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The titans of military science fiction rise to duel with mecha and starships in this week’s new release roundup. Absolution (Blood Runners #1) – George S. Mahaffey Jr. and Justin Sloan   In a futuristic New Chicago where justice is meted out via a barbaric system called Absolution, you can either level up or check […]

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, by John and Dorothy de Courcy, appeared in the Winter 1949 issue of Planet Stories. It can be read here at Archive.org. There have been a number of husband and wife team throughout SFF history. And we’ve long-since put to bed the myth that pulps weren’t publishing stories by […]

Must read interview with fantasy miniature designer and sculpture Byron Harmon.  We discuss spectacle creep and how it afflicts modern fantasy games, transitioning the figure concept from paper to a 3D model and a preview of what he has in store for future releases. If you have a Reddit account ask you to visit my […]

Flight From Time by Alfred Coppel Jr. appeared in the Winter 1949 issue of Planet Stories. It can be read here at Archive.org. The premise of Flight From Time is a fairly simple one: a criminal is hoping to get away with his crime by hiding out in space until the statute of limitations on […]

This Sunday Ben Wheeler discussed the execrable Hugo nominees while I joined in later to talk about the much more interesting subject of – you guessed it – anime. It was fun! Take a listen:

Criticism (Brian Niemeier) – Nonetheless, I can sympathize with the rocket scientists, engineers, and network admins who groan at authorial violations of physical laws. That’s because I contend that the single most hamhandedly misrepresented and abused science in all of fiction is mine, the queen and mistress of all sciences, theology. Now, hard SF usually provides […]

Tubemonkey, by Jerome Bixby, appeared in the Winter 1949 issue of Planet Stories. It can be read here at Archive.org. It’s no big, scalable concept like The Dead-Star Rover, but Tubemonkey does offer some compelling fodder for your space rpg. At some point, there’s a chance that space radiation will fry your brain and turn […]

This Sunday authors Ben Wheeler, Ben Steven A. M. Freeman, and I, Anthony Marchetta, had a casual livestream where we discussed everything from our current works in progress to anime to just our lives in general. Since we all get along well and enjoy talking with each other the discussion went on for a few […]

My friend Steve Tompkins has been gone for ten years as of March 23. Seems like yesterday I found out about his passing. I had had a bad feeling as I could not get in touch with him and it turned out to be the worst. Steve was a writer of non-fiction. There is a […]

The Unremembered, by Paul Lohrman, appeared in the May 1950 issue of Amazing Stories. It can be read here at Archive.org. We wrap up this issue of Amazing Stories with The Unremembered by Paul Lohrman (probably Richard S. Shaver). It’s almost short enough to have been relegated to flash status (Amazing ran many pieces of […]

We take a break from our regularly scheduled review of old pulp stories to tell you about some new stories you may want to check out! The Spring issue of the All-New Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense is out now! The big star of the spring issue, of course, is the brand-new […]

Science Fiction Fandom (Wastland and Sky): At last we reach the end of this series. It’s been quite a ride! We’ve gone through the development of genre fiction from the early Gothic Horror days up until the then-current New Wave movement and everything in between. For such a straightforward book it has certainly gone all […]