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Monthly Archives: April 2021
The finalists for this year’s short story Hugo Award were a pleasant surprise. A full half of them were actually science fiction, but I enjoyed the rest just as much. The quality of the writing was consistently high, which caused … Continue reading
Roger Zelazny was a master wordsmith, and Rose is one of his early masterpieces. It is so skillfully written that one doesn’t even notice that it is more akin to a Greek tragedy than to science fiction. And one doesn’t … Continue reading
This highly amusing and cynical short story hits all the right buttons. It contains a future that may be funny for some and terrifying for others. It has a highly emotional redemption arc. And a crime and punishment element so … Continue reading
Before Alastair Reynolds and the Ultras, before the mind-numbing and soul-crushing emptiness of deep space travel, there was Smith and his Scanners. This is one of the first stories that combine Lovecraftian horror with space travel. It uses very vivid … Continue reading
A few years ago, I got to meet George R. R. Martin at a convention. My “meeting” was absolutely forgettable for him. I was one of hundreds of people queuing to get his autograph. Still, I was one of the … Continue reading