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ASM Blog Horde Interview with Matt Mitrovich

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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...

Review: Lucy’s Blade

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Lucy' Blade John Lambshead Baen Books Kindle $6.83 Lucy’s Blade is a deeply frustrating book. There is a core of a very good story here; I enjoyed reading...

Pixels and Panels #2: Online Comics

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Here are two web comics that feature world-building on a grand scale.

Review: The Gatekeepers

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The Gatekeepers Daniel Graham Jr. Baen The Gatekeepers was a book I eyed for some time in Forbidden Planet before actually buying it, despite the...

Review: Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett

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One of the great things about being a book blogger is that you often get the chance to read books before they come out...

Review: The General’s President

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The General's President John Dalmas Baen The best way to look at Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders is to consider it a thought experiment into how...

My Start as a Writer and My First Published Story

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Hi, my name is Matt Mitrovich. I have been an avid reader most of my life and like most book worms I had the desire...

Commander Koenig and the Lost Planet Airmen

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You could get a hernia trying to suspend your disbelief high enough for this premise.

All Aboard for Mars! A True Story

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This is not fiction. Your mission, should you accept it, is to go to Mars and die there. I get a bit cynical about this sort of thing,

The Alternate History Masterpiece You’ve Never Read

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Satire is no longer being written in America. It’s still on television via Saturday Night Live, South Park, and the great, unsung animation series...

Review: The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

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I can't think of a better novel to start my exploration of steampunk then The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. This award-winning novel,...

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...

Review: Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories

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Horror and alternate history are difficult genres to mash up. You just don't see them together very often and despite my firm belief in...

Anime roundup 4/14/2013: This Will Be on the Test

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A big stack of first looks this week, and then it'll be time to make decisions about what to add for the regular weekly...

Spring 2013 Anime Preview

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Every three months, like clockwork, Japanese TV remakes itself. A bunch of shows end, a bunch more start, and many continuing series bring out...

Pixels and Panels

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A look a two comics you won't have to bag or board

In Magnificat, There’s a New Pope. And She Changes…Everything

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The lead article in the Review section of the March 9 Wall Street Journal began "The next pope should be a man who..." But, wait. Before...

Dynamo – Unsuccessful Wooing, Decrees from Rashmon & A Silent, Bearded...

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If there's a recently popularized term that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, it's "webisodes."  This demeaning and fun-sized determination of quality stems...

War and Dreams – Two Novels by Kathleen Ann Goonan

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Kathleen Ann Goonan's In War Times, originally published in 2007, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Novel and the ALA’s Best...

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...

Elementary, my dear Watson-bot 2.0!

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Crime and punishment. Both words are synonymous with genre fiction. Whether it is the flashy superhero racing to stop the next crisis or the "I'm too...

E-Zines vs. Dead Tree Zines: the more things change…

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I have been producing fanzines off and on since 1976, shortly after encountering science fiction fandom and this particular aspect of that hobby interest....

Dissecting Our Present: How SF Can Highlight Our Historical Bias

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As Harry Turtledove, the master of alternate history, said in the introduction to The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century, even historical memoirs...

These Fractured States: An Overview of Balkanized Americas

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Adventure and excitement waits for those travelers brave enough to explore Anglo-America… Treasure troves of colonial history await in the eastern aristocracies, but current events...

Guide to Alternate History Literature

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I’m often asked to recommend a good alternate history book, but you might as well ask me to name my favorite film.  My mind...

What Is Alternate History?

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What is alternate history? Not as easy question to answer. Historians have been speculating on “points of divergence” since classical times. The Roman historian Livy...