Science Fiction & Fantasy

Bite Into Some Gritty Urban Fantasy

Sandman Slim

If you’re looking for where Urban Fantasy and Horror meet, it’s right here with two great series that are chalk full of violence and language.  They are most definitely not for the faint of heart. 

 

 

 

New Adventure in Old Mars

There was a time when Mars was still a mystery and we thrilled to the early pulp stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny and many others. It was a desert planet of Martians, ancient cities, canals, exotic landscapes and high adventure.

Though modern science has revealed Mars' secrets now (or lack thereof) this collection harkens back to the pulp fiction style about our red neighbor, before we knew what was actually there.

Cold Days Are Upon us

Dresden Files: Cold DaysWith the chilly weather coming though, I thought it would be a great time to re-read one of my favorite Urban Fantasy Series: The Dresden Files

Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Hunted, book six in Kevin Hearne's The Iron Druid Chronicles, begins with Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon in a race to find an open portal to the Tuatha De Danann plain of existence, while avoiding the vengeful grasp of the goddesses of the hunt, Artemis and Diana as well as other assorted members of the Greek and Roman pantheons.

The One-Eyed Man by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

When offered a job on Stittara, Dr. Paulo Verano (a freelance ecological consultant) accepts, looking for a new start after difficulties in his personal life. The planet is a main producer of anagathics, drugs which can double the human life span. He soon gets caught in the political pressures of the government as uninterrupted flow of the longevity drug is top priority to the officials, even to the destruction of the human settlements.

Preparing for Ender's Game

Are you excited for the long-awaited SciFi classic, Ender’s Game, to be released on the big screen this November? Before seeing the movie, I plan to brush up on the story.

Don't have time to read it in its original format? Try the graphic novel adaptation.

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

Isaac, Lena and Nidhi are back in Codex Born the second book of the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines. With the murder of a wendigo, a mysterious and powerful organization makes a reappearance after over 500 years of silence with an agenda to use Lena Greenwood (a dryad) as a weapon against the Porters.

Frederik Pohl: 1919-2013

Novelist, poet, essayist, editor, agent – Frederik Pohl (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was a pioneer and champion of science fiction.  Not only did he create worlds for which he won many awards, including six Hugos as well as a Grand Master from the Science Fiction Writers of America, but he also guided and encouraged other writers.  With 75 years of influence in the genre, here are a few items worth checking out.  You can also look at the extensive summary on Frederik Pohl on the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

 

Star Wars by way of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher combines the classic style of Shakespeare with George Lucas's  Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope. Wait! Don't write it off too quickly. As quirky as it sounds, the iambic pentameter and old English is rather charming in the Star Wars setting.

TROOPER 4: Pray, show me now thy papers.

OBI-WAN: Nay, thou dost not need to see his papers.            

Neptune's Brood

 "I can get you a cheaper ticket if you let me amputate your legs: I can even take your thighs as a deposit," said the travel agent. He was clearly trying hard to be helpful: "It's not as if you'll need them where you're going, is it?"    

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