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I would like to take this opportunity to announce the publication of a collection of short stories, my first, by Tartarus Press, a small independent publishing house in Yorkshire. You folks on E2 have become my favorite online audience, and I am delighted to share this occasion with you all.

E.M. Forster is not known as a speculative fiction author, but his story “The Machine Stops” (originally published in 1909) is an extremely good example of dark science fiction from that era. It presents a post-apocalyptic world that initially appears to be a kind of utopia: peoples’ needs are entirely taken care of by the Machine they live in, and nobody suffers from material poverty or the horror of war and all are free to pursue sedentary leisure activities as they please.

Awwwwwwww yeaaaah. It's that time of year again. The time when we separate the hard from the soft. The myths from the legends. The tin...from the IRON.

Presenting, the ninth annual edition of...


Many hundreds have tried. Mere tens have succeeded. Do you think you have what it takes to enter the hallowed HALL OF THE IRON?

Actually, when you think about it, it's not even that…