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No. 23 – 2014 January – David Weber, Military SF, and...

J. Jay Jones surveys the history of David Weber's Honor Harrington universe and then offers up some second-hand critiques.

No. 22 – 2013 October – Elizabeth Moon, Military Science Fiction,...

If you like military science fiction, raise the alarm, beat your drum to send all hands to general quarters, and light up your sensors for deep scan. Ms. Moon has several series you won’t want to miss.

Special Report: Science Fiction Publishing and Art in Italy

This Amazing Stories special report interviews several science fiction artist working at Edizioni Della Vigna (Vineyard Publishing). Included are responses to questions from Alessandro Bani, Alexa Cesaroni, and Guiseppe Festino. It's richly sprinkled with dozens of images that will simply AMAZE you.
A young Philip K Dick

No. 20 – Philip K Dick – “Where’s My Head?”

Angst is a modern condition that few of us can escape. How many people, I wonder, wake up each day and ask themselves: “How...
Blish, James - formal portrait

No. 19 – James Benjamin Blish, Cities in Flight, and Technical...

No. 19 - 2013 June - James Benjamin Blish, Cities in Flight, and Technical Exposition. James Benjamin Blish may not be as widely known as...
Cherryh Portrait A

No. 18 – C.J. Cherryh, The Faded Sun, and a World...

No. 18 – 2013Jun02 – C.J. Cherryh, The Faded Sun, and a World Building Ethos. The next time you look into the night sky, try...
Bradbury Amazing Portrait - Jeff Durham illustration

No. 17 – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, and Book Burning.

No. 17 - 2013May26 - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, and Book Burning. Ray Bradbury would have you believe that he only wrote a single...
Alice Sheldon Portrait - young

No. 16 – Alice Bradley Sheldon, The Screwfly Solution, and the...

No. 16 - 2013 May12 - Alice Bradley Sheldon, The Screwfly Solution, and the Secret Life of a CIA Operative. It took a long time before...
Arthur Charles Clarke - Pencil drawing

No.15 – Arthur Charles Clarke, A Space Odyssey, and Childhood’s End

No. 15– 2013May05– Arthur Charles Clarke, A Space Odyssey, and Childhood’s End   I met Arthur Charles Clarke once when he spoke at my university. He...

No. 14 Marion Zimmer Bradley, Darkover, and the Sexual Identity of...

Bradley made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Amazing Stories in 1949 with the short story "Outpost", which...

No. 13 – The Number Thirteen, Black Magic, Mysticism, Swordplay and...

Number 13: a 13th Amazing Stories post. I interrupt my regularly scheduled posts, in my ongoing series of discussing writers of classic science fiction...

No. 12 Alfred Elgin van Vogt, Weapons Masters, and The Big...

$1995.00. For 15 pages. That's how much a copy of A. E. van Vogt's speech, Tomorrow on the March, goes for today. He delivered this...

No. 11 Ursula Le Guin, Darkness, Exile, Dispossessed, and Human Sexuality.

Dear Miss Kidd, Ursula K. Le Guin writes extremely well, but I'm sorry to have to say that on the basis of that one...

No. 10 Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and...

No. 10 - 2013Mar10 – Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Self-Reliance. As a Navy man, Heinlein recruited Isaac Asimov and L....
Frankenstein 1931 - Boris Karloff - Director James Whale

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

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, while on holiday, visited Lord Byron’s Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva in 1816. Percy Shelley, her lover and future husband,...
Isaac Asimov in B & W drawing

No.8 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.

2013Feb24 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.  Isaac Asimov, aka: Isaak Yudovich Ozimov, aka: Исаак Юдович Озимов, is another member of the Big...

No. 7 Andre Norton, Telepaths, Telempathic Animals, and The Entrepreneurial Spacer.

2013Feb17 - Time spent in front of a computer will suck you into a rift in the space-time continuum. You doubt this? Leave a...

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and...

2013 Feb 10 - Theodore Sturgeon, aka/Edward Hamilton Waldo, is best remembered for asking “What’s the next question?” In some portraits, you’ll see Sturgeon...

No. 5 – John W. Campbell, Who Goes There?, The Ultimate...

John W. Campbell, aka - Don A Stuart, wrote for Astounding Science-Fiction. His work Who Goes There? was voted the best science fiction novella...

No. 4 – H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, War of...

I suspect what most people remember most about H. G. Wells gets confused with Orson Welles, the actor. You know, that infamous radio announcement?...

No. 3 – Jules Verne, From The Earth To The Moon,...

Jules Verne hovers between number two and number three on the list of the most translated books worldwide and I think it’s deserved. He became...

No. 2 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter of Mars

Any SF library without Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Carter of Mars is hardly complete. Burroughs’ John Carter series captured the imagination of many...

No. 1 – Philip Francis Nowlan, Buck Rogers, and Military SF.

I’m both stunned and excited by the comeback of Amazing Stories and that I have become a part of this historic process. And it...