AMAZING NEWS: 10/2/2016: Special Fiction Announcement

SPECIAL NOTE: Starting October 5th, Amazing Stories will begin publication of the fiction comprising its Special Edition issue. Here is the schedule of release:

Jeremy Lichtman (“Bob the Hipster Knight”); October 5
Alex Shvartsman (“How Gaia and the Guardian Saved the World”); October 12
Vince Liberato (“Parental Guidance Recommended”); October 19
Stephen Power (“The Sounding Cataract”); October 26
Karen Skovmand (“The Mesmerist”); November 2
Trent Walters (“Awake the Snorting Citizens With the Bell”); November 9
James Gordon Harper (“A Clean Start”) ; November 16
Matt Downer (“The Size of the Fight”); November 22
Stuart Barton (“Lost Phoenixes”); November 23
Sean Monaghan (“Penny of Tharsis Montes”); November 24

We will be publishing two additional stories in addition to those Gernsback award winning stories:

Kermit Woodall (“We’re all Here in the Future”); November 30
David Gerrold (“The Great Milo”); December 7

And to complete the issue we have some non-fiction articles by Michael A. Burstein and Steven H Silver, and an editorial.

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Politics Impacting the Book World

Food Sources Infographic (See our own version at the bottom of this post)

Trek Against Trump

A Feminist Transforming Comics

First Presidential Debate’s Facts Checked

Review of New Hitler Bio  Makes Trump Comparisons

Explaining Black Lives Matter for (White) Dummies


Comic Book Space Toys

Rogue One Trailer

David A. Hardy Astro Art King

Wow, Look How Small That Really Is!

Captain PIcard Critiques Galaxy Quest

Tarzan on Film – 99 YEARS Ago!

Three Posters for Doctor Strange

Spider Man Set Shots

Way Cool Astro Pencil Carving


WiFi Airport Passwords

Is That Trademark Too Offensive?

Scalzi on Best Series Hugo

New Release:  Returning Truth by Raymond F Masters

New Release: Imperium Heirs by A. K. Kuykendall

NY Review of SF Readings Video


Rosetta’s Grand Finale

Musk REALLY Wants to Go To Mars

Charlie Stross Critiques Musk’s Mars Plans

Europa Has A Leak

After a long hard galactic journey, the trip home….

Riding Roller Coasters May Help Cure Kidney Stones (I wonder what Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride cures?)

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China May be the First Country to Talk to Aliens (without an accent)





You’ve listened in on Trish, Dave, and Corey spin wild ideas for the show; you’ve pored over casting choices (living actors only, or should we resort to necromancy to achieve our ends?) and debated plot arcs; slowly, the SilmFilm project has taken purely theoretical, never-to-be-actually-filmed shape—and the process has been undiluted fun!


Now, in a special Silmarillion Film Project discussion in honour of Signum’s fall fundraiser, on Monday, Oct. 3, from 7:30 – 9:30 PM, Dr. Corey Olsen will be joined by Ted Nasmith for a wide-ranging chat on visualizing the Silmarillion. They plan to be touching on many of the sets and characters and scenes from Seasons 1 and 2 of the SilmFilm Project, and they will also be taking questions and comments from the audience, so make sure you grab a seat today!


Ted Nasmith, as many of you will already know, is a wonderful painter who worked with Christopher Tolkien on the art for the illustrated Silmarillion (you can find his Tolkien art here). We’re thrilled to have him and can’t wait to get talking SilmFilm with him.


Please join us for a fascinating discussion!




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Art by Frida Lundqvist Where to Start? Choosing Between the Original Story and the Screen Adaptation

With the impending release of Arrival, the new movie based on Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life,” Alasdair Stuart askswhether or not it’s best to always read the original book or story before seeing the screen adaptation . There are strong arguments to be made on both sides of the question: sometimes seeing the movie version first has its advantages, and can enrich the experience of reading after the fact. Your mileage, of course, may vary-but let us know what works best for you in the comments!

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 Our Malazan Rereaders Look Back atGardens of the Moon: Favorite Moments and Tips for New Readers

As we wrap up the September edition of the eBook Club, we’ve asked Bill Capossere and Amanda Rutter, our intrepid Malazan Rereaders of the Fallen, to look back to the very beginning and discuss their favorite (non-spoilery) scenes and moments from Book One, Gardens of the Moon, as well as offering some helpful advice to first-time readers!

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 Five Books That Force Me To Buy Multiple Copies

“There is nothing in this world that I enjoy more than holding a brand new book, flipping through its pages, shoving my nose in there and smelling whatever the hell that smell is that’s inside a book. My kids make fun of me all the time. ‘Dad, why are you smelling that book? Again?'” Author James Dashner writes about the books that you love so much that you’re compelled to buy more than one copy, stocking up on illustrated editions, versions with different cover art, or just to have an extra copy to lend out to friends. Dashner offers five examples of this kind of special book-from authors like Frank Herbert, Madeleine L’Engle, and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others-let us know which books you’ve bought more than once in the comment section!

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 Remembrance of Earth’s Past and Humanity’s Future: Reflections on the Three-Body Trilogy

After finishing Death’s End, the final volume of Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Trilogy, reviewer Rachel Cordasco considers the trilogy as a whole and its complicated web of physics, philosophy, and history that take us from China’s Cultural Revolution in the mid-20th century through to the end of the solar system and beyond. Calling the trilogy “a masterpiece,” she discusses some of the aspects of the story that will stay with her long after reading…

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 A Brief History of Luke Cage in the Comics

Marvel’s Luke Cage premieres on Netflix this Friday; as we eagerly wait to binge-watch the series, Keith DeCandidosets the scene with a look back at the character’s origins , the elements that set Cage apart from other comic book heroes, plus major story arcs, changes, and developments over the years. From his roots in Blaxploitation and the realities of gritty, grimy 70s New York to his present-day incarnation (played by Mike Colter in the new series), Luke Cage has always been one of Marvel’s most fascinating and down-to-earth characters: a regular guy looking out for the little people.

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Artwork by Anke Eissmann In Praise of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Infamous “Reset Button”

Many first-time viewers, accustomed to modern serialized shows like Game of Thrones or Orphan Black, might find it difficult to adjust to Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s liberal use of the “reset button” -the storytelling approach which allowed the characters to start each episode anew, usually untouched by the events or after-effects of the previous episodes. But, as Alvaro Zinos-Amaro explains, the reset button (and the behind-the-scenes motives for taking this approach to the series’ continuity) is arguably one reason for TNG‘s success in a number of ways…

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 The City Born Great, by N.K. Jemisin

This week’s original fiction is a standalone short story by N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Season , the winner of this year’s Hugo Award for Best Novel! In “The City Born Great” New York City is about to go through a few changes. Like all great metropolises before it, when a city gets big enough, old enough, it must be born; but there are ancient enemies who cannot tolerate new life. Thus New York will live or die by the efforts of a reluctant midwife … and how well he can learn to sing the city’s mighty song.

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We’re proud to announce the publication of Everything Change, an anthology of climate fiction featuring contributions from Kim Stanley Robinson and Paolo Bacigalupi.
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In the wake of the historic Paris climate accord, the effects of climate change are more apparent than ever, manifesting in extreme weather events and alarming disruptions to human and non-human life. We need stories that help us grapple with the ramifications of a changing climate for communities around the globe, from remote islands and lush wetlands to bustling metropolitan cities.

ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative is proud to announce the publication of Everything Change, an anthology of climate fiction featuring 12 stories from our 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest, plus a foreword from science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson and an interview with Paolo Bacigalupi, renowned author of climate fiction novels like The Water Knife andThe Windup Girl.

Everything Change is free to download, read, and share in PDF and EPUB formats at the Imagination and Climate Futures website. It is also available for free in EPUB format at the Apple iBooks and Kobo digital book stores, and will soon be available from Barnes & Noble’s Nook store.

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Wave 1 Clan Hero ‘Mechs are joining the Invasion this November!

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Magnum Opus

While we gear up for a full-site overhaul and our big print issue of new content scheduled for Christmas 2016,  let us serenade you with a triad of weekend reads

In SPACE OPERA, a work of fiction by Michael Kandel, grease monkeys work on dented hulls in their shop near sun Alpha Cygni. An extravaganza in five acts.

In FLYING SAUCER ROCK ‘N ROLL, alien fiction by Howard Waldrop, the Kool-Tones draw an audience from interstellar space

And don’t miss the rock show of a lifetime: The Final Remake of the Return of LITTLE LATIN LARRY with a completely remastered soundtrack and the original audience. Science fiction by Pat Cadigan.

Usher in October with these operatic tales.

Science Fiction by Michael Kandel
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Quantum Muse

Let’s have a contest.  Oops, sorry, already had one.  This being Halloween month, we at Quantum Muse sponsored a Horror contest.  Come and read, if you dare. The October, 2016 issue of Quantum Muse is now up at

This month we feature the art of: Leszek Kostuj

following is a list of this months Horror winners.

The Raven by Iain Henson

The Pond by Ed Sullivan

The Dark Corner by John David Rose

The Thing by Gordon Rowlinson

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