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No. 16 – Alice Bradley Sheldon, The Screwfly Solution, and the Secret Life of...

No. 16 - 2013 May12 - Alice Bradley Sheldon, The Screwfly Solution, and the Secret Life of a CIA Operative. It took a long time before...

Don’t Quote Me on This, But…

Quoting lines from science fiction can be expected amongst the members of fandom. But getting it right is vital to your nerd credibility.

Four modern and completed SF series you shouldn’t miss – Part II

As a total SF nerd, I’m always looking for new things to watch. The benefit of a completed series is that you don’t have...

Alone on the Moon

I’m sitting with a group of friends in the Seminary Street Pub, familiar faces here and there casting shadows upon near-forgotten memories, making plain...

Hide and Seek with Marvin the Martian

Ignorance is never better than knowledge. - Enrico Fermi When I was just a little tyke, driving to Logan Airport in Boston meant, as today,...

Sequential Wednesdays #11 – The Quiet Majesty of Kazu Kibuishi

Out in the world of beautiful stories, digital art, and ironclad contracts with Scholastic exists a beautiful man, in every sense of the...

The Last Bookshop by Richard Dadd & Dan Fryer

"There have always been stories. Ever since the earliest days." Once in a while, I like to be reminded that the future is pretty from...

Anime Roundup 4/21/2013: Fee Fi, Ho Hum

More international streaming sites have announced their spring simulcasts, and I'm afraid it looks like the entire world will get to see a couple...

Alien Parameter Space

I love science fiction stories with aliens. There are some good ones without aliens, but they'd probably be better if they threw in some...

NORVELL W. PAGE: WAN TENGRI – PRESTER JOHN

While Fritz Leiber was creating a boisterous style of Sword & Sorcery based upon E. R. Eddison and James Branch Cabell, Norvell W. Page...

Robots and Cyborgs and Androids, Oh My!

Author's Note: Last week I wrote about one of my favorite Star Wars characters, Admiral Motti played by Richard LeParmentier. It is with disappointment...

Acceptance or Exploitation?

Author's Note: The following post will discuss depictions of sexuality in media. As such, content may not be acceptable for young children. Please read...

No. 12 Alfred Elgin van Vogt, Weapons Masters, and The Big Three.

$1995.00. For 15 pages. That's how much a copy of A. E. van Vogt's speech, Tomorrow on the March, goes for today. He delivered this...

Oh the Hugos, Ahh the Hugos, Ewww The Hugos

Every year, the Hugo Awards -presented by the World Science Fiction Association at its annual event, Worldcon - are announced amidst much internet and...

From the In Box

Starship Sofa Fund Raiser New Fiction at Pulpgen Sarcology from Right Brane Publications Via Facebook: The mellifluous host of Starship Sofa announces a fund raiser and links to...

From the In Box

Tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs New Haikasoru Release The John Carter Files website ran a very nice tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs on the anniversary of...

Synthetic Voices #15 – February 2013 Top Picks

Woweewow, I love February's crop of Top Picks!  There is so much goodness I can hardly contain myself!  I think all tastes will be...

We Can Hear You Scream: An Overview of SF/Horror Literature

The fear of the dark, the unknown, the monster standing right behind you ready to tear you limb from limb...is part of the human...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 4 “The Anarchist”

I've talked about buying the expensive way (completists, and those who must have what they want), and the easy way (just collect what you...
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Karmic Demons and the Power of Compassion: Buddhist Philosophy in Modern Myth

I would put forward that the next thing is going to be a story, because right now, people really don't have a big story,...

AI is Religion Not Science

A few weeks ago, I posted an explanation of why it's highly unlikely that that anybody will anytime soon replicate the human brain on...

Amazing News, Monday, March 4, 2013

The New York Times has a lifestyle piece about Ron Maxwell, a Rocky Horror Picture Show cast member who has been doing the Time...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 3 “The Easy Way”

Previously, in parts 1 and 2, I talked about collectors whose ambition, in collecting, was to have every one in set ("completists") and those...

The Monster Makers

The spotlight last month fell on the special effects wizards who make SF monsters come to life. The crowning glory was the award of...

Why Sorcerers Have Long Grizzled Beards

Ever notice that fictional sorcerers always seem to have long, grizzled beards? Ever wondered why?  Well, probably you haven't, but you're about to find...

The Science Fiction Fan’s Bucket List

I've been fortunate to be able to travel a lot and do many things I've always wanted to do.  Some of my opportunities have...

Sequential Wednesdays #2 – To Stand The Gap: The Secret Truth of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This is not how the World ends.  This oft-spoken mantra, among others, repeated throughout the narrative of the Marvel comic S.H.I.E.L.D. is a tried and true...

The Careful Writer: Some Notes on Composition

During my recent reread of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”, this little book yielded more good advice that I wish to share...
Isaac Asimov in B & W drawing

No.8 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.

2013Feb24 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.  Isaac Asimov, aka: Isaak Yudovich Ozimov, aka: Исаак Юдович Озимов, is another member of the Big...

Return of the Robo-Insects

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have recently equipped moths with robotic skeletons. Why on earth would anyone do this? Not to create a...