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I’m a big fan of Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series.  Following the adventures of Jim DiGriz, intergalactic thief extraordinaire, the books are action-packed from start to finish, inventive, and exceptionally funny.  Recently, I finished The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge, chronologically the fifth in the series, but actually the second Harrison completed, in 1970.  (Three prequels […]

Let’s look back at the month of April at some of the science fiction and fantasy books released that you might have missed. *     *     *      *      * For We Are Many (We Are Bob #2) – Dennis Taylor Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking […]

The copyright on this book says 2015, but I have my doubts.  My theory is that the author opened up a wormhole, reached through, and pulled this book from the slushpile of a 1950’s publishing house.  The tone and tenor of this book would not be out of place sandwiched between the covers of a […]

WARNING: Spoilers for the first three Gor books ahead. The Gor novels by John Norman are among the most infamous in the fantasy genre. Chronicling the adventures of an Englishman named Tarl Cabot on a medieval-style Counter-Earth, Gor became well-known for its focus on female sexual slavery at the expense of plot. This put many […]

Late one night last year, I was looking for a new book to read and discovered that there was another work by PJ Farmer added to Project Gutenberg, The Green Odyssey.  A few hours later, I had finished a swashbuckling classic, a full-blooded adventure to rank with the best of Howard, Stevenson, or Sabatini. And […]

If you run across one of Barry Sadler’s Casca books you could do worse than picking up a copy. Casca is a Roman legionnaire that had the misfortune to draw duty on the wrong day and was assigned to the crucifixion detail for Jesus and two thieves. His  losing streak continues with a low dice roll […]

In the far-flung grimdark future, the Emperor of Mankind sought to unite the fractured and isolated colonies of humanity under his rule. To help in his plans, he created twenty sons, the Primarchs, genetically-engineered demigods who would serve as enlightened governors and inspired generals. To each, he gave a legion of space marines, medically augmented […]

Tarzan as imagined by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a vivid hero that epitomizes full-blooded adventure and influenced generations of writers.  The Tarzan of Jose Philip Farmer is better; the ultimate, indomitable hero and my favorite fictional character. As we noted in last week’s column, Farmer was utterly fascinated with Tarzan and wrote several different pastiches […]

My original concept for Throwback SF Thursday was less #PulpRevolution and more a mix of Vintage SF (including Campbellian science fiction) and modern fiction that is self-consciously retro.  Maybe it’s Cirsova Magazine or maybe it’s . . . Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis is […]

I have always been interested in stories concerning the afterlife and after reading this description: “….a short story in an etheric reality where souls are hunted, captured, consumed and willpower distinguishes the strong from the weak”. I had to read it. The story begins with the protagonist, Niman located “in the slit between peripherals and […]

“Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war.” With that tag line, the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game sets the tone to an eternal conflict where the forces of humanity fight constantly to preserve their empire from the ravages of the alien, the mutant, and the heretic. […]

Imagine you were a Yankee and had to visit your family who are in the South. One day during your visit, you were told about a great town which is said to be the heart of the South. After hearing so much praise you were like, “Hey, this town I keep hearing about is just […]