Big Echo

Critical SF

5: summer 2017

Let's rock! / art by Paul Klassen

Let's rock! / art by Paul Klassen


4: Spring 2017

The C Stands for Catastrophe

An Arthur C. Clarke Tribute Album with Liner Notes

Five sizzling hot covers of five stone-cold classics!

Starry Night of the Soul by Michael Díaz Feito (“The Star” 1955)

Guests by Philip Quell (“The Parasite” 1953)

Storytime at The White Hart by Wm Henry Morris (“The Ultimate Melody” 1957)

The Negation of the Negation of the Negation by Vajra Chandrasekera (“The Nine Billion Names of God” 1953)

The Women from Asylum by Peter Milne Greiner (“Exile of Eons” 1950, later “Nemesis”)

Superchimp Antichrist: Seven Theses on the Short Form SF of Arthur C. Clarke by William Squirrell



2: AUTUMN 2016

A Klee painting named “Angelus Novus” shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress. —Walter Benjamin