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Today is the 111th birthday of Robert E. Howard. Born in Peaster, Texas and lived in Cross Plains for his adult life. He died too young at age 30. There are three transformational writers for fantasy fiction of the 20th Century: Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Almost all fantasy […]

Short Reviews will return next week with George Antonio Wetter’s “Too Smart to Die”. I backed the Starship Grifters Universe Kickstarter for a signed copy of Starship Grifters and some Big Sheep drink koozies on the strength of Robert Kroese’s shitposting alone. Seriously, if you’re not following that guy on Twitter, you’re missing out. Starship […]

These days, no-one really questions Japanese influence on modern science fiction – from the dark Orientalist fantasies of Japanese corporatism as a symbol of oppression in cyberpunk near futures, through Japanese industry’s place as a signal for “high tech”[1], and on through the ongoing anime and manga boom Japan seems almost omnipresent in modern science […]

As I think I’ve mentioned before, the miracle that is the Overdrive app and library audiobooks has let me be highly indiscriminate in terms of what I’m listening to at work. All caution essentially goes out the window, and unless I’ve got something on my waitlist available, I’ve made a habit of just picking up […]

I think I’m going to do a series on the Disney Renaissance. The logical starting point would be its beginning – which is semi-officially “The Little Mermaid”, but has seeds being laid as early as the underappreciated “The Great Mouse Detective” – but I had a lot of this written already. So, we start with “Hunchback”. […]

The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military […]

There’s a strange blank in SFnal history these days: When most people talk about SFF literature they start in the middle, with the lionized authors of the Campbell era – who doesn’t know the names Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke? – and then skip forward an entire generation to start talking about the 1980s and 1990s. […]

I discovered JRPGs back in the late 90s. I was maybe 16, at a friend’s birthday party– an all night affair conducted with all the gusto only teenage boys can manage– and one of my friends set me up playing Final Fantasy VII. I’d just really begun exploring anime, aided by dial up internet and […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS! The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14

When I think of bad science fiction movies from the golden age of bad science fiction movies that gave pulp-era sci-fi a bad name, Rocketship X-M starring Lloyd Bridges is one of the first that comes to my mind. Apparently, some of the readership of Planet Stories felt the same way, mad that the magazine […]

So 2016 has come and very nearly gone, and we Superversive folks have been posting over here for just about a year now. I’ve talked a lot about what Superversive is and what it isn’t, but now we’re at the time of year where those of us who are so inclined are turning our eyes […]

The Diversifal by Ross Rocklynne originally appeared in the Winter 1945 issue of Planet Stories. It was reprinted “by Popular Request” in the March 1951 issue of Planet Stories and in at least three other anthologies. It can be read here at The Diversifal is very different from the other two Ross Rocklynne stories I’ve […]