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What to read, what to read?

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

A Good Title

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

On Zero Drafts

Thoughts on gettting past an obsession with word count.

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

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

Ray Bradbury: still passing on excellent advice to writers.

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

Fate waits for all readers of F&SF!

The Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Will Marvel keep the MCU going?

False Endings: Continuing Issues in the Marvel Movies

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

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

Part 2 of a review of the latest issue of Analog

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

Beginning a series of reviews of our mnagazines

Aliens, Philip K. Dick, and a Final Exam

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

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

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

A review and homage to Ken Liu

Five Heroes That Need To Join The MCU

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

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

The Thespian Thesiger–A Lost Icon

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

Why comments are important - especially here!

My Hopes for Ben Affleck, DC’s Next Batman

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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