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The Fiend with Twenty Faces


Jonathan Clements examines the legacy of Ranpo Edogawa, the Japanese master of mystery and imagination, and his infamous master-thief K20.
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What Is Genre Anyway?


Cheryl Morgan makes the case for genre as a process rather than a category.
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Short Fiction: December 2010


From where I sit, it looks like a lot of fiction venues are looking to end the year on a high note. I had a wealth of great stories to chose from in November, and I don’t see things slowing down at all in December.
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The Next Generation of Generation Starships


The announcement by NASA in late September 2010 of the discovery of the first potentially habitable extrasolar planet, Gliese 581 g, was tremendously exciting for many reasons, but it raised an age-old question. Gliese 581 g is located about 20.3 light-years, or 1.3 million Astronomical Units (AUs), from Earth. How long would it take for us to get there?
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Sam Jordison has birds on the brain.
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Leiji Matsumoto: Yamato Spirit


The artist of Space Battleship Yamato talks to Jonathan Clements and Motoko Tamamuro about his life and work.
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Fantasy Without Cooties


Cheryl Morgan looks at fantasy written by women.
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In The Skin of a Lion


Sam Jordison finds a sense of wonder in Michael Ondaatje’s In The Skin Of A Lion.
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Somewhere in Time


Jonathan Clements on the many faces of Japanese science fiction author Yasutaka Tsutsui.
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Better Living Through Software


Cheryl Morgan finds recent science fiction releases share a common interest in the man-machine interface.
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Real Gone


Jonathan Clements traces the origins of Takeshi Koike’s Redline back into 1960s baseball, 1970s sci-fi racing and 1980s cheese…
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