Science Fiction

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No. 17 – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, and Book Burning.

No. 17 – 2013May26 – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, and Book Burning. Ray Bradbury would have you believe that he only wrote a single science fiction story. The rest, he claims, are actually fantasy yarns. That story was the first book of his that I ever read. It was an assignment for a high school […]

Anime roundup 5/26/2013: In the Long Run We Are All Dead

Hunter x Hunter #80 – The Chimera Ant queen has just collected the brain of a man so misanthropic that he founded an entire country just to give him a base from which to make everyone else miserable. Chimera Ants are strong enough to be able to defeat a Nen user without knowing about Nen […]

Small Star Trek Spoiled Science Spoiler

So like a lot of people, I saw Star Trek Into Darkness last week.  I liked the casting, the acting, many of the effects.  I had problems with the storyline and a number of plot holes that didn’t make a lot of sense in hindsight.  In general, I had less problems with the science in […]

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Ricky L. Brown

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 you. In this long-running series, you will have the opportunity to peek inside the minds of the ASM bloggers to […]

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Recently a documentary had its debut at the Cannes Film Festival called Jodorowsky’s Dune. The documentary by filmmaker Frank Pavich, examines a very early attempt to make a movie based on Frank Herbert’s iconic science fiction novel. Most people know the story of how in 1974, long before Star Wars came along and ushered in […]

The Eyes of Fiction

They say that the eyes are the windows of the soul- we’ve heard that so many times. But when it comes to fiction, this appears to be true. In 2012, I started writing an indie New Pulp series. For my lead character, I decided to blend characteristics from past pulp heroes. Among the traits I […]

A Tale of ConQuesT, Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem

While riding my keyboard and mouse across the infinite electronic pathways of the world, I discovered something quite surprising. At first when I stumbled upon it, I sloughed it off as just another coincidence. But as more and more evidence began to clog up my history folder, I realized that something strange was going on. […]

So Who is the Doctor?

I must admit, I’ve not been so excited about a season finale in a longtime. Most of the time, I’m not worried about how a series will end but how I’m going to cope until the next on starts. Still, if series like Game of Thrones has taught me anything, it’s patience. Also that dragons […]

Review – Judge Minty by Steven Sterlacchini

OK, let’s talk about fan films. They’ve been around forever. There were folks making movies based around characters from books as early as the 1910s, and the explosion in comic books led to a huge number of fan films based on them. TV and movies inspired even more over the years. Some of these have […]

Everything I Know, I Learned from Edgar Allan Poe

Everything I know about writing science fiction, reading it, and understanding it, I learned from Edgar Allan Poe, specifically his one story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”. This goes for all of world literature as well. It’s all in that one story: how stories work, what they’re about, and why they have had […]

Anime roundup 5/19/2013: Ant Misbehavin’

Space Brothers #57 – Everyone caught that piko-piko is the Japanese onomatopoeic equivalent to “beep”, right? So we all know how the author picked Pico’s name? Well then, let’s talk about a slightly less obvious one: Takio Azuma, one of the astronauts coming up to take the next shift at the moonbase. He’s almost certainly […]

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part 3)

Throughout the 1990s, while weekend antiques and craft fairs, and even Ren Faires, were drawing tens of thousands of attendees each weekend, SF cons were still deliberating the good of “one day memberships” and advertising in local newspapers.  SF cons added video games, showed movies, invited author celebrities.  Didn’t help. What Happened? The rising cost […]

It’s All About the Vessel

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was a 1961 classic science fiction tale of near disaster filled with plenty of mystery and suspense. But the main character and true hero of the story was a submarine called the U.S.O.S Seaview.

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Daniel M. Kimmel

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 you. In this long-running series, you will have the opportunity to peek inside the minds of the ASM bloggers to […]

To Star Trek or to Star Wolf?

Why not do both? Let’s start with Trek. The new Star Trek movie Into Darkness debuts this month.  The word of mouth seems good from the few people I know who have seen advance screenings as do regular folks reporting at IMDB.  I’m a little skeptical, as I did not love the last movie (bad […]

Traffic

First of all, I must apologize for the interrupted service on this blog – I have been in and out of hospital for the best part of last month, and eventually had to say goodbye to my gallbladder, so I had to skip last fortnight’s edition. I’m now well on the way to recovery, and […]

Convincing vs. Amazing: Balancing Your SF World

Author Paul J. McAuley (author of  “A Very British History“, one of my favorite short stories) recently tweeted: The trouble with SF ‘worldbuilding’ is that it too often strives to be dully convincing, instead of amazing. I couldn’t agree more. Take The Lost Fleet series by John G. Hemry under the pen name Jack Campbell. The story follows the protagonist […]

Star Trek Into Darkness: Review

Let’s talk about Star Trek. Actually, before we do that, let me first lay out my biases: I’m a minor trekkie, having grown up with The Next Generation and the various movies. The 2009 reboot ranks as my favourite of the films, excluding The Wrath of Khan which cannot be matched in its awesomeness. However […]

Anime roundup 5/12/2013: Failure Analysis

First, some big news for those of you in Spain and Portugal: Crunchyroll expanded its offerings for you as of May 9th. The specific list of shows involved isn’t accessible outside your countries, so I can’t tell you what to be excited about getting access to, but go have a look! Space Brothers #56 – […]

Who Do You Blame in a Science Fiction World?

Blaming someone for something is part of human nature. Domestic Batterers blame their victims. Evangelists blame the devil, or sometimes God for bad things happening. Even Christians often blame God, remarking “How can God let this happen.” In fact, when you look at it, God gets a lot of blame these days. But what if […]

The Iron Man Cometh

Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do not fear for your personal safety, as I will take great care to observe the rules of hospitality during your visit.  As I am a certifiable Tech Geek, I will spend […]

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Zachary Clemente

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 you. In this long-running series, you will have the opportunity to peek inside the minds of the ASM bloggers to […]

Anime roundup 5/3/2013: Photoeugenic

Hunter x Hunter #77 – Giant ants! Giant mutant intelligent ants! Giant intelligent ants which eat people and then practice Lamarckian evolution! I expect to start hearing a theremin any minute now. I can think of a lot of relatives to this particular menace, but none that work quite this way. Certainly you’ve got giant […]