Sequential Wednesdays #19 – A Letter To Mark Millar

This is a letter to Mark Millar (Superman: Red Son, Kick-Ass, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Wanted) Dear Mark (may I call you Mark?), I would like to thank you for your contributions to the comic world – you’ve made some interesting, redefining, and important works over the years.  I will always love your examination on the Superman tale […]


José Joaquín Ramos de Francisco – Editor de Alfa Eridiani M. C. Carper para Amazing Stories Magazine: Hola ¿Quién eres? Preséntate con tus palabras, por favor. J.J.R.F: Hola. Cuando tengo que presentarme siempre digo que soy José Joaquín Ramos, el presidente de Alfa Eridiani, una asociación cultural que edita la revista electrónica del mismo nombre […]

(Can’t Wait For Sunday News) Worldcon Business Meeting Motion

Worldcon, coming up at the end of August, regularly conducts the WSFS business meeting where, among other things, possible changes to the Hugo Awards are proposed, discussed and then voted on by the membership. (Going to Worldcon? You’re a member and you get to vote, if you want to.) John Scalzi today published portions of […]

Revistas de ciencia ficción: la semilla

Actualización/update 7/26/13 – 21:47 A veces uno está tan seguro de las cosas, que da por hecho que las escribió, pero no siempre sucede. Es así como se me pasó mencionar la esencial participación de Dixon Acosta en el origen y sosteniento de la Revista Cosmocápsula. Bueno, corrección hecha, lección aprendida. ****** La ciencia ficción […]

So, How Are We Doing?

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been participating on Amazing Stories.  Each and every one of you – bloggers, readers, commenters, artists, fans and behind the scenes folks have contributed directly to what I consider to be a wonderful success. We’re now just a bit over seven months into this […]

Boycotting Ender’s Game

UPFRONT DISCLAIMER:  Though I am the editor (pro tem) and publisher of Amazing Stories, my personal views remain separate from the editorial policies of the site.  I encourage Amazing’s contributors to freely express their views on a wide range of subjects and feel free to do so myself from time to time.  That I do […]

Amazing Stories Approaching 1000th Post (and other notes)

On Monday,July 1st, Amazing Stories will publish its 1,000th post. We’re pretty proud of that feat, but even prouder of the the range and versatility of our contributors and the positive response we’ve been receiving from our readers.  It’s been a great ride so far and we all hope you have been enjoying it as […]

WIN BOOKS! An Editorial Announcement About Our Contests

Amazing Stories has begun to acquire an increasing number of books to give away to our members.  ((Increasing is appropriate – we’ve gone from 1 to 3!).  I expect this to continue and look forward to making a lucky percentage of our readers the Gift of Free Book.  (I love getting free books – I […]

A Commissioning Editor Speaks: David Moore of Abaddon Books

Britain’s Abaddon Books is a seething brew of villainous steampunk, sleek spaceships, cruel sorcery, and blood-soaked horror. I tracked their commissioning editor David Moore down to his lair, where I forced him to unravel a cracked and crumbling papyrus to reveal an ancient secret: what does a commissioning editor do all day? Thanks for speaking to Amazing […]

Marketing is Destroying the Science Fiction Genre

The other day I was listening to NPR as they ran a piece on the TOTALLY NEW! NOT SCIENCE FICTION! genre of Cli Fi or Climate (change) Fiction. A year or so ago I was subjected to the same kind of nonsense with the introduction of the TOTALLY NEW! NOT SCIENCE FICTION! genre of Lab […]

Anonymous Calls for Internet Blackout to Protest CISPA

A branch of Anonymous called for an internet blackout (voluntary downtime) to bring attention to the CISPA law that recently passed a House vote. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act effectively nullifies privacy contracts between users and websites, allowing internet companies to provide private user information to government agencies without first obtaining permission. Amazing […]

Oh the Hugos, Ahh the Hugos, Ewww The Hugos

Every year, the Hugo Awards -presented by the World Science Fiction Association at its annual event, Worldcon – are announced amidst much internet and real-world coverage and every year the announcement is immediately followed by endorsement and denunciation, comparison and contrast, finger pointing, preening, accusation, denial, explanation and exposition. One thing is clear:  a lot […]

Lessons from the Tolkien Boycott

How times have changed. Back in the late 60s, Ace Books found a loophole in the copyright for The Lord of the Rings that allowed them to publish an “unauthorized” (i.e. pirated) paperback edition. Since the only alternative in the U.S. was the much-more-expensive Houghton Mifflin hardback, the Ace edition sold very well. When Balantine […]

Of Blacklists and Freedoms: DC, Superman and Orson Scott Card

DC Comics recently announced that they had put a Superman title that was to be authored by Orson Scott Card in abeyance; the artist – Chris Sprouse – having decided to remove himself from the project;  Chris said “It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back […]

…And We’re Not Spending Billions to Defend Ourselves?

Yesterday the Huffington Post published a map prepared by Javier de la Torre from CartoDB that illustrated every single known meteorite impact on the Earth since the year 2300 BC (4,313 years of meteorite impacts). Here’s that map: Look closely.  There is not one single inch of the land surface of our planet that hasn’t […]