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Free-Fall by Graham Templeton is a thought provoking story from the June 2013, Issue 18 of Clarkesworld Magazine with precise character utilization, and a pleasure to stumble upon.
The novelization of Man of Steel by Greg Cox is a book looking for an identity. The obligation to remain loyal to a script while remaining faithful to the character is an improbable task - one reader’s must realize if they are to accept the work.
As a master of expressing the true nature of human existence through realistic characters who strive to succeed for the betterment of man in a world often ruled by power hungry individuals, Bova remains true to form with the Sam Gunn character.
The short story Anniversary by Isaac Asimov is an example of life imitating art and an imaginative author’s ability to predict some of the technical advancements and legal issues of over fifty years in the future.
The genre of science fiction followed Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote “I cannot live without books” by almost a century, but what does the rest of his message mean to today’s fandom?
Marooned off Vesta was Asimov’s first published story, appearing in the March 1939 issue of Amazing Stories. The story, and the story behind the story, is an example of man’s will and determination to to never give up.
Not to be confused with the television series of the late 60’s, this novel is an absorbing classic story where the readers will find themselves getting Lost in Space right along with the characters.
The double novels produced by Ace Books were works of art, inside and out. You just can’t beat holding a double Ace in your hand.
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.
Quoting lines from science fiction can be expected amongst the members of fandom. But getting it right is vital to your nerd credibility.
Taking a look at fiction within fiction: literary works that has appeared in books or movies, but never published in the real world.
A fan’s examination of the evolution of Star Wars from book to film to book to re-releases.
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.
As a fan of the classic Science Fiction and Fantasy pulp magazines (exemplified by my thrill to be involved here at Amazing Stories), I...
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.
The Runaway Skyscraper is a classic representation of how early twentieth-century Science Fiction was written, and how it should still be done today.
Where are all of the women writers in Science Fiction? Some are among us and we don’t even know it.
Though William Faulkner is often attributed with the expression “In writing, you must kill your darlings,” the expression first appeared in a lecture On...
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.
Here is another testament to the depth of genre fiction and the timelessness creative authors of Amazing Stories have provided us over the years.
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.
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.
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 Bloodlight Chronicles by Steve Stanton revives originality in today's science fiction with a complex cyberpunk series.
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.
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.
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?
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.