Dan Simmons

AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 9-29-19

SPECIAL NOTE:  I submitted Filk lyrics to File 770 for a Pixel Scroll title;  Editor Glyer rejected it for that purpose but encouraged me to put it in the comments, so here’s the link, and then used part of my comment for a different Pixel Scroll title. (Lyrics set to the tune of the Mickey […]

What is the Vampire of Science Fiction?

I’m not talking about the salt vampire of Star Trek or anything so literal. I’m talking about vampires in the sense that they fill fantasy and horror in a continuing and ubiquitous fashion despite being done to death (so to speak), and that there is at least one candidate for the equivalent in science fiction. […]

Interview with a Reader

After a series of interviews with self-published authors, I thought I would interview a reader. Or rather, three of them, Sanford Begley, Joseph Capdepon II, and Jack William Finley. (Jack is also a writer.) They were gracious enough to answer my call for reader input on what they read, why, and what they hate seeing […]

JACK VANCE: VISIONS OF A DYING EARTH

After the last few S&S works of the early 1940s, such as “Dragon Moon” by Henry Kuttner and the short-lived Unknown, Sword & Sorcery lost steam. With Robert E. Howard dead for five or more years, Heroic Fantasy became a thing of the past with only the occasional Edmond Hamilton Weird Tales fantasy or anomalies […]

Talk

Talk Somewhere around the mid-1980s, science fiction novels (less so short fiction) became filled with talk. I think this has to do with the appearance of word processing, but it also has something to do with the perceived desire of the reading public by publishers for longer, thicker novels–more for your money and all that. […]