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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!

TESSERACTS, PLUS SCIENCE FICTION AND MUSIC #1: DAVID CROSBY

This week Steve plugs the new Canadian anthology Tesseracts 20 (shameless self-promotion), and interviews famed musician and self-confessed SF buff David Crosby of The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young), and his own group with his son James Raymond.

TV OR MOVIE? AND I LIED! (a bit….)

This week Steve writes a very short column about a new movie. Or is it new at all? It’s from a Japanese manga and animé series. And Steve has to go vote for himself in the Auroras. Will you be voting too?

CANADIAN AURORA AWARDS: LAST CALL TO VOTE!

This week Steve talks about Canadian SF/F, and those books, stories, and so on, that have been nominated for an Aurora Award this year. Oh, yeah—he’s a nominee too!

DO YOU KNOW MURRAY LEINSTER?

This week Steve looks at an almost-forgotten Golden Oldie SF writer: Will F. “Murray Leinster” Jenkins!

OF BOOKS AND FLYING MEN…

This week Steve tells you where to get even MORE GREAT SF/F for next to nothing! And if you were reading this column four years ago you might have read the rest. Just sayin’.

FREE SF/F, E-ZINES, AND OTHER STUFF

Steve ceases reviewing this week to tell you of cheap and free SF/F ebooks, SF sites, semiprozines and all sorts of SF/F resources online. Check them all out!

VIEWS & REVIEWS: TV, BOOK and MOVIE (wish I had some...

This week, Steve reviews an SF anthology about Trump’s presidency (!) and gives a hearty “meh!” to Despicable Me 3. Check out his reviews!

NEW BOOK & MOVIE REVIEWS: “THE CITYBORN” and “THE MUMMY”

Steve gives us two reviews today—one a very enjoyable book; and the other a movie. Whether you enjoy that one or not is up to you… but be aware, Tom Cruise is in it!

MAGAZINE REVIEW: F&SF JULY-AUGUST 2017 (and AURORA AWARDS) 

This week, Steve reviews the July-August F&SF, and stumps for your votes (Canadians only!) for the Aurora Awards.

KILLER RABBIT… er, REVIEW: “THE MIST” TV SHOW

This week Steve returns with a review of what he considers to be a terrible TV show. Do you agree? You’ll have to watch it to find out, and then you’ll be sorry!

REVIEW: F&SF FOR MAY/JUNE 2017—AND ANOTHER FAREWELL!

This week Steve stays put in space and time, reviewing the May/June Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF). The stories in the issue, however, range all over space and time!

REVIEW: ALIEN COVENANT—AN ALIEN TOO FAR?

This week Steve throws a few spoilers into a review of Alien: Covenant. You might want to wait until you’ve seen the movie before you read this review. Just a friendly note.

RAMBLIN’ ROWS (OF TEXT) and ROD SERLING’S NIGHT GALLERY

Steve serves up some commentary on modern readin' & writin'; then he goes and reviews a few episodes of an old TV show by Rod Serling. He's somewhat long-winded, but often worth reading! (Steve, not Rod Serling.) Okay, Serling's worth reading too.

REVIEWS: THE IMPOSSIBLES (retro) and 9 TALES OF RAFFALON (new!) 

This week Steve jumps back and forth in his reviews. Back to the early part of the century, forward from there to the 'sixties, and back (forward) to the present! Are you confused? Well, I think we all are at this point.

À LA RECHERCHE DES LIVRES PERDU: RETRO BOOK REVIEWS

This week Steve dips back into SF’s past—focusing on 1928 and 1962. Why those years? You’ll have to read and find out…and if that doesn’t work, ask him yourself!

TWO FAVOURABLE REVIEWS AND A BLURB   

This week Steve takes on a blurb and a book review and a movie review. And he has a good time with all of it! He doesn’t think your mileage will vary much!

A FAREWELL; MAR-APR F&SF; AND NORWESCON 40!

This week, Steve says goodbye to another old friend, reviews the March/April F&SF, and tells—and shows!—a bit about the Northwest’s biggest fan-run convention: Norwescon 40!

NEW REVIEW, OLDER MOVIE: TIME LAPSE (2014)

Steve continues to travel in time—at least in his head—by reviewing a movie that came out a couple of years ago. A time-travel movie of a sort. It’s all timey-wimey stuff!

REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES (A FEEL-GOOD MOVIE!)

Steve time travels (again?) back to 1961 with the review of the movie “Hidden Figures” and finds it more than good. Possibly his fave movie so far this year!

MY FANNISH HISTORY REDUX—WORLDCONS and NAMETAGS etc.

Steve tells you where to get a free SF book and revisits/rewrites an old column dealing with Worldcons and nametags and such.