A fortunate find in a Free Library, The Fair and the Bold by Donn O’Hara. Copyright 1957. Cover price: 35 cents. Beautiful cover illustration by Barye W. Phillips. Old, golden prose. Featuring the adventures of mariner Fletcher Steele, and the untamed La Cacafuego or (my amateur translation) shitfire. I just read Gene Wolfe’s Pirate Freedom…Read More
A little while ago I bought, from proprietor Mark Wood at Space Age Books, an old book I remember from my childhood; here’s his reply, given in full. I found it yet another reason to shop in the small stores, and forgo Amazon etc. If you’re a reader of old-school F&SF, check out the goodies…Read More
The snow clouds parted for an instant, and the moon touched the ocean. He, seeing that fragment of it tossing in the silver light, knew it and knew that in some previous life he had sailed there for decades; and that this previous life was returning to him. He remained poised upon the ice, but…Read More
One of my hobbyhorses is collecting SF paperbacks from the 60s, 70s, early 80s. Lately I found and have been reading with delight the three Women of Wonder anthologies, edited by Sargent. They’re a lot of fun, for at least three reasons:Read More
Develop an interesting story that your readers will like, and that you will enjoy telling.
Have at least one likeable character, and preferably several.
Villains can be likeable.Read More
amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, and so on let me decide for myself if something is astonishing or astounding amazing means you stand and stare at something, not necessarily because it’s neato breathtaking brilliant chilling effervescent egregious . . . this word means “out of the flock”, or outstanding, which can be good or bad; it…Read More
“The hell with it,” say nation’s top grammarians CHICAGO IL — A consortium of the nation’s top grammarians has revised the rules of grammar to permit the use of the word it’s as a possessive nominative pronoun. The revision was announced at a press conference today at the University of Chicago. “Most people write it’s…Read More