Could “streaming” fragment fandom?
Twenty years ago, fans lined up to see the spectacular origins story behind the Star Wars saga. What they got was The Phantom Menace.
The bigoted backlash against Brie Larson and female-led superhero films may very well have back-fired.
For quite a few years, being a lover of genre films and television meant being a hoarder. If you were anything like me, you accumulated teetering stacks of VHS tapes – both the pre-recorded kind and those that were filed with off-air recordings of films that had been on TV. If your collecting days go […]
How one woman was both disappointed and inspired by science fiction.
Despite its DC character, the 1978 Superman is in many ways the progenitor of the MCU
A bit of reminisce, recreating the late nite genre double bills.
Gary Kurtz, Star Wars original producer, is remembered for his engagement with fans.
As Ant-Man and the Wasp proved once again, I find it a lot easier to object to the Marvel superhero movies in principle than I do in practice. In fact, looking back at some of my previous contributions to Amazing Stories, I see myself repeatedly grumbling about the preponderance of franchise movies – […]
SF’s FIRST Cinematic Golden Age
Toxic Fandom is really Toxic Fan Dumb.
Are genre franchises short-changing SF fans?
The new Hitchhiker’s radio show sticks out a sore thumb.
Hitchhiker’s combined Pythonesque comic fantasy with an intellectual rigour that many ‘serious’ SF writers could learn from.
Does everything have to be political? Apparently, yes. Even Star Wars reviews.
Franchises that last for generations have some issues to address.
I suspect we may come to miss the books whose authors took us through a genre, giving shape to its history and signposting us to recommended movies.
Seventy-nine years after Orson Welles terrified America with The War of the Worlds, BBC Radio productions of The Omen and The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula prove that the medium retains its power to chill.
For all its faults, IT is horror’s Moby Dick – a gargantuan tale so full of powerfully rendered characters, ideas and episodes that it bears returning to and analysing, one memorable passage at a time.
The movement away from physical artifacts (DVDs and Blu-Ray discs) to streaming services may leave future science fiction film fans in the dark about classics of the genre if selection does not improve.
The debate on the casting of a female Doctor on the show Doctor Who has been highly unfair to fans.
Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is an effective film about an all too real possible Armageddon.
Imagine George Lucas at the Pearly Gates: would he get into heaven because of his contribution to science fiction, or would he be cast down?
Changes in the way people view television programmes do not appear to be taken into account when considering the audience for Dr. Who.
Why have so many Stephen King novels remained so stubbornly resistant to Hollywood adaptation?
Radio seems to be the best medium for dramatizing science fiction. It’s a shame that there isn’t more of it, although…
Disney seems to be respectfully expanding the Star Wars universe, but will it succumb to the corporate dark side?
Surprise! Rogue One actually takes the Star Wars universe in a new and interesting direction. WARNING: contains spoilers.
How does the novelization of Star Wars hold up 40 years after its release?
After the first half hour, Doctor Strange somehow turned into a spectacular but oddly empty experience.