OBIR: Occasional Biased and Ignorant Reviews reflecting this reader’s opinion. SMALL RAIN and Other Nightmares – by Paula Johanson Publisher: Doublejoy Books, Victoria, British Columbia, June 2020. Cover Art Design: by Lila Klassen. Note: All stories by Paula Johanson. Small Rain Premise: End of the world, basically. How do you survive? Review: A young […]
Really good science fiction and fantasy, in other words. Well worth reading. Masterful writing.
The latest issue of OnSpec magazine
If you’re like me, a voracious reader with eclectic yet widespread tastes, you’ll read it from cover to cover and be well satisfied.
“ … the editorial team identified some of the tropes that are typical in pulp: macho stereotypes, a damsel in distress, low-art. The goal of this collection is to subvert those stereotypes ….”
I have to admit, Unnerving always surprises me. I never know what to expect.
A newly-orphaned young lady from small-town Ontario winds up coming of age on a Caribbean island that, like her, is haunted by legends of its past.
Let A God in Chains pull you in – The further into it you get, the deeper you are drawn into the quest, the greater your desire to find out what happens next.
This collection’s definition of “flying saucer” is “a sort of imaginative short-hand to represent things that are unexplained, uncomfortable, usually inappropriate and generally weird.”
Every story is about a disabled or handicapped individual. Every story is written by a disabled or handicapped individual. This is a window on a world most people know little or nothing about, presented in the form of genre-related fiction
A niche magazine, heading for its final issue.
When it comes to saprophytes, we are ALL Egon (“I collect spores, molds and fungus”)
You’d be amazed how many people would enjoy seeing the world they’ve learned to hate get smashed.
On Spec celebrates 25 years with this anthology offering
Reviewing the Canadian contributions to this large anthology
A very Canadian anthology of hard SF dipped in cabin fever.
A medieval fantasy seen through a science fiction lens
In a digital age, your past can and will come back to haunt you.
Once you’ve read the story you may well conclude it is a tad tabloidy and nowhere near the essential sanity and dignity of an actor’s private life. Wrong!
The combination of explicit sex and explicit violence practically knocked me off my chair. I was stunned.
With six issues under its belt augur is switching to paying full SFWA rates, apparently the only SpeciFic zine in Canada to do so.
A bird theme for this anniversary issues presents some interesting complications for the reviewer.
Capsule reviews of the latest issue of On Spec magazine
A review of Neo-Opsis magazine issue 30.
Issue number 8 of Anathema – an online tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by “queer POC / Indigenous / Aboriginal creators”
Lots and lots of good and varied stuff to peruse in this issue. You can’t go wrong if you pick it up.
Twenty-nine underwater cities dot the world’s continental coastal shelves, along with hundreds of deep-sea mining and research facilities. Ten million people live beneath the sea
Fan, editor and publisher R. Graeme Cameron shares his experience of being inducted into the CSFFA’s Hall of Fame
a science fiction mystery novel taking place in a small town in Lower Canada in 1911
This magazine is all fantasy: The issue was fun to read. Full of good writing and evocative imagery.