The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

FMJRA 2.0: Farewell To A Master

— compiled by Wombat-socho I rarely cross the streams like this, but it seems important to note that one of the great SF and fantasy writers of my generation is hanging up the keyboard. David Drake, who I have been reading since my high school days fifty years ago when the late Jim Baen published […]

The Mud Below

— by Wombat-socho “We’ve left blood in the dust of twenty-five worlds, and our dead on a dozen more, and all that we have at the end of our hitch, buys a night with a second-class whore. “The Senate decrees, the Grand Admiral calls, the orders come down from on high, It’s ‘On Full Kits’ […]

The Stars Above

— by Wombat-socho   Welcome back to the continued trashing of what may be the worst list of recommended SF not published on Tor.com. I’ve been noodling over this post for most of the week, cudgeling my brain for good space opera, because in contrast to Ryan & Finney, who broke their list into “A […]

“And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good – need we anyone to tell us these things?”

— by Wombat-socho Well, yes, Socrates, in this decadent and depraved age we do indeed need people to point out what is good, because Our Moral SuperiorsTM have spent the last couple of decades trying to sell us polished turds masquerading as good literature. This is especially evident in science fiction, where the once-prestigious Hugo […]

JAPANESE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS IN TROUBLE!

— by Wombat-socho (A Bronkowitz Films Production) Ceterum autem censeo Silicon Valley esse delendam. Salaryman Yoshida gets turned down by a woman at work and takes it hard – he promptly goes out and gets trashed in a local bar. On his way home, he finds Sayu, a runaway teenager sitting on the curb who […]

The Annual Admiral Of The Ocean Sea Appreciation Post

— compiled by Wombat-socho As usual, the senile fool in the Oval Office tried to have it both ways, issuing proclamations celebrating both Columbus Day (yay) and Indigenous Peoples Day (F*** Joe Biden) and inevitably annoying just about everybody. Silicon Valley delenda est. Meanwhile at Instapundit, the Blogfather links to and quotes from Rear Admiral […]

The Fall Harvest of Books

— by Wombat-socho When last we visited the Tonopah town library, I was fortunate enough to find Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files anthology Brief Cases; this time I found a copy of Galaxy: Thirty Years Of Innovative Science Fiction. Essentially a compilation of the various Galaxy Reader anthologies published throughout the 1950s and 60s, with some […]

The Labor Day Book Post

— compiled by Wombat-socho Well, first some good news from Atlanta and points north: Larry Correia and John Brown took the Dragon for best Military SF novel with Gun Runner, while Eric Flint & Charles Gannon won Best Alternate History novel for 1637: No Peace Beyond The Line. (via Baen Books on MeWe). It looks […]

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