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Satan’s Imagination Stations

I was 8 years old, and I had gotten my greedy little hands on a copy of The Hobbit. I read it by nightlight early in the morning before my family awoke. The Lord...

Crossroads: Where Genres Meet in the Night

Speculative fiction's ability to stay fresh is a direct result of its ability to blend with other genres: the mash-up, the hybrid, the literary crossroad are where science fiction has always found innovation. We're a magpie genre, and I think that should be celebrated and explored.

Opening Salvo

Hi. I’m glad you’re here. Come in, make yourself comfortable, and let me introduce myself. My name is Keith West. I’ve been reading science fiction and fantasy for about 35 years, coming to the...

Amelia by Frank Lucatuorto

We love mad scientists. We always have. It's arguable that the Dark Ages tradition of the Evil Wizard is the earliest form of the Mad Scientist, only they didn't have science to hang the...

What Was I Thinking?

I’ve never written a blog. I’ve never had the urge to write a blog. So imagine my surprise when I bumped into a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t resist: writing a weekly blog for...

The Classics: Edgar Allen Poe

I don’t intend here to eulogize Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) but to discuss some of the contributions he made to the areas of Horror, Science Fiction and Detective Fiction. Poe was born in Boston in...

Amazing News: January 6 2013

David Langford's esteemed Ansible is out with it's 2013 January issue.  Every fan ought to read it here. Voting for nominations for the Hugo Awards 2013 short list are now open.  You can learn all...

Inspiration and Writing, or: OMG It’s Full of Light Bulbs!

Where does fresh-squeezed idea juice come from? Read on, and see what helps produce it.

The Artful Collector: The Art of Collecting

When asked to explain why I chose "The Artful Collector" as my byline, and what I mean by that play on words, I always respond "because there's an "art" to collecting, whether it's Art...

Review: Keith Laumer’s Imperium

Imperium - Keith Laumer Baen Books 2012 - ISBN-13: 978-1451637953 - Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages. Imperium is a gathering of three Keith Laumer alternate-history novels, Worlds of the Imperium (1962), The Other Side of Time...

An Interview with K. D. Emerson

Adam Gaffen for Amazing Stories Magazine: Our first Interview is with K.D. Emerson, author of – well, let's just get right into this, shall we? What is the title of your book? K. D. Emerson: Oooh lala!...

No. 1 – Philip Francis Nowlan, Buck Rogers, and Military SF.

I’m both stunned and excited by the comeback of Amazing Stories and that I have become a part of this historic process. And it is a historic process. I’ve been looking back at what...

Brave New World of Publishing – ebook Effects On Genre Fiction

ebooks have enabled new opportunities for both traditional and self-published authors. Barriers to entry have been lowered, gatekeepers have expanded and both readers and writers are benefiting from this brave new world.

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.

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 1)

Introduction: Who I am and what this series will cover Hi and welcome. This is the first in a weekly series of posts I'll be doing on how to market and sell short fiction. In...

The Unsavory Racism of Middle Earth

The concept of race in Middle Earth bears a strong resemblance to racist concepts that were popular during Tolkien's youth. Readers need to be aware of these concepts and guard against taking them literally.

The History of Fantasy, Part I: Books of Monsters

      Some people like to date Fantasy as starting with Tolkien, some like to reach back to the tales of the ancient world, but I like to split the difference and start with...

Who Cares About the Science in Science Fiction?

I do! Let me introduce myself.  I'm an astronomer, a professor at the University of Wyoming, and a science fiction writer.  I've been blogging for a number of years at www.mikebrotherton.com, primarily about the intersection...

Sword & Sorcery – What’s In A Name?

Sword & Sorcery has become a term of derision since the 1980s. There are good reasons for this but much of that derision is out of ignorance. The barbarian baby has been thrown out...

The Monster Men

“I wish somebody’d tell me, Tell me if you can I want somebody to tell me What is the soul of a man.”                     --Blind Willy Johnson J             “As he...

I Dreamed I Saw the Silver Spaceships


When people think about science fiction the first thing they usually visualize are spaceships (or green skinned women in shiny bikinis, but that may just be me). The spaceship has been a ubiquitous part of...

The Clubhouse Revenant

Hello, I'm Leah Zeldes and I'm a fan. I have been a fan since 1973, not long after I discovered the concept of fandom in the pages of — not coincidentally, an Amazing Science Fiction...

Epic Fantasy Analysis Jan 3, 2013

November 2010 was a watershed moment with regards to the ebook revolution. That was the month I saw my sales go from a modest 1,000 per month (across 4 titles) to 10,000+ a month...

The Sky Tree: Upon the Shoulders of Shopping Mall Proprietors

Who stole the future and put a shopping mall in its place? The tallest freestanding tower in the world dominates the Tokyo skyline, but falls far short of touching the stars.

Captain Marvel vs The Right Stuff

One of the ways writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is developing the new Captain Marvel is by giving her firm links to the history and culture of women’s aviation. This approach combines the real world...

Demolition

I was going to devote this initial essay to The Shaver Mystery, that forties phenomenon masterminded by Raymond Palmer which put science fiction for the first time (and not in an helpful fashion) under...

Personal Best

Every so often the SF news magazine Locus runs a top ten poll. The most recent poll closed at the end of November. It focused on the 20th and 21st centuries, with separate categories...

What SF Means To Me

I grew up watching and reading Science Fiction.  Some of it was actually old by the time I had already been born, but it had a natural appeal to me when I was young....

Hollywood loves “remakes.” Sometimes Hardcore Fans Don’t

The funny thing about movies is that liking or disliking them can become as political a process as anything else.  In fact, sometimes I get a pretty strong sense of whether a movie will...