A New Generation of Star Wars

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A couple of months ago came an announcement that caught many of off-guard. The announcement I refer to is that of the Star Wars...

“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff,...

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The only time the public pays attention to Science Fiction is when that great machine of mass marketing and “entertainment” called Hollywood inundates the...

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art: Definitions

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Before I get properly rolling with this blog, I thought it might be worth taking a moment to stake out the territory I plan...

The Speed of Science

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Science deals with a lot of high speed phenomena, like the speed of sound and the speed of light, which can make the topic...

Ready When You Are, JJ

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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...

Science Fiction Poetry

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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...

Steve Stiles A Retrospective

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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...

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

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Time travel is one of those devices that seems to turn up eventually in most long running Science Fiction shows, particularly in the later...

What is the Optimal Human Population? Lessons From the Novels of...

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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

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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?

Weird Tales For Winter

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  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...

Audio column #1: “An Introduction….”

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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...

Life on the Fringe

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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...

A Defining Moment for Science Fiction

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The word Science Fiction is recognizable to the average fan, but the definition can be indistinguishable from other genre and cause confusion. Perhaps from the standpoint of the fandom, this vague categorization is by design and allows readers to broaden their focus.

I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff,...

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“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff, Right?” Science Fiction’s Self-Esteem Problem Part II: You Actually Read That Crap? Science Fiction has...

Scientists and Stereotypes

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Older male (check), glasses (check), white lab coat (check).  A scientist!  Even without the funny hat or breaker full of red liquid, everyone recognizes...

Science Fiction Poetry

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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...

Doctor Who and the Strange Victorians

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Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction can exist in the real world, or create hermetic worlds of their own. Which is to say genre fiction...

A Conversation about Cheating with My Time Traveling Future Self by...

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There are things that titles tell you. A title like "A Conversation with My Time Traveling Future Self" says "Expect science fiction comedy played...

Crossroads: What is Noir, Anyway?

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Before we get into a discussion of how speculative fiction approaches noir, let's start by discussing just what the noir aesthetic really is.

No. 2 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter of Mars

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Any SF library without Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Carter of Mars is hardly complete. Burroughs’ John Carter series captured the imagination of many...

Attention Grabber

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The single most important step for a reader is the initial act of choosing what to read. After that, everything else is just a formality of literary cultivation. You read, you absorb and you grow. But it’s that first step that determines who you are as a reader. So, what books grab “your” attention?

“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff,...

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“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff, Right?” Science Fiction’s Self-Esteem Problem Part I: Who Reads SF Anyway? Practically No One. Science...

Classic Science Fiction Science: Outland

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The science fiction movie Outland has been described as a reimaging of the western classic High Noon set in space: The setting is Io, which...

Hollywood Loves “Remakes.” Sometimes Hardcore Fans Don’t.

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The funny thing about movies is that liking or disliking them can become as political a process as anything else.  In fact, sometimes I...

The Mirror of Our Dreams

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There is a curious phenomenon not exclusive to science fiction fandom, it is prevalent in pop music worship and other places, by which those...

Inoculate Against the Lurids: Language Is A Virus

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I’m pleased to be participating at Amazing Stories by writing about pulps. But before jumping feet first into that discussion, it’s best to issue...

There and Back Again, or, How I Got Scared Into Science...

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Science Fiction is one of the great loves of my life. I have spent some thirty odd years reading, critiquing, discussing, collecting, watching and...

An Interview with K. D. Emerson

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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...

Who Cares About the Science in Science Fiction?

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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...