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It’s All About the Vessel

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was a 1961 classic science fiction tale of near disaster filled with plenty of mystery and suspense. But the main character and true hero of the story was a submarine called the U.S.O.S Seaview.

Don’t Quote Me on This, But…

Quoting lines from science fiction can be expected amongst the members of fandom. But getting it right is vital to your nerd credibility.

Books That Never Were – Farewell Atlantis

Taking a look at fiction within fiction: literary works that has appeared in books or movies, but never published in the real world.

Hey, Who Shot First? Again!

A fan’s examination of the evolution of Star Wars from book to film to book to re-releases.

Remembering a Ghastly Legend

Lawson Deming gave us the friendly neighborhood vampire Sir Graves Ghastly, the horror movie host who helped many young impressionable fans enjoy old time science fiction and horror.

Discovering Planet Stories

As a fan of the classic Science Fiction and Fantasy pulp magazines (exemplified by my thrill to be involved here at Amazing Stories), I...

The Hugo Triple Play

There are only three nominations for short stories on the Hugo ballot this year, Sure a larger selection would be better, but any one of these on the list is worthy of winning.

You Can Still Catch the Runaway Skyscraper

The Runaway Skyscraper is a classic representation of how early twentieth-century Science Fiction was written, and how it should still be done today.

Finding Women in Science Fiction

Where are all of the women writers in Science Fiction? Some are among us and we don’t even know it.

Resurrecting the Literary Dead

Though William Faulkner is often attributed with the expression “In writing, you must kill your darlings,” the expression first appeared in a lecture On...

Forgotten Books

The quest for that forgotten title or author’s name begins here, where the only clue is a quote, a character, or plot…or less.

The Worm Has Turned for this Amazing Story

Here is another testament to the depth of genre fiction and the timelessness creative authors of Amazing Stories have provided us over the years.

Writing Reviews – in My Opinion

Readers tend to gain most from reviews while writers tend to live more by opinion. That ugly thin line between the two is where fan compassion blurs with confusion.

In the Beginning…

Memorable first lines can not only make-or-break a story, these quick literary introductions can become just as iconic as the entire body of work.

Apollo’s Outcasts Brings Back the Space Adventure

Finally, we have an author not afraid to approach fresh innovative science fiction with an old-school style. Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele is an...

The Virtual Truth of the Bloodlight Chronicles

The Bloodlight Chronicles by Steve Stanton revives originality in today's science fiction with a complex cyberpunk series.

Some Things Are Not As They Seem

Stories can become dated and lose their luster, but amazing stories have a tendency to shrug off changes over time and shine on with fresh wonder. Written in 1932, The Lost Machine by John Beynon Harris is one of those amazing stories.

A Defining Moment for Science Fiction

The word Science Fiction is recognizable to the average fan, but the definition can be indistinguishable from other genre and cause confusion. Perhaps from the standpoint of the fandom, this vague categorization is by design and allows readers to broaden their focus.

Attention Grabber

The single most important step for a reader is the initial act of choosing what to read. After that, everything else is just a formality of literary cultivation. You read, you absorb and you grow. But it’s that first step that determines who you are as a reader. So, what books grab “your” attention?

Review of the Martian War

The Martian War by Kevin J. Anderson is a literary retrospective of writer H.G. Wells. It is a story based on the on the original War of the Worlds invasion premise, but this time around, several characters from other classic works by Wells partake in the adventure.
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