Gregg Thurlbeck, besides being a husband and father of two, is a television producer at TVOntario, the province-wide public broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada. Over his years in the television business he has worked on two series of relevance to this website. From 1982 to '89, he worked on The NewMusic, a magazine-style program that used interviews, videos and live concert footage to profile such diverse musical acts as U2 (on the Boy tour), Nina Hagen, Miles Davis, the Chieftains, Hugh Masekela and Bjork.

Then in the early '90s he produced a series called Prisoners of Gravity that examined the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and comics. Each show explored a particular theme through interviews with authors, artists and creators in these genres. During this time Gregg was lucky enough to interview such authors as Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, Kim Stanley Robinson, Nancy Kress, Jack Williamson, Roger Zelazny, C.J. Cherryh and James Morrow.

At this point in his career both music and fiction have become purely recreational activities, but he often finds that writing a review for Rambles.NET enhances his appreciation of an album or book. He hopes that through these reviews he can introduce readers to good work that they might not otherwise run across. (But he doesn't want to praise unduly.)

Reviews by Gregg include:


Kyle Andrews
Find Love, Let Go

Baka Beyond
The Meeting Pool

Chris Beard
Live Wire

LeRoy Bell
Two Sides to Every Story

Tab Benoit
Fever for the Bayou

Eric Bibb
A Ship Called Love

Frank Black

As You Were

Husky Burnette
Snake Oil Salvation

Andrew Cash
Murder =

The Cash Brothers
A Brand New Night

Tommy Castro, Jimmy Hall & Lloyd Jones
Triple Trouble

Eddie Cole
I Know What's Going On

Elvis Costello

Doug Cox & Sam Hurrie
Hungry Ghosts

Debbie Davies
All I Found

Gordon Downie
Battle of the Nudes

Tinsley Ellis
The Hard Way

David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7
United Front

Hoodoo Papas
Past Due

Who Needs Love

Voices of Southern Africa

Iron & Wine
Our Endless Numbered Days
Woman King

John & the Sisters

Molly Johnson
Another Day

Norah Jones
Feels Like Home

Sondre Lerche
Two Way Monologue

Little Milton
Think of Me

Rob Lutes
Middle Ground
Ride the Shadows

Harry Manx & Kevin Breit

Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited

Hugh Masekela

Maximum Grooves
Coast to Coast

Smoke of Home

The Men They Couldn't Hang
The Cherry Red Jukebox

Scott Merritt
The Detour Home

Oliver Mtukudzi
The Oliver Mtukudzi Collection: The Tuku Years

Jimson Weed

Nervous But Excited
Once More ... with Feeling

Oh Susanna
Oh Susanna
Short Stories
Sleepy Little Sailor

Beth Orton
Comfort of Strangers

Scott Parsons
Nice to Wear

Grant-Lee Phillips
Virginia Creeper

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Bon Reve

Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley
Sitting on a Rainbow

Elliott Smith
From a Basement on the Hill

Sour Grapes
Divine Grind

Al Stewart
Love Chronicles

The Subdudes
Behind the Levee

Swill & the Swaggerband
Doh, Ray, Me-Me-Me-Me-Me
Elvis Lives Here

Otis Taylor
Definition of a Circle
Double V

New Mood Suite

Valdy, with Gary Fjellgaard
Contenders Two: Still in the Running

various artists
Africa Straight Ahead
The Best of Africa
The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young
Easy to Be Free: The Songs of Rick Nelson
The Grass is Always Bluer
A New Groove
Putumayo World Party
Sing Along with Putumayo

Watermelon Slim & the Workers
Watermelon Slim & the Workers
The Wheel Man

Nathan Wiley
The City Destroyed Me

Darryl Worley
Have You Forgotten?

The Wyrd Sisters
Raw Voice

Apple Venus, Vol. 1
Wasp Star (Apple Venus, Vol. 2)

Zubot & Dawson
Chicken Scratch


Donald W. Albertson
Catch a Rising Star: The Adult Game of Youth Sports

Kevin J. Anderson

Isaac Asimov
Robot Dreams
Robot Visions

Dale Bailey & Jack Slay Jr.
Sleeping Policemen

John D. Barrow
The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless & Endless

Greg Bear

K.A. Bedford
Hydrogen Steel

Robert W. Bly
The Science in Science Fiction

Richard Bowes
From the Files of the Time Rangers

Joseph Boyden
Three Day Road

Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man

David Brin
Kiln People

Poppy Z. Brite
Antediluvian Tales

Eric Brown
Threshold Shift

Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything

Orson Scott Card
Space Boy

Peter Carver, editor
The Horrors: Terrifying Tales, Book I

Suzy McKee Charnas
Stagestruck Vampires & Other Phantasms

Jack Dann, et al
The Fiction Factory

Paul Di Filippo
The Emperor of Gondwanaland & Other Stories
Shuteye for the Timebroker

Cory Doctorow
Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present

Gardner Dozois, editor
The Year's Best Science Fiction: 19th Annual Collection
The Year's Best Science Fiction: 21st Annual Collection

Kristyn Dunnion
Mosh Pit

George Alec Effinger
Live! From Planet Earth

Michael Flynn
The Wreck of The River of Stars

Jeffrey Ford
The Empire of Ice Cream

Al Franken
Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)

Gregory Frost
Attack of the Jazz Giants & Other Stories

Steven Gould

Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers, editors
Space Stations

Joe Haldeman

David Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, editors
Year's Best SF 7
Year's Best SF 9

Heather Hayashi
To Save the World

Robert M. Hazen & James Trefil
Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy

Michael Hoeye
Time Stops for No Mouse

Charlie Huston
Already Dead

James Patrick Kelly
Strange But Not a Stranger

Philip Kerr
The Second Angel

Geoffrey A. Landis
Impact Parameter & Other Quantum Realities

Jonathan Lethem
The Fortress of Solitude

Paul Levinson
The Consciousness Plague

Valerie Rolfe Lupini
The Whistle

David Macfarlane
Summer Gone

Scott Mackay

Jack McDevitt
Infinity Beach

Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers & Other Monsters

Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife

William F. Nolan
Wild Galaxy: Selected Science Fiction Stories

Jeff Noon

Jerry Oltion
Abandon In Place

Kenneth Oppel

Charles Pellegrino

Christopher Pike

Robert Reed
The Cuckoo's Boys

Mike Resnick, editor
Men Writing Science Fiction as Women
Women Writing Science Fiction as Men

John Maddox Roberts
The Seven Hills

Kim Stanley Robinson
Forty Signs of Rain

Dan Ronco
Unholy Domain

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Geoff Ryman

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Cleopatra 7.2

Lucius Shepard
Liar's House

Robert Silverberg
The Collected Stories, Vol. 2: To the Dark Star, 1962-69

Dan Simmons
A Winter Haunting

Lemony Snicket
The Vile Village

Bruce Sterling
Visionary in Residence

Bart Stewart
Tales of Real & Dream Worlds

Warren Stockholm
Scorpion Magazine, No. 1: The Sting of the Scorpion

Jonathan Strahan, editor
Best Short Novels 2004

Charles Stross
Singularity Sky

Michael Swanwick
Bones of the Earth

David P. Szatmary
Rockin' in Time: A Social History of Rock-and-Roll

Lynne Truss
Eats, Shoots & Leaves

John Varley
The John Varley Reader: 30 Years of Short Fiction
Red Thunder

Vernor Vinge
Tatja Grimm's World

Andrew Weiner
Getting Near the End

Jack Williamson
Wonder's Child: My Life in Science Fiction

Robert Charles Wilson

Rowena Wright
A Loop in Time

George Zebrowski
Black Pockets & Other Dark Thoughts

Robert Zubrin
The Holy Land