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(Today’s column is a reprint of Kevyn Winkless’s excellent and heart-felt introduction to German science-fiction hero Perry Rhodan, originally posted on the Castalia House blog on 17 August, 2017. Kevyn ended his heart-felt appreciation for the run of Perry Rhodan published in English during the 1970s with “by all reports, the modern Rhodan is rich […]

Space marines, mercenaries, giant robots, and even an Evangelion or two feature in this week’s newest science fiction releases. Dawn of Empire (The Messenger #5) – J. N. Chaney and Terry Maggert The Messenger and his people continue their long fight against the Golden, but the war has just begun. When they discover reports of […]

Abraham Merritt (1884-1943) occupied a position 75 years ago that J. R. R. Tolkien had 25 years ago. He was the science fantasy writer of the pulp magazine era. His novels all had hardback editions after the original magazine appearance. There was a magazine A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine that lasted for five issues 1949-50.  Avon […]

Steampunk knights, living dungeons, wizardry apprentices, and the Lord of the Jungle joins up with the Warlord of Mars in this week’s fantasy new releases. Black Frost (Dragon Wars #2) – Craig Halloran They must stay or go… But danger will soon follow. Surrounded by intense dragon wars brewing in the skies the newly full-fledged members of […]

For the King or for Richelieu?–that question had to be answered at one time or another by every young 17th Century Frenchman. But ill-advised political poetry might force that question, as Comte Guy d’Entreville soon discovers. For Cardinal Richelieu himself signed the papers sending Guy’s love, Catherine, to a convent for smuggling subversive papers. Allegedly. […]

H. Bedford-Jones (1887-1949) is one of the contenders for highest producer of fiction for the pulp magazines. Jones wrote 231 novels. He wrote 1141 shorter works broken down into 21 novellas, 372 novelettes, and 748 shorter stories. A guestimate is he produced a minimum of 25 million words. Bedford-Jones wrote westerns, adventure, historicals, detective/mystery. A […]

Robert Bloch is best known for “Psycho”, of which a movie and a thousand imitations and memes were made. But he was also a staple of science fiction, weird fiction, and crime pulps. I’ve read one of his crime pulps before, a smug little “you didn’t really think it was vampires” whodunnit for a more […]

Planetary avatars, post-apocalyptic vault dwellers, interstellar privateers, and alien hijackers feature in this week’s collection of science fiction’s newest releases. After the Sky (Spirits of the Earth #1) – Milo James Fowler The meek have not inherited the earth. The world isn’t how they left it. When the bunker airlocks release them after twenty years […]

Like “Death Note” before it I didn’t really intend to do a series of posts on “My Hero Academia”, which is indeed a series I talk about quite a lot. But, like then, I have more to say about the subject, and hopefully you will find it interesting as well. I am going to be […]

Weird Tales magazine was not just H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith during the Golden Age of the 1930s. It had a very solid second string of writers – Henry S. Whitehead, Donald Wandrei, E. Hoffmann Price, H. Warner Munn, and Carl Jacobi (1908-1997). I like Carl Jacobi, a lot. Enough […]

Superheroes, airship captains, dungeon cores, and misfit dragons abound in this week’s collection of fantasy’s newest releases. Chuck Dixon’s Avalon #5: Forced Entry – Chuck Dixon and Renato Rei The hunter has become the hunted. As the mysterious vigilante continues to stalk her prey, the crack international superhero team is on her trail and is […]

The hunter has become the hunted. As the mysterious vigilante continues to stalk her prey, the crack international superhero team is on her trail and is determined to bring her down before she can accomplish her deadly mission. But is there another way to find her? What is the connection between the vigilante and the […]