Whew! Apologies for the delayed review, readers. It’s been a busy time and I had to read this work in between breaks. Yes, it’s been that type of busy behind the scenes here at A Song of Joy and I am ashamed to say it has prevented me from reading and reviewing the early copy … Continue reading Review: White Ops by Declan Finn
Bloopers are some of the best parts of a film – if you get to see them. Older films do not always have extant bloopers to add to a DVD, and if the actors are no longer in the realm of the living, we have to hope they mentioned the things that went wrong in … Continue reading Where No Man Has… Wait, What’s the Line Again?
Busy week, readers. I'll be back soon, I hope. Until then, enjoy Mr. Wright's post! Science Fantasy We all know the difference between fantasy and science fiction. Fantasy has witches and wizards with magic powers, whereas in science fiction the exact same character doing the exact same thing is called a psychic or psionicist. Fairy … Continue reading A Word from John C. Wright
A thoughtful and inspiring piece, readers. Check it out: Why do we hanker for magic? That is a question that the large-C Catholic fantasy writer must squarely face, and the small-c catholic reader ought at any rate to find interesting. The practice of magic as such, whether effective or not, is explicitly forbidden by scripture … Continue reading Reposted: The taste for magic
Whew! I am finally making something akin to a dent in my TBR pile, readers! Today’s gem is a book by Karina Fabian, author of the DragonEye, PI* series and Space Traipse* books. She has also written the Neeta Lyffe* zombie apocalypse series and The Mind Over* trilogy, so she has a backlist you … Continue reading Review: The Old Man and the Void by Karina Fabian
I confess that I had never heard nor read the word “filk” until recently. For those who are also unfamiliar with the term, it apparently began life as a spelling error. The word refers to folk songs written about science fiction themes; some of these may have been written specifically for sci-fi novels, in order … Continue reading Ballads of Space and Time
Here we have another review, readers! Today’s book is an anthology put together by Mr. J.F. Holmes* for Cannon Publishing. It focuses on mecha, the titanic battle machines (usually with humanoid or animal forms) that serve as tanks in speculative fiction. From the blurb on the back: Feedback from the slight pressure of a hand … Continue reading Review – Mecha: A Cannon Anthology, Edited by J.F. Holmes
Well, almost complete. Tuscany Bay Books’ landmark anthology series, which they acquired from Superversive Press, has nearly wrapped up production. Planetary Anthology: Neptune*, the tenth book in the series, released this past December. There is now only one volume left to be published – Planetary Anthology: Saturn! (It is available for pre-order as an e-book … Continue reading Bulletin: “The Circle Is Now Complete!”
Need an idea for your latest space opera, hard sci-fi novel, or science fiction short story? Or are you just curious? Whatever the case, the article linked below should be interesting reading: Scientists find promising 'superhabitable' planets that may be 'better' than Earth The search for paradisiacal exoplanets is on. Amanda Kooser Oct. 5, 2020 … Continue reading Super Planets!
Have you ever heard of the Sand Cat? If not, this link will tell you more about this beautiful little desert feline. And if you are wondering how this information could possibly apply to fiction, check out Andre Norton’s novel Beast Master*. There is a very big sand cat in that story. One who is … Continue reading Sneaky, Sandy Felines….