Category Archives: Books

Retro Review: “The Man Who Wouldn’t Hang” by Stanton A. Coblentz

“The Man Who Wouldn’t Hang” is a short story by Stanton A. Coblentz, which was first published in the July 1944 issue of Weird Tales and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The story may be found online … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Retro Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Retro Review: “Guard in the Dark” by Allison V. Harding

“Guard in the Dark” is a short story by Allison V. Harding, which was first published in the July 1944 issue of Weird Tales and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The magazine version may be found online … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Retro Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Retro Review: “The Big and the Little” a.k.a. “The Merchant Princes” by Isaac Asimov

“The Big and the Little” is a novelette by Isaac Asimov, which was first published in the August 1944 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The magazine version may be found online … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Retro Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Retro Review: “The Wedge” a.k.a. “The Traders” by Isaac Asimov

“The Wedge” is a short story by Isaac Asimov, which was first published in the October 1944 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. The magazine version may be found online here. This … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Retro Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Retro Review: “Terror Out of Space” by Leigh Brackett

“Terror Out of Space” by Leigh Brackett is a science fiction novelette, which appeared in the summer 1944 issue of Planet Stories and is therefore eligible for the 1945 Retro Hugos. You can find the story online here. This review … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Retro Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing the 1945 Retro Hugo Spreadsheet and Retro Science Fiction Reviews

Anybody who has been following this blog for a while will know that I have been occasionally frustrated with the Retro Hugo Award finalists and winners, because all too often, people seem to be voting and nominating based on name … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Links, Retro Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Monday Free Fiction: Shelter

Welcome to the January 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

Posted in Books, First Monday Free Fiction, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month for December 2019

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 November … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Speculative Fiction of the Month | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indie Crime Fiction of the Month for December 2019

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 speculative fiction by indie authors newly published this month, though some November books I missed … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Indie Crime Fiction of the Month | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 2019 Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents

It’s almost the end of the year, so it’s time to announce the winner of the coveted (not) 2019 Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents. Let’s have a bit of background: I have been informally awarding the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Film, TV | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment