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Nuclear Family, Exploded: Ward Moore’s ‘Lot’ and ‘Lot’s Daughter’

Nuclear Family, Exploded: Ward Moore’s ‘Lot’ and ‘Lot’s Daughter’

Mr. Jimmon even appeared elated, like a man about to set out on vacation. “Well folks, no use waiting any longer. We’re all set. So let’s go.” So begins the saga of David Jimmon, the focal point of Ward Moore’s post-nuclear novelettes Lot and Lot’s […]

Craig Harrison’s The Quiet Earth (1981)

Craig Harrison’s The Quiet Earth (1981)

“The pull of the earth took hold of my spine, my limbs spread over space. There was the breath-beat of falling, spiralling, the air pushing hard for a moment and then letting go. The light split open my eyelids. It was brilliant, drained of colours, […]

Robert Moore Williams’ The Second Atlantis (1965)

It shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with my taste in film to learn that I have something of a soft spot for the garbage literature peddled by publishers like Monarch and Ace Books in the early half of the ’60s, particularly the science fiction potboilers that […]

The Horrors of a Spider Island: John Wyndham’s WEB

Going strictly from its premise, one might easily be forgiven for considering John Wyndham’s Web a bit schlocky. At face value his oddball tale of a small Pacific island whose cultivation as a new Utopia is cut short by a blight of intelligent spiders veritably […]

Virus – The Day of Resurrection

A handful of short stories and Japan Sinks. Until recently these were the only works by the late, great Sakyo Komatsu that had been accessible to those of us in the West, and in the case of the latter no printing has been available since the […]

Right to Left: Housui Yamazaki’s Mail

Right to Left: Housui Yamazaki’s Mail

Never let it be said that Housui Yamazaki doesn’t know how to grab a reader’s attention. The first frame of the esteemed illustrator’s (best known for his continuing work on Eiji Otsuka’s The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service) writing debut finds an attractive young woman sitting streamside, […]

Right to Left: Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan

Right to Left: Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan

I first published this article in June of 2011, and Kodansha has since begun offering official translations of the series in the US. The first three volumes are now available through Amazon and others, with more on the way in 2013. From the city stomping of Godzilla […]

The Bert I. Gordon Book Club: Empire of the Ants

The Bert I. Gordon Book Club: Empire of the Ants

“To your greater glory, Queen Mother. That the whole jungle may know, Queen Mother. Queen Mother, we have only just begun…” So go the ants in this peculiar film novelization, a more-or-less faithful narrative adaptation of John Turley’s more-or-less unfaithful screenplay for Bert I. Gordon’s […]