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TREASURY OF GREAT SF VOL. 1 CONCLUSION

After a delay, Steve finally finishes his review of Volume 1 of Anthony Boucher’s Treasury of Great Science Fiction from 1959. Surprisingly, most of these 60-plus-year-old stories still hold up!

“HISTORIC” FILM REVIEW: KING SOLOMON’S MINES (1937)

Steve gets really retro this week, with a review of the 1937 movie King Solomon’s Mines. Does he dig up diamonds or dirt? Read and find out!

Improbable Interviews – Cherith Baldry

An interview with Cherith Baldry, one of the contributors to the anthology Improbable Botany.

Improbable Interviews – Adam Roberts

I have recently edited a new anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories about fantastical flora. The book, Improbable Botany, features authors who between...

LESLIE CHARTERIS’S “AMAZING” SAINT

Is it old? Is it new? Is it even SF/F? Steve examines the ever-popular Saint series by Leslie Charteris.

Scide Splitters: In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh by...

Scide Splitters reviews a story collection by one of science fiction and fantasy’s most prolific authors of short form humorous fiction.

REVIEWS: John Shirley—Between Genres (Always)

Steve considers two of John Shirley's different genres: Fantasy Detective and Western!

AMAZING THINGS: Sherlock On Sale

Another daily special from Night Shade

Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards

A murder mystery set in stone age Britian.

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.

We Can be Heroes

The conversation got me thinking about heroes and what characteristics are expected of a hero from generation to generation.

“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.

The Man in the Torn Shirt

This post is about powerful images and the way that they can become stuck in the public consciousness.

Sense of Wonder #2 – From the Movies

Earlier I wrote about what Damon Knight characterized as “a sense of wonder” that emerges at times in a science fiction story, or as...

An Interview with Stephanie Osborne

Adam Gaffen for Amazing Stories: Welcome!  It seems appropriate that there's a science fiction author who is a rocket scientist; how did one lead...

Elementary, my dear Watson-bot 2.0!

Crime and punishment. Both words are synonymous with genre fiction. Whether it is the flashy superhero racing to stop the next crisis or the "I'm too...

Dissecting Our Present: How SF Can Highlight Our Historical Bias

As Harry Turtledove, the master of alternate history, said in the introduction to The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century, even historical memoirs...

The Classics: Edgar Allen Poe

I don’t intend here to eulogize Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) but to discuss some of the contributions he made to the areas of Horror,...