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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

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!...

Steve discusses both super and non-super flying heroes - Commando Cody, Captain Marvel and Superman. Who didn't want a rocket pack when they were growing up? Towels worn as capes just don't seem to be able to get the job done!

The Other Victoria: Steampunk’s Queen

Was it Colonel Mustard in the arboretum with the steam shovel? Steve participates in a steampunk murder mystery evening.

Concise Convention Report and Some Other Thoughts

A con report from deep in the heart of Rustycon 31

The Movie Serials: All in Black and White for a Dime!

What do Captain America, Buck Rogers, Batman, Flash Gordon, the Green Hornet and Gene Autrey have in common? They've all appeared in serials!

The Eagle and Dan Dare: My First Exposure to SF

Steve takes us through the pages of the historic British comic mag, The Eagle.

More Fannish Nostalgia: My First Convention; My First Fanzine

Steve recounts the details of his fannish deflowering

SPACEMEN, Precursor to Starlog?

Steve takes us through the pages of Spacemen, Warren Publications second film-centered magazine helmed by the late, great, missed and lamented Forrest J. Ackerman.

Sixties, Science Fiction and Secret Agents

Secret agent tales have always carried a hint of science fiction with them - futuristic gadgets, threatened world-wide annihilation. Steve examines Bond's 60s rival - Flint - and reminds us that James Coburn was COOL.

A Fan’s Anniversary of Sorts

Some personal fannish history, a couple of takes on Amazing Stories from 1938, a recap of Modesty Blaise, a pic of John Travolta and a review of John M. Whalen's Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto. What's not to like?

England’s “Fabulous, Feminine Answer to James Bond”!

Introducing Modesty Blaise....

Review — One Good SF/Horror “B”-Movie to Watch

Grabbers must be a really good flick - this is our third independent review of this film!

Tag — You’re it! One Fan’s History Through Nametags

Egoboo can be found in all kinds of strange places - including science fiction conventions!

Fandom May Be A Way of Life, But is it THE...

Receiving zines in the mail used to be almost an everyday thing for me back in “The Day,” but sadly, it’s an unusual occurrence these days.

NaNoWriMoVember — What the Heck Is It?

Anyway, I thought maybe some of you might be interested in the process of writing a 50,000 word novel in the span of 30 days

One Fan’s History — Badges? We Don’ Need No Steenkin’…(Part One)

Every con has a name badge, and most of them are well designed, like a little piece of art. Badge collecting is a great way to save convention memories

Movie Review — Is That What Scientology Does to Them?

After Earth - a sci fi film masquerading as a science fiction film

Book Review — A Spooky Tale in Time for Halloween!

Christopher Rice is the son of best-selling fantasy writer Ann Rice, whose tales of vampires in the Deep South sparked a renewed interest in the genre. His new book (from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) arrived on October 15, and I have to say that, despite a few weaknesses, I enjoyed it more than some of his mother’s works.

An Anniversary and a Convention Cold…

I found out just yesterday from the Internet Speculative Fiction Database that November 1979 marks the first fan column I ever published in Amazing magazine, the print version. My column was titled “Fans, Prose and Cons”—a somewhat obvious three-way pun. That means it’s been 34 years since I started writing for this magazine.

Book Review: Dr. Sleep. Does Every Book Really Need a Sequel?

Does Dr. Sleep stack up against The Shining?

Fanzines—to LOC or not to LOC?

This essay on Letters of Comment is definitely not a WAHF

Book Review: Vicious, by V.E. Schwab

V.E. (Victoria) Schwab’s people are called EO, for ExtraOrdinary people; people with something extra. These abilities are not genetic, nor are they the result of spilled chemicals (The Flash), extraterrestrial birth (Superman) or encounters with supernatural forces (The Mask); EOs gain their powers by an unfortunate encounter with mortality.

Film Review: The Colony

I wasn’t overly impressed with the film. I had expected a half-decent SF movie, and what I got was maybe a quarter decent.

A Fan’s History, Episode 12: More Fanspeak

What the heck is a “slanshack”?

Review: Starship Century

  Starship Century is a book based on the proceedings of the 2011 100- Year Starship Symposium, which brought together scientists and futurists to discuss...

Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

I’m going to cheat a little, and review a movie that’s not really a genre movie. Well, as far as I’m concerned it is, because the movie’s about magic—and many fans are very much interested in magic—and also because the underlying theme of the movie is very much “sense of wonder,”

A Fan’s History, Part the Next….

Fan Fahnestalk takes us through dead tree 'zines, 'live pixel' zines, IBM Selectrics, toner feel and more in this personal fan history.

Review: Oblivion

I won’t say it’s the best SF film I’ve seen lately—it's certainly one of the best-looking, however; but it’s deserving of a second look if you’ve been hoping for a moderately good science fiction film to watch this summer.