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Science fiction is dead… or is it?

Listen. I can see three possible arguments against the idea that science fiction is dead. 1. It’s everywhere Yes, I readily admit that it doesn’t immediately look like SF is dead. Bookshop shelves groan and Kindles and iPads are filled

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The Fires Within by Arthur C Clarke

This story was originally credited to O G O’Brien First published in Fantasy, August 1947 This story casts the mad scientist and the pulp prodigy aside in favour of a more realistic version of science. In this story we get

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The End of Summer

And so summer comes to an end. Oh yes, I know it’s only the middle of August, but I’ve had my holidays and now begin settling in for work once more. While I was away, I found this at The

Posted in boring crap about ME, H P Lovecraft, Jack Vance, nostalgia, second hand books, SF

The Abyss by Robert A.W. Lowndes

First published in Stirring Science Fiction, February 1941. In my review of AlanMoore’s Neonomicon over on the Zone, I mention H P Lovecraft’s role in the early days of fandom. By the time he started publishing stories in Weird Tales

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My Reading Year 2013 Part Two: Science Fiction is Dead

Dead! This year I read just 16 books of prose. It’s a pretty disappointing number; well down on my usual efforts. I think the most books I’ve read in a year is 32, so it’s half of that, but I

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Neonomicon by Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows etc

I’ve written a lengthy review of this for The Zone, and it’s up now. It took me ages, because I’ve been very busy and it’s very long. Before writing about Alan Moore’s ‘Neonomicon’ I wanted to “finish off” my thoughts

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Reading log – Q1 2012!

So, rather than writing about everything I read this year I’m taking a step back from blogging to concentrate on my fiction and also reviews. That’s working OK, I guess. I’ve only written one review so far this year and

Posted in boring crap about ME, comics, H P Lovecraft, Osama by Lavie Tidhar, reading log

The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath

“The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath”, first published in Beyond the Wall of Sleep, 1943. This is the the thirty-third entry in my read-through of the commemorative edition of Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H P Lovecraft. Because of

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My Reading Year 2011

Well, all in all, 2011 wasn’t quite as horrible as 2010. I have a new job and will be shortly moving house, so it’s all change here. A change is as good as a holiday, as they say, although having

Posted in Arthur C Clarke Awards, books, boring crap about ME, comics, crime, ghosts, Grant Morrison, H P Lovecraft, reading log, The Big Knockover, The Dervish House, writing, Zoo City

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

“The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”, first published in Weird Tales, May-July 1941. This is the the thirty-second entry in my read-through of the commemorative edition of Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H P Lovecraft. This story is told

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