The Princess Bride: Is this a Kissing Book?

Crossroads: Is this a Kissing Book? SFF’s Relationship with Romance

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Whenever I think of speculative fiction's relationship to romance, I am always reminded of that scene in The Princess Bride where Fred Savage's character...

Amazing Stories Featured in Concord Monitor’s A&E Section

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On Tuesday Steve Davidson, the publisher of Amazing Stories,  was interviewed by Sarah Earle for a feature in the Concord Monitor, one of New...

Sequential Wednesdays #2 – To Stand The Gap: The Secret Truth...

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This is not how the World ends.  This oft-spoken mantra, among others, repeated throughout the narrative of the Marvel comic S.H.I.E.L.D. is a tried and true...

Living in a Glass House

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Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do...

Characters: Per Langstaff from Typhon’s Children

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Oh, Toni Anzetti, or Ann Tonsor Zeddies, whichever. She’s magnificent in her creation of alien worlds. Not so magnificent in her characters. The Typhon series...

Serial Fiction for Beginners

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Serial fiction is old school and the best examples I can think of is probably comic strips, soap operas and the black and white...

Video: Cory Doctorow in Concord NH

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Cory Doctorow made a stop at Gibson's Bookstore (oldest book store in NH) yesterday, Sunday February 24th.  Amazing Stories was there to tape the...

Claire Winger Harris: Breaking Amazing’s ‘Cosmic Ceiling’

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Brian Aldiss identified Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the first science fiction novel in his seminal history The Billion Year Spree. Although the genre often...

Amazing Stories from Mexico – Book Review: Three Messages and a...

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Three Messages and a Warning - Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic - edited by Eduardo Jimenez Mayo and Chris N. Brown Small Beer...
Isaac Asimov in B & W drawing

No.8 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.

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2013Feb24 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.  Isaac Asimov, aka: Isaak Yudovich Ozimov, aka: Исаак Юдович Озимов, is another member of the Big...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 2 “Whatever It Takes”

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Rich men (I am going to fall back on the male gender because most of the collectors in the field of illustration art and...

Ten Totally Illogical Science Fiction Premises

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Over on my own blog I wrote about eight science fiction tropes of convenience, mainly about unlikely or impossible technology or assumptions that are...

Various and Sundry Science Fiction Poetry

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Welcome back! I have a bit of a hodge-podge for you today. The interview with Bruce Boston has been postponed for two weeks -...

A DOCTOR FOR THE ENTERPRISE: New Art, New Pages

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Troy Boyle reports that he's been sending completed pages to the inkers, letterers,colorers and who knows who else at a breakneck pace!  We're closing...
Paranormal Romance Readership

Crossroads: Science Fiction Romance – A Niche Before Its Time?

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Last week, we talked about paranormal romance and the ways in which it uses longstanding cultural archetypes (vampires, werewolves, etc.) to explore power, sexuality,...

The Chocolate Teapots of the 21st Century

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Looking back at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster of 3/11/2011, I ask more questions about Japanese robotics. Baudrillard and M. John Harrison are roped in to help. Also, we bought a Roomba.

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

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On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....

Characters: Ned Henry from To Say Nothing of the Dog

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I’ve just finished reading To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I’m a fan. There are far too few comedies within SF/F,...

Mouldy Old History

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For a number of years I wrote The Crotchety Old Fan blog.  One of my favorite posts to write was finding new and interesting...

Top Ten RPG Game Systems of All Time

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Pull the blinds and turn off the phone, it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...

No. 7 Andre Norton, Telepaths, Telempathic Animals, and The Entrepreneurial Spacer.

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2013Feb17 - Time spent in front of a computer will suck you into a rift in the space-time continuum. You doubt this? Leave a...

What Science Fiction Lacks

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Good criticism and brave critics. That’s what the science fiction field lacks. For decades now, most book reviews with in the field rarely give honest assessments...

A Broader View of Science-Fiction Poetry

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Paul Cook’s essay on the badness of SF poetry makes a few good points—while being woefully clueless in other respects. As someone with a...

SF Weapons 101: An Introduction

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Retro Raygun by Donsolo   Science Fiction from its earliest incarnations has always featured some sort of futuristic weaponry. From H.G. Wells’ martian heat-ray to the...

The Fed Puts Stamps of Approval on Science Fiction Authorship

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Sometime after John W. Campbell died in 1971, a few science fiction fans launched a campaign requesting that the U.S. Postal Service issue a...

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...

The Difference Between Thinking Like a Scientist and a Science Fiction...

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I was in graduate school for astronomy when I started taking writing seriously. The first stories I wrote that were any good and started...

Interview: John DeNardo of SF Signal

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SF Signal is a phenomenon.  This past year at the Chicon 7 Worldcon, the website was nominated in two categories - Best Fanzine and...

T*Zers: David Gerrold’s – Doctor on the Enterprise

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Earlier this week we warned you that today Amazing Stories would be teasing the heck out of you and everyone else in the science...

I, Shebot

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If this photo gives you the creeps, congratulations, you may be human. But in another few years, it may not be so easy to tell. And as usual, science fiction is largely to blame.