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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

"This is the twelfth expedition…"


Ad for American Flagg! #12 by Howard Chaykin, 1984.

"Welcome to Random Reads, wherein we talk to authors about the characters and stories that defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand which ones we’ll ask them to talk about.

"…Karen Russell published her first short story collection, St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves, in 2007, only a year after receiving her MFA. With the fanciful dark comedy of the title story, “Ava Wrestles The Alligator,” and “Lady Yeti And The Palace Of Artificial Snows,” Russell’s work was immediately recognized for its imagination. A second story collection, Vampires In The Lemon Grove, was released last year, with another array of surreal tales that inject horror and science fiction into otherwise recognizable realities…”


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We are saddened to report the death of author Lucius Shepard, who passed away on March 18th at the age of 66. Shepard began publishing short stories in 1983 and his first novel, Green Eyes, appeared in 1984. In 1985 he won the John Campbell Award for Best New Writer; over the course of his career he won the Nebula for his novella “R&R,” the Hugo for his novella “Barnacle Bill the Spacer,” and the Shirley Jackson Award for his novella “Vacancy” in 2008.

"Shepard wrote in many different genres, including science fiction and fantasy, cyberpunk, magical realism, poetry, and non-fiction. He was influenced by his life in Central America, writing stories in a more magical realist vein. He also rode the rails for a time to research freight train culture in America, and reviewed films in a regular column for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

"With his complex body of genre-bending work, Lucius Shepard’s voice added immeasurably to our community. He will be sorely missed…"



As for you Mama, judgement time

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The Horror Channel in the UK is to broadcast 30 adventures from the classic series of Doctor Who, starting this Easter. 

"The channel has completed a deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast adventures featuring the first seven Doctors, starting with William Hartnell and concluding with Sylvester McCoy.

"Launching on Friday 18th April (Good Friday) the season begins with the very first story An Unearthly Child… with stories shown in chronological order starting on Easter Monday 21st April… including The Mind RobberThe DaemonsGenesis Of The DaleksThe Talons Of Weng ChiangThe Caves Of AndrozaniAttack Of The Cybermen and The Curse Of Fenric…”

Yesterday, Loncon 3 was flung unpleasantly into the spotlight when the organisers announced on Twitter that none other than Jonathan Ross would be hosting the Hugo awards, prompting an instantaneous and largely negative response from the SFF community. Big names like Charles Stross and Seanan McGuire, among others, expressed their serious concerns, as did other congoers, and while there were those who also tweeted in support of Wossy – who was, at one point, responding to individual critics – it wasn’t long before he stepped down. Meanwhile, former con organiser Farah Mendlesohn resigned over Ross being given the gig in the first place, citing days of struggle on her behalf with fellow chairs who reportedly refused to discuss Ross’s history of inappropriate behaviour, particularly towards women.

"I have some thoughts about this…"

The most concise and reasoned summary/opinion on the recent Jonathan Ross/Hugo Awards debacle.


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Chris Foss - Cities in Flight, 1974.

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