A Visit To A Cinema Pub

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My family used the occasion of two close family birthdays as an excuse to visit a Cinema Pub.  I don't know how common such...

Racing to Adventure

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Race to Adventure! Evil Hat Productions Modular Board Game, $30 This week’s post is going to be a little different. Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going...

Lovers, Killers, Red Riding Hood and Cinderella

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Hello folks! And welcome to my little spot on the interwebs. Thanks for joining me! April is National Poetry Month (in the USA). I...

Writers Writing About Writers Writing About …

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There's something unseemly about writers who write about writers. Many of my beliefs about writing have changed since I was a pink-cheeked little colleen getting...

Interview with Stephanie Osborn

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I chose to interview Stephanie Osborn about her writing and publishing work because I really admire her Displaced Detective Series, and I had the...

April is National Women’s History Month

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Which is kind of short-shrift for women - one month only - considering that homo sap history is women's history and, like, there's this...

Scide Splitters: Shh! It’s a Secret by Daniel M. Kimmel

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First contact stories are among the most fertile ground for science fiction humor. They make excellent vehicles for looking in the mirror for a...

The Hugo Triple Play

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There are only three nominations for short stories on the Hugo ballot this year, Sure a larger selection would be better, but any one of these on the list is worthy of winning.

Foxes, Cultural Appropriation, and Japonisme

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Here's how to do cultural appropriation right. Look at the man and his fox bride; you can tell he loves her.

Book Review: Skull Island, by Will Murray

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This is going to be a first for me- I’m going to review a book BEFORE I finish it. Hold on! You might be thinking....

Book Review: Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

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Bowl of Heaven - Gregory Benford and Larry Niven Tor - 2012 978-0765328410 (Hardbound) This is the first collaboration between two of our major writers, Gregory Benford...

A Beautiful Plummet: A Review of Upside Down

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"And our love changed the course of history forever" is a fine concept to base a story off of.  However, it's a disingenuous and...

Retrospective – La Puta y la Ballena

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Almost entirely unknown in the English-speaking world, the Argentine-Spanish co-production, La Puta y la Ballena (2004) is one of the most hauntingly-beautiful, intelligent, and...

Punk Rock Queen: A Nana Review

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I would like to come forward with a confession: throughout most of college, I largely had to put my anime love on hiatus -...

Is Ender’s Game Really Any Fun to Read?

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Troll the internet for “the greatest science fiction novels of all time” and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game will be at the top of...

The Howl of Family: A Review of Wolf Children

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To smile through any hardship is a commendable virtue for anyone to have.  Continuing to do so while having to raise two half-human, half-wolf...

Review: Men Into Space by John C. Frederiksen

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MEN INTO SPACE John C. Frederiksen Bear Manor Media 2013 314 Pages  $21.95 (Kindle $9.95) Men Into Space was a television show that (unfortunately) aired for a single...

Cyberstorm: Pack Up Your Water Bottles

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Matthew Mather’s new book, Cyberstorm, is a must read for people who understand the world of cyber technology and its vulnerability but unlike many...

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Diane Severson

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Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

Interview with Bruce Boston – Part 1

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Bruce Boston. Among speculative poets and those who read it, he’s a well-known name. But just in case YOU are not familiar with him,...

MONSTER EARTH- A Book Review

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I grew up watching kaiju. Well, back then I didn’t know that’s what it was called. I just thought it was cool watching giant...

Sequential Wednesdays #4 – The Off Week

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Sorry folks, looks like this week got the better of me!  I was travelling for work during the I would normally put together a...

We’ve Gone to See the Wizard and Tra La Tra La...

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About five minutes after leaving the theater I ended the title take of the Wizard of Oz's signature song with "...and we're not happy...

Reviews of Unknown or Underappreciated Books Post #4 Her...

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Hello again, and welcome back! So – what, exactly, do I mean by 'unknown or underappreciated'? To put it simply – not everyone is a Kevin...

Book Review: The Wind Whales of Ishmael – Philip José Farmer

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I have two purposes for this review. One is to call your attention to a novel that older readers have probably already read, The...

Mars Babylon: A Review of John Carter and the Gods of...

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Reading Michael D. Sellers’ fascinating book, John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, we learn all the reasons why John Carter, Disney’s film version of...

Scide Splitters: Doughnut by Tom Holt

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Known more for his works of comic fantasy, Tom Holt serves up humorous science fiction in his latest novel, Doughnut. This move toward SF...

Mini-Review of Felicity Savage’s “Black Wedding”

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It's been so long since I've heard a "new voice" in horror writing that I'd forgotten what it feels like. Felicity Savage's "Black Wedding"...

War and Dreams – Two Novels by Kathleen Ann Goonan

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Kathleen Ann Goonan's In War Times, originally published in 2007, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and the ALA’s Best...

Amazing Stories from Mexico – Book Review: Three Messages and a...

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Three Messages and a Warning - Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic - edited by Eduardo Jimenez Mayo and Chris N. Brown Small Beer...