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Where does real life imitate the fantastic? This week Steve checks in with Steve Carell and Mark Hogancamp for the answer.

March’s Writing Prompt: A Week at the Conference Table

This month's writing prompt involves strange goings on with seven people seated around a table...

Review: Survival Game by Gary Gibson

Turning that distinctive recipe of post-apocalyptic literature on edge once again by taking readers to destroyed alternate worlds, Survival Game is the second “Apocalypse Duology” installment by Gary Gibson.

Review: Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction by Chris...

Highlighting the popular speculative element, Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction by Chris Pak should be mandatory reading for both students and fans alike.

On Ecology, Women and Science Fiction: Part 1, Gnosis

Science fiction author and limnologist Nina Monteanu writes about changes in the genre, which she sees as changes in the way individuals interact with each other and the natural world.

Top 10 Young Adult Books You Need To Read By Fall

Now that summer is winding down a bit, it's time to start stocking up for winter reading - or - you're TBR pile is just not tall enough!

Review: Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

A fresh take on traditional literature, Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer blends old and new philosophies on how society will be carved in the distant future.

Review: Earthbound by Mark R. Healy

The novel Earthbound by Mark R. Healy is a fast paced adventure, following one man’s attempt to escape a dying world and leave his sordid past behind.

Review: Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by...

Gideon Smith, Aloysius Bent, Rowena Fanshaw, Bell of the Airways and Maria the Mechanical Girl are back, and boy have they got their hands full!

Review: The Sleeping King by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin

Based on the Dragon Crest fantasy role playing game, The Sleeping King by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin uses a unique approach in creating a world of sword and sorcery.

Resonating with the Universe

Which came first? Story or reality?


Steve gets all excited over a shared-universe anthology series. And tells you where to get FREE SF!

Consideraciones sobre Reseñas de Libros

Tanya, as an author, contemplates what inspires her to write a review.

The Dream of a New Earth

Science Fiction has long offered a "backup plan" for planet Earth

The Fourth Gwenevere by John James

A tale of forensic authorship, the discovery and completion of John Jame's long lost final novel.


Steve dissects two movies: a new one and an oldie. But are they goodies?

The Road to Middle-Earth by Tom Shippey

The Road to Middle-Earth is a wonderful companion to any trip across Middle-earth and it is a welcome reminder of the huge craft that J.R.R. Tolkien brought to his work.

Star Wars and the EU

All was well until Lucas sold to Disney

Social Media In Fiction and The Rebirth of Cyberpunk

Alternate economies, cyberpunk and world-building the future.

Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards

A murder mystery set in stone age Britian.

Exploring strange new worlds every Wednesday

Go from an orbiting space habitat to a world of demons and telepaths...

The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need...

World building requires art AND science. Nina takes us through a primer.

Una mujer-lobo embarazada: ejercicio de verosimilitud


MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games Part Two: Catching Fire

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that we’re approaching the kind of TV pictured in Robocop or Kornbluth’s The Marching Morons. Whether it’s “I’d buy that for a dollar” or “Would you buy that for a quarter?” there’s a level of “entertainment” in movies and television which I and a bunch of others—I hope you're one of them, too—don’t find particularly entertaining.

Can Environmental SF Help Save Our Planet?

An introduction to another sub-genre of science fiction

Review: The Space Opera Renaissance edited by Kathryn Cramer & David...

An updated review of a seminal and influential anthology - The Space Opera Renaissance

The Other Victoria: Steampunk’s Queen

Was it Colonel Mustard in the arboretum with the steam shovel? Steve participates in a steampunk murder mystery evening.

The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame Retro Read: A Martian...

Steve Davidson continues his examination of Stanley G. Weinbaum's ground breaking tale - A Martian Odyssey.

Isn’t All Science Fiction and Fantasy Alternate Reality?

C. E. Martin (yes, but which one?) wonders why we bother to distinguish some works as "alternate reality" when in fact, all SF and fantasy takes place in alternate realities.

Pets in Space!

Does science fiction suffer from animal animosity? Where are all the outer-spacey pets? Who banned fish tanks from the Enterprise? C.E. Martin wants to know.