Science Fiction Literature

In the Hall of the Mountain King

I was asked by Sol Cohen in April 1968 to succeed Harry Harrison as Editor of Amazing Stories. One hundred dollars a month, a limitless supply of letterhead stationary and full reimbursement of postage. “We’ll see how that works out”... Read More »

Frogs in Aspic, Like a Box of Chocolates

Frogs in Aspic, Like a Box of Chocolates

Frogs in Aspic Keith P. Graham Kindle only $1.99 I’m partial to short fiction, especially lately when I have so many interruptions it seems to take forever to finish a novel. So when a collection comes my way that contains numerous short stories, I’m... Read More »

Lost In Space! Reviews of Unknown or Underappreciated Books: #2 Emergence by David R. Palmer

Hello again, and welcome back! So – what, exactly, do I mean by ‘unknown or underappreciated’? To put it simply – not everyone is a Kevin J. Anderson or David Weber or Eric Flint or Robert Heinlein. Some authors – I would venture to say, ... Read More »

No. 5 – John W. Campbell, Who Goes There?, The Ultimate Weapon, and Hostile Aliens.

John W. Campbell, aka – Don A Stuart, wrote for Astounding Science-Fiction. His work Who Goes There? was voted the best science fiction novella EVER. Okay, slip of the tongue. ONE of the best. Sorry. I guess I just saw RED when I first misread ... Read More »

“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff, Right?” Science Fiction’s Self-Esteem Problem Part IV: To Boldly Go Where No Fan Has Gone Before

Over the last three weeks I have discussed the sources and causes of Science Fictions self-esteem problem. The genre’s inability to shed it’s pulp roots and ongoing pulpishness, the relative obscurity of SF to the book reading public and the enduring... Read More »

The Virtual Truth of the Bloodlight Chronicles

The Virtual Truth of the Bloodlight Chronicles

The Bloodlight Chronicles by Steve Stanton revives originality in today's science fiction with a complex cyberpunk series. Read More »

A Kepler’s Dozen

A Kepler’s Dozen

NASA’s Kepler mission has been watching a swath of the Milky Way watching for the signs of stars being eclipsed by planets in orbit around them.  This takes patience and favorable geometry, but Kepler has already been successful in finding doze... Read More »

Objects in Dreams (Imaginings Volume 4) by Lisa Tuttle

Lisa Tuttle has long been one of the masters of the deeply unsettling tale. Last year her short story Objects in Dreams may be Closer than they Appear opened Jonathan Oliver’s excellent anthology, House of Fear, a collection of haunted and otherwise ... Read More »

Synthetic Voices’ Top Podcasted Stories of 2012

Synthetic Voices’ Top Podcasted Stories of 2012

Over at the Synthetic Voices podcast, I see a LOT of fiction over the course of a calendar year.  Now, the 2012th year of the Common Era is coming to a close, so I thought I’d look back over my selections and pick out the cream of the crop.  Th... Read More »

Dead Cosmonauts and Other Eldritch Horrors

Dead Cosmonauts and Other Eldritch Horrors

Space Eldritch Nathan Shumate, ed. Cold Fusion Media Tpb $13.99, ebook $5.99 Kindle Nook Smashwords Two of the most popular subgenres of the fantastic are space travel (with its myriad sub-subgenres) and cosmic entities with malevolent intentions, po... Read More »

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