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What to read, what to read?

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Every writer will tell you that in order to write, you need to read.

A Good Title

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You can't judge a book by its cover, but the title, well, the title is a different story.

On Zero Drafts

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Thoughts on gettting past an obsession with word count.

REVIEW: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (July/August 2017)

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The July/August edition of F&SF features many stories of dark fantasy and an unofficial theme of the arts.

Ray Bradbury’s Hygiene for Writers

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Ray Bradbury: still passing on excellent advice to writers.

Review: Fantasy & Science Fiction (July/Aug 2015)

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Fate waits for all readers of F&SF!

The Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Will Marvel keep the MCU going?

False Endings: Continuing Issues in the Marvel Movies

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The continuity of endings in the Marvel Universe films is getting a bit ragged.

REVIEW: Analog, Jan/Feb 2015 (Part 2)

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Part 2 of a review of the latest issue of Analog

REVIEW: Analog, Jan/Feb 2015 (Part 1)

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Beginning a series of reviews of our mnagazines

Aliens, Philip K. Dick, and a Final Exam

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We all remember that first SF magazine we cracked during our own Golden Ages. John shares his own natal experience.

On Pen Names in Blogging

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A personal take on the use (or non-use) of pen names.

Fantasy in a New Classic: Ken Liu’s “Paper Menagerie”

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A review and homage to Ken Liu

Five Heroes That Need To Join The MCU

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Ever since Iron Man became one of the greatest superhero movies ever made and kick-started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, moviegoers around the world have...

Joining the Ranks

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Good things come in small packages they say. Even stories?

The Thespian Thesiger–A Lost Icon

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When one usually hears the words “Universal Horror” many names quickly come to mind. The first, and most obvious, names are Bela Lugosi and...

On Commenting

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Why comments are important - especially here!

My Hopes for Ben Affleck, DC’s Next Batman

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Without resorting to kryptonite, does Affleck's Batman stand a chance against Cavill's Superman?

A Trip To The Moon–The First Science Fiction Epic

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Science Fiction's first epic journey on film - A Trip To the Moon

Four Months In–Trying to Keep the words flowing in 2014

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John reveals the every day struggles of the writer and catches up on his New Year's resolutions.

The Mechanical Butcher: The First Science Fiction Film

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During the past few years moviegoers have been treated to an ever-growing selection of science fiction films; original films such as Pacific Rim, comic-based...

A Bloody Mashup: A Review of Kim Newman’s “Anno Dracula”

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A journey down Lugosi lane: a documentary on the famous Dracula star leads to the discovery of Kim Newman's mashup - Anno Dracula.

The MCU and S.H.I.E.L.D: A Crime Against Comics

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John takes a look at the ever shifting background stories and world histories as comics move from books to film.