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The Trouble with ‘Twilight’

There he is... Captain Obsesso and his "prize."

Ok, I promised (or perhaps ‘warned’ is a better word) in the About SFZ section that controversial subjects will be discussed from time to time.  So I think it’s about time I get something off my chest, something that has to do with a very popular series of books and movies.  And while I believe that my point of view will be the minority, it doesn’t make it any less valid. 

That being said, I think I’m ready to move on and start discussing the topic at hand which is Twilight.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy anything about the series.  I’ll confess that the plot is pretty interesting, and I enjoy seeing how the characters somewhat develop...

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Science Fiction Writer Adapts Book to Audio – Live!

Science Fiction author Crystal Storm is spreading the word that her novels, “The Synarchy Series” are about to make the leap from the pages and into the ears of science fiction fans.

The story in the “Synarchy Series” is about Stefano Vasco Terenzio who is manipulating events as the world inches closer to Dec. 21, 2012 (the last day on the Mayan calendar believed to be the last day of humanity).   Terenzio is ready to see his machinations come to fruition to give him absolute power.  He is quoted as saying, “I will die to see my will done, and it will be done.”

Many people have described the story as being “The Godfather” meets “Stargate-SG1”.

Not only has this series documented the rise of its main protagonist, but it has done amazing things for its author...

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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

If you’re looking for an excellently written dystopian novel in which to immerse yourself (and who isn’t?) then you’re going to want to put Marie Lu’s Legend on your “to-read” list.  Even the most difficult to please will enjoy this story; I know this from first-hand experience.  I happen to be a very picky reader.  How picky?  Well, there are certain classics I refuse to read because the writing is just not interesting enough.  However, this couldn’t be further from the truth with Legend.  It is a captivating YA novel.  I’m telling you – you won’t want to miss this one!

Legend is absolutely stunning in so many ways.  Firstly, Lu’s writing style is concise, descriptive and easy to follow.  She knows how to tell a story, and she tells it extremely well...

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Linda Zimmermann Returns to the Land of the Dead with Zombie Apocalypse

Writer Linda Zimmermann just can’t leave the dead well enough alone. Her career has been marked by her time as ghost investigator; now her career will take a different turn with her new series of stories on her new web site HVZombie.com (Hudson Valley Zombie Apocalypse).

“When I was a little kid, I saw the original ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and it scared the crap out of me,” Zimmermann said with a laugh from her home. Since that time, the Hudson Valley writer has loved “all things zombie related” and this was her chance to tell her story.

Zimmermann, a chemist-turned-author, said her goal was to tell the story of Rebecca Truesdale, a nurse from Nyack, New York who also works with a ParGenTech. Truesdale “knows a lot about bacteria, viruses and parasites...

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Exclusive Interview With Robert McGuire From GEN Manga Magazine

I have a very special treat for all of our readers!  If you’re a fan of anime, you’re sure to love this one.  GEN Manga is a magazine dedicated to sharing their love of written anime with the rest of the world with both new and hard core manga fans alike.

You might be thinking that manga is just for kids.  If so, allow me to tell you this – you’re wrong!  Plain and simple (why sugar coat it, right?).  Anime and manga are geared toward people of all ages, and as you read this interview you’ll see these stories cover a variety of topics – including science fiction.

Recently I had the opportunity to interview co-owner and Editor-in-Chief Robert Guire.  He was most gracious and answered my questions honestly and thoughtfully.  Enjoy this interview and the pictures that follow!

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