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Book Review: Skull Island, by Will Murray

This is going to be a first for me- I’m going to review a book BEFORE I finish it. Hold on! You might be thinking. How can I pass judgement on a book without finishing it? Well, I don’t have to eat a steak in its entirety to know if I like it. Nor do […]

The Invisible World

When I walked out to my back patio, I unexpectedly met resistance. My throbbing forehead had crashed against an unseen force. I stepped back to look more closely and noticed a barrier standing between me and my escape. I determined quickly that it was an invisible force field the humans have named glass. My surprise […]

From the In Box

From Lightspeed Magazine – The April 2013 Issue is Now on Sale! Welcome to issue thirty-five of Lightspeed! In this month’s issue, we have original science fiction by Desirina Boskovich (“Deus Ex Arca”) and acclaimed indie bestseller Hugh Howey (“Deep Blood Kettle”), along with SF reprints by Kathleen Ann Goonan (“A Love Supreme”) and the […]

The Artful Collector: Price vs. Value

It’s an innocent question: What’s it worth? And I always answer: That depends on whether you’re buying or selling. An object’s “worth” can relate to price, or it can relate to value.  These words are not interchangeable, although collectors may use them as if they were.  But there is a big difference between the price […]

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Alex Kane

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 […]

Amazing News, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Those who think that re-booting the original Star Trek was a good idea will probably think that the latest Star Trek Into Darkness promo is also a good idea:  a bunch of drones carrying light wands were flown over London last night, eventually coming together to form the Enterprise’s insignia (you new kids did know […]

A Sneak Peek at The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

The Flames of Shadam Khoreh Bradley P. Beaulieu In last week’s post, I discussed crowdfunding as a publishing strategy, ending with a list of crowdfunded books I intended to review. The first of those is The Flames of Shaddam Khoreh. This is the conclusion to Bradley Beaulieu’s The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy. I’d like to […]

The Artful Collector: “Excuses, Excuses”

And when we can’t have what we want….despite our best efforts to strategize for maximum gain? Then What? Oh, do we have excuses. Pick one: 1. End up the underbidder? “It was too expensive for me anyway” (cognitive dissonance at work) 2. “I probably have one like that already, and just don’t know it” (Scarlett: […]

Now with even MORE Pulp!

Before TV, before comic books, there were the pulp magazines – quickly produced and printed on low grade paper and wrapped in some of the most garish and lurid full colour covers. The covers worked to separate readers from their hard earned dimes and nickels, and there was a lot of competition. But not all […]

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Michael J. Sullivan

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 […]

The Destroyer is Back!

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 novels. If the word Sinanju doesn’t ring any bells, then you’re missing out on possibly the greatest series of adventure novels ever. Starting way back in 1971, Warren Murphy and the […]

Special Effects, then and now

  When Forbidden Planet came back out way back in 1956, it was on the cutting edge of animation, and lots of people were talking about how it showed things on film which hadn’t been seen before. It’s the story of how explorers find a man shipwrecked on his planet with his daughter for years.  […]

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 5 “Living Dangerously”

There is one strategy for collecting that I haven’t yet mentioned. It is not only potentially the most expensive, it is also the most dangerous. Buy What Everyone Else is Buying Pick any one of these (in no special chronological order): 007, the Adams Family, zombies, Nightmare Before Christmas, Beanie Babies, fairies, angels, gargoyles, vampires, […]

Lessons from the Tolkien Boycott

How times have changed. Back in the late 60s, Ace Books found a loophole in the copyright for The Lord of the Rings that allowed them to publish an “unauthorized” (i.e. pirated) paperback edition. Since the only alternative in the U.S. was the much-more-expensive Houghton Mifflin hardback, the Ace edition sold very well. When Balantine […]

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Diane Severson

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 […]

From the In Box

UPDATE: Boy Howdy! are we getting closer to the day when someone not a character in a novel will be head to say “yeah, the tube linings are shot, we’re going to have to replace them all”… Grasshopper Successfully Completes 80M Hover Slam On Thursday, March 7, 2013, SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to […]

A PROPOSED TAXONOMY FOR THE CLASSIFICATION OF THE SCIENCE FICTIONNESS OF SCIENCE FICTION

OR An Introduction to The Modified Brotherton-Troughton-Davidson-Scale-of-Science-Fiction-ness. The other day R.K. Troughton opened up a discussion on the line (if there is one) between fantasy and science fiction. R.K., having an affinity for games, offered up a table, borrowing from technology scales that are familiar to those of us who have engaged with science fiction […]

Oz Don’t Look Like That!

With the release of the new movie OZ: The Great and Powerful this weekend, the world created by L. Frank Baum back in 1900 is getting a fresh look. Revisiting a classic is always a good thing, but with The Wizard of Oz, this can also be a dangerous undertaking. The problem is, of course, the […]

Better Than Oprah

Several years ago I interviewed an author whose book had been turned into a movie. The book had been a selection of Oprah Winfrey’s “Book Club” and he freely admitted that that selection had changed his life. It was like winning the lottery, he said. Her imprimatur made his book a “must read” for many […]

The Fuzzy Line Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

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.  In the Game Room we will explore the world of gaming in all its many incarnations, while lingering over that corner of the meta-verse where games and literature converge.  Bust out […]

Frankenstein 1931 - Boris Karloff - Director James Whale

No. 9: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and Who’s The Real Monster?

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, while on holiday, visited Lord Byron’s Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva in 1816. Percy Shelley, her lover and future husband, and two close friends entertained Lord Byron, over several days, with discussions about galvanic responses, reanimation, and vivisection. After a lucid dream, she meditated upon these ideas and so inspired, began […]

The Monster Makers

The spotlight last month fell on the special effects wizards who make SF monsters come to life. The crowning glory was the award of the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. This spy drama focuses on the rescue of a group of American embassy workers from  Iran, using the cover of a fake SF movie. To […]

Adding the Human Element: An Interview With Juliet

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 it’s fair to say that one of the most interesting things about any genre is the fans that love it.  In my first post, I mentioned that most people my age […]

From the In Box

New releases from Brick Marlin Crysis Hunter Edition Still Available Brick Marlin sent along word that he has a bunch of new releases coming out this year and wanted us all to know about the latest: Blue Lights In A Jar was releases on January 15, 2013 by Whiskey Creek Press and       […]

Calling All Space Cadets!

Ever wanted to travel to outer space? Now’s your chance… for real. Lynx Apollo antiperspirant have launched a competition to win a trip flying 103km up into space. How do you do it? First, potential candidates sign up on the competition website and write a profile explaining why they should get a seat on board. […]

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

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. Skyfall, the 23th entry in probably the world’s longest running and most successful film franchise. An undemanding, commercially safe example of formula film-making and an enormous box-office hit. Cloud Atlas a […]

Teaching the Kids Lessons through SFF

One of the great things about watching SFF with the kids is that they will actually come out and ask the questions good SFF tries to stimulate within us. Adults tend to just keep those questions unasked, private and to themselves. Not kids. They ask. On many occasions, I find myself pausing the DVR to […]

Top Ten RPG Game Systems of All Time

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.  In the Game Room we will explore the world of gaming in all its many incarnations, while lingering over that corner of the meta-verse where games and literature converge.  Bust out […]

Epic Fantasy Analysis Feb 17, 2013

This is the third in the series and is from data as of 2/17/2013. I’m revising the format that I provide this data, now I’m using table which should make things a bit more clear. Links to review previous data: 01/03/2013 01/24/2013   As always this data comes from the   Amazon Kindle Epic Fantasy Bestseller […]