Broken Sword

An Introduction to the Epic Poul Anderson

December 14, 2018 Bushi 16

The illustrious Poul Anderson is another one of those scifi/fantasy grandmasters who you’ve probably never heard of if you were born after 1980. Although he was writing until his death in 2001, he seems to have fallen into obscurity in the later decades of his career, which is a damn […]

TheFaceintheFrost

John Bellairs and the Face of Magic

November 28, 2018 Bushi 17

I’ve been thinking about magic lately, and I’ve got a post brewing…but it’s not quite ready yet. It did bring me back around to thinking about John Bellairs, however, and his TheĀ Face in the Frost. In case you’re unfamiliar with them, Bellairs was mainly a writer of young adult gothic […]

Weinbaum’s Old Mars

October 12, 2018 Bushi 5

This morning I started reading Stanley Weinbaum’s “A Martian Odyssey,” and had intended to write a full reaction to it, but, well, I ran out of time and haven’t even finished it yet. It’s been difficult to keep up with my reading and nerding lately, I admit. Lots of “real” […]

Hawkmen

The Hawkmen cometh

October 9, 2018 Bushi 3

Hawkman, the comic book superhero, was apparently created in 1940 by Gardner Fox of Appendix N fame. This post wasn’t originally intended to include him beyond a cursory note, but I found it quite interesting and coincidental that Fox should come up in this context, given my preoccupation in recent […]

Thelinde

Dilvish, the Damned: Zelazny does #NotTolkien Fantasy

October 3, 2018 Bushi 7

You might argue that Roger Zelazny’s brand of fantasy is plenty infected by modernism, as some would put it. You might also argue that he was doing some hard drugs when he wrote it. But it’s not the apple that fell from the Tolkien tree of Fantasy. Earlier this year […]

Eldorado

The Fantasy of Edgar Allen Poe

September 26, 2018 Bushi 0

It seems to be a recurring theme with me – that for years I was unaware of such-and-such an author or was mistaken about the nature of his or her writings. Such was the case with Edgar Allen Poe. Last year, for the Halloween season, I did a little bit […]

Introduction to the Insane Scifi of Cordwainer Smith

September 25, 2018 Bushi 4

Last month I wrote about the largely forgotten grandmaster of weird SFF, Clark Ashton Smith. Recently I’ve revisited the “best of” collection of another undeservedly obscured scifi great (and another Smith) – Cordwainer Smith. I wrote a bit about Cordwainer Smith last year over at the Castalia House blog. If […]

Vance

(Belated) Happy Birthday, Jack Vance!

August 29, 2018 Bushi 0

John “Jack” Holbrook Vance was born on 8/28/1916, just a little over one hundred years ago yesterday. “Who is Jack Holbrook Vance?” you may ask. Come, I will explain presently! The man named Jack Vance came from a moneyed family, but upon a turn of fortune was forced from youth […]

Leigh Brackett

Leigh Brackett on Pessimism

August 24, 2018 Bushi 6

If you spend a lot of time reading/watching the news or plumbing the depths of social media, you may feel like everything is going to crap. You may be feeling like it’s time to despair, or that things have reached an all-time low. And I’m not going to pen an […]

Clark Ashton Smith, Zothique

Introduction to the Weird Clark Ashton Smith

August 23, 2018 Bushi 13

When you think “Weird Tales,” H.P. Lovecraft should spring immediately to mind. Even if you’re new to scifi/fantasy, or if you don’t read much horror, you’ve no doubt at least heard of the Master of Cosmic Horror and creator of Cthulhu. If you’re not a fan of the genre, you […]