Today at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I talk about Captain Marvel.

Way back in the 40’s, Fawcett introduced a character named Captain Marvel in the pages of Whiz Comics to cash in on the popularity of Superman and Batman with a superhero of their own. Marvel comics registered a trademark for ‘Captain Marvel’ in the 60’s, forcing DC, who had the character now, to call their book Shazam! Marvel launched their character, Captain Mar-Vell, who was an alien with the Kree Imperium, soon therafter. Since then, there have been a LOT of characters at Marvel given the name ‘Captain Marvel’ (due to their need to keep up the trademark). Carol Danvers is the latest, and perhaps the greatest, of those characters; intelligent, capable and a damned lot of fun.

To read the rest of the story, please click over to my piece about Captain Marvel on Kirkus Reviews.

At Kirkus: A 2014 SF/F/H Holiday Gift Guide

Ah, the smell of the holidays approaching. Warm turkey, tasty stuffing…and the fear of matching loved ones with gifts.

Fortunately, for those of us whose loved ones include readerly geeks and nerds, I’ve put together a 2014 Holiday Gift Guide to make your shopping easier.

It’s up now over at the Kirkus Reviews blog…go check it out.

Is science catching up with science fiction? It may seem so when you consider a lot of the recent advancements made in science.

At the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I talk about how We Are Moving Towards Our Science Fictional Future.

Head on over an take a look!

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I dive into Star Wars comics. From the post:

Since Star Wars is on everyone’s mind, including mine, I thought I’d take a moment here on the Kirkus Blog to look at Star Wars comics, and specifically, some of my favorites. There’s a vast span of time after Return of the Jedi in 1983, and the publication of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire in 1991. A lot of people like to call this ‘the wasteland’ as far as Star Wars is concerned. During that time period, you basically had some (good, some bad) arcade games, a pair of family-friendly Ewok Movies (Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor), and the Marvel line of comics, which ended in 1986, to sate your Star Wars cravings.

To read the rest of the article, click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog.

There’s no shortage of films that are being adapted to television and film…as I explain in an article at the Kirkus review blog: Read Them Now, Watch Them Later: Science Fiction Adaptation Watch.

Head on over an check it out!

The Slow Unveiling of James Tiptree Jr.

Science Fiction publishing is full of strange characters, but there’s one story that seems to really capture people’s attention consistently: James Tiptree Jr., a brilliant figure who seemed to appear out of nowhere, earn a number of awards, and maintained a fairly elusive personality in science fiction circles. It wasn’t until a decade of writing that it was revealed that Tiptree wasn’t actually a guy: it was a woman named Alice Sheldon, with an utterly fascinating background: she had traveled the world, participated in the Second World War, worked for the CIA and had a PhD.

Sheldon proves to be an interesting figure, challenging a number of preconceptions for gender in science fiction (not just with her alter ego). What’s interesting about Sheldon is that she endured and wrote about a number of the same issues that we seem to face in science fiction right now: how are women represented in fiction and how are female authors treated differently than their male counterparts? Sheldon’s story is illuminating when it comes to this.

Go read The Slow Unveiling of James Tiptree Jr. over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog.

Every month I take a look at the vast array of new releases…and I name my top picks at the Kirkus Review Blog.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to see the The Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Books You’ll Want to Check Out in November

Skullkickers Treasure Trove V1

Over on the Kirkus blog this week, I take a look at Skullkickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1.  From the post:

I’m gonna be honest. I picked up SkullKickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1 before Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising. But I read and reviewed the Pathfinder book first. I bring this up because the two books share a writer – Jim Zub. SkullKickers is almost a resume for Zub to be able to write the Pathfinder comic. As a stand alone, SkullKickers is a fun homage to that dark corner of genre where sword and sorcery meets fantasy and gaming to become something irreverent and well worth your time, and mine. In fact, once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  The book follows the adventures of two mercenaries. As near as I can tell, we never know their real names. We have a Dwarf (Shorty?) and a Human (Baldy?) working for hire. The story begins in the town of Mudwich where our heroes are dealing with an overweight werewolf and his cult of followers.

Click over to the Kirkus Blog to read the rest of the review.

I was perusing Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction edited by Guy Haley, and found out that I am perhaps even less of a sci-fi trivia king than I thought.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to see the 10 things that I learned about Sci-Fi from reading Sci-Fi Chronicles

Q: When is a Book More Than a Book?

It used to be that reading a book just meant, y’know, reading a book. Not so much anymore.

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I remark on When a Book is More Than a Book.

Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I’m taking a look at a new graphic novel adaptation of Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows.

From the post:

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks is the first book in The Night Angel Trilogy. Yen Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group has just released a graphic novel adaptation by Ivan Brandon and Andy MacDonald. I first learned about the graphic novel when Weeks visited Denver as part of his book tour for The Broken Eye, book three in his Lightbringer series. Having enjoyed the Yen Pres adaptations of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate books, I was excited to see how Shadows transferred to the comics medium. For the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

Click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog to read the rest of the review.

October is my favorite month for reading horror stories. For this month’s Adaptation Watch at Kirkus Reviews, I take a look at horror stories that are being adapted for television and film.

Go check out ‘Tis the Season to Be Frightened! Check Out These Scary Stories Before You See Them on TV and Film.

October is my favorite month for reading horror stories. This week, over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I pick a dozen recent horror titles that will help you get your scare on.

Go check out 12 Excellent Horror Reads for The Month of October.

Hellblazer: Original Sin

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at the character of John Constantine in Hellblazer: Original Sins.

From the post:

Created by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette, John Constantine, who first appeared in the pages of The Saga of The Swamp Thing, became the featured character in Hellblazer. A Liverpool native, Constantine is a working-class magician in Thatcher’s Great Britain when the series starts. Hellblazer: Original Sins (978-1401230067) contains issues 1-9 of the original series, plus two stories from the pages of Swamp Thing. In the first story, a childhood friend of Constantine, who dabbles in magic and illegal drugs, accidentally lets loose a demon, Mnemoth, who infects humans with an insatiable hunger. And it’s spreading, growing stronger. To stop it, Constantine will have to travel from Liverpool to Africa, and then to America. He’ll have to enlist the help of a Voodoo Doctor, and avoid the ghosts of his past who literally haunt him to this day.

Click over to Kirkus to read the rest of the post on John Constantine.

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I anme name my top picks for Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads in October.

Did I name your favorites?

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Madeleine L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME

One of my favorite books is easily A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I can’t remember when I first read it, but when I went back to it a couple of years ago, I was struck by its prose and outstanding story.

What’s more astonishing is that it was rejected dozens of times from publishers, before going on to win one of the major awards for YA literature. Moreover, it’s still highly relevant to any teenager or young reader today.

Go read Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time over on the Kirkus Reviews blog.

Now at Kirkus: Gotham Central

This week over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at two books which may have inspired the new Fox TV Show: Gotham.

From the post:

With Gotham premiering September 22nd on Fox – and with all the positive buzz about the show – I couldn’t pass up on the chance to talk about Batman here at Kirkus. Especially considering my love for the character and the mythos. But Gotham isn’t really about Batman. It’s about the city which gave birth to him, and to so many other characters we’ve come to know so well. A city that breathes all on its own, and is, for all intents and purposes, a character in its own right. How do I tackle that one?

Want to read more?  Of course you do! So click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog and check out the rest of the post…

How I Learned to Respect the Power of Fiction

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I talk about How I Learned to Respect the Power of Fiction.

I blame Bradley Denton.

Check it out, won’t you?

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I take a look at the latest body-swapping science fiction and fantasy books in an article titled Science Fiction Lets You to Slip Into Something More Comfortable.

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Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I take a look at the latest Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Adaptations.

Check it out, won’t you?

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