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Throwback SF Thursday: Thune’s Vision by Schuyler Hernstrom

Schuyler Hernstrom wrote my favorite stories in Cirsova No. 1 and in Cirsova No. 2. So when the boys over at the Puppy of the Month Book Club announced that Hernstrom’s self-published collection of short fiction was their pick for … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Women of Futures Past, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

I discussed Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s essay on women’s contributions to the pulps in my review of Cirsova issue #2.  It was that essay that convinced me to pick up Women of Futures Past.  And, oh, how I am glad I … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Old Venus, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

I intentionally waited to write about Old Venus until I’d gotten a look at the real thing by reading Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Burrough’s Carson of Venus gets namedropped in the jacket copy of Old Venus, along … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Pirates of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs

One of the high-level changes that separates modern speculative fiction from the old stuff is the balkanization of science fiction among hard science fiction, social science fiction, and adventure fiction.  You know that wasn’t always so, but the brain still … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Cirsova vol. 1

In my post announcing my Throwback SF Thursday series, I mentioned that there seems to be a resurgence in interest in old-style speculative fiction.  Cirsova was front-and-center in my mind when I thought of Retro SF.  But I hadn’t read … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

In the year of our Lord 1345, a big, silvery spaceship lands in a small barony in England.  First contact is tough; one blaster blast from them, and a whole lot of clothyard shafts, lance tips, and sword blows from … Continue reading

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Review of The Journeyman: In the Stone House by Michael F. Flynn

The Journeyman: In the Stone House commits the same sin as Flow and Championship B’tok by telling only a piece of a larger story. But I give it a pass. Why? I could say that it sticks to one POV, … Continue reading

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