This issue is full of innovative, creative, and masterful concepts well worth reading
The attempt to encourage competent writing may be as futile as King Canute’s supposed attempts at water management, but the effort is applauded, encouraged and recommended nonetheless!
The latest issue, featuring an editorial on how NOT to write science fiction.
A near-claustrophobic crime detective focus brings it close and personal in this science fiction tale
Hard and crunchy, indeed! I enjoyed chewing every page of it. Highly recommended.
“The bond between a Captain and a spaceship is better than sex, unless a third party shows up.” How can you NOT read this after a lead in like that!?
Graeme reviews the short stories in this Arlene F. Marks collection.
Every story EXCELLENT! Don’t need to say more than that!
Driverless cars, aliens in conflict, apocalyptic cell phones, space-based customer service and more round out this issue’s mix.
A spritely, fast-paced novella reminiscent of the simple yet exciting pulp fiction adventures of the 1930s
In this issue: Tamara needs to win at Pinball so she can pay off her family’s debts. Jenny is still grieving for Joey, but her sorrow is complicated by the ghost of a woman wooing a mortal. and What do you do when a tiny fairy gets tangled in your yarn? These and more stories reviewed here by Graeme.
“I’ve ordered a physical copy so I can experience the full tactile joy of reading a book the way books are meant to be read.” Old School praise indeed!
Parasite is a loaded word. It conjures up movies like INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. The underlying concept of this book is infinitely more subtle than 1950s era cold war paranoia.
OBIR: Occasional Biased and Ignorant Reviews reflecting this reader’s opinion. The Game Designers – by Karl Johanson Publisher: Neo-opsis Publishing, Victoria, B.C., Canada , 2021. Cover Art by Karl Johanson. Interior Art by Stephanie Ann Johanson. Premise: Are Game Designers better than the rest of us at coping with life after death? Review: This is […]
Graeme reviews another issue of Lackington’s, the magazine publishing prose poetry, a different shade of purple
Booster fatigue can’t keep Graeme from a good review!
A worry-free, stress-free, practically thought-free method of writing. Perfect for an old guy like me. Might work for you, too.
OBIR: Occasional Biased and Ignorant Reviews reflecting this reader’s opinion. AUGUR MAGAZINE – Vol. 4, Issue #1 Publisher: Kerry C. Byrne, Augur Magazine Literary Society, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Co-Editors in Chief: Lawrence Stewen, Terese Mason Pierre. Managing Editor: Victoria Liao, Poetry Editor: Leslie Joy Ahenda. Graphic Fiction Editor: Amy Wang. Editors: Vivian Li, Avi Silver. […]
A review of issue 32 of Pulp Literature magazine
Answering, or at least commenting on questions like: How should children resist being manipulated by adults? What is the role of fantasy in enabling a child to rise above the harmful influence of reality?
A novel that may cause you to rethink your attitudes and assumptions concerning yourself and how you perceive your relationship to others
On the virtues of aged stories
A review of the latest issue of Speculative North magazine
The fourth in a series of anthologies of stories, each written and edited in a 24-hour period, then published “Warts and all.
Gizmos cobbled together from frozen foods, possibly dangerous ladybugs, the tragic roots of bad behavior and more in this review of Fusion Fragment magazine
I’m a bit unusual in that I read every story from beginning to end, no matter how bad it might be.
Ten million people live beneath the sea, their aquaculture and resource gathering vital to the world’s economy. Many are tired of being dominated by what’s left of the land nations and want independence. They are willing to fight for it. The land nations will do anything to prevent it. Anything.
Put a little retro in your classic science fiction with this tale set in Jack Vance’s Demon Princes series
Sage advice from our reviewer: Writers tend to be too harsh in their expectations. Don’t be. To which I add, don’t beat up on yourself. Leave that to your critics. No need to do their work for them.
all of the stories in this issue are interesting, stimulating, well-written, and thought-provoking