In the late 1990s, I was a member of the Science Fiction Book Club. You’ve heard of the SFBC, right? It is one of those mail-order places, like the Columbia House Record Club, where you get to select several items (books in this case) for a negligible price, but are contractually obligated to purchase a […]Read more "Wolf in Shadow (Jon Shannow #1), by David Gemmell — a book review"
Is there a better time than during a global pandemic to release a limited-run television series about . . . a global pandemic? Probably not. I’ve been a fan of the novel The Stand, by Stephen King, since the late 1970s, when it was published. In his dedication of the book to his wife, Tabitha, […]Read more "The Stand: Limited Series (2020) — a review"
For me, science fiction—as a fiction genre—is speculative fiction about the possible. By comparison, fantasy—which is science fiction’s close cousin—is speculative fiction about the impossible. A proverbial fine line exists between the two genres, a line which often gets crossed. So often, in fact, that we see both genres lumped together under the SFF banner, […]Read more "Escape (Not the Piña Colada Song): musings on escapist fiction and people who don’t like the taste of chocolate"
I’ve owned other digital books. But, I believe this may be the first time I’ve ever owned professionally written fiction that exists only in digital form. I downloaded all six of these novella-length stories onto my Kindle Fire a while back. They were either free to me as an Amazon Prime member, or so cheap […]Read more "The “Nameless” Series, by Dean Koontz (digital collection) — a review"
I’m watching Season 5 of the Amazon series The Expanse as the episodes drop, which means I’m probably already into the plot of the novel published after this one, Nemesis Games. It doesn’t matter. Season 4 covered a lot of what happens in Cibola Burn, and I never felt that watching the streaming series before […]Read more "Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4), by James S. A. Corey — a book review"
I’ve written about Firefly on other occasions. Like all fans of the show, I’ve bemoaned the fact that this science fiction series, created by patron-nerd-saint Joss Whedon, was cancelled after only a single season. The show was so richly drawn, with compelling characters and potential plotlines that could have easily sustained five additional seasons, perhaps […]Read more "Firefly: The Story Continues . . . (adventures in other media)"
My reading habits, like my television and movie viewing habits, are largely genre-driven. I am a confessed bibliophile, an avid reader from a young age. I have read all types of books, fiction and nonfiction. If you looked at my current reading list, you’d see that I’m reading an historical novel, a science fiction novel, […]Read more "Black River Falls, by Ed Gorman — a book review"
What about a vampire novel without any vampires? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? There may or may not be a vampire in this one. I’m not telling. But, I will tell you that a vampire isn’t the real villain in this well-written horror novel by the late Richard Laymon. In fact, although the vampire-adjacent content in the […]Read more "The Stake, by Richard Laymon — a book review"
After reading the name of the author in the title of this post, you’re thinking: “I know that name. Where do I know Stephen J. Cannell from?” Cannell was an American television producer, writer, and occasional actor. He created or co-created several dozen successful television series from the 1970s through the ’90s, including The Rockford […]Read more "King Con, by Stephen J. Cannell — a book review"
True story. The only time I ever visited San Francisco was many years ago now. Maybe ten years, but not more than fifteen. I could probably narrow that down further, but it would require getting out of my office chair. That’s not going to happen right now. I recall being in a bookstore somewhere in […]Read more "Hoodwink (Nameless Detective #7), by Bill Pronzini — a book review"