The Terror

by Dan Simmons With luck he'd get almost two hours of a drunkard's sleep before the next day of darkness and cold began. With luck, he thought as he drifted off, he wouldn't wake at all. The Terror is the fictionalized true story of Francis Crozier’s disastrous attempt to find a passage through the polar northern... Continue Reading →

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

by Robert E. Howard “Man was not always master of the earth—and is he now?” Here he is, the legendary creator of the Sword and Sorcery genre, in his element. Even in their adventure tales it was horror and darkness that shaped Conan’s stoicism and provided the motive for Solomon Kane. Bran Mok Mon lived... Continue Reading →


by Dan Simmons “Sometimes . . . the shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance.” Set a few hundred years after the conclusion of The Fall of Hyperion, our narrator, Raul Endymion, trapped in a jail cell that will kill him at any moment, recalls the adventures leading up to his incarceration. The Cruciform, a... Continue Reading →

Worlds of Weber

by David Weber Every time I've gotten into trouble in my life, it's been because someone convinced me it was the 'right thing to do.' This career retrospective collection covers a range of speculative fiction including some decently hard science fiction, some military fantasy and some historical fiction. It’s a massive book with a quarter... Continue Reading →

A Touch of the Creature

by Charles Beaumont Satan sipped at his liquor and scrooged up his face. “This here is a highly unusual conversation,” says he. “Hmm. You want ta know what I do with souls, hey? Let’s see now: give me a minute ta study . . . Hmm. You mean, what do I do with—Well, I—That is—Hellfire,... Continue Reading →

This Year’s Class Picture

by Dan Simmons “Mr. Geiss grunted, pulled the new boy to his feet with the wire noose, opened the door with one hand, and shoved him in ahead of her with the pole. There would be just enough time for cleanup before the first bell rang.” The zombie sub-genre has been run into the ground... Continue Reading →

Boy’s Life

by Robert McCammon “The years of a boy’s life pass so fast, Cory.” She smiled faintly. “Boys want to hurry up and be men, and then comes a day they wish they could be boys again. But I’ll tell you secret, Cory. Want to hear it?” I nodded. “No one,” Mrs. Neville whispered, “ever grows... Continue Reading →

Summer of Night

by Dan Simmons “Nothing was as simple as stupid people assumed it to be.” When it’s all stripped away, are there stories more instantly likeable than coming-of-age? Some of the great books of all time use the structure, and it works perfectly because the required growth of the character is built in. Additionally these stories,... Continue Reading →

The Martian

by Andy Weir “I am smiling a great smile. The smile of a man who fucked with his car and didn’t break it.” The six person landing team on Mars encounters an unexpected sandstorm and witnesses one of the their crew impaled on a radio antennae go spinning out of sight as the other 5... Continue Reading →

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