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The First and Last List of 2002

Single-author story collections featuring Richard Matheson, Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury, HP Lovecraft, Dennis Etchison, Stephen King, John Shirley, T. E. D. Klein, Patrick McGrath, Lucius Shepard, Thomas Ligotti, Joe R. Lansdale, Peter F. Hamilton, Howard Waldrop, William Gay, Clive Barker, Arthur C. Clarke, Ruth Rendell, Flannery O'Connor, Ramsey Campbell, M. John Harrison, M. R. James, Philip K. Dick


The Soul of Wit Short Books for Short Tempers

Eric Shaprio, Trey Barker, Michael Marshall Smith, Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Magnus Mills, Mark Bowden, Peter Crowther, Mark Chadbourn, Steven Erikson, Paul DiFilippo, Michael Marshall Smith, Alastair Reynolds, Kim Newman, John Shirley, Harry Turtledove, S. M. Stirling, Mary Gentle, Walter Jon WIlliams, PS Publishing


Speculative Romance

F. Paul Wilson, Jasper Fforde, David Garnett, Jonathan Carroll, Peter F. Hamilton, Christopher Brookmyre, Kristin Beck


Forget the Fiction. Speculative Non-Fiction

Mike Davis, Richard Preston, Stanislaw Lem, Thomas M. Disch, Playboy Magazine Covers, Mark Bowden John Keel, CDB Bryan and Jeff Vandermeer


Grading the Cheese: The Spectrum of Sleaze, An Homage to Fromage

William Schoell, Greg Kihn, Stephen King, James Herbert, Kim Newman, Richard Laymon, Joe R. Lansdale, Neal Asher, Ken Goddard, Shaun Hutson, Peter Tremayne


Difficult Reading for Difficult Times

Thomas Pynchon, J. Kerry Grant, Charles Palliser, Lawrence Norfolk, Anthony Burgess, John Clute, Stepan Chapman, M. John Harrison, Kathe Koja and David Searcy


The Country of Terror: Southern Gothic

Flannery O'Connor to William Gay. David Searcy, Wayne Allen Sallee and John P. O'Grady


The Perils of Publisheen: My Life in the Bush of Books Part 4

Glen David Gold, Kim Newman, Brian Stableford, Nancy Collins, Dan Simmons, Jonathan Carroll, SP Somtow, Lane Smith, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Lian Hearn, Peter Crowther, M. John Harrison, Karl Edward Wagner, Irvine Welsh, Nick Tosches, Chuck Palahniuk Tanya Huff, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro


The Spectrum of Space Opera

M. John Harrison, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Neal Asher, Alastair Reynolds, Peter F. Hamilton, Ken Macleod, John Clute


Chuck Palahniuk Wants to Write Horror: From Buffy to Bio-Terrorism

Chuck Palahniuk, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anonymous Bio-Terroists


You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: The Death of Horror

Chuck Palahniuk, Paula Guran, Locus Online, Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, Adam Roberts, Martin Amis, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, Sherri S. Tepper


My First WorldCon: Fun With a Purpose

Gene Wolfe, Sean McMullen, Kathryn Cramer, Kim Newman, Martin Amis, Stanislaw Lem, Peter Nicholls, Timothy Ferris, John Clute & Car Repair  


My First WorldCon, Over the Hills and Far Away

Alastair Reynolds, James Patrick Kelly, Ted White, 2001: A Space Odyssey


New Old New York

Jeffrey Ford, Alexander Irvine, Caleb Carr


None Dare Call It Bullshit: Conspiracy as the All-Natural Supernatural

Michael Marshall Smith, F. Paul Wilson, Jim Keith, John A. Stormer, Robert Anton Wilson


Triple F: Fictional Fiscal Fear

Greg Costikyan, Paul Johnston, James Lovegrove and J. Anthony Lukas


Salt On Stone: Talking to Adam Roberts

Agony Column Interview With Adam Roberts, featuring Mark Chadbourn


Building from Stone: Why You Should Buy Adam Roberts' Books Immediately

Adam Roberts


My Life in the Bush of Books Part Three: From 'The Night Land' to 'The Jungle'

William Hope Hodgson, Iain Sinclair, Tahir Shah, Tim Lebbon, John Shirley, Glen David Gold, Neal Asher, Upton Sinclair


Dark Matters: (Science) Fiction by Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds, H. P. Lovecraft, John Carpenter


My Favorite Forteans: Reading Weird Stuff

Charles Fort, Damon Knight, David Blackbourn, Patrick Harpur, Loren Coleman, Willy Ley, John Keel, Timothy Knab, Kurt Seligmann, Tahir Shah, John P. O'Grady


Keys to the Kingdom

Phil Rickman, Stephen King, RIchard Bachman, Clive Barker, Mark Frost, David Lynch, Twin Peaks, Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine


My Reading Habits and How Carlos Casteneda Was Spared From Being Thrown Across the Room

Phil Rickman, James Herbert, William Smethurst, Will Kingdom, Richard Paul Russo, Jack McDevitt, Alastair Reynolds, Tahir Shah, John P. O'Grady, Alexander Irvine, Mary Gentle.


Doomed to Repeat It: Altering History

Ward Moore, Jasper Fforde, Mary Gentle, Harry Turtledove, SM Stirling, Walter Jon Williams


"The Typical Trash of Science Fiction" Philip K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem on Film

Philip K. Dick, Stanislaw Lem, Jasper Fforde


The Blood is the Life

John Keel, Douglas Starr, Alpha Therapeutic


The Big Cheese

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Jennifer Toth, Paul DiFilippo


Slow Reading for Summer

Warren Rochelle, Michael Cisco, Harry O. Morriss, Neal Asher


Highfalutin' Horror: Non-Genre Authors Have a Go at Scaring the Crap Out of Readers

Martin Amis, Paul Theroux, Anne Arensburg, John Keel, Timothy Findley


Who's The Man? Things Women Were Not Meant To Know

Graham Joyce, Nick Hornby


Combing the Archives

Jeffrey E. Barlough, Dan Simmons, Steven Erikson, H. P. Lovecraft, Warren Rochelle, Bryan Burroughs


Fighting in Fairyland

Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen, Raymond Feist, Jame Herbert, Simon R. Green, P. J. McAuley


"My Life was defined by space activity." Guest Column by William H. Mook

George Dyson


Magic Technology Sets Minds on Fire The Turk and High Tech Entrepreneur Madison Priest

Tom Standage


No Leather Diapers! Blue Collar Fantasy

Jeffrey Ford, Jerry Jay Carroll, Steve Cockayne, China Mieville


Speaking with Neal Asher

Neal Asher, A. E. Van Vogt, Roger Zelazny, Julian May, Sherri S. Tepper, C. J. Cherryh, Iain Banks


My Life in the Bush of Books, Part Two: Franzen Versus Frampton in a Smackdown Special

Jonathan Franzen, Steve Cockayne, David Hajdu, Paul Di Filippo, Mark Morriss, Tom Standage, China Mieville


Who needs 'Star Wars' when you've got China Mieville's 'The Scar'?

China Mieville, Edgar Rice Burroughs, George Lucas, Darren Aronovsky, Mervyn Peake


Attack of the Leather Diapers

James Barclay, Mary Gentle, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Stephen R. Donalson, George R. R. Martin, Steven Erikson


Hiding Jimmy Hoffa: Editorializing with the Database

Saucer Attack! by Eric and John Nesheim, RIP George Alec Effinger, Timothy Findley, Stephen King, Phil Rickman, Mo Hayder, George Dyson, Simon Clark, Magnus Mills, Kathe Koja, Ray Garton, Mark Chadbourn, Jeffrey Barlough, John Mortimer, Jonathan Harr, Richard Morgan, Kenneth Iserson, Bruce Lanier Wright


The Better to Scare You With: From PZB to Tim Lebbon Horror's Latest 'It Writers'

Poppy Z. Bright, Tim Lebbon, John Mortimer, Kim Wilkins, Steve Cockayne


Midday in Jerusalem: Weird Serial Fiction With Middle Eastern Settings

Edward R. Whittemore, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, George Alecx Effinger, Lawrence Durrell


Living in the Past: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship, Doctor Who and Hallucinating Angels

George Dyson, Kim Newman, John Shirley


Beach Lit 101

Alastair Reynolds, Dan Simmons, Richard Morgan Neal Asher, Adam Roberts, China Mieville, Clive Barker


Memento Mori

John R. Stephens Neal Asher, Jon Courtenay Grimwood


Ripped from the Email: Ramsey Campbell responds

Emmanuel Carrere, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Brookmyre


Ripped from the Headlines: From Real-Life to True Crime to Fiction to TV

Emmanuel Carrere, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Brookmyre


Shapeshifter: The Rebel of Babble New and Semi-New SF

Peter F. Hamilton, Robert Charles Wilson, Howard V. Hendryx, Alastair Reynolds, Neal Asher, Tracy Knight, Richard Morgan


Lonely Old Men: Ghost Stories for the 21st Century

Dan Simmons, Peter Straub, M. R. James, Ash Tree Press, Steve Duffy and Ian Rodwell, Magnus Mills


MC Testimony: An Interview with Mark Chadbourn

Mark Chadbourn, H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Jacques Tourner, Charles Fort, Robert M. Holdstock, M. John Harrison


Just About Now: Lisa Lerner and A. D. Nauman

Lisa Lerner, A. D. Naumann, Arthur C. Clarke, George Orwell, Thomas M. Disch


Stone Soup: Insecurity, The Dust Jacket Flap, Change Comes from Within

Stephen King, Peter Straub, Stephen Laws, Phil Rickman, Christopher Brookmyre, Peter F. Hamilton, Simon R. Green, Simon Clark, Mark Z. Danielewski


I Know It When I See It

Mo Hayder, John Shirley, P. J. McAuley, John Clute


The Unfair Sex

Ruth Rendell, Mo Hayder, Charlee Jacob, Elizabeth Redfern, Justina Robson, Muriel Gray, Lisa Lerner, A. D. Naumann


Shootout At the Fantasy Factory

J. R. R. Tolkien, Mervyn Peake, Chris Morgan, Ian Watson, Mark Chadbourn, Dan Simmons, Robert Holdstock, Mo Hayder, David Lynch


My Life in the Bush of Books, Part One

Dennis Etchison, Simon Clark, Ramsey Campbell, George R. R. Martin, Ken Macleod, Grapham Joyce, Dan Simmons


What Kind of Man Reads 'Bikini Planet'?

David Garnett, Jasper Fforde, Alan F. Troop, Robert Holdstock, Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephen King


A Shelf Full of Simmons

Henry James, Tim Lebbon, Dan Simmons, M. R. James, Graqham Joyce, Ramsey Campbell, David Garnett, John Shirley, Alan F. Troop, Jon Courtenay Grimwood


Scotland Exports Some Wild Writers

Paul Johnston, Christopher Brookmyre, Ken Macleod


It Can't Happen Here

Jasper Fforde, Phil Rickman, Peter F. Hamilton


The Mothman Prophecies Come True

John Keel


In the Bullpen

Peter Watts, Phil Rickman, Ken Macleod, Glen David Gold, Phil Rickman, John Keel, Loren Coleman, Dan Simmons


The Supernatural Addiction

Stephen King, Peter Straub, James P. Blaylock, Clive Barker


Test Case 1

Elizabeth redfern, Jeffrey Thomas, Scott Thomas, Dennis Etchison, Paula Guran


American Cheese 1999

H. P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, William Schoell, Gary L. Holleman, Simon Clark, Elizabeth Massie, Tom Piccirilli, James Byron Huggins, Ray Garton