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DAME ENID DIANA ELIZABETH RIGG, FAREWELL!

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Yesterday, the world and our genre lost a terrific actress, Dame Diana Rigg (of The Avengers). Steve pays tribute to her this week.

REDUX: SIXTIES, SCIENCE FICTION AND SECRET AGENTS

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

NANOWRIMO and COLUMN 25 REDUX!

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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....)

“MRS. PEEL—YOU’RE NEEDED!” (THE AVENGERS REVIEW)

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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

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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

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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

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

Assisting Entropy

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

“CLASSIC” Movie Reviews, OUR MAN FLINT and IN LIKE FLINT

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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

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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.

Review: THIS “YEAR’S BEST” ANTHOLOGY REALLY *IS* THE YEAR’S BEST!

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

The Top Ten Greatest Spaceships of All Time

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

Cloud Atlas, Skyfall and the McDonaldization of Hollywood

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

Sixties, Science Fiction and Secret Agents

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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

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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”!

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Introducing Modesty Blaise....

Springer’s “Science and Fiction” Series Launched!

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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!”…...

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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)

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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....