Steve is skipping out this weekend.
A brief report on the happenings st Smofcon 35
I read, or heard, or watched somewhere this past week someone complaining that the problem with the United States now is that we need a vision, a direction, something we can all focus on as a possible goal…that this (forging a new nation, destroying fascism, putting a man on the moon) is what the United […]
Taking a bit of a holiday
A presentation of my upcoming convention appearances, where I explain the origins and purposes of science fiction’s secret cabal.
The “studio system”, killed by anti-trust litigation in the 50s, is making a not-so subtle comeback in the digital age.
Let us know what kind of magazine you want Amazing Stories to be.
Steve is taking a mental vacation this week.
Steve discusses Amazing Stories’ future plans
A few thoughts on Hollywood’s toxic culture
Philip Jose Farmer, early Space Cadets, nuclear armageddon and the Not-Really-Trek vs Trek-that-is-not-Trek battle.
The editorial staff is taking a break this week. Editorials will return at their normally scheduled time next week.
We are not obligated to strike the match for those who want to watch the world burn.
“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When I finished reading Christopher Nuttal’s editorial, “A Character Who Happens To Be Black” for the first time, I found myself remembering an oft told story about Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura on Star Trek.
This is the primary function of science fiction — to be the Research and Development Division of the Human Species. This literature is the laboratory in which we consider the universe and our place in it. It is the place where we ask, “Who are we and what is our purpose here? What does it mean to be a human being?”
No other genre is as ambitious, no other genre considers as many powerful and disturbing questions. All the other branches of literature are about the past, they’re about how we got here, as if here is a static place. Only science fiction is about the future. Only science fiction is about change.
One of the charges leveled at the Sad Puppies is that they are against ‘diverse’ characters in books (and comics, movies, TV shows, etc.) The people who level these charges are, essentially, accusing the Sad Puppies of racism, that the only reason they could possibly have for objecting to these characters is their race (or gender, or sexuality, or whatever.) It is a fairly obvious rhetorical trap. By asserting that racism is the only reason to object to these characters, they brand the Sad Puppies as racists.
Amazing Stories pays a visit to the author of Colony Lost, Chris Philbrook
Spanish language version
“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
Reasons to ratify Three Stage Voting
2017 is looking a lot like 1974.
On the Hugos, 3SV and the Dragons
Star Trek Discovery looks to be taking its conflict cues from Facebook.
When all else fails, take a warm bath….
History changes when you don’t look at the facts….
Today, an hour before this post went live, we began the memorial for Karen. She asked to be cremated and interred with her parents. This I have done. She asked that her family and friends be with her, and they were. Towards the end, she kept saying that she wanted to go home. I assured […]
The future for Amazing Stories
Sorry folks. No editorial this week (though I’ve a lot to comment on). Things are getting a bit rough around here. See you all next week, hopefully. (That’s not enigmatic, it’s just a statement.)
Sleep. We all need it.