Judging Books By Their Covers

I confess that I judge books by their covers all the time. For Instance, if I see one or more cool looking starships or mechs on a cover, I'm going to judge that book worthy of closer look. I will click on the description or, if it's a dead tree version, flip it to read … Continue reading Judging Books By Their Covers

Why We Write What We Write

And by 'we' I mean those of us who eschew the nihilism of  Grimdark. Hugo and Dragon Award nominee, Benjamin Cheah Kai Wai recently posted: 'This world is a dark world. Open a newspaper and see for yourself. Murder, genocide, civil war, assaults, rapes, kidnapping, sex trafficking, corruption, on and on, and endless litany of … Continue reading Why We Write What We Write

It’s A Wonderful Tale

From INFOGALACTIC:  In February 1938 Stern awoke with the story in mind. Inspired by a dream that was reminiscent of the 1843 Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol, Stern wrote a 4,000 word short story called "The Greatest Gift". He began work on it in 1939 but didn't finish until 1943, and was then unable to find a publisher. He … Continue reading It’s A Wonderful Tale

Leiningen Versus the Ants – My Tale of Gold!

Sci-fi Grand Master  John C. Wright  has put forth a wonderful notion he names the  BOOK OF GOLD, a novel that comes to a young reader when they need it most. Breaking through whatever gloom enshrouds them, said golden book beats back the darkness with the pure sunshine of wonder. Even if the precious reprieve from … Continue reading Leiningen Versus the Ants – My Tale of Gold!

The Quest for Saint Aquin – A Short Story

I always have an eye out for sci fi stories and novels that feature Catholicism in some way or another, for good or for ill. Recently, I came across The Quest for Saint Aquin, an oldie pulpy written by  Anthony Boucher. The story, first published in 1951 in New Tales of Space and Time eventually won inclusion … Continue reading The Quest for Saint Aquin – A Short Story