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Flowers for Algernon author Daniel Keyes dies at 86

Daniel Keyes, the author of Flowers for Algernon, died on Sunday at the age of 86. Flowers for Algernon was published in 1966 but it originally appeared as a short story in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1959. Flowers for Algernon is a bitter-sweet story about Charlie Gordon (32 and working in a […]

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Thug Notes burns through Fahrenheit 451

Yo, listen up. Thug Notes offers his gangsta analysis of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s a pretty good interpretation once again. I wonder if university students will be referencing Thug Notes this term?

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Steampunk 101 – The Literature

It’s okay, if you don’t really “get” Steampunk. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, maybe you have a vague notion that it involves goggles and hot air balloons and the inner workings of clocks, and perhaps time machines and top hats. It’s a pretty specific genre, born of science fiction and Victorian sensibilities together – […]

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Trailer for The Hobbit Part 2: The Desolation of Smaug

All of my most ardent Tolkien-fan friends are both irritated that Peter Jackson has turned his film adaptation of The Hobbit into another three-part epic. It was reasonable with The Lord of The Rings (which was a three-book series), but critics are suggesting he’s really milking it for all it’s worth here. That said, after […]

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Penguin’s Glorious Science Fiction Covers

One of the reasons Penguin books has been so successful over the years is its history of creating fantastic book covers. Happily, the Penguin science fiction series is no different. From the campy cartoon style creatures and ridiculous buxom babes of space opera, to the darkly stylized futuristic cities in dystopian futures, Penguin embraces all […]

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2013 Hugo Award Shortlist

Presented annually since 1955 the Hugo Awards are among the most prestigious prizes given to science fiction authors (I, myself, would give the Hugo’s equal billing with The Nebula awards); and are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (aka “Worldcon”) and are presented in several categories which include, but are not […]

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Fantastic Art from Frank Frazetta

If you’ve never heard the name Frank Frazetta, that doesn’t mean you’ve never seen his work. In the latter 20th century, Frazetta was a prolific artist in the fields of fantasy, science fiction and comic art. As comfortable with swords, sorcery and unnaturally curvaceous space heroines as he was with caricature and parody, his work […]

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Edward Gorey’s Illustrations for “The War of the Worlds”

It will be no surprise to regular readers of our blog that I am a big fan of Edward Gorey – I have written many a blog post about him, including the Edward Gorey Google doodle, The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer, and 11 Book Covers by Edward Gorey. You may notice […]

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Amazing Science Fiction Book Cover

Sometimes I find a book which won’t work for a feature, but is too great not to share. A science fiction novel featuring a velociraptor riding a porpoise, with a saddle, through a desert?  This must be shared.  My hat goes off to Peter Goodfellow, the illustrator. You can find more of his illustrations here

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Happy Birthday to Jules Verne, Father of Steampunk

Happy birthday to Jules Verne, born 185 years ago today, on February 8th, 1828. Verne was a French science fiction author, most famous for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. His imagination ran just as deep, and throughout his career he contributed immeasurably to the genre of science fiction. He is often called the father […]

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