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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!

HAPPY 2019 – ALL 2018 COLUMNS LISTED

In case you missed one or more of Steve’s so-called “scintillating” columns (well, he seems to think they are), here’s a list of all he wrote in 2018.

END OF YEAR REVIEW: F&SF for NOV/DEC 2018

For his final column of 2018, Steve dives into the Nov./Dec. issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, which everyone just calls “F&SF.” It tastes great and is more filling with fewer calories than competing magazines!

BOOK REVIEWS: Murder on Millionaires’ Row and 19 Gates of Hell

This week, Steve looks at a supernatural murder mystery historical romance—if you can believe that label—and an anthology of original modern horror stories. He enjoyed both of them—will your mileage vary?

THE PREDATOR REVIEW; Good, Bad, and Ugly

Steve really didn’t care for the new movie The Predator. Did you? On the other hand, Steve likes Stan Against Evil on IFC. Give it a try!

MOVIE REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLES 2

Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is now available for purchase. Is it worth your money? Steve will tell you what he thinks!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN MICRO REVIEWS

Steve's second Halloween column this month, in which he tries to do teeny-tiny reviews of 27 movies. Let us know if he succeeds or falls flat on his face.

HALLOWEEN REVIEW: THE SHINING (1997) MINISERIES

Steve's thinking about Halloween, which often brings up thoughts about Stephen King. How do you feel about that? Seen both versions of The Shining, have you?

MY CONVENTION VIEWS, AWARD NEWS, AND SHORT REVIEWS

Steve takes it easy this week with short reviews, award news and singing the blues. Okay, we’re kidding about the blues.

REVIEW: MURDERBOT DIARIES (concluded) by Martha Wells

Steve examines Murderbot Diaries volumes two, three and four. But, Steve hopes, without more than minor spoilers.

A SAD FAREWELL and SEPT/OCT F&SF REVIEW

This week Steve says a painful farewell to a special fan, and reviews the current (Sept./Oct.) issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Please take a look!

VAMPIRES & WEREWOLVES AND P’LICEMEN… Oh, my!

This week, Steve goes Down Under to get a look at some vampires. And werewolves. And cops. What’s going on in these shadows?

THE MAN OF BRONZE RETURNS! (What? He left?)

Ever heard of Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze? You will, you will. Steve brings us some news about him/it, and a book review.

FUN FILK AND A FILM REVIEW—JURASSIC WORLD: Fallen Kingdom

This week Steve talks about some filk, some fan musicians, and even a movie! Yes, the sequel to Jurassic World is up… will it be a drubbing or roses and a bottle of champagne? Read it and see!

THE AMAZING MARK HOGANCAMP

Where does real life imitate the fantastic? This week Steve checks in with Steve Carell and Mark Hogancamp for the answer.

REVIEWS: WHERE THERE’S A WILLETT… THERE’S A WAY

Edward Willett is an Aurora Award-winning SF writer from Regina, Saskatchewan. He’s got two new collections out: one of SF/F poetry, and one of SF/F stories. Steve likes them!

R.I.P. REVIEW: “A BOY AND HIS DOG”

In honour of the late Harlan Ellison, Steve deconstructs—without major spoilers—the film “A Boy and His Dog.” It’s not a great film. See whether you agree!

RETRO REVIEW: QUATERMASS AND THE PIT

Exploring the fictional Professor Bernard Quatermass, whose experiments lie (as Rod Serling says) “between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge”! Go get some!

REVIEW: STEPHEN KING’S “THE OUTSIDER”

Stephen King’s got novel number 60 out. Steve F takes a look at it. Is it garbage, word slaw, Pulitzer-worthy, or what? See what Steve thinks.

BOOK REVIEWS: ARTIFICIAL CONDITION and WALKAWAY

What effects will really advanced computing, AI, and 3D printing in a post-scarcity society have? Steve wonders if these books can become reality.

THE DEVIL YOU SAY! Reviews and Comments

This week Steve looks at a Hellacious TV series, all about the Devil in Los Angeles, then jumps back and looks at Modesty Blaise in graphic format. Take a peek!

MODESTY BLAISE STRIPS…

In a previous column, Steve gave short shrift to a comic strip version of Modesty Blaise. Here he humbly eats his words!

STEVE DOES DAVE BARRY: IT’S COLUMN 29 ALL OVER AGAIN!

Steve rewrites and repeats one of his earlier columns for Amazing just in case you want to know how he started in this whole “fannish” business. Do you care?

2018 SF/F ON TV—MY PERSONAL TAKE

This week Steve gives his personal opinion about TV SF/F. What does he watch and why? See if you watch the same things!

“LOST IN TIME, LOST IN SPACE…and MEANING”

They've redone Lost In Space again. Did they do a good job? Well, uh....