An Argentine dystopian novel, Exquisite Corpse, may be the occasion to reflect on what a pandemic could entai
Really good science fiction and fantasy, in other words. Well worth reading. Masterful writing.
The latest issue of OnSpec magazine
This week Steve retros back to 1958, taking a look at a fantasy musical, “Damn Yankees,” with Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon. Did he like it? Seems like it, doesn’t it?
Voyager's golden disc prompts aliens to seek Earth in Mi amigo Quyllur, a film based on the eponymous novel by Renato Mendizábal Guillén
HELLA, coming June 16th, is an excellent David Gerrold-like novel from David Gerrold
Steve reviews Robert J. Sawyer’s terrific new book, The Oppenheimer Alternative, and loved it. Yes, really... he loved it.
A review of Kurs, The Search by Kuraina Setrakianun, a novel that takes us back to before the big bang
If you’re like me, a voracious reader with eclectic yet widespread tastes, you’ll read it from cover to cover and be well satisfied.
The book’s greatest weakness, however, is that it ties the Foundation to the Robots universe. I don’t dislike the robots, but I think they’re a step too far for the universe.
Watching foreign productions brings with it some unexpected differences
Space opera, resurrected heroes and military SF roundout this roundup
A review of Peruvian science fiction author Carlos Enrique Saldívar's collection Science Fiction Stories
Steve finishes his list of, and rating of, 27 James Bond themes and theme songs, throwing in a bunch of related stuff about the films. Bet you can find at least one thing you didn’t already know!
Very little was known about the Second Foundation, ensuring its survival in a hostile universe.
James Bond themes: love ‘em or not, they’re an indisputable part of a long-lived franchise. SF or not, who cares? Steve talks about his favourites.
“ … the editorial team identified some of the tropes that are typical in pulp: macho stereotypes, a damsel in distress, low-art. The goal of this collection is to subvert those stereotypes ….”
Retro-review of H.G. Wells' The Country of the Blind
Foundation and Empire presents the Foundation with a challenge from a past that cements it’s position, then knocks everything out of kilter - subverting the whole series.
A Danish film from 1918 has been restored, a unique contribution to film called A Trip to Mars
I have to admit, Unnerving always surprises me. I never know what to expect.
Steve concludes his three-part review of James Cameron’s “near-perfect” SF movie, Aliens. Was it too much detail, just right, or too little? You tell us!
Like her novels, the stories here vary greatly in quality: some are excellent, some mediocre, one the worst story I have read in some time....
Season 2 of Nikola Tesla and the End of the World is the perfect thing to fill those streaming needs without the long-term commitment.
Asimov was feeling his way into the Foundation universe - and it’s largely unique character - and it shows.
In proper Scalzi fashion, The Last Emperox is a fun, wild ride, one that takes us through the intertwined journeys of the characters we’ve come to love (or at least love to hate)
We are in a world of castles and enchantments. Torian, the protagonist prince, must face his destiny, between marrying or following the path offered by a vampire mermaid. Vampire Mermaid! Who needs more than that!?!
A newly-orphaned young lady from small-town Ontario winds up coming of age on a Caribbean island that, like her, is haunted by legends of its past.
Steve is continuing his very granular, spoiler-filled description and review of James Cameron’s Aliens, arguably one of the few sequels that’s as good as, or possibly better than, the original movie. Steve thinks it’s possibly even better. What about you?
A modern day empire builder looks back on one of his influences in this re-read of the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov