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Throwback SF Thursday: Cirsova vol. 3

When you see a new short fiction magazine like Cirsova hit the scene—one that publishes such fresh work—you have to wonder whether the editor can keep it up.  Will there be a real pipeline of quality stories, or was there … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Changa’s Safari by Milton Davis

Teen boys get a bad rap.  David Hartwell sneered that “the Golden Age of Science Fiction is 12.”  John Rogers gibed that “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged.  One … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs

PC Bushi beat me to the punch, and Jeffro wrote a full retrospective back in 2014, so I’m not going to do a full review of At the Earth’s Core. First, some fun facts from an Edgar Rice Burroughs panel … Continue reading

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Vintage Science Fiction Month: The Tritonian Ring by L. Sprague de Camp

Vintage SF Month is hosted by the Little Red Reviewer. I’m not typically a big fan of the meddling, minor gods trope.  It’s theologically incoherent and usually makes for nonsensical worldbuilding.  Neil Gaiman’s highly overrated American Gods is the worst … Continue reading

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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: The Dying Earth by Jack Vance

Why Can’t They Write Stories Like This Anymore? I haven’t been shy about singing the praises of Schuyler Hernstrom’s work in Cirsova issue 1 and issue 2.  Then am I going to agree with Seagull Rising that “Hernstrom’s Images of … Continue reading

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Throwback SF Thursday: Cirsova vol. 2

Retro SF instantly became cool when Cirsova burst onto the scene in March with issue #1.  Well, maybe not instantly.  I, for one, didn’t pick it up until a couple weeks ago, advance copy notwithstanding.  And note everyone has quite … Continue reading

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