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Planet Of Weirdness: George Alec Effinger’s What Entropy Means To Me Lacking the ox-stunning heft of, say, VALIS or Gravity’s Rainbow, George Alec Effinger’s What Entopy Means To Me, originally published in 1972, nonetheless stands as a giant of what might be termed the Literature of the Uncertain. It’s a difficult work to describe without […]

Ain’t No Place For A Street Fighting Man: Streetlethal by Steven Barnes Steven Barnes is far from obscure. He has written novels in the Star Wars, Star Trek, and Assassin’s Creed universes. He has collaborated with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle on two different series of books. He has written for film and television. While not, […]

One Step Beyond And Then A Jump To The Left: Alfred Bester’s Golem 100 Alfred Bester is known and justly praised primarily for two novels; The Demolished Man published in 1953, and The Stars My Destination (aka Tiger, Tiger) published in 1956. Both books helped to influence the course of science fiction, and both have […]

Appendix X is a collection of damned things. I am using the phrase in the Fortean sense, of course. In The Book Of The Damned, Charles Fort discusses the tendency of the human mind to systematize data, to make categories and taxonomic schemas. It is, on the whole, a very positive talent. It allows us […]

Hell And Back Again: Michael Shea’s Nifft The Lean Michael Shea’s Nifft The Lean was originally published in 1982, and it won the World Fantasy Award for best novel in 1983. I remember reading it sometime in the 1980s (my 20s) and being amazed by the world building and the striking blend of horror and […]

Editor’s note: I am pleased to be introducing Misha Burnett here at Castalia House. He is one of several “usual suspects” that have had a great deal to say in the many discussions about fantasy I’ve participated in the past few years. You can find more about his books and commentary over at his blog— and […]