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Neal Ulen

Neal Ulen
Editor/Webmaster - Engineer by training, nerd by passion. Speculative fiction has influenced me since I was a kid, guiding me to the career I have now, and likely saving me from myself during times in my young life when the path was fraught with a minefield of choices. I dabble in tech, game, film, fiction, and writing. These are my true passions, and have been since the summer of '77.

Review: Roadside Picnic

Roadside Picnic

Short Attention Span Review™ Roadside Picnic 4.0 Roadside Picnic would make a fantastic movie or television show, if done correctly. There was a Russian adaptation filmed in 1979. Sadly it falls well short on production and interpretation of the novel, …

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Retro Review: The Legend of Drunken Master

The Legend of Drunken Master

If you like Jackie Chan and can’t get enough of that awe-inspiring action, you will love the The Legend of Drunken Master. If not, I suggest you go anyway just to witness the unusual “Drunken Boxing” fighting style. It’s a refreshing break from traditional martial arts films.

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The Decline of Popcorn Movies Part I

The Decline of Popcorn Movies

As a public service to fellow movie fans, I offer you the following group of warning signs that point to a modern 'popcorn' movie. Does having one or two of them mean the movie you rented or went to see is south of cheese? Not necessarily, but having more than three should raise immediate suspicion.

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Clarkesworld #116

Clarkesworld 118

Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in October 2006.  Each issue contains interviews, thought-provoking articles, two reprints, and at least four or five works of original fiction. Our fiction is also available in ebook editions/subscriptions, …

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Retro Review: Aliens

Aliens is an instant classic, rife with memorable scenes, heat pounding action, and quotable one liners. It transformed the stalking and sinister xenomorph into a Colonial Marine slaying monster. If you don't own it, …

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2016 Locus Award Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2016 Locus Awards. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2016; Connie Willis will MC the awards …

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Apex Magazine #84

Apex Magazine #84

Apex Publications is proud to announce the release of the 84 th issue of our science fiction, fantasy, and horror zine Apex Magazine. Apex Magazine Issue 84 includes original fiction by Stephen Cox, David K. Yeh, and Maggie Slater. We have a …

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Top 10 Favorite War Films

Roughly each day I will post the next installment until #1 is reached. For those impatient souls out there, I have included a list with direct links to each movie. [Original publication: May 25, 1999]

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