Sisters Against the World: City of Stone and Silence by Django...

In City of Stone and Silence, Wexler continues to interrogate what power does and can do for people who are unused to having it, and given an opportunity to step up

CLUBHOUSE: Review: Pulp Literature Magazine #25, Winter 2020

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!

Harbinger of Hope: A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

If you’re looking for a high-octane post-apocalyptic novel, look elsewhere, as this gives us something else entirely. It’s a slice-of-life at the end of the world

Lacrimus Fábula II La Locura de la Valkiria por Héctor Daniel...

Laura Elena Cáceres presented a review of a science fiction and fantasy book by author of Monterrey Nuevo León at the Monterrey International Book Fair.

The Monster at the End of This Book: Seanan McGuire’s Come...

Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series is a long story about home—the ones we’re born into and the ones we find or build—but with each new installment a second parallel theme has grown in importance: identity.


Steve looks at all his 2019 columns and talks a bit about zombies and naked people. Why? Maybe he gets bored easily.

Reimagined Rulers, Lady Princes, and Queer Knights: Tessa Gratton’s Lady Hotspur

This is a rich fantasy, powered by ambitious, passionate women knights and princes, and soft, romantic witch men.

Review: Women’s Weird: Strange Stories by Women from Handheld Press

Women’s Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940, edited by Melissa Edmundson is yet another fine example of publications bringing back important, influential work.

Science Fiction Books to Look for January 2020

Some new releases for the new year

Review: The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty

The Robots of Gotham is a fantastical futuristic ride, full of intrigue and intriguing tech.

La ciencia ficción ecuatoriana del 2019

A survey of Ecuadoran Science Fiction and its 150+ year history

Book Review: Inward by Rob Turner

Imagine if Thomas Hardy were alive today and writing science fiction.

CLUBHOUSE: Review: Unnerving Magazine issue #11

The combination of explicit sex and explicit violence practically knocked me off my chair. I was stunned.

Fabulous Magic and Personal Truths: Reverie by Ryan LaSala

There is so much to pick apart in Reverie, and all of it is wonderful.

MY LAST COLUMN: Lisa Mason’s CHROME and F&SF Nov.-Dec. 2019

For his last column of the year and the decade, Steve reviews two excellent items: a new book by Lisa Mason, and the last 2019 F&SF. Both are well worth the read!

CLUBHOUSE: Review: augur Magazine Issue #6 Vol.2 #3

With six issues under its belt augur is switching to paying full SFWA rates, apparently the only SpeciFic zine in Canada to do so.

Grief, Trauma, and Space Adventure: Down Among the Dead by KB...

Wagers’ first trilogy is one of the most entertaining and engaging space operas that I’ve ever read, and the second bids fair to build on that

Amazing Histories, September 1928: A Symbol for Scientifiction

A contest to search for a "symbol for scientifiction"

Serial Box’s Orphan Black: The Next Chapter Is a Mostly Successful...

While the Orphan Black comics had the benefit of illustrating as many clones as they liked between their pages, they weren’t able to delve as deeply into the series’ lore as Serial Box’s sequel has. Nor, as prequels or side-quels, could they cover so much new ground.

Review The Poppy War

Every now and then, I uncover a 24-carat nugget that stands out from all the other gems. And “The Poppy War” by R. F. Kuang is one of them.

CLUBHOUSE: Review: Lackington’s Magazine issue #20, Fall 2019.

A bird theme for this anniversary issues presents some interesting complications for the reviewer.

For That Was What Bodies Wanted: Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Dead Astronauts is getting the promotional treatment: check out this review

Full Spoiler Discussion of Brandon Sanderson’s Starsight

In Starsight, the highly anticipated follow-up to Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward, we continue Spensa Nightshade’s journey as she strives to become the best fighter pilot in the Defiant Defence Force (DDF).

WHAT DOES THE WIND BRING? Matt Hughes knows!

Author Matthew Hughes has written a “slipstream” historical novel with fantasy elements. But much of it is true. Is it SF/F? You decide (I already think so!)

CLUBHOUSE: Review: On Spec Magazine issue #112

Capsule reviews of the latest issue of On Spec magazine

For That Was What Bodies Wanted: Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Dead Astronauts is not what I would call a simple read. What it is, is affective.

REVIEW: T.A.D. The Angel of Death, by M.D. Neu

nothing is simple when you’re dealing with a former Angel of Death and a Drag Queen

What if your TV shows were way, way smarter? Enter CuriosityStream.

CuriosityStream - coming close to Murrow's idea of what television ought to be

CLUBHOUSE: Review: Neo-opsis Magazine #30

A review of Neo-Opsis magazine issue 30.