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BOOK REVIEW: “Catalyst” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman; And a Chat

Steve reviews Nina Kiriki Hoffman's book "Catalyst" and talks about a writers' workshop.

TWO REVIEWS: A Good Book, and a Good Movie!

Steve reviews a book and a movie that he enjoyed.


Steve dissects two movies: a new one and an oldie. But are they goodies?


Steve reviews Gardner Dozois's marvelous 31st Annual Year's Best SF!

MOVIE REVIEW: Would Scarlett Johansson get UNDER your SKIN?

Even Scarlett Johansson parading naked across the screen can not save Under the Skin.

CLASSIC SF MOVIES #2: George Pal’s Destination Moon

Steve reviews a seminal classic: Destination Moon, the first Hollywood SF blockbuster that respected both science and science fiction.

MOVIE REVIEW: Does TRANSCENDENCE transcend its genre?

Does the movie Transcendence transcend the "sci-fi" label? Steve checks it out.

IT’S COMING! A Review of SHARKNADO! and a hint….

Steve takes on SyFy and Sharknado--with a glimpse of Sharknado 2!

LEGO MOVIE vs. WRECK-IT RALPH: “You Gotta Have Heart!”

The Lego Movie is out on DVD--does it lack heart? Steve tells all.


Steve revisits one of SF's all-time classic movies!

BOOK REVIEW: Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes

Steve examines Stephen King's new--and unique!--novel, Mr. Mercedes.

MOVIE REVIEW—X-MEN: Days of Future Past

Steve reviews X-Men: Days of Future Past, and finds it good.

MY YEAR IN REVIEW—Looking Backward and Forward!

Steve celebrates his first year of blogging for Amazing Stories online.

MOVIE REVIEW: Robocop the Remake—Good, Bad or Ugly?

Robocop 2014: better than the original? Or worse?

MORE ON THE RAH FRONT: Robert A. Heinlein, continued

Alexei Panshin is a well-known critic/reviewer of Heinlein and his works

Heinlein’s YA Novels From Scribners and Other Things, continued

Heinlein's YA (Juvenile) work is still generating praise and controversy.

BOOK REVIEW: The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol....

Does Macy's tell Gimbels? This week a review of the upcoming "Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 2"

BOOK REVIEW: “The Alphabet Stones” by Ursula Pflug

A YA fantasy that is for adults and accessible to teens; about a young woman who might be living in two worlds. And if so, are either or both real? Which one?

MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

How does Stiller's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty stack up against Danny Kaye's original version, and with James Thurber's original story?

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S JUVENILES: Are they still good? (Part Two of...

Steve posits some similarities between Robert A. Heinlein and Captain America in this continuation of his examination of the RAH "juveniles".


Dean Koontz has had more of his novels filmified than Demon Seed. Bet you didn't know that.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S JUVENILES: Are they still good? (Part One)

I seem to be unable to do single columns about stuff I’m passionate about. Heinlein is no exception. Robert A. Heinlein, who was characterized...

SOME OF THE BEST YA SF EVER: The “Winston YAs” Part...

The Winston SF series - part two - in all it's juvenile glory. Steve has some good info on how to obtain copies, reprints and replacement dust jackets.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games Part Two: Catching Fire

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that we’re approaching the kind of TV pictured in Robocop or Kornbluth’s The Marching Morons. Whether it’s “I’d buy that for a dollar” or “Would you buy that for a quarter?” there’s a level of “entertainment” in movies and television which I and a bunch of others—I hope you're one of them, too—don’t find particularly entertaining.

SOME OF THE BEST YA SF EVER: The “Winston Juveniles”—Part One

Back in the Good Old (or Bad, depends on your point of view) Days, fiction—especially SF—that was written for a teen audience was called...

ACE Doubles and Some Amazing Illustrators Part Two

This week's piece covers the remainder of the main ACE Doubles cover artists and illustrators.

ACE Doubles and Some Amazing Illustrators Part One

The art work gracing the covers of (most) Ace doubles was credited, another debt we owe Donald A. Wollheim.

ROBERT E. HOWARD and the Many Faces of CONAN

Conan, from Weird Tales to remakes - with a dash or two of Frazetta thrown in for verisimilitude.

PAPERBACKS: ACE Doubles, “D-Series,” the “Good Old Stuff”

Ahh nostalgia. For a book series? Certainly, so long as its the tete-beche wonder of the Ace Double. Two books in one! Steve waxes eloquent on a reading experience that is sadly largely forgotten.

MOVIE REVIEW: Europa Report

A review of the shaky-cam SF space adventure Europa Report