The Elephant Man as Reality T.V.

A review of  The Blind Men and the Elephant   by Russell M. Griffin You would think that a novel investigating the inner life of a freak — indeed, the freak of freaks: Elephant Man — would be grim, depressing, and bleak.  You would think that the transformation of one’s body into something hideous and grotesque […]

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Fallout from Quincy Adams: Readercon 2016

It’s strange to think about the fun-fest of Readercon — which it always turns out to be — as a hotbed of controversy where ripples of fallout will radiate outward for weeks and months after the event. On the other hand, science fiction fandom is a sort of canary in the coal mine of society […]

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The Sleek and Memorable Art of A. J. Donnell

In another post (about blood moons and werewolves) I had occasion to examine the various cover paintings for Jack Williamson’s great novel, Darker Than You Think.   In addition to Edd Cartier’s black and white illustration, Jeff Jones’ transmogrification of tigers and snakes, and David G. Klein’s rather literalist take on the eros and violence in […]

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Island Under the Earth

That inertia is the tendency of a body, when cold, to stay cold; and when hot, to stay hot — that during Star-flux when the thin white lines which cross and crisscross the skies of night tremble and waver and bend and then, for a long, mad moment, tremble and waver and melt and become […]

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Another Blood Moon, Another Howling

What a hullaballoo was kicked up for the recent blood moon.  You’d think that a total eclipse occurring when the moon passes closest to Earth only happens, say … once every generation.   Oh snap!   Barely once in a generation. I’ve been thinking back to the last time I saw such a moon:  it was on […]

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MICE swarm in University Hall: Mass Independent Comix Expo 2015

The MICE invasion of Cambridge was a swarming crowd of anarchistic fun.   Hundreds of comix-crazed attendees jammed the halls of Leslie University, chatting with 200 comic artists and publishers.  Tables of eye candy stretched through the second floor of University Hall, connecting with additional jam-packed side rooms named after comix greats, such as the Crumb […]

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Russian Science Fiction Oddities from the John H. Costello Collection

The book and zine collection of John H. Costello, who passed away in early 2015, was donated to fandom recently at Readercon 26. Here I will take a quick look at some of the Russian language materials that I found among Costello’s collection. As I was digging through these large stacks of books, David Hartwell […]

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