Another Round At The Crow Bar #34 October 2019


Hello friends and fans!

Welcome to my 34th newsletter – and this time, I think you’ll notice right away that there’s something different about it!

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FAQ’s Answered #5 Does Space Really Suck?


Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer the question “Does space really suck?”

Being science fiction fans, I’m sure we’ve all read (or watched) stories about starships heading out into mysterious unknown parts of the galaxy – braving dangers both known and unknown, and sometimes getting shipwrecked, and perhaps more often, watching shipmates getting caught and eaten by strange aliens with big teeth (and even bigger appetites)… right?

I’m pretty sure, if it were you (or me) in that position, it would suck! More

New Release: “African Assignment” by Theo Engela


Another re-release – “African Assignment” a collection of short stories by my father, Theo Engela, edited by me. Previously published by myself (2007), then by J. Ellington Ashton (2015), and later by LightBearer Publishing (2016), the fifth edition is now available via Lulu.com.

“Theo Engela’s short stories were written during the 1950’s and 60’s, and set in the South African bushveld and society of the day, providing a fresh look at a world now long vanished. Using imagery and place names unfamiliar to folk living in the 21st century, the author shows us a simpler, less complicated world filled with wonder and mystery, where crime could still be perfect and the world lived fearfully under the ever-present threat of the Cold War. Mesmerizing African folklore and almost-vanished cultures stand side by side. Rounded off in his own unique style, he displays a biting sense of humor and irony in his work, which would probably not seem out of place in a Hitchcock serial or even in the Twilight Zone.” More

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