A Good Old Fashoined Alien Invasion

The Battle for Eden Mark E. Burgess Wildside Press tpb $15.99 ebook $2.99 Kindle  Nook Last week we looked at one half of a double novel. If case you aren’t familiar with the format, they were popularized back in the 50s and 60s by Ace Books. Essentially two short novels, neither long enough for stand-alone […]

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 […]

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

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 people know of this novel as the basis of Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. Upon reading the novel, however, you quickly learn how little the two works have to do with […]

In Brackett’s Footsteps Under the Ember Star

Under the Ember Star Charles Allen Gramlich Wildside Press tpb $15.99 electronic $2.99 Kindle epub Unless Stephen Haffner has an unpublished manuscript tucked away somewhere, there will be no new stories from Leigh Brackett. Fortunately, the type of adventure oriented science fiction that Brackett wrote isn’t dead. There are still a few practitioners of that […]

Review: The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

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 himself, The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. This first novel in the Robot series is one of the earliest novels to feature a combination of the SF and mystery genres. It features […]

An Interview with Indie Author Joshua P. Simon

Last week I reviewed some tales by newcomer and indie author Joshua P. Simon.  This week I’m following those reviews up by interviewing the author himself.  This is something I plan on doing from time to time, following up a review with an interview.  It’s not something I’ll do with every review, but once every […]

Review: The Wizard of OZ: A Steampunk Adventure by S.D. Stuart

We interrupt your regularly scheduled coverage on SF detectives to bring you this… As a kid, I used to love watching the 1939 film Wizard of Oz. My parents had recorded it on VHS so I could watch it again and again whenever I wanted. Of course we had to fast-forward through the commercials. This […]

Three Military Fantasy Shorts

For this week, I’m going to do things differently. Rather than review a single work, I’ll look at three stories set in the same universe. One of the reasons I decided to focus my blogging efforts for Amazing Stories ™ on indie and small press published works is to help you find new authors of […]

Why Piracy is Never Okay

Since the bloggers on this site are mostly authors who no doubt believe in the concept of copyright (because presumably they’d like to get paid for their work), I thought I’d go through the arguments that get surfaced every time I point out that piracy is a form of petty theft. Here are the arguments, […]

Burn Your Books

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 […]

Supernatural Horror In Literature

The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from every-day life. Relatively few are free enough from the spell of the daily routine to respond to rappings from outside, and tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of […]

Swashbuckling with Morticai

Morticai’s Luck Darlene Bolesny Dark Star Books Trade ppb, 245 p., $15.95 Ebook, $5.95 Ever gone to a con and come home with more books than it’s humanly possible to read in a reasonable period of time? Of course you have. That’s part of the con experience. A major part if you’re like me. Which […]

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and The Evil They Can Cause.

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 wearing a “Q,” with an arrow pointing forward, suspended from a thin, silver chain around his neck. He believed in questioning our assumptions. He would push further inquiry by suggesting that […]

A Way To End Ebook Piracy?

I recently had my most-recent non-fiction book pop up on an illegal file sharing site.  Within a week, it had gotten 500 downloads. Needless to say, I was p*ssed off. The site (which I won’t mention here) is openly scoff-law because they’re hosted in China. On the site, they’re “if you ask really nicely, maybe […]

Frogs in Aspic, Like a Box of Chocolates

Frogs in Aspic Keith P. Graham Kindle only $1.99 I’m partial to short fiction, especially lately when I have so many interruptions it seems to take forever to finish a novel. So when a collection comes my way that contains numerous short stories, I’m a happy guy. (Come to think of it, I’ve not reviewed […]

Dead Cosmonauts and Other Eldritch Horrors

Space Eldritch Nathan Shumate, ed. Cold Fusion Media Tpb $13.99, ebook $5.99 Kindle Nook Smashwords Two of the most popular subgenres of the fantastic are space travel (with its myriad sub-subgenres) and cosmic entities with malevolent intentions, popularized by H. P. Lovecraft.  Now Cold Fusion Media has brought them both together in the anthology Space […]

The Dangers of Ignoring the Ebook Revolution

On January 8th, the long awaited final edition in the Wheel of Times series was released in hardcover.  The ebook, however, was no where to be found, and won’t be available until April 9th. Hardcover only releases have existed for years, but where people were once willing to wait six-months or a year for the […]