Flash Fiction Friday: The Star Liner

They built her out of the most durable materials known to man. Her hull was thick enough to withstand a meteor bombardment, and she was filled with the most advanced technology and most decedent luxuries that money could buy. They didn't name her the Titanic. That would have been silly. She first spread her solar... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

Keith Donohue's The Stolen Child is a dark, earthy reimagining of the fairy and changeling mythology. Taking its name from W.B. Yeats poem, the novel follows the parallel narratives of Henry Day, a boy stolen away from his family, and the changeling that takes his place in the human world. Henry Day is renamed Aniday... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Memory in the Age of Cybernetics

First Iteration – The Wonders of Modern Technology …Access Denied. Incorrect Passcode. Please Try Again… …Access Denied. Incorrect Passcode. …Please Try Again... …Access Denied… …Please Try Again… …Incorrect Passcode… …Please Try Again… …Please Try Again… Second Iteration – Memory in the Age of Cybernetics Time to declare war, I think, on the passcode. Bloody useless things... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Postmortal by Drew Magary

Drew Magary's The Postmortal is an intriguing pre-apocalyptic at a world where science has finally provided the 'cure' for old age and near immortality requires only a relatively inexpensive gene therapy. Diseases are still fatal. There are still accidents and murder, but eternal life is suddenly a very real possibility. The novel takes the form... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Ghosts in the Machine

"I don't believe in ghosts," said the robot. It was an old Mark VII Server Droid, remarkably well preserved but starting to glitch. The reporter nodded sympathetically. Nobody believed in phantoms these days, certainly not robots of such obvious wisdom and experience. Nonetheless, a spectral figure had been seen floating through the walls of the... Continue Reading →

Lincoln’s Bodyguard by T.J. Turner

T.J. Turner's Lincoln's Bodyguard is an alternate history adventure story set in an antebellum world where Lincoln survived John Wilkes Booth's assassination attempt and has presided over a restive South engaging in guerrilla warfare. By an accident of scheduling, I find myself reading and reviewing two alternate history novels in a row. Turner is playing in one... Continue Reading →

Writing Updates: “Cinder and Smoke” Is Now Available in Occult Detective Monster Hunter: A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests Vol. I

My story, Cinder and Smoke, has been published in A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests: Occult Detective Monster Hunter. I consider "Cinder and Smoke" to be the best short story I've written yet. It's got mystery, vaguely Lovecraftian horror, a claustrophobic setting, Belle Epoque Paris, and, of course, an occult detective—M. de Ravenot, a gentleman from the Académie de la... Continue Reading →

Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove's Joe Steele is an alternate history of the United States stretching from the Great Depression to the 1950s in which a version of Stalin who had immigrated to the United States becomes President instead of FDR. Turtledove is the prolific master of alternate history having written over fifty novels in the genre in... Continue Reading →

The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock's The Whispering Swarm is part autobiography and part sprawling literary fantasy. Moorcock is a giant of the genre whose contributions stretch, like his fictional counter part, from the pulp science fiction of the 1950s to the New Wave and beyond. His concept of the Eternal Champion has inspired generations of imitators and his... Continue Reading →

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