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F&SF REVIEW: MAY-JUNE 2020

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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!

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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”

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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

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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!

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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)

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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)

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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,...

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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...

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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? 

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Steve collects movie memorabilia at cons. Do you?

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

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

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

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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!

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

The Edge of Tomorrow Maxes Out Today

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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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

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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

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