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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein

I know that Space Cadet is a good book on an intellectual level.  But it doesn’t evoke the same kind of visceral gut reaction that Have Space Suit—Will Travel did.  There certainly isn’t anything remotely as gripping as the two … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

Nightfall and Other Stories is a collection of 20 pieces of short fiction by Isaac Asimov, including, of course, the novelette “Nightfall,” one of his most famous works.  “Nightfall” was Asimov’s 32nd work but in many ways his first breakout … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee

Astounding is, broadly speaking, a biography of four seminal figures in science fiction history: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard (although Hubbard’s influence is mostly outside of science fiction), and one seminal science fiction … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Tales from the Magician’s Skull vol. 1

We’re going through a mini-short pulp SF revolution right now, and I’m missing out on it because Tales from the Magician’s Skull is only the third different magazine I’ve picked up.  I place it firmly between Skelos and Cirsova.  It … Continue reading

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The Shattered Sun is Marred by a Weak Conclusion

The Shattered Sun is a hard book to pin down.  The copy describes it as an “epic sword-and-sorcery . . . fantasy.”  It is, technically, an epic fantasy.  The trilogy concerns potentially world-ending matters.  The third book, after all, opens … Continue reading

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SF: Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
Richard Kadrey meets Daniel Woodrell. For 1,000 years Santa has kept his dark counterpoint Krampus magically imprisoned, and for 1,000 years Krampus has plotted his revenge.  This Christmas Yule he will get it. Krampus is…

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A Place For War Completes My All-Time Favorite Zombie Series

Daniel Humphrey’s Z-Day now-complete trilogy is awesome.  I would say it is my favorite all-time zombie series, but I haven’t read all that many zombie series.  Buy, yes, it is my favorite all-time zombie series.  And I don’t have to … Continue reading

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