Category Archives: Weird fiction

Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

I am nowhere near as versed in science fiction as I am in horror fiction, and recently I’ve been trying to remedy that somewhat, in particular focusing on science fiction by Russian and Eastern European authors.  Back in March I … Continue reading

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Chuck Wendig’s Invasive

Insects have long been ready protagonists for horror and thriller fiction.  A few famous examples that come to mind are H.G. Wells’ 1903 story The Valley of Spiders and Carl Stephenson’s 1937 story Leiningen Versus the Ants. In the wild and terrifying … Continue reading

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Hiroshi Yamamoto’s MM9

I don’t recall how I came across Hiroshi Yamamoto’s fun monster-hunting novel MM9 (2007).  Perhaps it was a recommendation for me on Amazon, based on my more recent forays into translated science fiction, such as Metro 2033 and Roadside Picnic?  In any … Continue reading

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Valley of the Flame, by Henry Kuttner

Henry Kuttner (1915-1958) may be referred to as “one of the most important science fiction authors you’ve never heard of.”  He was incredibly prolific and versatile, writing countless short stories of science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, and adventure, as well … Continue reading

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Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Ever since I read Dmitry Glukhovsky’s sublime 2005 novel Metro 2033, I’ve been interested in reading more Russian science fiction.  The next natural choice was the classic 1972 novel Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It’s a bit daunting to … Continue reading

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John Wyndham’s Stowaway to Mars

Even if you don’t know John Wyndham‘s name, you are familiar with his writing.  Wyndham (1903-1969) wrote a number of incredibly famous and influential science fiction novels, including two that have been adapted for screen several times: The Day of … Continue reading

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Riccardo Stephens’ The Mummy

An ancient Egyptian mummy.  An ominous and deadly curse.  A growing collection of fatalities in the mummy’s presence. It is a familiar, and intriguing, plot for horror novels.  But one of the earliest of such novels has gone unread for … Continue reading

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