Category Archives: Science Fiction

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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Old Stories, new collection: The Best of Jerry Pournelle

The Best of Jerry Pournelle edited by John F. Carr, Baen Books 2019 trade paper, science fiction and biographical essays While this is a new collection, many of the stories are decades old. Summary (from the publisher): “For the better part of … Continue reading

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Gratefully Received – part ONE

Santa was generous this year, as always, and in addition to a scarf featuring Edward Gorey’s Doubtful Guest, and a really nice sweater, I did receive some books. Due to the bounty I’m going to make this a multi-part post. … Continue reading

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Current Reading: Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe

Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe, Orbit Books, June 2019 trade paper I read a September 6th post on the Black Gate blog about this book in which John O’Neal said: “The last book in [her previous] series appeared in 2017, so I’ve been keeping … Continue reading

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