Category Archives: Science Fiction

FFB: Exploring the Horizons

Exploring the Horizons: Explorers and the Furthest Horizon edited by Gardner Dozois, SFBC May 2000 hardcover, science fiction anthology omnibus. Collects 2 previous anthologies. 916 pages. Cover by John Berkeley. Put together by one of the best editors in the genre, an eleven-time … Continue reading

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FFB: Safe Secret by Harry Carmichael

Safe Secret by Harry Carmichael, Macmillan Company 1964, hardcover mystery, “A Cock Robin Mystery” Carmichael was the primary pseudonym of Leopold Ognall. He also wrote as Hartley Howard, mostly about PI Glenn Bowman. (thanks, Jeff) The blurb: “No matter how … Continue reading

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I Was Gonna Do A Post…

But WordPress, Damn them to Hell, has completely changed their editing program, and besides being a confusing mess, it’s made it just about impossible to do anything more than type a single sentence, which this is, and so no post beside … Continue reading

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old SF Anthology: Contact

Continuing a series of posts on old science fiction anthologies inspired by an article in the Black Gate blog. Contact edited by Noel Keyes, Paperback Library, 1963 mass market paperback short story anthology The blurb: “We may no longer be alone in the … Continue reading

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old SF Anthology: More Adventures On Other Planets

More Adventures On Other Planets edited by Donald A. Wollheim, Ace Books Inc. 1963 mass market paperback, science fiction anthology, six stories, 190 pages. The blurb: “Here, in this new anthology, you will find a preview of the thrills in … Continue reading

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Shelf Shots – 1

After seeing this meme, under the name the Bookshelf Traveling For Insane Times (begun, with guidelines, here) on three blogs, including Tracy at Bitter Tea and Mystery and Patti at Pattinaise, I finally decided to jump in. The photo is of the … Continue reading

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old SF Anthology: Adventures On Other Planets

John ONeill, is the Emperor Overlord & Mighty Poobah of the excellent blog Black Gate. I subscribed to and read Black Gate in print when it was published in that format, and now I read it daily in blog form on my computer. … Continue reading

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Reading: an old favorite by Poul Anderson

The War of the Wing-Men by Poul Anderson, Ace Books G-634 paperback, 1958. I first read this terrific story in Astounding Science Fiction in February, March and April, 1958. The cover title was The Man Who Counts. The novel was then published by Ace … Continue reading

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Reading: John Scalzi’s Interdependency Trilogy

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, TOR hardcover, March 2017 The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, TOR hardcover, October 2018 The Last Emperox by John Scalzi, TOR hardcover, April 2020 Book One: The Collapsing Empire introduces The Interdependency, a thousand-year-old human empire of 48 … Continue reading

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Reading: A Scalzi SF Trilogy

I’m in the process of reading a science fiction trilogy by John Scalzi, The Interdependcy , two books of which I have already read, leading up to the third, newest, recently published one. The books are: The Collapsing Empire by … Continue reading

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