AMAZING Things Amazing Stories Will Be Giving Away

We’ve got some swag and we want to give it away: why not tell us how?

As mentioned in a few other posts from Amazing HQ Central, we will be conducting some give-aways during 2015.

The purpose of these give-aways is to encourage more people to comment on the articles we publish.  Exactly how giving away free stuff will do that has not yet been determined – but I will suggest that anyone who comments here with an excellent idea for accomplishing that goal will be the recipient of some FREE STUFF.

The following list is expected to grow over the next couple of weeks, but it is complete insofar as what we have now to give away.  Let the teasing begin!


2 embossed metal signs reproducing Frank R. Paul’s iconic War of the Worlds cover

2 embossed metal signs reproducing Frank R. Paul’s disembodied head cover

2 embossed metal signs reproducing Frank R. Paul’s iconic “Buck Rogers” cover


BF! Film Classics The War of the Worlds (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Alien (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Dr. Strangelove (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Brazil (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Solaris (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Akira (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Silent Running (soft cover, critical essays)

BFI Film Classics Quatermass and the Pit (soft cover, critical essays)


The Machine by James Smythe

The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin

The LIght of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans

Spark by John Twelve Hawks

Phoenix Island by John Dixon

Low Town by Daniel Polansky

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham


Liminal States by Zack Parsons

Last Days by Brian Evenson

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Amped by Daniel H. Wilson

The Sacred Band by David Anthony Durham

Above by Isla Morley

The Paper Doll Museum by Abigail Padgett

The Cobbler of Ridingham by Jeffrey E. Barlough

The Cobbler of Ridingham by Jeffrey E. Barlough

Every Night Our Devils Come by Thomas Owen, James Gitschlag and James Sarjent

HALO: Mortal Dicta bt Karen Traviss

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom

The Dark Eidolon and other Fantasies by Clark Ashton Smith

Low Town by Daniel Polansky

The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher

Thieve’s World:  First Blood by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey

Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand


Star Trek: Typhon Pact Plagues of Night by David R. George III

Star Trek: Typhon Pact Brinkmanship by Una McCormack

Seeds of Change by Thomas Monteleone

A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans

Star Trek Forgotten History by Christopher L. Bennett

Star Trek Vanguard:  Storming Heaven by David Mack

Star Trek Voyages: The Eternal Tide by Kirsten Beyer


And if that ain’t enough, I’ll probably throw in a 2×3 foot poster to make it an even 50 items. (48 Frank R. Paul Amazing Stories cover posters here)


My first inclination is to make it a “grab bag”;  winner (however determined) gets their pick; 2nd place picks next, and so on, thus insuring some choice and a good chance that the “top” winners get something they are really interested in – but I’m up for suggestions.

I’m REALLY up for suggestions!

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  1. How about this: Whenever someone comments mentioning some key word (I dunno, say, “amazing” or something like that, like Groucho Marx’s secret word), their name is entered in a monthly drawing for a prize.
    By the way, I’m sure you know Frank R. Paul’s iconic “Buck Rogers” cover was really illustrating E.E. Smith’s The Skylark of Space.

  2. Here something of an idea utilizing multiple forms of promotion:

    Write a post with the rules so it can be linked to (link to be used in #1 & #2 below), sticky it for the duration of the contest.

    1) bloggers who post something about the contest on their blog (and I don’t mean blog posts that appear here at Amazing) get entered into a drawing for one set of prizes. This helps spread the word and increases traffic (in theory).

    2) Tweet the contest, anyone retweeting one of your contest tweets gets entered into another drawing for prizes. Also helps promote and increase participation.

    3) Have a scavenger hunt of sorts for content on the Amazing Stories website, anyone completing the scavenger hunt is entered for a third drawing. You could have them hunt for things that are unique, but I recommend more general items (because it will better demonstrate the range of content at Amazing).

    A sample of things to find on the scavenger hunt (ask them to include links for each item found):
    – find one book review
    – find one fandom news post
    – find one post with a Captain Kirk reference
    – find one…

    You get the idea, pick 10 or so things that demonstrate the breadth of content so participants get a feel for what Amazing has to offer. Also include things that connect more directly with specific groups of fans, like the Kirk reference.

    To decide who wins what, you can use the grab bag approach you mentioned, one bag for each category (each bag does not have to be of equal value). Then randomly select 1st, 2nd, 3rd… Just make sure each of the 3 sub-contests is worth participating in.

    Obviously you can adjust all this to make it better. Incorporate email or facebook or other forms of getting the word out. My details are just one way to approach it.

  3. The first thing that springs to mind is some sort of trivia contest. What famous person was related to Amazing editor T. O’Connor Sloane by marriage? Name a famous author who had his/her first professional publication in Amazing, that sort of thing.

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