After a delay, Steve finally finishes his review of Volume 1 of Anthony Boucher’s Treasury of Great Science Fiction from 1959. Surprisingly, most of these 60-plus-year-old stories still hold up!
The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror is a unique collection from William Meikle, as if told by some of the most classic voices in literature.
Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction is a gallery of literary wonder edited by Michael Sims
Discussion of some of their favourite science fiction romance series by authors and fans.
Amazing Stories closes out its first year of publication with excerpts from novels by H. G. Wells and Garrett O. Serviss, and much, much more.
Steve looks at a brand-new SF/F stop-motion animated short film by the talented film-maker and director Alba Garcia-Rivas.
Steve considers two of John Shirley’s different genres: Fantasy Detective and Western!
A murder mystery set in stone age Britian.
Growing up in a household where the legacy of Communism loomed large (my parents had fled Communist Poland during the ’60s), poison-tipped umbrellas and double-or-triple-agents were regular mealtime conversation. And with no James Bond showing unviewed in our home, the romanticized adventure appealed: Fast cars, neat gadgets, romance, danger – what’s not to love? But […]
Hello and welcome to August! I was away for much of July on a “blogging vacation”, and I very much missed you and our ongoing genre mash-up conversation while I was gone. Now that I’m back, this month we’ll be looking at the ways in which speculative fiction intersects with spy fiction, from John Le […]
Tomorrow – Hunter Liguores’s novel excerpt from Travels of Danger in the Yucatan: A Mayan Time Travel Odyssey In the spirit of John Lloyd Stephens’ Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan, or Conan Doyle’s Lost World, Hunter Liguore’s novella, Travels of Danger in the Yucatan: A Mayan Time Travel Odyssey takes the reader into the mystical lair of King Crow, […]
Does fantasy fiction feed racism? An important distinction between literature and film is often elided. Arthur Conan Doyle on the classification of peoples and my thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombing.
The relationship between speculative fiction and mainstream literary fiction is complicated by decades of group identity dynamics, mutual ignorance, and overbroad critical generalizations about both genres. However, if we try to put our long-held attitudes to one side and focus our attention on the works themselves, we find that the two genres are neither incompatible, […]
Crime and punishment. Both words are synonymous with genre fiction. Whether it is the flashy superhero racing to stop the next crisis or the “I’m too old for this shit” beat cop who stumbles upon a global conspiracy, we enjoy seeing criminals being taken down. For the next few weeks, however, I am going to be concerning […]