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We have selected an illustrator for the six-issue A THRONE OF BONES comic special. It will be released in electronic and omnibus editions – no single print issues – and will cover the battle between Legio XVII of House Valerius and the Vakhuyu and Chalonu goblin tribes. The Legend Chuck Dixon is adapting the script […]

Tolkien (Notion Club Papers): Christopher Tolkien died a couple of days ago, which marks the end of an era – the last person who participated in the core Inklings meetings; the writing and discussion group that met in the evenings to read works in progress and have discussions stimulated. CT was probably the person I […]

Hugh B. Cave (1910-2004) was another of the high production pulp fictioneers. He had something like 800 stories in the pulp and slick magazines. Much of his pulp output was for crime/detective, horror, weird menace, adventure, and spicy.  He had a few western stories and two stories in the Clayton era Astounding Stories of Super […]

Counterfeit sorcerers, lost in time explorers, clockwork dancers, and straight from the headlines conspiracies fill this week’s collection of fantasy and adventure new releases. Alt★Hero:Q #2: Not Dead Enough – Chuck Dixon, Vox Day, and Helix Haze After federal agent Roland Dane survives the successful assassination of the U.S. Secretary of State in Peru, he […]

One of the common complaints levelled at the modern world of traditional publishing revolves around the narrowly constrained style that predominates.  A limited-omniscient third person point of view, and one that shifts focus from chapter to chapter, or even from paragraph to paragraph, has come to define modern story-telling, with deviations from that expectation conveniently […]

I want to explain why my posts have become almost exclusively anime focused lately. The answer is quite simple, really: Anime is my pulp revolution. The whole idea behind the pulp revolution and the “Regress harder” mantra is that modern entertainment has lost a lot of what makes media…well, enjoyable. Pulp appealed to everyone, because […]

Gaming (Goodman Games): To the casual RPG fan, D&D is steeped in Tolkien lore. The original game (1974) contained direct references to ents, balrogs, orcs, and of course hobbits. Due to the popularity of the game, this eventually resulted in a cease-and-desist letter to TSR. Later editions featured hobbits renamed as halflings (a more generic […]

Frederick Faust (1892-1944) was one of the kings of the pulp magazines. He is best remembered for his pseudonym “Max Brand” today. He had 900 copyrights to his name. He is generally associated with the western genre, but he wrote in other genres including detective, historical, spy/espionage, boxing, aviation, nautical, tropical adventure, dogs, horses, and […]

Radio operator Peter Moore, the man of brass and later to be called Peter the Brazen, gets caught up in Chinese intrigues in “A Princess of Static.” Peter is called out as a major inspiration to Doc Savage, from the man of brass/Man of Bronze nicknames to the technologist as a heroic man of action. […]

Super soldiers legendary peacemakers, and lost fleets feature in this week’s collection of science fiction’s newest releases. Banner of the Stars, Vol. 1 – Hiroyuki Morioka You journeyed with Jint and Lafier through three volumes of interplanetary-scale action and intrigue in CREST OF THE STARS. Through pain and companionship, they forged their way through an […]

After federal agent Roland Dane survives the successful assassination of the U.S. Secretary of State in Peru, he makes his way back to the United States in secret with the help of a mysterious organization opposed to the global establishment. But when a famous film star is reported dead just hours after the agent visits […]

“You’ve got to love escalation.” – Faust Hayden, XSeed CY40 II Brian Niemeier’s Combat Frame XSeed: CY 40 ended on a wicked cliffhanger with the clash of superweapons and the sudden disappearance of Arthur Wake, the mastermind of the rebellion against the Systems Overterrestrial Coalition (SOC). The sequel, Combat Frame XSeed: CY40 Second Coming, picks […]