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F&SF REVIEW: MAY-JUNE 2020

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!

LATHER/LIVE, RINSE/DIE, REPEAT… IT’S DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN!

This week Steve goes in a time circle*This week Steve goes in a time loop*This week Steve breaks out of a time warp and reviews the movie “Happy Death Day,” which is not your average “Sorority Slasher” movie.

NEW BOOK & MOVIE REVIEWS: “THE CITYBORN” and “THE MUMMY”

Steve gives us two reviews today—one a very enjoyable book; and the other a movie. Whether you enjoy that one or not is up to you… but be aware, Tom Cruise is in it!

Graphic Novel Review: The Mummy: Palimpsest

The Mummy: Palimpsest is a classic adventure packed with entertainment for hardcore fans of comics, horror and pulp classic films.

MOVIE REVIEWS: ARQ and FINAL FANTASY XV: KINGSGLAIVE!

Continuing with recent movie reviews, Steve looks at the Netflix Original movie ARQ, and also the 3D "mo-cap" movie Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive, and finds them both quite watchable. Not great, but watchable!

REVIEW: JULY/AUGUST MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION (F&SF)

Steve reviews the current F&SF. It's still a great magazine! Get it now while it's still on the stands!

REALLY “REACHING”—Jack Reacher is NOT SF/F! (Book Review)

Steve wonders whether the non-SF/F series about Jack Reacher, by Lee Child, could actually be an “underground” SF/F series. Hmmm.

MOVIE REVIEW and a TV Pilot: CHAPPIE, AN UNDERRATED SF MOVIE,...

Steve returns with two reviews: a film and a TV pilot. The film's a good one; the pilot not so much. See what you think!

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.

BUTTON, BUTTON—Who’s Got the button? 

Steve collects movie memorabilia at cons. Do you?

Your Reviewer, Some Modern Urban Fantasy and Some Thoughts on Publishing...

Steve talks about himself (what an ego!) a new urban fantasy, and other stuff.

Retrospective: A Minority Verdict Against Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report

Upon release in 2002 the film Minority Report, nominally based on a story by Philip K. Dick, received almost universally ecstatic reviews. I was among the minority of dissenting voices, and what follows, my minority retort

MY YEAR IN REVIEW—Looking Backward and Forward!

Steve celebrates his first year of blogging for Amazing Stories online.

The Edge of Tomorrow Maxes Out Today

The formula is blissfully simple: Two characters. One vague villain. Only a whiff of backstory. No transparent lunges towards a potential sequel.

Review: All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

More than just a time loop story, All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is like a fast paced video game where the hero learns from his mistakes, getting better and better every time he is killed.

Review: Oblivion

I won’t say it’s the best SF film I’ve seen lately—it's certainly one of the best-looking, however; but it’s deserving of a second look if you’ve been hoping for a moderately good science fiction film to watch this summer.

Oblivion

Many reviewers have already pointed out the fact that director Joseph Koskinski's Oblivion borrows quite a bit from a number of earlier science fiction...

Oblivion: Yet Another Heady, Action-Fueled Science Fiction Epic Falls Short of...

Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (2013) is a love letter to every science fiction film you’ve already seen, and a pretty beautiful one, at that, but...

From the In Box: Oblivion Already Taking Hits

The latest Tom Cruise vehicle - Oblivion - has hit the theaters outside the US and is apparently doing fairly well - at the...

The Safest Place There Is

“The safest place there is. . . .” It’s a dubious, quizzical line, delivered by Lois Smith near the end of her one unforgettable scene...