This week Steve reviews the new book Baldemar, by Matthew Hughes—a wonderful Vancian fantasy set on Vance’s own Dying Earth, about a wizard’s henchman. Steve liked it and thinks you will too!
Steve reviews the Sept./Oct. issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, finding it excellent. What’s it all about, Alfie? Could it be monsters and aliens and dragons, oh, my?
Steve reviews the May/June 2021 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It’s the first one fully edited by Sheree Renée Thomas. Is it good? Read the column and see!
Steve reviews the May-June issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and finds that it holds treasures for the readers of both science fiction and fantasy!
For his last column of the year and the decade, Steve reviews two excellent items: a new book by Lisa Mason, and the last 2019 F&SF. Both are well worth the read!
This week Steve takes on a blurb and a book review and a movie review. And he has a good time with all of it! He doesn’t think your mileage will vary much!
La société de l’information qui se développe depuis quarante ans transforme radicalement nos vies rendant les vieilles idéologies issues de la société industrielle inadaptées à résoudre bon nombre des problèmes que rencontre aujourd’hui l’occident. Il serait bon de s’interroger pour savoir si la science fiction en tant que littérature d’idées a été capable d’inventer des […]
An all-new follow-up to Steve’s Ace Doubles columns. He’s doubled up with laughter, because he’s doubling his Ace writings!
For the last of his NaNoWriMo “redux“ columns, Steve finishes his look at Ace Doubles cover illustrators. Nostalgia, indeed! Good old stuff from the Good Old Days!
The January/February issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF) is under review by Steve, who likes it a lot, even though a couple of the stories kind of depressed him. You will probably like it too!
50s redux – Super Science Fiction!
It would be tough to go wrong with this list of recommended Holiday reads by the Grand Masters of Science Fiction
An interview with World Fantasy Award nominee Scott Lynch
Don’t search too hard for a blog post subject, you might end up writing a novel instead!
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction announces a forth coming Best Of anthology
Tais Teng is a well established and prolific science fiction and horror writer and illustrator from the Netherlands. He has made several hundred covers and interior illustrations – most notably the Jack Vance e-books. His particular affinity is for the work of H. P. Lovecraft.
The Winston SF series – part two – in all it’s juvenile glory. Steve has some good info on how to obtain copies, reprints and replacement dust jackets.
Back in the Good Old (or Bad, depends on your point of view) Days, fiction—especially SF—that was written for a teen audience was called “Juvenile” fiction; I don’t believe any disparagement was meant, or at least we juveniles (except for the “delinquents”) never took it as disparaging. Nowadays teens are called “Young Adults,” and fiction […]
Ahh nostalgia. For a book series? Certainly, so long as its the tete-beche wonder of the Ace Double. Two books in one! Steve waxes eloquent on a reading experience that is sadly largely forgotten.
Today we are joined by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master Robert Silverberg. Mr. Silverberg writes speculative fiction that travels where he wants it to go, pushing aside the traditional limitations with which many writers confine themselves. He has written countless novels and works of short fiction, and his list of non-fiction books is staggering. Mr. Silverberg has been so prolific that his total word count rivals the quantity of stars in the galaxy.
Who are your Grandmasters of Science Fiction?
Paul Cook looks back at an early science fiction influence – the Winston Science Fiction Series.
I’d been introduced to the idea of owning my own books pretty young, but as a child in Vienna, I didn’t have much money to buy them – English books were expensive, and I was pretty cheap. But when we moved to London in the late 70s, all that changed. I didn’t get any more […]
Katie Waitman was the Del Rey Discovery of the Year for 1997 with her novel The Merro Tree. Del Rey stopped the series soon after, but if Waitman was the measure of it, I’m not sure why they did. Every now and then, you read a book that just blows you away. That was my […]
Eric Brown is the author of over forty books including Helix and Kethani. His latest novel, The Serene Invasion features an eerie conquest of earth that sweeps away the old order without a drop of bloodshed. Unseen and without warning, extraterrestrial visitors arrive to save the human race from its warlike and aggressive ways. The […]