Monthly Archives: May 2020

Some Comments on the 2019 Nebula Award Winners

The winners of the 2019 Nebula Awards have been announced tonight. Like most events these days, the ceremony and the associated conference were virtual. There was a livestream of the ceremony, too, but I forgot that it was on and … Continue reading

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Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month for May 2020

It’s that time of the month again, time for “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”. So what is “Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month”? It’s a round-up of speculative fiction by indie authors newly published this month, though some April … Continue reading

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Indie Crime Fiction of the Month for May 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of “Indie Crime Fiction of the Month”. So what is “Indie Crime Fiction of the Month”? It’s a round-up of crime fiction by indie authors newly published this month, though some April books I missed … Continue reading

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Retro Review: “Arena” by Fredric Brown

I’ll continue my reviews of the 1945 Retro Hugo finalist with “Arena”, a science fiction novelette by Fredric Brown that was published in the June 1944 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and is a finalist for the 1945 Retro Hugo … Continue reading

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Justice League or Sometimes There’s No Way to Salvage an Unholy Mess

Last week, the news dropped that Warner Bros is planning to release the so-called “Snyder cut” of Justice League sometime in 2021. To recap, Zack Snyder, who had already directed Man of Steel and Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Peter Thomas

German film and TV composer Peter Thomas (1925 – 2020) died yesterday aged 94. Unfortunately, there is no English language obituary, though here are some nice German ones from Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Together with Martin … Continue reading

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Cora’s Hugo Voter Packet – and Other Miscellaneous Hugo Stuff

The Hugo Voter Packet is slow to arrive this year, so several finalists in the fan categories have put their Hugo Voter Packets online for everybody to download and peruse. You can find the Hugo Voter Packets of fellow Best … Continue reading

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Retro Review: “City” by Clifford D. Simak

“City” is a science fiction novelette by Clifford D. Simak, which was first published in the May 1944 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and is a finalist for the 1945 Retro Hugo. The magazine version may be found online here. … Continue reading

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First Monday Free Fiction: Kitchen Witch

Welcome to the May 2020 edition of First Monday Free Fiction. To recap, inspired by Kristine Kathryn Rusch who posts a free short story every week on her blog, I’ll post a free story on every first Monday of the … Continue reading

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