Book Review: A DARKLING SEA by James Cambias

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There are many reasons to enjoy science fiction. If hard science fiction is your thing, read how Kim Stanley Robinson extrapolates our current technology to posit a utopian future. Or if you prefer social science fiction, pick up a novel by Ursula K. LeGuin and see how she integrates anthropology into fictional worlds as if […]

Interview: Kim Newman

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I recently had occasion to highly praise British author, Kim Newman‘s fun, postmodern take on the dracula mythos, Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard (review). Kim kindly agreed to the interview which follows. John: You said in the acknowledgements at the end of your most recent novel, Johnny Alucard, that episodes had previously been released “disguised as […]

The Art of Big ‘O’

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If there is anything that’s guaranteed to flush out my inner geek, its science fiction and fantasy art on album covers. Long before the word “geek” came into more common usage, I was a schoolboy who saved all his pocket money to buy record albums and books. Many of them I purchased for the cover […]

Cultural Conundrums: Suggested Reads

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The BBC recently ran a piece, titled Close encounters of the Arab kind by Lydia Green, about Arab Sci-Fi that spoke to Ameri-Euro-centrality of most published science fiction. She went on to explain the impact that Arab literature has had on Western literature and even had the first recognizable Sci-Fi story. She doesn’t mention that […]

Clinging to the Wreckage: How to Save Science Fiction

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In its introduction to its list of the best science fiction and fantasy of the year, the io9 website says 2012 was a great year for books that transcended genre boundaries. I had no problem with them talking about science fiction that turned out to be fantasy (not sure what they actually meant by that, […]

Does the Best Horror Make Us Face Our Biggest Fears?

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Some people prefer to read their Horror within the autumn atmosphere surrounding Halloween. I’m more open to letting the right story pull me in, no matter the season. A couple of late summer Horror titles, Fiend, by Peter Stenson, and Floating Staircase, by Ronald Malfi, have been two of the best reads of the year, […]

On Openings — Annnnnnd Ruuuummmmble

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Faith Hunter discusses the vital importance of opening a story well.

Win a copy of THE CREATIVE FIRE, by Brenda Cooper

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We are going to give away more books in 2013, and Pyr SF is gracious to get us started. To win your free copy of THE CREATIVE FIRE, simply tweet and facebook about us.

Fantasy Tropes in Japanese Folklore

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Travis Heermann, author of HEART OF THE RONIN and host of the new kickstarter project SWORD OF THE RONIN, discusses the rich history of Japanese fantasy tropes, including the tortured girl and diabolical inanimate objects.

Is Critical Thinking a Dying Art?

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This is how we descend into a new techo-dark age, that is paradoxically driven by an over infusion of information that’s not be processed by people because they have lost that ability to make value judgments. This is a world in which a richness of technology and knowledge gets lost in the shuffle of our inability to access and apply it.