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Improbable Interviews – Cherith Baldry

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,...

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

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

The Greatest Fantasy Novels of All Time Part 3

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


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


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

Top Ten Science Fiction Movie Sidekicks

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

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

The Ten Greatest Wizards of All Time

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

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

Interview – Jonathan Oliver

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

Top Ten Best Science Fiction Movie Villains of All Time

The top ten villains to grace the screen.

My List of the Best Time Travel Films

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Review: Black Magic Academy

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

A Science Fiction Timeline: Yesterday and Tomorrow

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

The Geek Test: What’s Your Score?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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....