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Avengers: The Initiative #15
Writers: Dan Slott & Christos N. Gage
Artist: Harvey Tolibao
Publisher: Marvel

The Secret Invasion tie ins just keep coming. I liked this one though. Slott had shown us there was a Skrull in the Initiative months ago and finally we get to see what he’s up to. Skrulls have often been portrayed in a rather one dimensional manner so its nice to see a bit of depth to their…

What is the Future of Science Fiction Short Stories

Warren Ellis made an interesting post recently about the health of the science fiction short story magazines (and as a result of the short story market).

No huge surprises, the magazines are in decline. Actually they haven’t declined nearly as badly this years as in recent years, but that might be because all that’s left is the hardcore audience.

There are some obvious problems with that of course. First off if the…

  • Fanlib closes today. Firefox News assess the situation in an article, On the Demise of Fanlib, and Why Fan-run Sites Are More Likely to Succeed
  • Genreville is a brand new blog run by Rose Fox, editor of Publishers Weekly’s SF/fantasy/horror and mass market reviews. The introductory post contains an interview with Ellen Datlow (previously of Omni, Omni Online, Event Horizon, and SCIFICTION – more recently, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction)
  • Whedon…

There are a lot of games out there. Gaming genres are based on game-play mechanics: First Person Shooter (FPS), Role-playing Game (RPG), Real-Time Strategy (RTS), Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO), etc. Yet in addition to this there are the standard traditional literary genres also found within games. You can find Massive Multiplayer Online Fantasy games, First Person Shooter Detective games, and many other variations. This column is intended for science fiction fans…

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series History of Science Fiction

The name of Hugo Gernsback has come up several times already in my ongoing series about The History of Science Fiction and his name is going to keep coming up as I get closer to the present day. However the only way to properly encompass the significance of Gernsback to science fiction is to look at his…

The Stargate franchise is perhaps the sleeper hit of scifi TV. Unlike The X-Files which was an instant phenomenon or Star Trek which has always been there, Stargate launched with a relatively low budget movie that met with middling success but appeared set to end there. It didn’t end though and has spawned numerous spin-offs.

Stargate Movie

It all started in 1994 with the movie Stargate. Starring Kurt Russell and James Spader,…

The new series of Doctor Who has brought many new fans to the fold. But what about classic Doctor Who. Produced on a much smaller budget and without the benefit of modern special effects, classic Doctor Who can be quite a culture shock for new viewers. But if you can look beyond the production values to the plot themselves there is a lot to enjoy.

The following 15 Doctor Who stories…

Recently I finished reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, a mainstream novel with a decidedly science fictional premise. First and foremost this book is a romance, but the relationship between the two protagonists Henry and Clare is complicated by the fact that Henry suffers from a genetic condition that causes him to slip back in time at random, unexpected moments.

Books that might have an appeal to readers outside…

July has been a great month for online science fiction. And things have been increasing their pace in the last week…

    The Nebula Award

  • In the beginning of the month the Nebula Awards website was launched to be an online repository for information pertaining to the Nebulas, Andre Norton Award, Grand Master and Author Emeritus Awards.
  • Russell Davis, president of SFWA, made several announcements in the SFWA Live Journal forum, among them was news about an…

Solar Flare Welcomes New Contributor N.E. Lilly

I am very pleased to welcome on board N.E. Lilly as a regular contributor to Solar Flare. He will be providing us with regular news coverage on video games and the internet as it relates to science fiction. In addition you may see a few individual reviews cropping up.

N.E. Lilly is the editor of SpaceWesterns.com. One of the things I love about science fiction is the breadth of material that…

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