Monthly Archives: February 2020

Retro Review: “The Veil of Astellar” by Leigh Brackett

“The Veil of Astellar” by Leigh Brackett is a space opera novelette, which appeared in the spring 1944 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The magazine version may be found here. This … Continue reading

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Masks and Murder 2020 – A Round-up of Indie Mardi Gras Mysteries

Our monthly round-ups of new speculative fiction and new crime fiction releases by indie authors are a perennially popular feature. Therefore, we now offer you a round-up of our favourite Mardi Gras mysteries, crime novels and thrillers by indie and … Continue reading

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Retro Review: “Double-Cross” by James MacCreigh a.k.a. Fredrik Pohl

“Double-Cross” by James MacCreigh is a science fiction short story, which appeared in the winter 1944 issue of Planet Stories and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The magazine version may be found here. This review will also … Continue reading

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Some Comments on the 2019 Nebula Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Nebula Awards have been announced today. And thankfully – because I’m tired and not feeling at all well today – this year’s Nebula finalists seem to be largely uncontroversial, unlike last year. All in all, … Continue reading

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Retro Review: “The Gothic Window” by Dorothy Quick

“The Gothic Window” is a short story by Dorothy Quick, which was first published in the May 1944 issue of Weird Tales and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The story may be found online here. This review … Continue reading

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Star Trek Picard goes forth with “Absolute Candor”

It’s time for my episode by episode review of Star Trek Picard again. Previous installments may be found here. In my review of episode 3 of Star Trek Picard, I said that it seems as if the set-up period was … Continue reading

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Retro Review: “Undersea Guardians” by Ray Bradbury

“Undersea Guardians” by Ray Bradbury is a horror short story, which appeared in the December 1944 issue of Amazing Stories and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The magazine version may be found here. This review will also … Continue reading

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Retro Review: “Desertion” by Clifford D. Simak

“Desertion” is a hard science fiction short story by Clifford D. Simak, which was first published in the November 1944 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The magazine version may be found … Continue reading

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Love Through Space and Time 2020 – A Round-up of Indie Valentine’s Day Speculative Fiction

Our monthly round-ups of new speculative fiction and new crime fiction releases by indie authors are a perennially popular feature. Therefore, we now offer you a round-up of our favourite Valentine’s Day science fiction, fantasy and horror by indie authors. … Continue reading

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Love and Crime 2020 – A Round-up of Indie Valentine’s Day Mysteries and Crime Fiction

Our monthly round-ups of new speculative fiction and new crime fiction releases by indie authors are a perennially popular feature. Therefore, we now offer you a round-up of our favourite Valentine’s Day mysteries by indie and small press authors. The … Continue reading

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