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ASM Blog Horde Interview with Diane Severson

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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...

Mangling the works of Jules Verne

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In a recent post about Jules Verne and his translators for English editions, I included a few examples of how those translators mangled Verne’s...

Sense of Wonder #1

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We are drawn to science fiction and fantasy because of what Damon Knight called its “sense of wonder”. This is a hard term to...

A Blog Horde Interview with C.E. Martin

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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...

American Gothic: Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates

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As I mentioned in my post Stephen King: A Beginner’s Guide I became interested in the work of Joyce Carol Oates because of her...

Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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My final (for now) look into SF detectives brings me to the classic SF novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Most...
Frankenstein 1931 - Boris Karloff - Director James Whale

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

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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,...

The Monster Makers

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The spotlight last month fell on the special effects wizards who make SF monsters come to life. The crowning glory was the award of...

Why Sorcerers Have Long Grizzled Beards

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Ever notice that fictional sorcerers always seem to have long, grizzled beards? Ever wondered why?  Well, probably you haven't, but you're about to find...

The Impossibility of Escaping the Palm of Buddha’s Hand

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"Mortal, you have angered Shaka-sama and now Pigsy will eat your face." This is one of the improbable lines that is never spoken in the foundational saga of Buddhist fiction. Many other improbable lines are. Further out on the improbability spectrum: Shingo Katori costumes up as a monkey.

Review: The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

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Alright we are back with my coverage on SF detectives and we return with the classic SF/mystery novel, written by the grand-daddy of SF...
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...

How to Begin a Short Story

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Maybe I'm just impatient, but I'll generally stop reading a short story if the first two paragraphs don't answer the following questions: Who is this...

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...

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...

Stephen King – A Beginner’s Guide

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For a long time I paid no attention to the writing of Joyce Carol Oates. But I kept seeing her mentioned in the context...

Supernatural Horror In Literature

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The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for...

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and...

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2013 Feb 10 - Theodore Sturgeon, aka/Edward Hamilton Waldo, is best remembered for asking “What’s the next question?” In some portraits, you’ll see Sturgeon...

Invasion of the Movie Snatchers

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We live in a cinematic age of remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. Even new movies like The Hobbit feel like pictures that have gone before....

Is Science Killing Science Fiction?

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Gregory Benford shared this on facebook, asking if this notion was true: Strahan, Jonathan, “Introduction,” Edge of Infinity, Solaris, 2012. This is just a short...

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...

Classic SFF for the kids

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The holidays are over, but that doesn't mean it's time to forego the classics. You know the shows I'm talking about- all the old...

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...

Tarzan, Celebrating the Centennial: A Review

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Christmas 2012 was very good. And one of the reasons it was so good was that among the presents that Santa (in this case...

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...

The Classics: Edgar Allen Poe

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I don’t intend here to eulogize Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) but to discuss some of the contributions he made to the areas of Horror,...