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Cedar Sanderson

Digging in to Writing

I’m trying to get my writing restarted after the move. I’m not trying to finish Pixie Noir in 13 weeks any longer, as I had originally planned. I’ll be happy to get it done...

The Cautionary Tale of ZellaCon -or- How to Hoax and Still End Up Hosting...

Once in a while, I enjoy a good hoaxing. I've done Hoax Newsletters (http://efanzines.com/DrinkTank/PorkAuthority.pdf) and various Hoax bids, notably the Hollister WorldCon Hoax (http://www.bovil.com/Conventions/hollister2008/PachecoProgress1.pdf) and AhwahneeCon (http://www.bovil.com/Conventions/ahwahneecon/HalfDome2.pdf) which were both great successes when all...

A Case for Courtesy

The controversy over the SFWA Bulletin that erupted from the SFWA forums onto the wider internet this week brought to mind something that's been bothering me for quite some time. The total lack of...

That Fighting Spirit! Yankees, Bad Boys, and Yakuza

Girls just love a bad boy, right?  At least that's what we're led to believe in Western media.  But I've never been into the bad boy trope myself (we are momentarily excluding Buffy the...
Write-a-thon

It’s Write-a-thon season: Clarion West and Clarion workshops sign up writers

Planning to tackle a writing project this summer? Now you can get your writing done with other writers and raise money for two of the world's foremost non-profit writing workshops.* Clarion West and Clarion invite...

Popular Posts 6/1-6/8 2013

Have Literary Luddites Taken Over SFF Fandom?! Sexism and the SFWA Girl, You’re In the Army Now Crossroads: The Difficulty of Police Procedural Speculative Fiction No. 18 – C.J. Cherryh, The Faded Sun, and a World Building Ethos Characters:...

Publishing is not a Lottery

If I had a $1 for every time I read online about how publishing is like the lottery, I wouldn't have to write books any more.  I'm not sure where this notion got started,...
Blish, James - formal portrait

No. 19 – James Benjamin Blish, Cities in Flight, and Technical Exposition.

No. 19 - 2013 June - James Benjamin Blish, Cities in Flight, and Technical Exposition. James Benjamin Blish may not be as widely known as he ought to be, not when you consider the number...

Marooned off Vesta by Isaac Asimov

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.

Anime roundup 6/9/2013: Meeting the Enemy

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet #9 - Now Ledo knows what, or rather who, he's been fighting... almost. The descendants of the human/squid symbionts went to space, copied the wormhole technology, put on...

Ray guns don’t kill people, peop … — oh wait, yes they do!

Be careful. Be careful, they got ray guns. - Loomis in the Carpenter Street episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, 11/26/2003 In Ray Bradbury’s epic The Martian Chronicles, published in 1950, the author presented his futuristic...

MCM Expo (Comic-Con) Part Deux

I was recently in London – less than a week ago to be exact – and had the great pleasure of once again attending another MCM Expo at the Excel Centre in east London....

My top 10 SF and fantasy picks for the big-screen treatment

Science fiction and fantasy are taking over the realm of the Hollywood summer blockbuster, no question about it. Marvel Studios is gearing up to launch the Avengers franchise into space with the forthcoming Guardians...

Site Updates – June 2013

Amazing Stories will be undergoing a few changes and additions over the next couple of weeks: The first change is more of an addition.  Following the well received Spanish language posts by Tanya Tynjala, Amazing...

Bieber to go to Space! Who should be Next?

I was struck by two news items this week.  The first was that Justin Bieber has signed up for a trip into space.  He'd like to do a concert from there. Whether or not you...

Flash Gordon Trilogy on DVD

Howdy friends and neighbors. How's it going? Been kinda wrapped up with writing projects to post much here. But also since this is a blog that comments on subjects far and wide, it's been...

Sexism and the SFWA

So there's a brouhaha brewing around the Science Fiction Writers of America and accusations of blatant sexism within that organization. (Actually it's more like a raging storm in some corners). The controversy surrounds the 200th issue of...

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Felicity Savage

Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all of them, and I get to share those chats with...

Review: Come Late to the Love of Birds

Come Late to the Love of Birds, by Sandra Kasturi Tightrope Books, 2012 ISBN 9781926639512   Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, and editor, as well as co-creator of a kid’s animated TV series. She is the poetry...

The Joy of Reading Star Trek

I must have been in my very early teens when it happened. My mum was working with a lady who happened to be a big Star Trek fan and, for whatever reason she wanted...

Have Literary Luddites Taken Over SFF Fandom?!

For the past year, I’ve been doing the indie thing- writing and self-publishing my own novels on Amazon, B&N, etc. During that time I’ve learned quite a lot and have come to the conclusion...

Review: Allies and Aliens

Allies and Aliens Roger Macbride Allen Baen I find it hard to remember, looking back over twenty years, which book served as my first proper introduction to Baen Books.  One possible candidate was On Basilisk...

The Peacock Cloak by Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett has been publishing short stories since 1990. His debut novel was The Holy Machine, followed by Marcher, and last year, Dark Eden, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for the Best...
Law and Order: SVU

Crossroads: The Difficulty of Police Procedural Speculative Fiction

Police procedurals are a complicated genre to explore because they intersect so fluidly with so many other genres. On the one hand, they solidly rest within the mystery tradition: there is a crime that...

Girl, You’re In the Army Now

Why do authors write equal opportunities for women into fantasy worlds with pre-modern technologies and societies? Unless they are Terry Pratchett, they're only making themselves look silly.

Who Will Be The Next Doctor?

So the news this weekend that Matt Smith will leave Doctor Who at the end of 2013 means that the rumour mill will soon start for the casting of the next Doctor. David Tennant...

A Tale of ConQuesT, Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem Part 2

At last the day arrived, and I broke the seal on my compression chamber, releasing an exotic blend of oxygen and nitrogen with a bold taste of helium into the atmosphere. I confess to...

Upcoming

Tomorrow - Hunter Liguores's novel excerpt from Travels of Danger in the Yucatan: A Mayan Time Travel Odyssey In the spirit of John Lloyd Stephens' Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan, or Conan Doyle's Lost World, Hunter Liguore's...