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J. Manfred Weichsel has been a regular in the independent short fiction magazines that have sprung up in recent years.  His short works have made the cut and graced the pages of Crisova, Fierce Tales, and Milhaven’s Tales of Wonder, and reading them back to back in an anthology like Going Native and Other Tales it […]

The Green Dream, by Bryce Walton, appeared in the Winter 1949 issue of Planet Stories. It can be read here at Archive.org. Even though I took Walton to task for his 5-point letter on illogical themes in STF, I’ve got to admit that between Savage Galahad and The Green Dream, I’m fairly impressed by his […]

Today’s WW post is over at the WW Blog.  Topic is the 424th Infantry Regiment’s short but eventful war plus Col. Tom Riggs’s story.  He was in command of the 81st Engineers, manning the last line of defense before the Germans smashed through and captured St. Vith’s vital crossroads.  They also captured Tom Riggs but his […]

Conventions (DMR Books): The 19th annual Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention took place this past weekend in Lombard, IL. It was a three-day affair, but unfortunately I was only able to attend for part of the day on Saturday. Five hours may seem like a good amount of time, but it wasn’t nearly enough […]

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 […]