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Steve repeats (with lots of new edits) a column from 2013 about one of his favourite movie series.


Steve uses his personal time machine to share an early post about Modesty Blaise—he's off doing NaNoWriMo! (Don't know what that is? Read on....)


Before there was a Marvel version, there were The Avengers! Join Steve in a look back at some less-than-super heroes, but maybe a lot more fun ones! (And no CGI!)

Book Review: License to Quill by Jacopo della Quercia

Shakespeare vs Cthulhu? The Bard as Bond? I think I need 'Q' to explain all of this to me....

Review: Gestapo Mars by Victor Gischler

Gestapo Mars by Victor Gischler is the quintessential example of a guilty pleasure. You might feel a little guilty afterwards, but you’ll be anxiously awaiting a sequel.

Scide Splitters: Envoy to New Worlds by Keith Laumer

Scide Splitters examines Keith Laumer’s first collection of stories featuring the less-than-diplomatic diplomat, Retief.

Assisting Entropy

Entropy happens whether we want it to or not. Why are we so fascinated with helping it along?


Steve revisits a favourite--classic--"spy spoof" from the '60s. Many people loved these James Coburn films!

Scide Splitters: Unidentified Funny Objects 3 edited by Alex Shvartsman

Science fiction and fantasy’s only annual humor anthology returns with stories from Robert Silverberg, Mike Resnick, Tim Pratt, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye, and more.


Steve reviews Gardner Dozois's marvelous 31st Annual Year's Best SF!

The Top Ten Greatest Spaceships of All Time

A list of the top ten greatest spaceships of all time, following some rules, of course.

Cloud Atlas, Skyfall and the McDonaldization of Hollywood

Gary Dalkin reviews Cloud Atlas and Skyfall and talks about the homogenization of American cinema.

Sixties, Science Fiction and Secret Agents

Secret agent tales have always carried a hint of science fiction with them - futuristic gadgets, threatened world-wide annihilation. Steve examines Bond's 60s rival - Flint - and reminds us that James Coburn was COOL.

A Fan’s Anniversary of Sorts

Some personal fannish history, a couple of takes on Amazing Stories from 1938, a recap of Modesty Blaise, a pic of John Travolta and a review of John M. Whalen's Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto. What's not to like?

England’s “Fabulous, Feminine Answer to James Bond”!

Introducing Modesty Blaise....

Springer’s “Science and Fiction” Series Launched!

How does Einstein’s description of space and time compare with Dr. Who? Can James Bond really escape from an armor-plated railroad car by cutting through the floor with a laser concealed in a wristwatch?

“Don’t Worry Grandma! I Don’t Read Comic Books, Just the Classics!”…...

The combination of visual simplicity and effective story telling awakened my sense of wonder and exposed me to new ideas which widened my understanding of life and reality.

Review – The Man Who Haunted Himself (Blu-Ray/DVD)

The Man Who Haunted Himself is, as the title suggests, both a ghost and a doppelgänger story

Book Review – Feast and Famine by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Imaginings Volume: 6 - Feast and Famine is a collection of ten short stories by the British writer Adrian Tchaikovsky, best known for the nine-volume (and counting) fantasy series, Shadows of the Apt, published by Tor.

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.

Crossroads: Society, World-building, and Estrangement in Spy Fiction

Growing up in a household where the legacy of Communism loomed large (my parents had fled Communist Poland during the '60s), poison-tipped umbrellas and...
Top Secret

Crossroads: I Spy, with My Little Eye…Espionage in Speculative Fiction

Hello and welcome to August! I was away for much of July on a "blogging vacation", and I very much missed you and our...

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....