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SUPERNOVA, UN NUEVO IMPACTO

The second issue of Supernova, a Bolivian magazine of fantasy and horror, is now out.

Scide Splitters: It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should by...

Ira Nayman delivers the laughs in another humor packed installment of his Transdimensional Authority series.

May’s Writing Prompt: Locked In

You can check out any time you'd like, but you don't want to leave (apology to The Eagles)

2014: A Reading Odyssey – Part 2

Gary Dalkin completes his survey of the books he read in 2014

2014: A Reading Odyssey – Part 1

a short recap of my 2014 in books. Where I reviewed a book for Amazing Stories I have provided a link to that review, and in one case to a related interview. So here, in chronological order, are the first 21 books I read in 2014.

Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks consists of six linked novellas chronicling the life of one woman, Holly Sykes, from rebellious teenager in 1984, to grandmother in 2043. Each novella is narrated in the first person present tense, but only the opening and closing sections are see directly through Holly’s eyes. In the other four sections she is a character in someone else's story. It is a strong framework on which to build a novel. Unfortunately Holly is not herself a particularly interesting person

Interview (Part 2): Nina Allan On Her Debut Novel, The Race

Welcome to the second part of an extensive interview with, Nina Allan who over the last decade has established herself as one of the UK’s most imaginative and compelling writers. This time we discuss some of the more the specifically science fictional aspects of her debut novel, The Race, as well as maps, Hastings, the best vampire film in years, fracking, politics, the planet, language, communication and much more.

Interview (Part 1): Nina Allan On Her Debut Novel, The Race

Over the last decade Nina Allan has established herself as one of the UK’s most imaginative and compelling writers. In this extensive two part interview she talks to Gary Dalkin for Amazing Stories about a wide range of subjects, including her debut novel, The Race.

Book Review: Help Fund My Robot Army!!!

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Given that there is a strong recursive strain in science fiction, it was only a matter of time until a book about crowdfunding was published via crowdfunding.

Scide Splitters: You Can’t Kill the Multiverse (But You Can Mess...

Ira Nayman’s novel, a tour de force of rapid fire humor, is the focus of Scide Splitter’s latest review.

Award Winners: Nova Swing by M. John Harrison

Nova Swing (2006) won both the Arthur C. Clarke and the Philip K. Dick Awards and was nominated for the Campbell and British Fantasy Awards. Gary Dalkin looks back at this true space oddity.

Review – The Fictional Man by Al Ewing

Niles Golan is an ex-pat Brit in Hollywood. Never grown-up, he narrates his life with an internal monologue transforming his everyday inadequacies into triumphs....

Review – The Fictional Man by Al Ewing (Solaris, 2013)

The Fictional Man, published by UK imprint Solaris, is based on an impossible conceit, one of those high concept movie-friendly ideas where one aspect of reality is altered from our world but things continue just the same. Absurd, but depending on how well it’s done we buy into it for the duration. Here it is generally very well done. Al Ewing is a breathtakingly clever writer and his conceit is that human cloning was perfected decades ago but then outlawed because everyone is entitled to their own unique identity.

Futuro Partido y 12 mandamientos

An interview with Elizabeth Rosello on retrofuturism

Review – Inversions by Iain M. Banks

A review of Bank's Inversion.

Review: City at the End of Time by Greg Bear

Gary Dalkin rounds up novels that feature cities at the end of time.

Living With the Nazis

With its haunting portrayal of the unthinkable, Fatherland sired (ha ha...) the alternate history sub-genre one might call: "What if ... the Nazis won?"

Review: The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Prisoner of Heaven is actually what you get when a stand-alone novel sells 15 million copies and the author decides to write sequels without a worthwhile new story to tell.

The Thirteenth Tale (BBC TV film) – Review

A review of the BBC production of Diane Setterfield's novel of the same name

Review – Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Gary Dalkin reviews a novel that wants to be - ought to be - a movie

New York Movie

Edward Hopper's New York Movie, though not a fantasy painting, inspires artist M. D. Jackson to write a fantasy story.

Halloween in Japan

In Japan, Halloween is pumpkins and ghosts, just as Christmas is Santas and reindeer.

Review – Mr Nobody (the best film you’ve never heard of)

The full 158 minute director’s cut is simply one of the best films I have ever seen.

Scide Splitters: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe...

I am not tasked with determining the level of Science Fictionness of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Scide Splitters is far more concerned with whether or not the book makes us laugh – and it does.

Is Science Fiction Fundamentally Retro?

Jaron Lanier says science fiction is fundamentally retro. Is he right? Do SOOPER SPACE ROCKETZZZ run on Ribena?

Marketing As A Metafictional Tool: Harnessing the Power of Misdirection

Deliberate misdirection is a writer's tool that also deserves a place in the marketer's toolkit. Here's how writers can colonize the search page, where the reading experience ought to start.

Hard to tell if anything to gonna sell: Kickstarting REVOLUTION 60

It’s Wednesday, July 31, 10:45 am. Our fingers on the same mouse, Brianna and I simultaneously clicked the button. Then we fist-bump in celebration....
Stardust by Nina Allan

Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories, by Nina Allan

Stardust is one of three books by Nina Allan published so far this year. First was the story collection Microcosmos. Next came the novella,...

The Cabin in the Woods

I'll try and keep this spoiler-free, because I think it goes without saying that spoilers are the film buff's bane, but I will need...

Your Majesty, I’m So Over You

Ranks and titles are powerful tools in the fantasy writer's toolkit. What a shame they are used so unimaginatively in general. I offer some inspiration alongside your weekly dose of young fogeyishness.