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CONVENTION REVIEW (SORT OF): NORWESCON 42

This week Steve comments at length on a convention he missed most of. He hopes to obfuscate that fact with verbiage.

Noticias Literatura 30-8

The publication of YOSS' satirical novel Super Extra Grande, a call for a new anthology of speculative fiction, and more.

Review: The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I...

With a penchant for literary wit, author Ira Nayman shows readers why The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There.

Scide Splitters: BBC America’s Dirk Gently

Scides Splitters finds much to like in BBC America’s hectic and bizarre adaptation of Douglas Adams’ classic Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY! or Just a Humour Writer in a Science...

I told my psychiatrist everyone hates humorous SF. He said I was being ridiculous; everyone hasn't read humorous SF...

Review: Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja is a farcical adventure where the absurdity of reality becomes the template for the human condition and only our hero sees the silliness of it all.

Scide Splitters: The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams (for Towel...

Fans had been waiting for the third Dirk Gently novel for over a decade when Douglas Adams passed away with the novel still unfinished. All we have are precious fragments of what might have been.

“Ayer será otro día”: ciencia ficción y humor

A review of Jorge Valentin Miño's short story collection Today is Another Day

Review: Recursion, by Tony Ballantyne

Ballantyne’s plotting is stunningly impressive, the story unfolding with clarity, precision and a powerful imaginative vision

Resistance of the New

Don't be scared: the new year is HERE!

Scide Splitters: In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh by...

Scide Splitters reviews a story collection by one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prolific authors of short form humorous fiction.

Star Wars and Space Problems

Do you remember a very famous quote from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker Guide of the Galaxy about dimensions in space? “Space is big. Really...

NOT Star Wars With Jokes – Revisiting The Hitchhiker’s Guide To...

Science fiction has inspired plenty of mockery over the years. I'm sure we've all seen countless sketches parodying Star Trek, for example. But real science fiction comedy – comedy that takes an SF premise and mines it for laughs – is hardly ever seen on screen or, indeed, on radio.

Review: The Space Opera Renaissance edited by Kathryn Cramer & David...

An updated review of a seminal and influential anthology - The Space Opera Renaissance

Scide Splitters: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next, the plucky female lead character of The Eyre Affair, is a literary detective in an alternate 1985 England.

Dirk Gently Revisited

Back in 1978, a young comedy sketch writer sent a script to the BBC’s flagship SF show, Doctor Who. Far from setting hearts fluttering...

Lost In Space! Reviews of Unknown or Underappreciated Books: Starship Titanic...

Hello and welcome to what will be an occasional feature on my blog! So – what, exactly, do I mean by 'unknown or underappreciated'? To put...

The Ghost of Towel Day Yet to Come: A True Story...

WHOOSH… A vaguely familiar sound woke me and I sat up in bed.  “What’s that noise?” I asked. “It’s a deadline,” said a translucent Douglas Adams,...
Guards! Guards! by Sir Terry Pratchett

Crossroads: Satire and the Fantastic

NOTE: This week's essay is actually an adapted form of an essay from December 18, 2012 that was originally published at The King of...
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

CROSSROADS: Right Place, Time, and Tech – The Hitchhiker’s Guide

Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (itself spread across five books with a six written by Eoin Colfer), with its friendly,...
Make 'em Laugh from Singin' in the Rain

CROSSROADS: Make ’em Laugh – Humor and Speculative Fiction

Hello, folks! Now that I'm back on my feet, I find that April's here. A few days ago was April 1st, also known as...
Tom Merritt Sword and Laser Interview

An Interview With Sword and Laser’s Tom Merritt

Thanks to the exciting reach the internet brings us authors and fans of literature are connecting in ways never seen before. What once was...