Space Pirates Are In My Wheelhouse

It turns out spending time on social media poking around the fringes of modern publishing has blown up my reading queue.  I haven’t had this much great stuff rain down on me since Matt moved to town my sophomore year of high school and brought his father’s full basement...

Short Fiction: The Challenger’s Garland

The first short story in Schuyler Herntrom’s collection, Thune’s Vision, is The Challenger’s Garland, is the worst thing I’ve ever read by Mr. Hernstrom. If you’ve been following this blog you know that doesn’t tell you much.  His stories included in the first two issues of Cirsova Magazine, were brilliant,...

Let’s Get Something Straight Here, People

When you come around these parts, and you see a lot of links to the Puppy of the Month Club, recommendations for The Good Stuff, and pointers to blogs by The Usual Suspects?  There’s a reason for that, and no, it’s not because I’m desperate for filler posts or...

Signal Boost: Geek Gab With Schuyler Hernstrom

Pictured above: Me I make no apologies nor excuses for being a raging Schuyler Hernstrom fanboy.  (The only reason that I haven’t already read everything the man has written is that I’m savoring the wait.  That, and the Puppy of the Month Book Club dictating my reading list and...

Ten Gentle Opportunities, by Jeff Duntemann

Last Friday’s post was essentially a call to arms for readers who enjoy the counter-culture movement within science fiction and fantasy to take a few risks and try novels by newer authors.  It is young, this backlash against modern identitarian…stories?  (It’s hard to use the term ‘stories’ when so...

The New World of Longshot Reads

A while back a guy by the name of Jeff Duntemann crossed my Twit Box path.  Two tweets in he tossed me a link to a book he had written called Ten Gentle Opportunities.  The plug was so natural that it made me laugh…and it made me three dollar...

The MAGA Mutual Aid Society

Living in a deep blue state carries with it a host of disadvantages that aren’t worth dwelling upon here.  The deep blue denizens of my particular blue state tend to run to the more passive-aggressive end of the spectrum.  Learning that a Trump supporter walks in their midst will...

I See What You Did There, Frank

Chris Cutalik runs the phenomenal D&D blog, Hill Cantons.  A recent post over there featured this Frank Frazetta painting of John Carter putting the hurt on a trio of (what I think are) Black Martians.  Dude.  Black Martian Lives Matter. Frank Frazetta is one of my favorite artists, for...

An Amusing Amazon Recommendation

Amazon’s recommendations don’t bother me.  They know what I like and have helped me find some interesting reads.  This one showed up in my inbox and amused me enough to share:   Yeah.  Yeah, I think I might like that one.  Thanks, Amazon!  ...

As Goes the Lovecraft, So Goes the Hugo

Last November, the World Fantasy Award stopped using Lovecraft’s name and image for their top prize due to his disturbing tendency to engage in crimethink. What I want to know is, when will the SFWA follow suit and change the name of their trophy to something more appropriate than...