Hippoi Athanatoi

The Ice Dragon
Review forthcoming.
Babylon 5: Season 1
After a long delay during which funding for the series was somewhat up in the air following the production of the pilot, the first season of Babylon 5 finally appeared. The question is, how was it? It was good, but not great. It certainly showed some distinct differences from its predecessors in the genre -- especially Star Trek, whose then-latest series, DS9, would turn out to be rather a pale, tradition-bound shadow of what B5 was to become -- but at the same time it moved a bit too deliberately. As noted previously, JMS envisioned the series as following a typical dramatic structure, with…
Babylon 5: The Gathering
When word first began to spread that a brand new science fiction series that wasn't Star Trek (of which, I should hasten to add, I was and remain a fan) was in the works, no doubt there was a lot of incredulousness about it's chances. But the creator of this show, J. Michael Straczynski (better known on the Internet as JMS), argued passionately for it. He promised an epic scope such as had never been before in genre television in the U.S., with a five-year arc played out in a novel-like fashion with each season corresponding to a part of classic dramatic structure: exposition, rising action,…
The Art of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire
Fantasy Flight Games, publishers of the A Game of Thrones CCG and boardgame, have put together a very impressive collection of art and artists in this first and hopefully not last visual companion to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Much of the art comes from the CCG, but they have also reprinted art from other sources, such as Meisha Merlin's & Subterranean Press's limited editions of the first three books and the cover art for the regular editions, as well as commissioned quite a few original pieces. The list of artists include names such as John Howe, Charles Vess, John…
A Feast for Crows
First, an important piece of information to remember about this book is that it does not contain a number of the major point of view characters from earlier novels: Jon Snow, Daenaerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Davos Seaworth; these characters will feature in the next novel, A Dance with Dragons. Readers opening this book with the hopes of reading about these characters directly will be disappointed, but there's no real reason to be disappointed as this novel is a success. Focusing as it does on events south of the Neck (particularly King's Landing and the Riverlands) and some…