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Bill Webb’s Book of Dirty Tricks: The Review

When the Players get dirty, the DM needs to get dirtier Written by Joe Bingaman Frog God Games’ Bill Webb, who started out co-creating the OGL third-party company Necromancer Games, and brought us the Tome of Horrors series, has let the game masters of the world into his twisted genius of a mind with his book, Bill Webb’s Book of …

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Dan Abnett’s 7 of the Best

  Written by Dan Abnett Dark Star Made on a shoestring, but endlessly inventive, exhilarating and down right funny. An early work by the gifted Dan O’Bannon, and probably the first thing that showed an impressionable young me that SF could be funny without being an outright comedy (a notion that undoubtedly served me well later on Guardians of the …

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Michael May’s 7 of the Best

Written by Michael May Genesis by W. A. Harbinson Written during the height of the UFO craze in the ’70s, Genesis offers an explanation for the phenomenon that’s rooted in fact and research, but is still very much science fiction. There’s a lot of exposition, but it’s fascinating stuff and sprinkled into a compelling thriller. Harbinson has since written four …

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Chris Fenoglio’s 7 of the Best

Written by Chris Fenoglio [Disclaimer: There’s a lot of other “all-time” favorites who deserve a place on this list, but I figured that Star Wars and Star Trek were so obvious that they might as well be implied. So, here’s a list of some of the less obvious sci-fi/fantasy things I love that you’ve probably heard of, and just haven’t …

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Cori Reed’s 7 of the Best

Written by Cori Reed Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo If you smashed together beloved fantasy books Mistborn: The Final Empire and The Lies of Locke Lamora, you’d have an idea of what Six of Crows is like. A multi-perspective, high fantasy heist story with characters you love and love to hate. This book starts with a bang and definitely ends with one as well. Hired by …

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Lys Galati’s 7 of the Best

Written by Lys Galati Flash Gordon After I fell asleep at girl-friendly flicks (such as Black Beauty) at about 6 or 7 years old, my dad decided to try something more in his wheelhouse (sci-fi,) so we went to see Flash Gordon. I was MESMERIZED. The Queen soundtrack, the visuals, and Ming’s green blood still give me rushes of childhood …

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Joshua Wardrop’s 7 of the Best

Written by Joshua Wardrop Edge of Tomorrow I have heard countless times ‘this isn’t as good as the novel’ and I wouldn’t know, nor do I care. This was a complete surprise romp for me. I had no idea going in what it was gonna be about, and just wanted any decent action film with sci-fi elements. And it was …

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Stu Perrins’ 7 of the Best

Written by Stu Perrins STAR WARS I know it’s an obvious choice but that doesn’t make it any less important. It’s one of those things like Batman (more of whom later) where I honestly can’t remember not liking it, it’s almost as if this stuff is somehow ingrained in my soul in some way. I recently watched the original trilogy …

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Jim Ward’s 7 of the Best

The Helmsman, by Bill Baldwin It’s a great science fiction series in the grand tradition of Space Opera. The novel begins as Brim—a 21-year-old SubLieutenant in the Imperial Fleet—arrives at the Eorean Starwharves, a maintenance complex within the planet-spanning Fleet base on watery Gimmas-Haefdon. On first assignment since receiving his commission, Brim is fresh from The Helmsman’s Academy, where he weathered …

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Alethea van Holland’s 7 of the Best

Written by Alethea van Holland The Neverending Story Directed by Wolfgang Peterson Hands down, this is my all time favorite fantasy film. I love the atmosphere, the attention to detail on sets and costumes, and the voices for the creatures. The effects are dated, but you can see all the effort and creativity that went into it, which gives it …