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Non-Fiction

Ghosts of Manhattan: A Tale of the Ghost by George Mann

Ghosts of Manhattan is the answer to a terrific high-concept question: What if the Great Gatsby was Batman in a steampunk Cthulhuvian universe? It may not win many converts to the steampunk, superhero, or cosmic horror subgenres; but it will please many devotees of those forms.

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Where Will The Vampire Trend End Next?

We’ve gone from Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) to Edward (Ed the Sparkly), from Nosferatu to Sookie sucking. So where will the vampire trend go over the next 10 years? Here’s my best guess.

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Author Spotlight: K.J. Bishop

Molimus was a strong character in my mind, and he was telling me the story, so I tried to hear what he was saying. Then I pulled back and tweaked it, but not all that much.

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Changeless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel by Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger made quite a splash with her extraordinarily enjoyable debut novel, Soulless, a steampunk-spiced urban fantasy novel of manners. She and her charming protagonist, Alexia Maccon nee Tarabotti, return with Changeless, a steampunk novel of manners spiced with urban fantasy. With a few more novels this delightful, Ms. Carriger will be challenging Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris for the top of the New York Times bestseller lists.

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Author Spotlight: Alex Dally MacFarlane

A lobster’s tough exoskeleton allows it to have very soft and otherwise vulnerable insides. Do the gates of the city allow the city to have its soft and vulnerable off-season? Certainly the gates and wall are required, physically, for the city to have its isolation and security in the off-season. It’s a shame the lobster […]

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Dual Voices: Jay Lake and Shannon Page

San Francisco is downright normal these days. Compared to the sixties anyway, or even the eighties. . . San Francisco has a whole lot of deep history for a place that’s only a century and a half old.

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Fantasy Movie Music is Often Tragic not Magic

I don’t want music that evokes a feeling of driving down the freeway in an old Trans Am T-Top, the wind blowing through your mullet and making your rat tail whip out behind you as you pump your hands in the air.

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Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker

The SF/F field mourned the untimely death of Kage Baker on January 31. Baker, in a writing career of not much more than a decade, established a reputation as one of the most purely entertaining of writers, yet a writer with serious purpose underlying the fun. She wrote novels and stories in several series, both science fiction and fantasy. Her best-known project was collectively called “the Company.” Not Less Than Gods is another Company novel (though at least one more is coming). It is related to her recent stories about the Gentleman’s Speculative Society. The Victorian setting combined with the advanced technology the GSS secretly develops gives the book something of a steampunk feel. It stands alone fairly well, but undoubtedly readers familiar with the Company in general and the later career of Bell-Fairfax in particular will get more out of it.

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Transformers 1: I’m With Stupid

Transformers Issue 1 (IDW Publishing) Story: Mike Costa Art: Don Figueroa First things first, I have a problem. Actually I have several problems (in this way I am much like Jay-Z), ranging from the existential to the residential, but the relevant problem for today’s topic is this: I am stupid for Transformers. I am not […]

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Writing, Writing, Writing: Lisa Hannett

Once the plane righted itself, I started thinking about how our perspectives—literally, what we see when we look out at the world—influence the way we experience life. From there it was a quick step to: What if a character’s world view was mostly based on what she saw outside her window each day?