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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.

A SHORT CAPSULE REVIEW AND SOME CAPSULE REVIEWS

Steve posts a capsule review of the movie “Short”—or a short review of the movie “Capsule” and some short, or capsule, movie reviews.

RETRO REVIEW: ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S THE DOOR INTO SUMMER

Following on the heels of his Heinlein columns, Steve decides to retro review The Door Into Summer. Is it worth reading? Well… that depends. Read this and find out.

RETRO: OF MOSCON AND HEINLEIN AND VERNA

This week, Steve continues his romp into his past by talking about Robert A. Heinlein, E.E. “Doc” Smith’s daughter, Verna Smith Trestrail; and MosCon 1, back in 1979.

TIME ENOUGH FOR HEINLEIN—RAH, S/F, AND SEX!

Steve looks at Robert A. Heinlein’s SF (and his use of nudity and sex in his SF) then touches on some other classic SF authors’ way of “doing it.” Is Heinlein still worth reading? See for yourself!

RETRO DAYS: ROBERT A. HEINLEIN and SPIDER ROBINSON

This week, Steve tries to go Back to the Future but ends up in the past, where he meets Spider and Jeanne Robinson as well as Robert and Virginia Heinlein! Come with him and see!

REVIEWS: RIVERDALE and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION (Jan-Feb 2017) 

This week, Steve looks at the comics-inspired Riverdale TV series as well as the January-February issue of F&SF, and finds them Good, if not necessarily Great. Good is fine! Better than the alternative, Steve says!

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and THE GIRL WITH...

As Marlon Brando says, “The horror… the horror.” Dr. Smith from Lost in Space says “Oh, the horror!” This week Steve reviews two horror films: one fantasy, one SF; one very good, one good up to a point. Which one is which? Read and find out!

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE REVIEWS (A Review)

It’s fortunate that Steve is reviewing Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Unfortunately, there are spoilers in this review. Fortunately, you don’t have to read it; you can just watch the series! Buona Fortuna!

Down Under Video Reviews: “Red Billabong” and “Glitch”

Stand on your head! This week, Steve looks at two Australian video imports: one a film and one a TV series. Look for the series on Netflix soon!

WELCOME TO 2017, and 2016’s LIST OF COLUMNS

As he has done for the past several years, Steve looks back (without anger) at the previous year's columns, and hopes you found reading them worthwhile. And now: To Infinity—And Beyond! as someone once said!