaxy #5) – J. N. Chaney A ship no one escapes from. A mission too impossible to execute. Rocked by the death of a critical team member and haunted by the sudden […]

Castalia House has agreed to publish the family-friendly children’s books written and illustrated about the adventures of Zammy the Giant Sheepadoodle. And you can get an ebook, a paperback, or a hardcover by supporting Zammy’s Indiegogo campaign. This 3-week campaign commencing on Thanksgiving Day is to secure the $5,000 in support needed to fund the print […]

The independent planet of Rhysalan provides Sanctuary to 1,462 governments-in-exile. It is the responsibility of the Xenocriminology and Alien Relations department of the Military Crimes Investigation Division to keep a firm leash on the hundreds of thousands of xenos residing on-planet. Assassinations, revolutions, civil wars, and attempted planetary genocides are all in a day’s work […]

RPG (Goodman Games): Although most fans of fantasy fiction and RPGs assume that the classic “old school” alignments of Law, Neutrality, and Chaos are derived from Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion series of stories, some will be shocked to discover that Moorcock openly borrowed that concept from Anderson. In his novel, Three Hearts and Three Lions […]

The first bio-bibliography I ever bought was Glenn Lord’s The Last Celt: A Bio-Bibliography of Robert Ervin Howard. I had been reading any Robert E. Howard I could get my hands on at this point and wanted more information. I bought the Berkley Medallion trade paperback that was the reprint edition. The book was first […]

“A figure crept into the dark room. “From side to side it turned its head, a head that was a perfect sphere of silver. “If the silent figure had any face at all, it was the face of the man in the moon!” The Moon Man straddles the line between hero pulp and detective story. […]

Counterfeit sorcerers, vengeful chi cultivating mages, living dungeons, and questing radio engineers feature in this week’s collection of fantasy’s newest releases. Axiom (Artorian’s Archives #1) – Dennis Vanderkerken and Dakota Krout A town put to the sword. The young forcibly recruited. An old man out for revenge. After his town is put to the sword […]

Created by the bestselling SF novelist Jerry Pournelle, THERE WILL BE WAR is a landmark science fiction anthology series that combines top-notch military science fiction with factual essays by various generals and military experts on everything from High Frontier and the Strategic Defense Initiative to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. It features some of […]

  “Pokémon Sword and Shield”, the new pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch, just came out amidst a whole heaping of controversy (though by modern standards of “controversy” admittedly tame). As a result a fascinating dichotomy formed between critic reviews and user reviews. On Metacritic, the critics gave it an 81 of 100; with users […]

T.V. ( Every generation has their white whale of a concluded series. Baby boomers got hooked on Star Trek and made a big noise about it until they got movies, spinoff shows, more movies, more spinoff shows… Generation X kept the love of Star Wars alive until they got novels, video games, comics and, err, […]