Read This: Pontypool Changes Everything
Tony Burgess’s Pontypool Changes Everything is an unusual entry in the zombie novel field. In it, the danger of zombiehood comes though the corruption and failure of language, and Burgess creates a great deal of mayhem without splattering everything in sight.Read More →
Read This: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
It is assumed that the androids of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’s dwindling Earth have their own desires and motivations, and are all but impossible to tell from natural humans without highly specialized empathy tests. In this world, it is not the androids’ ability to be self-aware that defines the difference, but their inability to feel for anyone but themselves. Or so the humans believe.Read More →
Musings on “In the Walls of Eryx”
The popular focus on H.P. Lovecraft has long been on his Cthulhu Mythos. “In the Walls of Eryx” stands apart from that particularly haunted universe. Instead, its universe is a bit closer to home.Read More →
Read This: Emergence
I first read Emergence, by David R. Palmer, in the magazine Analog back in 1981. I was thrilled with it then. The protagonist, Candy Smith-Foster, all of eleven years old, was a self-described plucky female adventurer taking on a depopulated post-apocalypse world with the help of her hyacinthine macaw companion. How could I not be thrilled?Read More →
Read This: Dune
It is hard to believe it has been fifty years since Frank Herbert’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning Dune was published in August, 1965. The novel, and its titular planet, are still as vast and imposing as when they were new. Dune is space opera at its finest, a grand sweep of empire and conquest.Read More →
Read This: Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?
If your interest in all things zombie extends beyond “It’s a virus!” or “It’s a fungus!”, to what could actually cause typical zombie behaviors, Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain by Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek might be just the book for you.Read More →
Meet the Author: L. Sprague de Camp
I would like to offer a fresh introduction to L. Sprague de Camp–one of the old guard in the art of speculative fiction. He is, among other things, the author of The Compleat Enchanter, rejuvinator of Conan the Barbarian, biographer of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft, and master of sword and sorcery.Read More →
Read This: A Canticle for Leibowitz
Walter M. Miller, Jr’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a novel heavy with philosophical observations about faith, hope, and human frailty in the long wake of a nuclear apocalypse. The following is what I took away with me.
In broad outline, A Canticle for Leibowitz tracks the progress of humanity over the eighteen centuries following a worldwide nuclear apocalypse.Read More →
Read This: The Borribles
Michael de Larrabeiti’s novel follows eight Borribles, who are selected to go on a grand campaign to rid London of the scourge of the Rumbles. Rumbles hate the Borribles as much as the Borribles hate them.Read More →
Read This: Anno Dracula
There is something to be said for steam-punky Victorian supernatural dramas. With Penny Dreadful’s eclectic cast of characters churning […]Read More →