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Bordeando el país de los ciegos

Retro-review of H.G. Wells' The Country of the Blind

The War Of the Worlds 121st, 92nd & 81st Anniversaries

It's been 121 years since Wells unleashed the Martian invasion on us, and 81 years since Orson Welles made us take to the streets in panic.


Steve reviews the 70th Anniversary Issue of F&SF and finds it good. Excellent, in fact. There’s still time to read the issue before the Nov./Dec. one comes out!


October is Meteor Month; skull & bones sugar lumps, black hole may be orbiting our sun, space rocks may be spying on the Earth, Sandford calls for change of name to Clarke Award, Venkman says dogs and cats are living together, reading SF may not make you stupid after all and lots more stuff of biblical proportions this week in Amazing News

Profiles in Pulp: The First Science Fiction Magazine(s)

Is Amazing Stories the world's first science fiction magazine? Yes. Did it get there all on its lonesome? No.


Exploring the fictional Professor Bernard Quatermass, whose experiments lie (as Rod Serling says) “between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge”! Go get some!

Distopías ecuatorianas

On Dystopias, with side trips to Philip K. Dick and Ecuador.

Review: Frankenstein Dreams

Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction is a gallery of literary wonder edited by Michael Sims

Teatro de ciencia ficción en Ecuador

An overview of Spanish language science fiction theatre, starting with a Spanish language adaptation of Orson Well's War of the Worlds.

Amazing Histories, January 1927: Start of a New Year

The first issue of Amazing Stories for 1927 features writing by, among others, Murray Leinster and H. G. Wells, as well as the magazine's first...letters column!

Amazing Histories, December 1926: Moon-Men and Murders

Amazing Stories closes out its first year of publication with excerpts from novels by H. G. Wells and Garrett O. Serviss, and much, much more.

Amazing Histories, November 1926: Apocalyptic Visions

The November 1926 issue of Amazing Stories contained a lot of dark stories, including the conclusion of the serialization of H. G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau.

REVIEW: Dangerous Worlds by Brian Herbert

Brian Herbert's first short story collection, Dangerous Worlds, charts his meteoric progression as a writer.

Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is an excellent example of the true magic that happens when literary fiction and genre fiction work together.

Amazing Histories, September 1926: Novel Matters

the sixth issue of Amazing Stories focuses on novel excerpts rather than short stories, but what novel excerpts they are!

Amazing Histories, August 1926: The Mind Electric

A recurring theme in Amazing Stories #5 is the alteration of the human mind.

Amazing Histories, July 1926: Science or Fantasy?

In issue four of Amazing Stories, Hugo Gernsback editorializes about how much science should appear in stories in his magazine; but, does the fiction deliver?

Comic Review: Grimm Tales of Terror

The eerie stories behind the Grimm Tales of Terror comics examine some of the most popular fictional events from film, literature, and anywhere else one might find twisted elements of the imagination.

Amazing Histories, June 1926: World’s End and Wacky Inventions

What strange stories would be put in front of readers of the third issue of Amazing Stories?


Steve watches lots of TV for YOU! He's trying to save you from bad shows and point you to good shows. That's how selfless he is. Why else would he put in the hours in front of a lighted box?

Review: Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction by Chris...

Highlighting the popular speculative element, Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction by Chris Pak should be mandatory reading for both students and fans alike.

Imágenes de la interculturalidad en Star Trek

Star Trek was the first science fiction television show to deal seriously with multiculturalism and the "other."

MARS: FRIEND OR FOE? (Two Retro Movie Reviews)

Mars! Huh! What is it good for? (Absolutely nothing!) Steve reviews two old movies and offers a caution for Aries-ophiles.

Borges, lector de Wells

Jorge Luis Borges and the definition of science fiction.

Verne y los comienzos del cine

Jules Verne - fascinating in any medium and in any language!


This week, Steve examines how differently powers, like telekinesis, can be handled by Hollywood. Some movies do it well, and some less well.

Review: The Reluctant Orchid by Arthur C. Clarke

The Reluctant Orchid by Arthur C. Clarke is one of those distinct literary gems that proves good writing can be just as influential as it is inspirational.

Big Brain Aliens

Look at the aliens from This Island Earth. If they are so smart, why are the denizens of Metaluna all such big headed pricks?

The Visionary World of Paul Lehr

Lehr "dominated science fiction covers in the mid-1960s into the 1970s"

MY PERSONAL TIME MACHINE (Last Part): Amazing’s First Full Year

Steve finishes his "time machine" with a look at the final three issues of Amazing's first full year.