About Bill Silvia

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Bill Silvia has been publishing content on the internet since 2006.  He began as a writer of horror film-related reviews and articles for Fight-Evil.com, where he continued to publish content until the site stopped carrying articles.  From 2009 through 2011 he published Star Wars and Science Fiction-related reviews and articles for NJOE.com.  In 2010 Bill was one of a number of administrators involved in the founding of Man in Black Reviews (later MiBReviews), and its spin-offs, Tickled Fears and Stars’ End, where he and many contributors who posted written reviews, short form fiction, original videos, and more.  The site closed in early 2013.  Since 2010, Bill has published articles and reviews on Fantasy & SciFi Lovin’ Reviews.

On each of these sites, Bill has worked to experiment with various formats in order to further his capacity to create new and interesting content.  It is these skills that he has taken to this blog in order to continue writing and publishing on a regular basis, pushing his abilities with higher quality content, and establishing a dialogue with the internet community.  On this blog, he will post analytical articles, reviews, short and long form fiction, podcasts and original videos.  Any comments or criticism of any sort are welcome, and readers are always welcome to email him at reviewerinblack@gmail.com.

Star Wars Review: Tales of the Jedi–Ulic Qel-Droma and the Beastriders of Onderon

In 1991, Kevin J Anderson began a prologue – a “prequel”, if you will – to the established Star Wars universe. What happened would change the world forever – but for better, or worse?

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Tales of the Jedi: Ulic Qel-Droma and the Beastriders of Onderon, shares a special place in my heart with Heir to the Empire and A New Hope. I experienced all of these in my youth, and they engendered a deep love of Star Wars in me, as well as an idea of just how expansive the idea of Star Wars was. Each was the start of a grand saga, and in the case of two of them (you can guess which two), it would be years until I got my hands on the end of the saga. I’ll give you a hint: it’s the two that I didn’t watch in theatres.

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7 Days of Classic Who: An Unearthly Child (episode)

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Two high school teachers, standing around between classes, have a conversation about an impossible student. This girl is an utter genius who knows science they can’t imagine and seems to have an intimate knowledge with the details of history, yet somehow not only is her homework suffering, but the basic minutiae of everyday life escapes. This, somehow, is the conversation that spawned what is, to this day, still the longest-running Science Fiction franchise on television.

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7 Days of Classic Who: Destiny of the Doctor–Hunters of Earth

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“Hunters of Earth” is the first in the Destiny of the Doctor series released by AudioGo and Big Finish. This series was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and while it is not clear listening to the initial installments if this is all intended to be a single linear story, it is equally clear that there is more to each story than just each individual episode. The first episode takes place before the Doctor has met up with Ian and Barbara – indeed, within the week prior to “An Unearthly Child”. This doesn’t come close to making it the first story featuring the First Doctor, but it does place it in a special position.

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FE/Marvel Strips 7-9

In 2006, I began an overly ambitious project (overly ambitious because it was never able to continue beyond its first installment) to merge Fight-Evil.com with the Marvel Universe.

Its tone is… well, that.  It’s all the humor of Fight-Evil (think a crass Silver Age comic) mixed with the mythology of Marvel.  Crash Dummie of http://www.TheSlashersComic.com started to draw the first installment into a comic, which I’ll begin posting here. 

There is some extreme imagery in the text, so if you’d rather avoid that I’d stick to the comics or avoid this story altogether.

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7 Days of Classic Who: The Companion Chronicles–The Beginning

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I suppose it’s only fair to start the review of the earliest Doctor Who story with a look at it through a few other time dimensions. I would say it is the earliest possible, but I suppose the story that ends with the Doctor and Susan at the beginning of the story – that is to say, in a TARDIS repair shop, running from the authorities – will be told, but it is unlikely that it will be written in a satisfying enough way for anybody with the license to publish it.

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