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Amazing News January 25

Boskone 50 is fast approaching.  That is, the 50th Boskone.  Half a century of science fiction fannish goodness, all in one place for a weekend. I will be in attendance as will a few other...

Loving the Alien

Human beings have always had a fear of and, at the same time, a fascination with the "other". Almost as soon as humans were able to make art on cave walls depictions of strange and...

The Speed of Science

Science deals with a lot of high speed phenomena, like the speed of sound and the speed of light, which can make the topic seem fast and exciting.  We also see science news on...

Ready When You Are, JJ

They’ve really done it now. It’s over. First George Lucas sold Luke, Obi Wan, Princess Leia, Han and all the others into eternal indentured servitude on the Disney Plantation. Lucas, once a man with...
The Slan Shack

The Clubhouse: Five words every fan should know

"I have a Cosmic Mind — now what do I do?" Fanspeak is what we call the jargon of fandom that grew up in fanzines and is still in use in the internet age. It's...

Science Fiction Poetry

Unlike most of the other bloggers here at Amazing Stories, I’m just a fan-girl. Not a writer. And I don’t claim to be a particular expert on anything (except maybe Hildegard von Bingen and Baroque vocal...

Steve Stiles A Retrospective

Steve Stiles is a living double entendre:  not only does he draw icons of the field, he is an icon of the field. If brushing twilltone off your lap after reading is a familiar experience,...

Amazing News Addendum, January 24th

Tomorrow will be the very FIRST (and totally unplanned) FANNISH FRIDAY here at Amazing Stories! We're going to try to put an emphasis on all things fannish every Friday.  This week we kick off with Leah...

Time Travel Defined: A device for repairing a poorly thought out plot. ...

Time travel is one of those devices that seems to turn up eventually in most long running Science Fiction shows, particularly in the later seasons when they've worked out their main story arc already. I've...

Amazing News January 24

Frank Wu and his wife Brianna 'Spacekat' Wu have designed a game called REVOLUTION 60.  It looks quite awesome!  The back-story sees the resurrection of a cold war environment, though this time with China,...

What is the Optimal Human Population? Lessons From the Novels of Stephen Baxter

Are there too many people on the planet? Science fiction bears much of the responsibility for spreading this meme, which can be unpleasantly tinged with racism. But now and again a great science fiction author develops a more inspiring and pro-human approach to the population question.

Crossroads: A Genre Darkly

World-building, extrapolation, analogy, conceptual breakthrough, thought experiment - these are science fiction's basic methods. Other genres might occasionally borrow them, but SF has sharpened them to a razor's edge. So what happens when this set of tools works alongside the themes, styles, and plot structures of noir?

To the Dadcave!

Whether you’re a new dad, or a dad starting out the new year, it’s time to think about yourself. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween before the New Year were all about the kids. But they’re...

Amazing News January 23, 2012

Dave Truesdale from Tangent Online (a very, very, very long-running review publication) wrote in to let us all know that the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List has been published and can be found here A...

A Big Money Cast Doesn’t Always Make For A Hit

You'd think that fronting a new TV show with a well known cast would equal a hit. Especially in the sci-fi sector. There are a few actors who are rolled out for several shows,...

Synthetic Voices #13 – December 2012 Top Picks

This month has been a tumultuous one - travel, holidays, and illness.  Podcasted fiction seems to have also had a hard time, December representing the weakest month for fiction that I have yet seen....

PULPED! A Blog About Pulp And All The Places To Find It

Although I’m sure that there’s certain decorum for writing blog posts that prohibit fanboy type moments, I am choosing at this point-if such rules do exist- to completely ignore them. I do not have...

Weird Tales For Winter

  If you're anything like me, you have long since exhausted the established canon of weird, speculative, and mainstream horror fiction. You've read every Stephen King novel in triplicate, and are starting to wish...

Amazing News for Tuesday, January 22

Today - Matt Mitrovitch looks at Balkanized America in Alternate history, Adam Gaffen interviews Kevin J. Anderson, and J Simpson reviews the audio work Weird Tales for Winter. Tomorrow - Samantha Henry takes a look at the effect of...

These Fractured States: An Overview of Balkanized Americas

Adventure and excitement waits for those travelers brave enough to explore Anglo-America… Treasure troves of colonial history await in the eastern aristocracies, but current events in the region make this a destination for only experienced...

A Conversation with Kevin J. Anderson

We're heeeeere! Today's interview is with Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling author. Probably best-known for his contributions to the Star Wars universe and his Dune prequels with Brian Herbert, Kevin is currently hard...

Audio column #1: “An Introduction….”

Greetings! This is the Science Fiction audio section of the Amazing Stories Blog section. In it you will see a great deal of interesting and unique information. “But what,” you ask, “is Science Fiction audio?” Well, thank...

Tarzan, Celebrating the Centennial: A Review

Christmas 2012 was very good. And one of the reasons it was so good was that among the presents that Santa (in this case my son, J. Michael) left under the tree was a...

Five Military SF Novellas by Five Authors

Five by Five Aaron Allston Kevin J. Anderson Loren L. Coleman B. V. Larson Michael A. Stackpole WordFire Press electronic only $4.99 Kindle B&N Kobo Smashwords I thought I'd look at some good old fashioned military science fiction for my first review...

Nothing New Under the Sun

How does an editor manage to still be moved by a story when she has to sift through ever-growing stacks of unsolicited manuscripts, looking for a nugget of something new? I mean, how many...

Welcome!

At this great and wonderful moment it would be very easy for me to descend into cliche, quote oft-quoted lines from well-known television shows or gush all over myself about how fortunate I am,...

What You Will Find Here

Since January 2nd of 2013, members of the Amazing Stories blog team (you'll find them all listed under Staff where you can learn more about them) have been writing away on their favorite subjects....

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 3)

Why Short Fiction?: The benefits of the short game to a writing career Welcome back. This is the third in my weekly series of posts on how to market and sell short fiction. This week,...

Life on the Fringe

Fringe finished it’s five year run the ot her night and I am grieving it’s loss. At the same time though, as I watched the two hour finale, I was left with a deep sense...

What Is All This Then?

EXTREMELY SHORT SUMMARY Lots of fans sign up for free memberships to read cool, fannish, free stuff: Advertisers pay to advertise: Ad revenue is used to fund a magazine:  The magazine purchases content from authors...