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The Top 50 Black Gate Posts in November

Sunday, December 29th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

The Best of Fredric Brown-smallThe top article on the Black Gate blog last month was the 13th installment in our ongoing examination of Lester Del Rey’s Classics of Science Fiction line, a look at the 1977 paperback The Best of Fredric Brown. (Brown also showed up a little further down the list, in our take on the Brown and Weinbaum chapters of the Appendix N: Advanced Readings in D&D series over at Tor.com).

Second on the list was Alex Bledsoe’s appreciation of one of my favorite films of the summer, Pacific Rim, and his thoughts on where it fit on the sliding scale between rip-off and homage.

Third was our review of a surprisingly effective, 81-year-old pulp tale by Clark Ashton Smith, “The Vaults of Yoh Vombis.” Fourth was M Harold Page’s report on his trip to the Gemmell Award ceremonies at the World Fantasy Convention. Rounding out the Top Five was Keith West’s opening chapter in his ambitious attempt to review the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series.

The complete Top 50 Black Gate posts in November were:

  1. Vintage Treasures: The Best of Fredric Brown
  2. Pacific Rim and the Culture of Rip-off vs Homage
  3. Clark Ashton Smith’s “The Vaults of Yoh Vombis”
  4. The Sword Folk are Coming
  5. Lin Carter and the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series
  6. Goodbye, Blockbuster
  7. Revisiting the Scene of the Crash: John Carpenters Ghosts of Mars
  8. Magic: Let’s Ditch Clarke’s 3rd law
  9. Thank Politically Correct Parents for Sword and Sorcery
  10. Nobody Gets Out Alive: Writing Advice from the Cheap Seats
  11. Goth Chick News: Max Brooks takes on Walking Dead with Extinction Parade
  12. Arak Interlude: Sexuality in Comics and Culture
  13. Neoclassical Adventure
  14. A Contagious Love of Fantasy: Lin Carter’s Imaginary Worlds
  15. Galaxy Science Fiction, June 1951: A Retro Review
  16. Battle in the Dawn: The Complete Hok the Mighty by Manly Wade Wellman
  17. 2013 World Fantasy Award Winners Announced
  18. A Hero in the Service of Organized Crime: A Review of Jhereg by Steven Brust
  19. What I Learned From A New Hope
  20. An American Fantasy Master: The Pulp Art of Virgil Finlay

     

  21. Tell us your Favorite Sword & Sorcery tale and win a copy of Stalking the Beast!
  22. You Keep Using This Word
  23. Manly Wade Wellman, Fletcher Pratt and Appendix N: Advanced Readings in D&D
  24. The Hero’s Struggle
  25. Jack Ripcord and the Evolution of Pulp
  26. Self-published Book Review: The Nameless Dwarf by D. P. Prior
  27. The Plot Thickens. Or Maybe Stretches
  28. The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks Wins the 2013 David Gemmell Legend Award
  29. Science Fiction from China
  30. Unlikely Story: BG Interviews the Editors

     

  31. Blogging Marvel Comics’ Dracula, Lord of the Undead
  32. New Treasures: Star Trek Catan
  33. Deepest Darkest Eden, Edited by Cody Goodfellow
  34. Plot, Plain and Simple
  35. Vintage Treasures: Pirates and Plunder
  36. Heroic Historical and Uncomfortable Truths
  37. A Look Into the Heart of the Great Continent: Milt Davis’ Woman of the Woods
  38. The Beautiful Nightmare of The Time Masters
  39. An Addendum on Tie-in Fiction
  40. Forgotten Pulp Villains: Hanoi Shan and Professor Colonna

     

  41. Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, Part 3 of 4
  42. Rick Lai and the Secret Histories of Pulp Fiction
  43. Vintage Treasures: Prince of Foxes by Samuel Shellabarger
  44. Insanity in Pictures
  45. Amazing Science Fiction, December 1959: A Retro-Review
  46. Securing Gamer Posterity
  47. Fredric Brown, Stanley G. Weinbaum, and Appendix N: Advanced Readings in D&D
  48. Blogging Arak Son of Thunder 11: Valda Dances Right Out of Her Armor
  49. Watch the First Trailer for Winters Tale
  50. New Treasures: Pathfinder Tales: Stalking the Beast by Howard Andrew Jones

The Top 5o Black Gate blog posts in October are here, and you can see all 94 posts we made in the month of November here.

2 Comments »

  1. Really cool to see Fredric Brown up top there. Unexpected, too.
    Do you suppose it was your unfettered admiration for the guy’s work? (“The Best of Fredric Brown is one of the best short story collections I’ve read in years.”)
    Or is Brown perhaps less ‘forgotten’ than many might think?
    Either way, it’s nice to see.

    Comment by John Hocking - December 30, 2013 10:22 am

  2. Hi John,

    Good question. Certainly Fredric Brown deserves most of the credit. Also, there’s been a cumulative effect with these BEST OF articles… they’ve been creeping up the traffic charts, and each one is getting successively more popular.

    Next one coming up is C.L. Moore, and I’ve really been enjoying my re-read of her best work. Looking forward to putting my thoughts down!

    Comment by John ONeill - December 30, 2013 12:53 pm


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