Category Archives: Commentaries

Four Hundred Years of Rob Sawyer

Three guest speakers — author/anthologist John Robert Colombo, Quebec novelist Elisabeth Vonarburg, and New York editor Robert G. Hartwell — pose with celebrated, Toronto-based author Robert J. Sawyer at the conference held in his honour and titled “Science Fiction: The … Continue reading

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The Road to Mecca

John Robert Colombo offers some comments on Muhammad Asad’s “The Road to Mecca” The books that I review are generally newly published, current titles. Yet it is often forgotten that books constitute news, and the novelty of interesting books and … Continue reading

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Ghost Books

Ghosts and Where to Find Them These are the notes that I made for an talk that I delivered at The Grange, Saturday, 24 Oct. 2009. The Grange in question is in Mississauga, not The Grange at the Art Gallery … Continue reading

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Najovits & Kostelanetz, Reviewers

Simson R. Najovits and Richard Kostelanetz offer reviews of “All the Poems.” Simson R. Najovits Reviews All the Poems / John Robert Colombo,Teller of Ghost Stories, Anthologist … and, above all, Poet / A Review Contributed by Simson R. Najovits / … Continue reading

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Space

JRC discusses his role in the launch of the Phoenix Mars Lander. On the Phoenix Mars Lander JRC standing in front of the wrought-iron gates of the Percival Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona (Image courtesy of Suparna Ghosh) A group of … Continue reading

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Ghosts & Spirits at the CNE

“Haunted Toronto” and “Spirits of Canada” were the titles of two public talks that I gave at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, the country’s largest annual fair and exhibition. The hour-long talks were held at 3:00 p.m., August 27 … Continue reading

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St. Socrates

“St. Socrates: Some Thoughts on Humanism” is the title of the address that I delivered. Don Cullen shakes hands with JRC after handing him the certificate that attests to his standing as HAT’s Humanist of the Year. [Photo Ed Bil] … Continue reading

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Robert Priest and Poetry

I am a long-time admirer of the zany poetry of Robert Priest – never more so than I am after reading the poems in his latest volume. It is titled Reading the Bible Backwards and the publisher is ECW Press. The poetry is not … Continue reading

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On Aphorisms

Aphorisms by John Robert Colombo Here is an appreciation written by James Geary, anthologist and specialist in aphoristic expression, posted on his website < www . jamesgeary . com/blog > on April 18, 2007. I thought I had a serious aphorism addiction problem, until … Continue reading

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Views on Canadiana

One of my favourite observations is an adage that appears in all my dictionaries of quotations. It goes like this: “Canada only needs to be known in order to be great.” This adage affirms that true greatness flows from national … Continue reading

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