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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!

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!