Who Do You Blame in a Science Fiction World?

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Blaming someone for something is part of human nature. Domestic Batterers blame their victims. Evangelists blame the devil, or sometimes God for bad things...

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions a Good Place to Buy Art?...

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Well . . . .Once upon a time, and by that, I mean Art Collecting BDE (before the digital era) local, regional and “world”...

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

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Why don't American kids dream of being astronauts anymore? In Japan, interest in space is at a historically high level. I get slightly snarky about AKB48.

How American Airlines Helped Me Gafiate

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Gafiate, for those whose Fannish Lexicon isn't handy, is Fan Speak for the act of 'Getting Away From It All'.  Leaving Fandom.  Putting conventions...

On Fatherhood

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When I was around six or seven, I discovered my father's old comic books. He's an archivist and his closet reflects this--it is a...

Steampunk: An Overview of an Up and Coming Genre

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Strap on your goggles, fire up the boiler and let's lift off toward adventure. Its time to tackle the wonderful world of steampunk! So what...

The Artful Collector: On Holding Dual Citizenship (Inside and Outside the...

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The world is changing, but some things stay the same.   And are perfect just the way they are. The sky, my two little puppy...

Sequential Wednedays #9 – Boston, Where Yo’ Con At?

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There are few things genuinely more enjoyable than conventions.  It's sprawling enjoyment catered to all your tastes and more if you're attending the right...

Acceptance or Exploitation?

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Author's Note: The following post will discuss depictions of sexuality in media. As such, content may not be acceptable for young children. Please read...

Discovering Planet Stories

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As a fan of the classic Science Fiction and Fantasy pulp magazines (exemplified by my thrill to be involved here at Amazing Stories), I...

On Fandom Activism and the Logical High Ground

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I understand that change is always difficult, regardless of scale. I understand that societal change in particular is a monumental task. I understand that...

A Little Game of Catch

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This week I’m fighting my way past drunken skateboarders and striking cab drivers to get a peek at the latest security and surveillance gadgets...
Roger Ebert

The Clubhouse: Roger Ebert, Death of a Gafiate

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The death of Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has already been eulogized far and wide. Most of the accolades concentrate, rightfully so,...
Eric Needham, 1955.

The Clubhouse: Widowers, fandom’s answer to the limerick

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Fans are nothing if not creative and, over the decades, fandom has come up with not only our own jargon and customs, but also...

The Empty Art of Onmyodo

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We're all living on borrowed time, but it can take a fox to remind you that what you should fear most may be the very thing you desire. What does moe culture have in common with black magic? A lot, actually.

The Pros and Cons of Comicon

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It is the day before the first day of spring. As I sit in my office chair, working at my computer, the giant snow...

Sequential Wednesdays #6 – An Ode to Young Heroes & Unfinished...

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All good things come to an end is a truth we all know to be unwavering.  Knowing that truth, however, doesn't lessen the blow...

The Destroyer is Back!

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Amazing Stories isn’t the only thing making a triumphant return in 2013. Sinanju is recently returned to the literary scene, with TWO series of...

Woman, You Make Me Sick and Other Adventures in Freefall

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These offputting objects killed the novel. Let's dance. 'Cos it's more fun reading in freefall.

A Blog Horde Interview with C.E. Martin

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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...
fanhistorica by Linda Michaels

The Clubhouse: Save your stuff!

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I had hoped to bring you a little photo journal of some of the fans I knew in Detroit and Ann Arbor in the...

How to Host a Big Bang Theory Party

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When the tv show the Big Bang Theory first appeared, I wasn't sure I liked it.  I mean, weren't people laughing at the nerdy...

I Got Them Old Kon-Going Blues Again, Momma.

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Forgive me, Janis Joplin, for destroying that wonderful album title of yours. But it is true: the urge to get up and go to a...

Ora Pro Nobis. The Zombies Are Coming

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Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world on February 11th by announcing his abdication. In related news on your Amazing Stories channel, the zombie apocalypse is coming. Even Snooki agrees! “One day, I know that the world is going to end with zombies.”

Cat Heaven: Neko-sama in Animanga

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There is a small fishing island in Japan, Tashirojima, which has been dubbed "cat heaven" because of the phenomenal amount of stray cats living...

The Clubhouse: Looking for fandom — ConFusion at 40, Part 4

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Wherefore fandom? Fandom does not equal "the science fiction market." To be a fan it's not enough just to be a consumer of science fiction....

Me and My Sofa.

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Ah yes, me and my Sofa. I feel confident calling it my Sofa. With a capital S because the sofa I'm referring to, StarShipSofa,...

Adding the Human Element: An Interview With Juliet

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All right, so I've given you all some abstract thoughts about the anime world, and I've even thrown in a review.  But I think...

The FAAn Awards

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Are you a Fan?  Of course you are, you're here!   Why not demonstrate your fannishness and take a crack at nominating for the annual...

Halo Jones Interview with Ian Gibson

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Before From Hell, before Watchmen, before The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, there was The Ballad of Halo Jones. Co-created by writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson, Halo Jones was a...