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If you’re not watching the Canadian science fiction TV series Orphan Black (airs on BBCA on Saturday nights at 9) you’re missing out on some killer writing and telelvision. The plot involves ...
by terrypinder
Comment Count 57 comments on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:30 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
By my hasty count, 38-year-old Brandon Sanderson has published over 9000 pages of science fiction and fantasy since 2005. And that’s not counting his numerous short stories. Of those pages, I’...
by scilicet
Comment Count 23 comments on Sun Mar 23, 2014 at 06:30 AM PDT with 19 Recommends
It's been about three years since I started writing these pieces for the Readers & Book Lovers Group. During those three years I've tried to present a sampling of some of the significant writers in ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 28 comments on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:30 PM PDT with 20 Recommends
In his dedication at the beginning of Elric of Melniboné , Michael Moorcock acknowledges thanks to Poul Anderson for his Three Hearts and Three Lions . As we saw in our look at that book, Anderson ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 06:30 PM PST with 16 Recommends
Michael Moorcock intended Elric to be sort of like the Anti-Conan; where most traditional Heroic Fantasy featured Beefy Barbarians slaying Evil Wizards, Elric was a nerdy wizard who got to kick the ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 15 comments on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 06:30 PM PST with 19 Recommends
Unlike many of my fannish friends in college, I was never into Elric. Most of my exposure to science fiction in my youth came from my Dad’s collection of paperbacks in the basement, and he had ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 25 comments on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 06:30 PM PST with 21 Recommends
Ever since he arrived in this strange magical world, Holger Carlsen, a practical-minded Danish engineer with perhaps a spark of adventure in him, has been mistaken for a legendary knight. The ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 9 comments on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 06:35 PM PST with 21 Recommends
Poul Anderson is perhaps not one of the legendary titans of science fiction, but he has long been a favorite of mine. A writer with a background in physics, he came from the John W. Campbell school ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 06:30 PM PST with 20 Recommends
“If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family – anything you like – at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point where there was ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 20 comments on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 07:12 PM PST with 11 Recommends
There has always been two Englands: a nation of shopkeepers and a nation of poets; behind every Arthur a Mordred and behind every Milton a Cromwell. The secular land of Britain ruled by the King, ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 06:35 PM PST with 17 Recommends
When I was growing up back in the ‘70s, my Mom used to fret about cults and worried that my brother or I might get “sucked into” one. Jane Studdock is also worried about getting “sucked into�
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 8 comments on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 06:35 PM PST with 17 Recommends
Jane and Mark Studdock are a recently-married couple living in the small college town of Edgestow. Mark has recently gained a fellowship at the local Bracton Colleges and has an opportunity to join ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 14 comments on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 06:35 PM PST with 13 Recommends
The title is taken from a line by the 16th Century poet Sir David Lyndsay (no relation, as far as I know, to the author of A Voyage to Arcturus ): The shadow of that hyddeous strength Sax myle and ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 14 comments on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 06:45 PM PST with 19 Recommends
Sorry, gang. This week I got nothin'. Not even a good excuse. This week I'll just have to make do with just my usual link to the Nifty Sci-Fi/Fantasy Index , where you can find previous entries ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 21 comments on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 06:30 PM PST with 5 Recommends
Christian Doctrine is never far from the surface in Lewis’s writings, and Perelandra is, I think, the most overtly religious of his Space Trilogy. It imagines the planet Venus, or Perelandra in ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 14 comments on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 06:30 PM PST with 15 Recommends
Erich von Däniken speculated that the stories in ancient myth and legend about gods angels and miracles were actually distorted accounts of space aliens. C.S. Lewis anticipated this idea and ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 12 comments on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 06:44 PM PST with 13 Recommends
I intended to spend Sunday afternoon working on tonight's diary. Instead I wound up filling out online job applications. But I do intend to get through the rest of C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy. My ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 10 comments on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:30 PM PST with 10 Recommends
Unca Joe Campbell used to talk about the Call to Adventure as an integral part of the Hero’s Journey and how in cases where the Hero rejects the call, Adventure winds up chasing him down anyway. ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 7 comments on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 06:57 PM PST with 22 Recommends
Sorry, gang; I've been fighting off a cold and a toothache most of the week and wasn't able to finish this week's installment of " Out of the Silent Planet. " Yeah, yeah, excuses, excuses. I'll be ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 13 comments on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 06:31 PM PST with 15 Recommends
Despite having been drugged and forcibly abducted by a slimy school chum and a Nietzchean physicist, Dr. Elwin Ransom, a philologist on vacation, is actually starting to enjoy his involuntary ...
by quarkstomper
Comment Count 16 comments on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:40 PM PST with 16 Recommends