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What Science Fiction Lacks

Good criticism and brave critics. That’s what the science fiction field lacks. For decades now, most book reviews with in the field rarely give honest assessments...

Why Science Fiction Poetry is Embarrassingly Bad

I have been bothered for a long time by what passes for science fiction poetry, at least the kinds of “verse” (I use the...

The Lazy Apocalypse

One of my usual rants is that science fiction writers are lazy. (And greedy, but that’s another story.) Of course, both accusations are not...

To Be Continued . . .

Back in the old days you could read a novel in a series and pretty much enjoy that one novel as a stand-alone. The...

Talk

Talk Somewhere around the mid-1980s, science fiction novels (less so short fiction) became filled with talk. I think this has to do with the appearance...

Review: Keith Laumer’s Imperium

Imperium - Keith Laumer Baen Books 2012 - ISBN-13: 978-1451637953 - Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages. Imperium is a gathering of three Keith Laumer alternate-history novels,...