AMAZING NEWS: 5/26/2024: Memorial Day Edition

Of Special Note

Allen Steele has finished up his back cover duties and has approved the cover art for his latest Captain Future tale – Lost Apollo.  We’ll have a cover reveal (by one of Allen’s favorite artists) soon.

and The Amazing Stories submissions portal has been placed on hiatus owing to “being full up”.  Submissions will re-open when current inventory has been reduced


Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Sawyer’s Downloaded for Locus

Ian Randal Strock (Fantastic Books) is all set up at Balticon

David Brin informs us that Roger Penrose has shared a hybrid cosmological model that unites the “Endless dissipation” and the “Big Crunch” models.

David Gerrold reminds us that the evening of June 3rd will reveal the Parade of the Planets in the night sky


The World Fantasy Awards wants you to know – “The deadline for nominating material to be considered for the 2024 World Fantasy AwardsSM is Friday, May 31, 2024. Five nominees will be selected in each category. Three of those are selected by a panel of judges, and two will be chosen by popular vote of World Fantasy Convention members from 2022, 2023, and 2024. Eligible works will have a 2023 publication date.”  

Youtube video discusses 70s & 80s Fanzines

SMOF News shares this:

Warhorn’s Execution Delayed

As previously reported, Warhorn, a widely used site for gaming convention signups, was under threat of being shut down on June 15 after its creator and maintainer of over 20 years said that he wanted to give up supporting it.

The maintainer, Brian Moseley, announced this week on Warhorn’s public Discord server that the deadline has been pushed back:


The United States suggests that Russia has launched a space weapon satellite

Boeing’s Starliner still hasn’t gotten off the pad

SpaceX has announced June 5th as the earliest date for their attempt to launch the fourth Starship test


Nanoplastics have been found in human testicles.

John Lee Hooker, the Blues guitarist (featured in The Blues Brothers) must have been channeling a cat when he sang Boom Boom:
I love to see you walk
Up and down the floor
When you talking to me
That baby talk

I like it like that
You talk like that
You knock me dead
Right off my feet
A haw haw haw haw”
– scientists have recently determined that our social credentials like it when we talk to them in baby talk


A drone for first responders – can cover a whole city with response times of 2 minutes, deliver Narcan when needed

More Voice Actors complain about AI theft


A Youtube discussion of Heinlein’s only fantasy novel – Glory Road

Bruce Sterling examines Utopias on Medium

Film & TV

The Hunt for Gollum fan film has been restored to availability – after having been taken down  with the announcement of a TV show of the same name.

A humorous discussion of Star Trek: Lower Decks examines the California Class starship


Betsy Wollheim will be Zooming with the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

Social Commentary

Research supports what we have known all along:  Higher Intelligence Correlates with “Left Wing” political thought.  Or, in other words, most science fiction fans are progressives.  (How can you not be when your initial premise is that our species will survive into the far future?)

Is it possible for genre penetration of mainstream culture to go too far?  Maybe, but we don’t think that The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody represents that limit.  Get your tickets today! (And check out these photos from a production!)

Just For Fun

This video shows a wonderful comparison between the running speeds of various animals.  (Hint:  There’s not much in the animal kingdom that we can successfully run away from.  As always, the most effective solution is to run away with people who are slower than you.)

Parody of “Gun and Sand” post apocalyptic films discuss the advisability of getting rid of all the men


Has George Lucas “stepped in it”?  In a recent interview, George stated at the Cannes Film Festival that ““They would say, ‘It’s all white men,’” Lucas said, per Variety. “Most of the people are aliens! The idea is you’re supposed to accept people for what they are, whether they’re big and furry or whether they’re green or whatever. The idea is all people are equal.”  He further stated “…that “there were a few Tunisians who were dark” in the original film, that Williams was a major part of the 1980 sequel, and noted Jackson’s character was a “top Jedi.”  And, of course, Darth Vader was black (and voiced by James Earl Jones).  He concluded with stating that he was the only one “who really knew what ‘Star Wars’ was.”

Please take a moment to support Amazing Stories with a one-time or recurring donation via Patreon. We rely on donations to keep the site going, and we need your financial support to continue quality coverage of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres as well as supply free stories weekly for your reading pleasure.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Article

Time Machine: May 26, 2024

Next Article

Allen Steele Interviewed by Metastellar

You might be interested in …