Tuesday, May 28, 2024

HAPPY NATIONAL HAMBURGER DAY!


Today is National Hamburger Day -- time to get yourself out for a monster-size burger!

Monday, May 27, 2024

MONSTER SCI-FI WEEK (DAY 1)


I'm currently on a writing assignment (besides blogging) so I'm ducking out for a while and front-loading posts in advance. The content will have less of my comments, but you'll still get your daily dose of monsters!

Kicking off Monster Sci-Fi Week is this story from SUPER-SCIENCE FICTION (April 1959), "The Huge and Hideous Beasts", by James Rosenquest. This 'zine had a lot of stories written by authors (sometimes using pseudonyms) who would go on to have very successful careers. Robert Silverberg is one of them and during this period, he cranked out tens of thousands of words, including multiple thousands of words a day (!). Rosenquest's name shows up in a few other titles, but other than that he remains a mystery. And, he's not one of Silverberg's pen names.

NOTE: The cover art and illustration are by Ed Emsh.

More sci-fi monster stories tomorrow!





















MEMORIAL DAY IS FOR REMEMBRANCE AND HONORING


Today is Memorial Day. We can celebrate with barbecues, picnics and a day at the beach, but it is also a time to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. Another important date is coming in the next few days -- the 80th anniversary of the Allies landing on the beaches of Normandy, France. Known historically as "the longest day", it was on this date -- June 6, 1944 --  that began the downfall of Nazi Germany that, along with Imperial Japan caused suffering, death and destruction on a global scale.

This excerpt from an article in the July 2024 issue of THE NATIONAL REVIEW discusses whether we have learned anything from the catastrophic event called World War II: