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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....

SHORT BOOK & TV REVIEWS: BLACK LIGHTNING & Z-RISEN OUTBREAK!

Steve’s short review of the TV show Black Lightning, and another entry into the Z-A (Zombie Apocalypse) sweepstakes. Git yer zombie on and zap ‘em!

MOVIE REVIEWS: TOMB RAIDER 2018 and I KILL GIANTS

Steve reviews a reboot/remake of Tomb Raider (really?), and a quick look at a semi-genre film called I Kill Giants. What the heck is semi-genre?

A BIT OF ALICE, and SPOILERFUL REVIEW OF ANNIHILATION!

This week is movie week—a fantasy over a century old, and a brand new science fiction. Both are very good for their time, Steve thinks—see what you think!

MAGAZINE REVIEW: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar./Apr. 2018

This week, Steve jumps headlong into a review of the current (Mar/April 2018) Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction! Can it really be that good after all these years? You betcha!

BOOK REVIEWS: ALL SYSTEMS RED and DESTINY NOWHERE    

This week, Steve reviews two books: one hard SF, one pretty good zombie book. And wants to wish you all a belated Happy International Women’s Day!

MOVIE REVIEW: EAT LOCALS – (2017)

Give new meaning to the expression "Eat Local, Think Global": This week, Steve takes a bite out of “Eat Locals,” a British 2017 vampire movie. Is it good, or does it suck? Probably a bit (a bite?) of both. Read it and see.

FILM REVIEW(S): FLATLINERS (and FLATLINERS)

This week, Steve gets double vision as he reviews the two versions of the movie “Flatliners.” The first one was an examination of the possibility of an afterlife from a medical standpoint; the second one was sort of a horror movie.

STUDIO GHIBLI, TAKE 2: PONYO and THE RED TURTLE

Hey, Rocky, watch me pull movie reviews out of my hat! This week Steve goes back to the subject of a 2015 column: Studio Ghibli, which has continued releasing movies without even asking him! Are they good movies? Good?—just watch (er, read)!

LATHER/LIVE, RINSE/DIE, REPEAT… IT’S DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN!

This week Steve goes in a time circle*This week Steve goes in a time loop*This week Steve breaks out of a time warp and reviews the movie “Happy Death Day,” which is not your average “Sorority Slasher” movie.

MOVIE REVIEW: THE CREATURE FROM THE… SHAPE OF WATER 

This week, Steve holds his breath and dives into movies about amphibious guys, which is a thing, now. Not Navy Seals, but Gill-Men (and Guillermo!). Put on your dive mask and check it out!

CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG’S JUMANJI, AND MORE!   

This week Steve tackles Chris van Allsburg’s movies: Jumanji, Zathura, Polar Express, and Jumanji. Wait, did I say Jumanji twice?

Book Review: AUTONOMOUS (2017)

Steve prepares for a Vancouver visit from Annalee Newitz, whose latest book Autonomous, is reviewed here. He’ll be there, will you?

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! AND A LIST OF MY 2017 COLUMNS

Steve does his annual recounting of his columns for the previous year. But he's somehow lost a couple of columns. If you find them, please email him... or maybe not.

REVIEW: BLADE RUNNER 2049

This week, Steve reviews the new(ish) movie Blade Runner 2049. Does he like it? Have you seen it? Did you like it? Check out the review and see if you agree!

BOOK REVIEWS: GARDNER’S “ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS…” AND ROUNDS, MARKS II &...

This week Steve reviews three newer books: one is outstanding and the other two are worth reading. What’re the odds on that?

REVIEW: NOT ANOTHER ZOMBIE BOOK: “HELL IS EMPTY…” by Mark Rounds

After a two-week absence, Steve returns with a book review. Complimentary—and scathing—Steve talks about Mark Rounds’ first book.

HALLOWEEN: 3X STEPHEN KING (#2—MR. MERCEDES) 

In the second of three Halloween-type posts about recent Stephen King movies and TV shows, Steve checks into Mr. Mercedes, a book/TV series about a killer who uses a car as a deadly weapon!

HALLOWEEN: 3X STEPHEN KING (#1—IT)

In this first of three Halloween-y columns examining several media adaptations of Stephen King works, Steve talks about the new movie, and what’s wrong with IT.

REVIEW: F&SF SEPT.-OCT. 2017

This week, Steve reviews the Sept./Oct. 2017 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, their 68th anniversary issue. And finds it good to read!