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In Jeffro’s last Sensor Sweep he made note of the Alexandru Costantin’s recent blog post, which puts forth a rather bold claim – that Robert E. Howard did Lovecraftian horror better than H.P. himself. For those who may be unaware, Howard was one of the major contributors to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. In other words, he wrote stories […]

Schuyler Hernstrom is someone you’ll want to keep your eyes on.  New to the scene, he’s already contributed outstanding stories to Cirsova and published Thune’s Vision, a collection of fantasy tales recommended by CH Blog regulars and recently, along with previous conversation subject Misha Burnett, been listed in house as one of the best short SF/F […]

The first number produced by the extrapolated algorithm was off by one-ten billionth. There were nine zeros behind the decimal point. It was a tiny error, all but impossible to detect unless one was looking specifically for it. The second number was off by twice that. Two in ten billion. Or, rather, one in five […]

When you hear “the Dying Earth,” of whom do you think? There’s a good chance that Jack Vance springs to mind. Though Vance’s contribution to the titular subgenre is indeed major, he was by no means the first to write of old and ravaged worlds sinking into decay and death. While some “dying earth” writers’ works lack […]

The Cirsova series of conversations continues with Misha Burnett. Misha’s story, A Hill of Stars appears in Cirsova #1 and I’m looking forward to the eldritch themed stories from his writing group to be released with the 2017 editions. I found Misha’s take on New Wave writing interesting, which he describes as focused character psychology with an emphasis […]

This is the first in a series of conversations with Cirsova contributors. Despite Cirsova being new to the scene it is attracting both well established writers and up and coming talent. I’ll begin with Adrian Cole, author of numerous SFF and horror stories. Adrian’s contributions appear in Cirsova #2 (The Sealed City) and he has stories lined […]

David the Good’’s Good Guide to Gardening series is a must for anyone considering a foray into gardening. Grow or Die was written with self sufficiency in mind and urges the reader to prepare for hard times, though David had the unprepared like me in mind when he wrote an appendix titled: The Emergency Quick-Start […]

Scott Cole:    What prompted you to research Appendix N? Jeffro Johnson:    I just wanted to understand why early D&D was so strange to me. I wanted to solve problems I faced in running games– problems that I now see stemmed from a stunted imagination. Several people have commented on this, but as I dug into […]

By now, the Gorean Saga’s reputation is well-known among fans of sci-fi and fantasy. Its long, extended discourses on the greatness of female sexual slavery are legendary, so much so that according to TV Tropes, “a mention of Gor is equivalent to trolling” and several large message boards ban its discussion. It is understandable why […]

Fake SciFi is ruining actual SciFi and here’s who’s to blame: Fake Science Fiction Writers.  But first… a little background. Science fiction has always been a rather fragile affair.  At times it has not had the significance it enjoys now.  In fact, there were times when it was, for all practical purposes, dead.  Just a […]

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