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Short Story Saturday – The Record by Forrest J Ackerman

This week’s short story is Forrest J Ackerman’s The Record. It was printed in the first edition of Ray Bradbury’s fanzine Futuria Fantasia in 1939. Bradbury was in his late teens at the time, and only four issues of the fanzine were published. Other contributors included Robert A. Heinlein, Damon Knight and Hannes Bok.

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Short Story Saturday: Flock by Mike Russell

Flock by Mike Russell

This week’s short story is Mike Russell’s Flock. I hope you enjoy it! Flock is just one of eight stories in the collection Strange Medicine.   Flock    Anthony Tobias Bradshaw sits, as usual, on the 7:00 a.m. train, on his way to work. Dressed in his black raincoat, pin-striped suit, white shirt, black tie […]

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Short Story Saturday: Flock by Mike Russell

Dressed in his black raincoat, pin-striped suit, white shirt, black tie and black shoes, Anthony Tobias Bradshaw reads the morning newspaper, either nodding or shaking his head in agreement or disagreement with the various articles. Each movement of his head, be it a nod or a shake, maintains and strengthens who it is that Anthony Tobias Bradshaw believes himself to be.

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Interview With Leonora Meriel

The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel

Interview with Leonora Meriel • Do you write alone or in public? I write both – depending on where I can achieve the most undisturbed writing session. If I am alone in the house, then I will write by candlelight on the sofa. If there’s a chance of people pulling me out of my writing […]

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Stupid Humans

Today we have a guest post and book feature from author V. R. Craft.

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The Beautiful Leonora Carrington (1917-2011)

As regular visitors to Examining the Odd will know by now, British-born Mexican surrealist Leonora Carrington is one of my favourite artists. Her paintings are somehow oppressive yet elegant, tense yet loving. Her writing is inspiring and thought-provoking. We have two prints of hers at the bottom of our stairs to add a little more […]

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5 Books Set on Mars

Want to escape? Here are five books set on Mars. Bon voyage! Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record by Percy Greg – The book is notable as containing what is probably the first alien language in any work of fiction to be described with linguistic and grammatical terminology. It also contains what is […]

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Wise Words from Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the man Martin Luther King called “An Apostle of peace and nonviolence.” His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily […]

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