Nonfiction

Herzog in a Star Wars western? Meet ‘The Mandalorian’ (Review)

November 13, 2019

“The Mandalorian,” the first live action Star Wars TV series, is the Star Wars fan’s wet dream. It is a gritty take on Star Wars, so obsessed with the scum and villainy side of the story that it crams two cantina scenes into its first 40-minute episode. No one in this slice of the galaxy […]

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David Tennant reads vampire stories, Michael Moorcock’s rock ‘n’ roll chaos

October 16, 2019

(Above: Edvard Munch, “Vampyr”) David Tennant reads vampire stories: Hallowe’en has come for you a little early with this special treat — great vampire fiction by Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, Edith Wharton and other great authors, as read by one of the great contemporary interpreters of fantasy and science fiction roles on screens large and […]

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Here’s a li’l dish of Disney’s latest Star Wars and Marvel trailers …

August 26, 2019

Trailers, photos and more for The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, WandaVision, Moon Knight, She Hulk and What If … ? on the big and small screens.

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Strange transits through “The Daylight Gate” (review)

August 3, 2019

Unfailingly dire, unflinchingly bloody, full of love and license, and brimming over with real devotion and all-too-human devilry, Jeanette Winterson’s “The Daylight Gate“ is at once a history lesson, historical fiction, and a romantic tale of the fantastic. Centered on England’s first recorded with trials in the grim aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, this post-Elizabethan milieu is peopled with historical figures Winterson has made entirely her own.

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Let sleeping dogs lie: Gene Wolfe’s “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” (review)

June 29, 2019

Trust is a slippery prospect in Gene Wolfe’s collection of interconnected novellas, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” — and while the oft-unfortunate characters that populate the book certainly have their own issues of trust, confidence and reliability in their lives, the one who really is left grasping after truth, and even a genuine sense of reality within this singular narrative collection, is the reader.

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On Octavia E. Butler’s birthday, why not read some of her game-changing classics?

June 22, 2019

Active from the ’70s into the early ’00s, Butler was one of the first African American women to make an impact in science fiction. As a writer of extraordinary, painful humanity and uncompromising vision, we’d suggest that perhaps one of her only real peers is J.G. Ballard.

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