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SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SERIES Volumes 1 & 2

Everything you ever wanted to know about science fiction television, from 1959 to 2004, can now be found in two massive volumes.

The Retro Look and Stranger Things

Designer M. D. Jackson defends the visual style of the Netflix series Stranger Things, saying that its retro 80s look is a deliberate homage.

Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder Part 4

M. D. Jackson's final installment on the history of visual effects in cinema takes us from the CGI revolution of Jurassic Park to the present.

Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder: Part 3

In the third part of his history of computer generated imagery, M. D. Jackson takes us from The Last Starfighter to Terminator 2, with a side trip to the Italian renaissance.

San Diego Comic Con and the Ungrateful Fanboys

We live in a golden age of science fiction and fantasy as highlighted by San Diego Comic Convention, but all some fanboys know how to do is whine about it.

Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder: Part 2

The first use of a computer assisted visual element in a major motion picture happened in 1973 with the movie Westworld.

Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder: Part 1

In the dance of the ever-improving computer image, our own perceptions are a willing partner.

Why Was Early Comic Book Art so Crude? Part 5: The...

Wrapping up the series by talking about a final and really influential technological change, the digital revolution.

Why Was Early Comic Book Art so Crude (Part 4)

The fourth installment of MD Jackson's comic art history.

Why Was Early Comic Book Art so Crude? (Part 3)

The flawed heroes and the shared universe weren't the only revolutions that Stan Lee brought to the business

Why Was Early Comic Book Art so Crude? (Part Two)

Will Eisner was part artist and part businessman. In 1936 at the age of nineteen he and his partner Jerry Iger formed a studio that hired artists to produce comic books

Why was Early Comic Book Art so Crude? (Part 1)

Why was early comic book art so crude? It wasn't all the artist's fault....

Who is DOC SAVAGE?

"The Rock" as Doc: Good, bad or...?

Invasive Procedures (Not for the Squeamish)

It's cast iron stomach time as Mr. Jackson related a recent medical adventure to some SF scenes we'd probably like to forget.

Darwyn Cooke: 1962 – 2016

There are artists, and then there are comic book artists. Purely and simply, Darwyn Cooke was a comic book artist.

Science Fiction After a Fashion

What will we be wearing in the future? Better hope SF is not accurate with its predictions.

I’ve Been Watching Doctor Who for a Long Time

  Okay, let me just put this out there. My favorite science fiction TV program is Doctor Who. To most of you that statement probably elicits...

Death

2016 takes its toll

…and it was all Yellow

Embrace the Yellow!

Judging Books by Their Covers: Star Guard

Can you judge a book by multiple covers?

Ken Barr: 1933 – 2016

Ken Barr, cover and comic artist: 1933 - 2016

Alex Schomburg

Stan Lee: "Alex Schomburg was totally unique!"

You Don’t Know Dick

Who am I? Am I real? Is this real? Is this...Are you really reading a post on Amazing Stories, or is it all in your head?

Dreams of Dystopia

Looking for a good dystopia? One may be starting now.

The Rousing Speech

Today...Today we choose to read this post, not because it is easy but because it is fun! We choose to read this post and the other things on Amazing because this challenge is one we choose to accept!

Medical Science Fiction: Tell Me Where it Hurts

Medical SF: an overlooked sub-genre

Dark Worlds Magazine

An early experiment in on-demand magazine publishing.

Military SF or The Books With the BFG’s

We're about as far away from Agent J's Noisy Cricket as you can get....

DC Comics at the Movies: Why So Dark?

These are the Four Color Heroes. They are meant to be bright primary colors - why are they do dark?

Roy G. Krenkel: Artistic Contradiction

Even if you don't recognize the name, you know who Roy G. Krenkel is.