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Tooth or Consequences, by Robert Bloch appeared in the May 1950 issue of Amazing Stories. It can be read here at Oof. Well, not quite an oof, even though maybe it should have been an oof. In Tooth or Consequences, Master of Horror Robert Bloch tells the story of a struggle between a vampire […]

No WW post today but there are a couple new ones over at my blog: For Battle of the Bulge fans, there is a new post on the fighting in Bleialf. Immediately after the artillery bombardment in the early morning hours of 16 December, Bleialf faced a concentrated assault by a Volks-Grenadier regiment.  It was […]

Keep it Simple, by Frances M. Deegan appeared in the May 1950 issue of Amazing Stories. It can be read here at I haven’t really read enough Spy-Fi from this period to accurately judge Frances M. Deegan’s Keep It Simple. While it wasn’t quite as high-tension thrilling as the first half of Heinlein’s Gulf, […]

I’m coming to the realization that the Battle of the Bulge won’t post by itself and I better get busy with writing. Minor updates this week.  I added a couple of panzers to the Volks-Grenadier weapons post and started a complimentary post on the weapons used by the 106th Infantry Division. I have also moved […]

Book Collecting (DMR Books): As important to me as Abraham Grace Merritt (I prefer his byline – A. Merritt) is, it constantly surprises me that there are still many today who have never heard of him.  Actually – let me walk that back a bit.  It used to surprise me.  I’ve seen that blank look […]

The Lost Bomb by Rog Phillips appeared in the May 1950 issue of Amazing Stories. It can be read here at Rog Phillips certainly dominates this issue of Amazing stories with around 50k words of his fiction. Unlike Slaves of the Crystal Brain, The Lost Bomb is published under his own name. The Lost […]

I stopped at the regional Barnes & Noble bookstore last week with some time to kill. I was surprised. The normally very well stocked remainder section had bare shelves. The Barnes & Noble bargain hardbacks seemed scarce. A trip to the fiction section was also a surprise. The section with Barnes & Noble imprint paperback […]

Short Reviews will return next week with more Rog Phillips in Amazing Stories! Cirsova Publishing is thrilled to announce Duel Visions, an all-new anthology of horror and macabre by Misha Burnett and Louise Sorensen. Duel Visions marks Cirsova Publishing’s second departure from its flagship publication, Cirsova Magazine, and its first ever traditional format book release. […]

A lot of ink has been spilled on trying to categorize science fiction into hard and soft categories, whether at the Castalia House blog, other online sites, and in print. What quickly emerges is how fluid the definitions are. Hard science fiction may refer, depending on the speaker, to fiction addressing the physical sciences, adhering […]

If This Be Utopia… by Kris Neville appeared in the May 1950 issue of Amazing Stories. It can be read here at Kris Neville’s “If this Be Utopia…” is a classic example of one of those “warning what the future will be like under this or that political system” sci-fi fables. In a future […]

I have been following China’s naval ambitions and aggressive sphere-of-influence expansion with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it is a return to normalcy as they are a neighborhood powerhouse with which our foreign policy elites are still coming to grips and considers it a strange thing indeed, but on the other, I laugh at the […]

With 2018 finally in the history books, and 2019 stretched out before us, it’s a perfect time to take a moment to examine just what happened to science fiction and fantasy in 2018, and, in science fiction’s tradition of extrapolating into the unknown, what readers might expect of the new year. Let’s begin with 2018. […]