Author Archives: Hatboy

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/

Able

He awoke in darkness. No – not darkness. Light. A clinical white light that was as enveloping as darkness, a light that somehow made his pupils dilate instead of forcing him to squint. A faint, warm smell filled his nostrils. … Continue reading

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Captain Wu: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. We have reached the end of the first SPSFC, and … Continue reading

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Monster of the Dark: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Team Space Lasagna’s penultimate SPSFC book was Monster of the … Continue reading

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On this day, back in the final year of the Twentieth Century, I turned twenty-two. I was in Manhattan, cowering in a dingy hostel and all alone in a city of eight million people. No small fraction of whom were … Continue reading

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SPSFC: The Finalists are here!

Yes, today we proudly announce the seven finalists for the SPSFC. And they are: Steel Guardian by Cameron Coral Captain Wu by Patrice Fitzgerald and Jack Lyster A Star Named Vega by Benjamin J Roberts Iron Truth by S.A. Tholin … Continue reading

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Is America Okay? (a Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review)

This line from the movie seemed like a good one to make into the title of the review, since … *gestures vaguely at whole US situation right now* But be warned, from here on in there be spoilers.

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In the Orbit of Sirens: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Next up, we had In the Orbit of Sirens, The … Continue reading

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May is here! Where’s my next book?

It’s coming, it’s coming! Last time we checked in, a month ago, I’d just finished chapters I to VI of The Shortcut, although the name is still under consideration. The Long Way Home appeals to me as a name too, as … Continue reading

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Dead Star: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Next up on the SPSFC semi-finals roster for Team Space … Continue reading

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Steel Guardian: A Review

This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Our next SPSFC semi-finalist was Steel Guardian, Rusted Wasteland Book … Continue reading

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