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Hurricane of Fire

The Future at War

 Edited by Reginald Bretnor 

2 Jan, 2022

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


Reginald Bretnor’s The Future at Waris a trio of military SF anthologies. The series consists of Thor’s Hammer(1979), The Spear of Mars (1980), and Orion’s Sword (1980). The three anthologies provide an interesting look at early military SF, which was still in a rudimentary form at this point.

[NOTE: I originally posted an older draft of this. My apology for my error]

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Yesterday’s Tomorrows: the Symposium!

Science Fiction, Today and Tomorrow: A Discursive Symposium

By Reginald Bretnor  

29 Mar, 2016

Miscellaneous Reviews


Judging by the poll on my Livejournal, poor Reginald Bretnor is well on his way to the obscurity that awaits most of us. I remember him, not for his fiction or for the Future at War MilSF anthologies he edited (although, hrm, I do own them), but for non-fiction books like this one: 1974’s Science Fiction, Today and Tomorrow: A Discursive Symposium. He also compiled Modern Science Fiction: Its Meaning and Its Future (1953)and The Craft of Science Fiction: A Symposium on Writing Science Fiction and Science Fantasy (1976)1.

Parts of this collection provide an interesting snapshot of science fiction forty-odd years ago. Other parts, um, well .…

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