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SPOILER REVIEW: THE WITCHER (Season 1)!

Steve, not being much of a gamer, was unimpressed by the blurb for the TV version of The Witcher. Did he change his mind when he actually saw the series? Find out for yourself!

ALL 2019 COLUMNS LISTED PLUS HORROR WORKOUT!

Steve looks at all his 2019 columns and talks a bit about zombies and naked people. Why? Maybe he gets bored easily.

MY LAST COLUMN: Lisa Mason’s CHROME and F&SF Nov.-Dec. 2019

For his last column of the year and the decade, Steve reviews two excellent items: a new book by Lisa Mason, and the last 2019 F&SF. Both are well worth the read!

WHAT DOES THE WIND BRING? Matt Hughes knows!

Author Matthew Hughes has written a “slipstream” historical novel with fantasy elements. But much of it is true. Is it SF/F? You decide (I already think so!)

CREEPSHOW RESURRECTED! (Shudder….)

Many of us loved the old Creepshow movies, but Greg Nicotero did something about it. It’s back, baby!

HEINLEIN AND BUTLER, REVISITED

In this redo of his fifth column from 2013, Steve talks about visiting Butler, Missouri, the town where Robert A. Heinlein was born. Are they proud of him? Heck, yes!

F&SF 70th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE (SEPT/OCT 2019)!

Steve reviews the 70th Anniversary Issue of F&SF and finds it good. Excellent, in fact. There’s still time to read the issue before the Nov./Dec. one comes out!

TREASURY OF GREAT SF VOL. 1 CONCLUSION

After a delay, Steve finally finishes his review of Volume 1 of Anthony Boucher’s Treasury of Great Science Fiction from 1959. Surprisingly, most of these 60-plus-year-old stories still hold up!

DEREK FLINT RETURNS! (But only in this column….)

In this slightly revised version of his 85th column, Steve revisits an old cinematic friend, and the best spy who ever broke out of the cold! All he can say is “ZOWIE!”

GETTING INTO SF: A CLASSIC ANTHOLOGY SET

Steve reviews part of the first volume of a classic set of SF anthologies. What’s up with only reviewing part of a book? Read it and find out!

NO CLOWNING AROUND: Revisiting IT (1990)!

IT, Part II is out. Steve looks back at the 1990 TV-series version. Which one does he like? The oldie or the new one? Find out here!

A MIKE MYERS-LESS SHREK and GIBSON’s ALIEN 3 SCRIPT!

Steve likes musical theatre. Steve watched Shrek the Musical. Did Steve like it? Read it and find out. Also, William Gibson writes an illustrated Alien 3 with Johnnie Christmas

FULL STEAM BEHIND! COLUMN 17 REVISITED

For his 263rd column, Steve revisits and rewrites one of his first “new” columns for Amazing, six years ago. If you missed it, now's your chance to catch up!

NEW TV SHOWS: THE BOYS and PENNYWORTH

This week Steve examines two new genre TV shows on different networks. Superheroes seem to be playing a bigger role in TV than ever before. Are these new shows worth watching?

LEIGH BRACKETT, “QUEEN OF PULP,” TAKES ON MARS

This week after an absence, Steve talks about Mars as myth, especially as portrayed by Leigh Brackett. Which do YOU prefer? Myth or science fact?

MOSCON REVIVAL/MOSCON 40 (Part 2)

Steve rounds out his MosCon Revival (MosCon “40”) report with a few photos and a very small amount of text. Isn’t a picture worth a bunch o’ words?

MOSCON 40 (Part 1)!

Forty years ago, Steve (with more than A Little Help From His Friends) created MosCon. And It Was Good. But like the Living Dead, MosCon Returned! Is it Still Good? Read and find out! (Hint: You betcha!)

REVIEW: F&SF ISSUE MAY/JUNE 2019 and MosCon RETURNS!

Steve went to MosCon XL, but won’t review it this week, then he read the May-June F&SF. Check it out! Some fabulous fiction!

QUICK MOVIE REVIEWS: EXTINCTION and BRIGHTBURN

Steve talks about coincidence and reviews a couple of films. He didn’t find any five-flibbet films, but maybe you’ll like them better than he did.

MARS! (HUH!) GOOD GOD, Y’ALL!

Steve went to hear a talk about colonizing Mars. Can we? Will we? Should we? You tell Steve! (Ed note. Go ahead and tell NASA what can't be done - chances are they'll say "we've already done that"

CONVENTION REVIEW (SORT OF): NORWESCON 42

This week Steve comments at length on a convention he missed most of. He hopes to obfuscate that fact with verbiage.

GOODBYE TO VONDA and MY FAVOURITE TV SHOWS

After a short absence, Steve returns to bid farewell to a beloved SF author, Vonda N. McIntyre, and to talk about his TV addiction... er, favourite shows!

“HISTORIC” FILM REVIEW: KING SOLOMON’S MINES (1937)

Steve gets really retro this week, with a review of the 1937 movie King Solomon’s Mines. Does he dig up diamonds or dirt? Read and find out!

FAREWELL TO A FAN and SHORT MOVIE REVIEW: THE GRINCH

Steve says farewell to another fannish friend, David E. Wilson, longtime Vancouver fan. And says “Meh” to the new animated Grinch.

MAGAZINE REVIEW – F&SF JAN/FEB 2019

Late in reviewing the Jan/Feb F&SF, Steve attempts to allay his guilt with a comprehensive look at said issue. In doing so, he finds it a very good read!

COLUMN 250 – COLUMN 23 REDUX (STEVE DOES DAVE BARRY)

This week Steve repurposes and re-edits an old column, hoping it will be new to at least some of you. It’s all about conventions and nametags, anyway, so if you’re not interested, go watch the snow or something. (Ed's inside joke: No orcas yet...)

WHO WAS HENRY KUTTNER (LEWIS PADGETT)? DO YOU KNOW?

This week Steve examines a prolific author of the ‘40s and ‘50s who seems to be nearly forgotten today. Maybe we can change that!

1957 GENRE MOVIES (A GOOD YEAR)

Steve attempts to list and describe every genre movie of 1957. Oddly enough, it seems to be a worthwhile thing to do!

SOMETHING FISHY: AQUAMAN MOVIE REVIEW (SPOILERS)

Steve is not a big fan of the movie Aquaman. In fact, he’s not even a little fan of Aquaman; he thinks the movie s(t)inks!

WILDSIDE PRESS: 34th GOLDEN AGE OF SF MEGAPACK (CYRIL M. KORNBLUTH)...

This week, Steve looks at Wildside Press’s attempt to reprint most of the SF of the past in ebook format. This particular book is works by Cyril Kornbluth, a name you should learn!