Year One: The 100 Most Viewed Posts From Amazing Stories

Our first year has ended. Now, on to the next one!

What did the past year bring us in terms of the content that Amazing Stories has published? See for yourself with this round up of the Top 100 Posts Of the Year list. A listing of 100 posts represents 4.8 percent of all of our posts from the past year – Two Thousand and Seventy Three in total (2,073).

Please note that this is not a true depiction of the popularity of individual posts on Amazing Stories: some of these posts have been on the site for a year, steadily accumulating hits while others have only been available to read for a few short weeks but, for one (controversial) reason or another, generated a lot of views in a relatively short time.

On the other hand, this compendium does present to us an interesting picture of the subjects and ideas that our friends and readers find most compelling.

Amazing Stories was originally conceived as a fiction magazine for the new literature of scientifiction; since 1926, the definition of what that encompasses has grown to include fantasy and horror (and a host of mish-mashed sub-genres). Interesting then that the subject in the majority of our first ten most popular posts (3) address the horror genre.  Rounding out the top ten we have our three most controversial posts.  Comments on one or two of those were previously closed and the debate on the subjects they raise, while not over, has generally moved on to other posts on the subject.  Their inclusion here is for completeness and accuracy’s sake (if I didn’t list them I’d be getting complaints about that so, our default is, lay out the facts and let them fall where they may).

I’m quite happy to see some of the Spanish language posts included – and not too far down on the list.  I’m also not surprised to see posts dealing with writing tips, marketing and the publishing industry scattered throughout the list. Interviews (regardless of subject), discussions and displays of art and reviews of classic science fiction/fantasy/horror are also pretty popular.

I’m also happy to see that there is at least one post in the top 100 that addresses the (now 15) primary subjects I originally identified as being of interest to genre fans: science fiction, fantasy and horror literature (counting as three); television, film, anime, comics, visual art, audio works, poetry, the pulps, fandom, science, gaming and modeling.

If nothing else, the past year, our content offerings and this reflection of reader interest confirms some of our initial premises of the direction to take Amazing Stories.
When Science Fiction is Not Science Fiction

More Sci-fi Shows to Hit Screens in 2013

Don’t Quit Your Day Job – Traditional Publishing by the Numbers

What’s the Trouble With Selfies? Speculative Fiction and the Mirror Effect

Deconstructing Horror: Haunted Houses

The Conjuring (2013)

Open Source Horror: The Slender Man

Characters: Clare of Claymore

There’s Something About Night Vale

Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Why Science Fiction Poetry is Embarrassingly Bad

Interview with a Wizard: Mike Mearls

Interview with Award-Winning Author Lois McMaster Bujold

Women in Armour vs. Chicks in Chain-mail

Crossroads: Science Fiction Romance – A Niche Before Its Time?

Top Ten RPG Game Systems of All Time

Publishing: Let’s stop comparing apples and oranges

The Language of Scandal: Why Do Speculative Fiction Writers Love Disgusting Scatological Insults?

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 3)

Rites of Spring: The New Horror TV Shows

A Way To End Ebook Piracy?

A Publisher’s Perspective on Profits: ebooks vs print

Individualism, Atheism, and the Search for God in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

An Introduction to the Empire’s Corps

The Top Ten Roleplaying Games of All Time

Characters: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

An Interview with Bestselling Author Ty Franck (James S.A. Corey)

It’s (Not) Rocket Science: John Aaron: “SCE to AUX”

The Art of the Shaver Mystery

Girl, You’re In the Army Now

No. 9: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and Who’s The Real Monster?

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Michael J. Sullivan

These Fractured States: An Overview of Balkanized Americas

Ten Totally Illogical Science Fiction Premises

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 1)



5 More Anime and Manga Titles for HBO to Adapt

Sexual Harassment at Science Conventions: Who Let the Dogs Out?


The Destroyer is Back!

Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Characters Before They Can Stay In Your Story

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art: Definitions

The Fed Puts Stamps of Approval on Science Fiction Authorship

Our Ansible is Missing – Intellectual Property Theft in Science Fiction

Understanding the Sexism of Fantasy

A Baaaad Case of the Warm and Fuzzies: H. Beam Piper v. John Scalzi

The Amazing Virgil Finlay

Why I’m Not A Fan Of Tip Jars

Interview With Seanan McGuire

Dress For the Occasion: The Scantily Clad Female

Top Ten Best Star Wars Computer Games of All Time

Crossroads: The Power in Paranormal Romance

What Science Fiction Lacks

What if Every Superman Actor Was One Man?

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Editors and Their Roles

Christianity vs. Science Fiction

Three is a Magic Number

Sexism and the SFWA

Why Doesn’t Fantasy Sell in Japan?

Cities in Science Fiction

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and The Evil They Can Cause.

The Artful Collector: The Best Fantasy Art Show in the World

No. 4 – H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, and the Social Impacts of Science

How to Begin a Short Story

Why Piracy is Never Okay

All Aboard for Mars! A True Story

Books That Never Were – Farewell Atlantis

Michiko to Hatchin is the Best Anime You’ve Never Watched

When Did Science Fiction Begin?

2013 HUGO AWARDS (Winners and Nominees)

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Return Reserves, Buy-in, and Sell-through

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 2)

The Fuzzy Line Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sequential Wednesdays #23.3 – NYCC ’13 Interview With Colleen AF Venable

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 8 in series)

Having a Sexual Harassment Policy is not Enough

Publishing Options – Many Choices Now Viable

Digital Only Publishing – Think Twice Before You Sign

Art in Action: A Bakuman Review

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 4)

Interview with Chad Connell from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Nuevos trabajos de ciencia ficción en español

Retrospective: David A. Hardy – The King of Space Art

The Icon of Monsters and Monster Models

The First Poem Written in Space

Jules Verne and Amazing Stories

Apology & Circumstance

Diversity Issue

Interview with Pat Mills, Founder of 2000AD

Karmic Demons and the Power of Compassion: Buddhist Philosophy in Modern Myth

The Howl of Family: A Review of Wolf Children

Debunking Lolita Fashion and the American Otaku Myth

Interview with Award-Winning Editor Ellen Datlow

Ten Reasons for Not Boycotting Ender’s Game

La ciencia ficción en Bolivia: Resumen histórico

What Does the Music of the Future Sound Like?

50 Shades of Self-publishing

Dress for the Occasion 2: The Decked-out Heroine

Interview: Trenna Keating (aka Doc Yewll) from Defiance

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