Conventions

Why You Want to Go To A Writer’s Convention

A short while ago I attended (and participated as panelist and guest author) at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. And I was all jazzed about it! Why?… Well, let me tell you why… If you haven’t yet attended a writer’s conference or convention, it’s high time you did. Because, not only are you missing […]

Sequential Wednedays #9 – Boston, Where Yo’ Con At?

There are few things genuinely more enjoyable than conventions.  It’s sprawling enjoyment catered to all your tastes and more if you’re attending the right one.  My convention experience is a little bizarre compared to most other con-goes I’ve encountered, but that just may be due to fortunate location.  The first convention I ever attended was […]

Roger Ebert

The Clubhouse: Roger Ebert, Death of a Gafiate

The death of Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has already been eulogized far and wide. Most of the accolades concentrate, rightfully so, on Ebert’s storied career as a newspaperman and critic and his well-written reviews and essays. But here in the microcosm, we can remember him a little differently, because as a youth […]

The Pros and Cons of Comicon

It is the day before the first day of spring. As I sit in my office chair, working at my computer, the giant snow thrower passes by and deposits a massive blast of snow onto my window making me jerk around at the sound it makes. So much for springtime in Fargo. I contemplate having […]

How to Make a SciFi Feature Film for $500

In 2006, I created Borg War, an animated Star Trek feature film. Since I suspect that most writers would jump at the change to script a Star Trek film, I thought it might be of interest for me to describe the filmmaking process. Before I get started, I should probably point out that contrary to […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Blog Horde Interview with C.E. Martin

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 Clubhouse: Looking for fandom — ConFusion at 40, Part 4

Wherefore fandom? Fandom does not equal “the science fiction market.” To be a fan it’s not enough just to be a consumer of science fiction. To be part of fandom you have to participate in fandom as a community. You have to interact with other fans. You have to do fannish things. You cannot be […]

The Science Fiction Fan’s Bucket List

I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel a lot and do many things I’ve always wanted to do.  Some of my opportunities have been work related (e.g. using the Hubble Space Telescope, and helping to decide who else has gotten to use it).  Some have just been because I’ve taken the initiative and gone […]

From the In Box

eNewsletter – February 21st 2013 In This Issue Quick Links Artists’ Alley Art Show Dealers’ Room  Guest of Honor Banquet Lobby/Club Tables Outreach NWC36 Guests of Honor Volunteering DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport Deadlines February 24th, 2013, is the last day you can make a modification to your existing reservation (changing your arrival or departure […]

confusion

The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40, Part 3

Immortal ConFusion was rather a bittersweet experience. I hadn’t been to the convention in years, although I attended annually from A² Relax Icon in 1974, up through my college years in Ann Arbor, when I also helped run the con. About the time I was graduating, though, All Ann Arbor Fandom Was Plunged Into War, […]

Nancy Tucker

The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40, Part 2

I went to all the early ConFusions. The name change came about, I’m told, because Ro (who informs me her name was then still Nagey, the change to Lutz-Nagey not occurring till a few years later, with his first marriage and exit from Ann Arbor) got tired of typing A2 Relax Icon. In those days, […]

The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40 (more or less)

This year was the 40th ConFusion. Or perhaps it will be next year. The numerology of this Michigan convention has always been somewhat doubtful, since its numbering started with 13, unless you count the initial convention the preceding year, when it wasn’t named ConFusion at all. What’s certain is that in 1973, a bunch of […]