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Edward Champion is a Brooklyn-based writer. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times, and other distinguished and disreputable publications. He runs the cultural web site www.edrants.com.

Extra Lives

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Extra Lives

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A dedicated gamer's reflections on the power, the potential, and the price of ever-multiplying virtual worlds.
The Cannibal Film Genre

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The Cannibal Film Genre

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One of the most notorious episodes of the pioneering era offers a chance to consider the history of a perennial, if shadowy, film subject.
Kingdom of the Spiders

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Kingdom of the Spiders

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Shatner plus spiders equals a B-movie pleasure.
Sleepless

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Sleepless

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In Charlie Huston’s surreal new thriller, zombie-like Los Angelenos find themselves up all night.

The Exiles

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The Exiles

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Three young Native Americans leave the reservation and try to make their way in the wilderness of 1950s Los Angeles.
The Golden Age of Television

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The Golden Age of Television

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A new collection brings together the best of the American teleplays of the 1950s, when the tube was alight with compelling drama.
The Dead

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The Dead

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John Huston's directorial swan song glories in its sensitivity to its source in James Joyce's haunting story.
Gomorra

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Gomorra

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A journalist's expose of Neapolitan organized crime is transformed into a cinematic portrayal of corrosive violence.
The View from the Bridge

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The View from the Bridge

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A career devoted to the seduction of story -- from Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper to Kirk vs. Kahn.
Steal Across the Sky

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Steal Across the Sky

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Flavored by pulp fiction and sizzling with satire, a tale of mystery on a galactic scale.
Philip Jos� Farmer: A River Ran Through Him

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Philip Jos� Farmer: A River Ran Through Him

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Exploring the perpetually overflowing imagination of the late Philip José Farmer.
Pandora in the Congo

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Pandora in the Congo

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Unlocking a heart of darkness in colonial Africa yields nested tales in this playful novel.