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Improbable Interviews – Cherith Baldry

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An interview with Cherith Baldry, one of the contributors to the anthology Improbable Botany.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany,...

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be enjoyed as a non-canon Harry Potter story unconnected to the previous tale.

Weddings in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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SF weddings: here's hoping yours isn't like some of theirs!

The Greatest Fantasy Novels of All Time Part 3

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Find out what novel has just been added to the Greatest Fantasy Novels of All Time list

NEW FORMAT FILM REVIEWS: LUCY and MALEFICENT 

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Steve looks at two newer films: Lucy with Scarlett Johansson and Maleficent with Angelina Jolie. Are they good or bad? You'll find out...

MOVIE REVIEW(s): DIVERGENT and an oldie

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Steve dissects two movies: a new one and an oldie. But are they goodies?

Top Ten Science Fiction Movie Sidekicks

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Who are your favorite SF movie sidekicks? RK has quite a list for you to ponder....

MORE ON THE RAH FRONT: Robert A. Heinlein, continued

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Alexei Panshin is a well-known critic/reviewer of Heinlein and his works

The Ten Greatest Wizards of All Time

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A bit problematic, this list. My experience with wizards tells me they are a fickle lot and prone to hubris. And they have powers....Perhaps ranking them might not be such a good idea....

Top Ten Greatest Swords of All Time

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A look at the top ten greatest swords of all time.

Interview – Jonathan Oliver

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Gary Dalkin interviews one of the hardest working editors in the UK - Jonathan Oliver

Top Ten Best Science Fiction Movie Villains of All Time

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The top ten villains to grace the screen.

My List of the Best Time Travel Films

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A survey of the ten best time travel films of all time

The Great Harry Potter Reread #3: The Prisoner of Azkaban

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Matt Mitrovich tackles the third in the Harry Potter Series, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and reflects on reading aloud and impending fatherhood.

The Great Harry Potter Reread #2: The Chamber of Secrets

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Enough time has gone by to justify a re-read of this instant classic.

The Great Harry Potter Reread #1: The Sorcerer’s Stone

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Review of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with an eye towards the hero's journey.

Book Review: Black Magic Academy

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Black Magic Academy isn't your classic school story with magic. Not really.

A Science Fiction Timeline: Yesterday and Tomorrow

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A timeline of the development of science fiction, from one fan's viewpoint.

The Geek Test: What’s Your Score?

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I believe people of all types should be able to join in geek events and have fun whether they're sufficiently geek credentialed or not, but I wondered how one might one go about quantitatively evaluating "geekiness"

It’s All My Fault – An Apology

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Another summer of cinematic wilderness is drawing to a close and I owe you all a big apology. Why? Because I am responsible for the terrible state of mainstream American cinema today.

Sequential Wednesdays #17 – Comic-Con: A Recounting

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Another year, another Comic-Con touches down in San Diego's historic Gaslamp district and billows the hell around and makes a metric ton of people...

Doujinshi: Distinctly Japanese

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There are many expressions of fandom that cross genres and cultures - fan fiction, fan art, even cosplay.  But there is one form in...

How Young is a Young Adult?

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The science fiction novels I read as a teen weren’t written for that age group. The themes were adult, as were the character...

Characters: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

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Among fantasy titans, Patrick Rothfuss shocked just about everyone by carving a place for himself with his book, The Name of the Wind. It...

Sequential Wednesdays #11 – The Quiet Majesty of Kazu Kibuishi

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

The Greatest Fantasy Author of All Time

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This week some in the world are celebrating the birth/death of the Bard of Avon also known as William Shakespeare. Shakespeare as you might...

The Invisible World

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When I walked out to my back patio, I unexpectedly met resistance. My throbbing forehead had crashed against an unseen force. I stepped back...

Defending Quality Over Popularity

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It is to my ever increasing frustration that I continually see true literary talent dismissed as 'too complex' or ‘deep’ in favour of the...

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

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

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

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On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....