Year: 2018

H P Lovecraft and Robert E Howard: A Contrast in Horror

When one thinks of horror in the pulp age, the figure of H P Lovecraft inevitably comes to mind. A doyen in the then-emerging field of weird fiction, he conceived of many modern horror tropes, and through his prodigious works brought to life the genre of cosmic horror. But another pulp giant also contributed immensely […]

Lessons from Short Manga

Japanese manga is (in)famous for long-running series. Popular titles like One Piece, Hajime No Ippo and Naruto span hundreds of chapters and dozens of volumes. Even lesser-known titles may be graced with lifespans running to the low hundreds. This phenomenon is perfectly understandable: in the cut-throat profit-driven world of Japanese manga, the easiest way to make more money is to […]

The Green Bliss Part 10

10. Godtech Nobody fucks with the Guild of the Maker. As the team flew back to the island, Wood reviewed what the STS knew about the Guild. It wasn’t a pretty picture. The Singularity Network was obsessed with transcending the human form through cybernetics and with creating the hardware and software needed to upgrade the […]

The Green Bliss Part 9

9. The Mark of the Maker “You don’t do anything halfway, do you?” Commander Joshua Gregory said. Yuri Yamamoto shrugged. “We didn’t have much choice.” Gregory sighed and shook his head. “This is not good. Not for us, not for STS.” After the showdown at the Sheriff’s Department, nowhere on Moreno Island was safe for […]

The Green Bliss Part 8

8. The Betrayal “No,” Yamamoto said. “You’re not in a position to say no,” Matthews said. The four deputies approached, hands resting on their weapons. “Iota Omicron Seven-Two-Eight is a Federal prisoner—” Wood began. “There are laws higher than human ones.” Wood narrowed his eyes. “The Maker?” Matthews nodded. “He who made the world also […]

The Green Bliss Part 7

7. The Bargain The cyborgs had been thorough. As Fox and Tan watched the detainees, the rest of the team swept the plantation. There was nothing left but bodies and ashes. The guards had been gunned down on the spot, the house demolished with high explosives. Within the ashes of the house, the team found […]

The Green Bliss Part 6

6. A Lot More Complicated “Samurai, Farmer,” Wood said. “Copy that. What kind of intruders?” “The crawler spotted a large boat with thirteen individuals mooring at the berth. Both the boat and the subjects have chameleon camo. We’re tracking them with EM vision and Lycan’s blessings.” The crawler had an electromagnetic imager, allowing it to […]

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