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HEINLEIN AND BUTLER, REVISITED

In this redo of his fifth column from 2013, Steve talks about visiting Butler, Missouri, the town where Robert A. Heinlein was born. Are they proud of him? Heck, yes!

WILDSIDE PRESS: 34th GOLDEN AGE OF SF MEGAPACK (CYRIL M. KORNBLUTH)...

This week, Steve looks at Wildside Press’s attempt to reprint most of the SF of the past in ebook format. This particular book is works by Cyril Kornbluth, a name you should learn!

STEVE DOES DAVE BARRY: IT’S COLUMN 29 ALL OVER AGAIN!

Steve rewrites and repeats one of his earlier columns for Amazing just in case you want to know how he started in this whole “fannish” business. Do you care?

ACE Doubles and Cover Illustrators Part One (Redux)

Continuing his retro-look at some older columns, Steve talks about Ace Doubles and their cover art. We're talking about The Good Old Stuff, in both writing and SF illustration. Get Some Now!

The Clubhouse; Fanzine Reviews: “breaking people off at the ankles”

Fanzines reviewed: SHANGRI-L’AFFAIRES “SHAGGY” #39 Shaggy (#39) Nov 1958 (Note: If the following doesn’t convince you the clubzine SHAGGY was a group effort by a staggering...

MOVIE REVIEW: UNIVERSAL’S MUMMY DEAREST (1932-33)

This week, Steve travels back to Ancient Egypt with Boris Karloff as "The Mummy." No CGI, but scarier than Brendan Fraser's "Mummy"!

MOVIE REVIEW: FRANKENSTEIN (1931), Just in time for Halloween!

For Halloween, Steve looks at one of the oldest, and perhaps the best-known "monster movie" of them all, James Whale's "Frankenstein," starring Boris Karloff.

Vampirella: Character or Commodity?

Do we need an excuse to look at images of Vampirella?

MY PERSONAL TIME MACHINE: AMAZING STORIES’ FIRST YEAR (part 2)

Continuing his series on the first year of Amazing Stories, Steve sees what "scientifiction" was trying to become: US!

Monsters

Monsters have been with us in our imaginations from the dawn of time, but why is it that the most vulnerable of us love monsters the most?

AMAZING THINGS: Additional Awards and News From Loncon3

Big Heart, First Fandom, Sam Moskowitz & Special Committee Awards given out at Loncon3.

19th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon Day 3...

As I sat on a park bench outside of the Art Deco exterior of the Hollywood Theater, on the nicest day of the year so far in Portland, not only did it seem like a victory and a vindication of the weird words and worlds of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, but for the whole of SF fandom.

When I First Got Into Fandom

Wanting to be a Fan makes you a fan - despite whatever litmus tests, obstacles or hoops to jump through some may want to throw in your way.

ACE Doubles and Some Amazing Illustrators Part One

The art work gracing the covers of (most) Ace doubles was credited, another debt we owe Donald A. Wollheim.

MOVIE REVIEW: Europa Report

A review of the shaky-cam SF space adventure Europa Report

More Fannish Nostalgia: My First Convention; My First Fanzine

Steve recounts the details of his fannish deflowering

SPACEMEN, Precursor to Starlog?

Steve takes us through the pages of Spacemen, Warren Publications second film-centered magazine helmed by the late, great, missed and lamented Forrest J. Ackerman.

The Amazing Thing About Amazing is How Amazing It Was, or:...

R. Graeme Cameron visits the past, accompanied by a science fiction's Number 1 Fan.

ABSOLUTE ZERO – Cool Websites, Very Cool

Conceived by the Ackermonster and now living a double life on the web and in print

Do you Like Monsters?

That's right, FAMOUS MONSTERS, Forrest. J. Ackerman's beloved magazine that sported covers featuring wonderful portraits of famous monsters, most of which were painted by artist Basil Gogos.

A Fan’s History, Part 1

I’m going to assume that you are a science fiction reader of some kind, since you’re here at Amazing Stories magazine’s website. Are you...

Amazing News, Thursday, March 28th 2013

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, articles linked to here are sourced from SF Signal and File 770. One of my all-time heroes gets a "non-action" figure...

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....
Jack Speer

The Clubhouse: Common language

I said last time that I wasn't going to debate the definition of "fan" here. But one of the most important defining characteristics of...

I Dreamed I Saw the Silver Spaceships


When people think about science fiction the first thing they usually visualize are spaceships (or green skinned women in shiny bikinis, but that may...