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This is an excerpt of “Dinosaurs” by Geoffrey A. Landis from THERE WILL BE WAR VOL. VIII. It’s a very clever explanation for one of the great mysteries of history. *     *     *      *      * When the call came in at 2 A.M. I wasn’t surprised. Timmy had warned […]

The post-World War III world is a radically different place where magic and technology have become one in the violent struggle for global influence between nations. The rising powers of Persia and Musafiria are challenging the longtime dominance of the weakened Western powers, as the increasing use of magic provides them with a more level […]

One quality I love about pulps and classic science fiction works is how much physical confrontation is in them.  Whether it involves mech suits, killer drones, shooting, swords, fisticuffs, or wrestling, there was heaps of full-blooded action.  And it’s seemingly simple, right?  Just write about one man punching another!  How hard that can be? And […]

With the holiday season now upon us, this roundup of the newest releases in fantasy and adventure is bursting at the seams, featuring a wife pressed back into her former role as an assassin, a desperate fight to save a friend from a magical kangaroo court, the first hard-boiled detective fighting the Klan, and a quest […]

The following is an excerpt from Rod Walker’s bestselling novel, YOUNG MAN’S WAR, the third book in his The Thousand Worlds series. *     *     *      *      * Dad had come into the living room. He was a big man, and he looked like the sort of cop who […]

It’s easy to forget nowadays, given the legion of predictable, played-out, repetitive, and boring works, but the mystery genre is relatively young.  The earliest notable entries were several Poe short stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin (1841-1844), Collins’ The Moonstone (1868), and Dickens’ unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870). The Dupin stories were the earliest and most influential, […]

This roundup of the newest releases in science fiction features a group of interstellar refugees who band together to return to Earth by any means necessary, an alien abduction to a planet full of dinosaurs, and a return to the universe of the Four Horsemen for another round of aliens, human mercenaries, and uneasy contracts. […]

In THE HERETICS OF ST. POSSENTI, Bishop Thomas Cranberry finds himself at a loss when he is confronted by a thief and realizes some disturbing truths about himself. The experience sends him in search of the men who are increasingly absent from the Church, who find themselves at a loss in a world that has […]

The following is an excerpt from one of the many hilarious stories in LawDog’s second straight bestseller, THE LAWDOG FILES: AFRICAN ADVENTURES. *     *     *      *      * SQUEAKS, Part 1 Many, MANY moons ago—and don’t even ask, ’cause I won’t tell you—when I was still a pup, the […]

This roundup of the newest releases in fantasy and adventure features a dragon hunt in a China inspired fantasy, a bishop seeking to save the souls of modern men, and, from Germany, an alternate history in the tradition of 1632 and the Destroyermen series, as a World War I cruiser arrives just before the fall […]

Starting with a space pirate raid of Hell, Brian Niemeier introduced us to the universe of the dead gods Thera and Zadok in the Dragon Award winning Soul Cycle as it wound down like clockwork towards its end. To cataclysm and rebirth, and to the Souldancers, wounded men and women with fractured souls and great power. Now, in THE OPHIAN RISING, the […]

There was a stage when I thought I was interested in politics, so I picked up a copy of Mein Kampf. Despite wanting to explore the enigma of how an Austrian corporal wound up as the dictator of Germany, I could never read more than a chapter or two before losing interest. Based on that […]