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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....

Amazing News, Saturday, March 2, 2013

Richard E. Geis, the "Alien Critic" died February 4th.  Richard Geis's fanzines - Science Fiction Review and The Alien Critic were among the first...

The Impossibility of Escaping the Palm of Buddha’s Hand

"Mortal, you have angered Shaka-sama and now Pigsy will eat your face." This is one of the improbable lines that is never spoken in the foundational saga of Buddhist fiction. Many other improbable lines are. Further out on the improbability spectrum: Shingo Katori costumes up as a monkey.

Amazing Stories Featured in Concord Monitor’s A&E Section

On Tuesday Steve Davidson, the publisher of Amazing Stories,  was interviewed by Sarah Earle for a feature in the Concord Monitor, one of New...

Living in a Glass House

Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do...

Claire Winger Harris: Breaking Amazing’s ‘Cosmic Ceiling’

Brian Aldiss identified Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the first science fiction novel in his seminal history The Billion Year Spree. Although the genre often...
Isaac Asimov in B & W drawing

No.8 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.

2013Feb24 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.  Isaac Asimov, aka: Isaak Yudovich Ozimov, aka: Исаак Юдович Озимов, is another member of the Big...

Jirel of Joiry: Sword & Sorcery’s First Lady

Circumstance plays a part in history. It was inevitable that a woman would eventually try her hand at Sword & Sorcery. It's our good...

Mouldy Old History

For a number of years I wrote The Crotchety Old Fan blog.  One of my favorite posts to write was finding new and interesting...

No. 7 Andre Norton, Telepaths, Telempathic Animals, and The Entrepreneurial Spacer.

2013Feb17 - Time spent in front of a computer will suck you into a rift in the space-time continuum. You doubt this? Leave a...

The Fed Puts Stamps of Approval on Science Fiction Authorship

Sometime after John W. Campbell died in 1971, a few science fiction fans launched a campaign requesting that the U.S. Postal Service issue a...
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The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40, Part 3

Immortal ConFusion was rather a bittersweet experience. I hadn't been to the convention in years, although I attended annually from A² Relax Icon in...

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...

Amazing Stories to Publish David Gerrold Comic Script: Star Trek &...

Ok, I'll say it, if only to keep up with the current trend on the site:  The Experimenter Publishing Company is pleased to bring...

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and...

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...

Christopher Nolan’s Inception as Shamanic Psychodrama

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing which films should be considered science fiction and which shouldn’t. He claimed comic book/superhero...

Dark History: Bran Mak Morn

Robert E. Howard, more than anything, wanted to sell to Adventure Magazine. This publication of the Buttrick Co. was considered by many the best...
Nancy Tucker

The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40, Part 2

I went to all the early ConFusions. The name change came about, I'm told, because Ro (who informs me her name was then still...

The Galapagos Frontier Thesis

The formative American experience was the conquest of the western frontier. Would science fiction and fantasy exist without the frontier model? What does Japan's parallel conquest of Hokkaido tell us about the legacy of colonial expansion?

The History of Fantasy, Part II: Barbarians and Elves and Jesus...

         The nineteenth century closes with two books that will be imitated constantly for the next hundred years or so: Lewis Carrol’s Alice...

In the Hall of the Mountain King

I was asked by Sol Cohen in April 1968 to succeed Harry Harrison as Editor of Amazing Stories. One hundred dollars a month, a...

No. 5 – John W. Campbell, Who Goes There?, The Ultimate...

John W. Campbell, aka - Don A Stuart, wrote for Astounding Science-Fiction. His work Who Goes There? was voted the best science fiction novella...

Who Let the Dog Out?

Author J. M. Barrie is best remembered for creating Peter Pan, but I’m extremely fond of his comic play The Admirable Crichton – especially...

E-Zines vs. Dead Tree Zines: the more things change…

I have been producing fanzines off and on since 1976, shortly after encountering science fiction fandom and this particular aspect of that hobby interest....

The Clubhouse: ConFusion at 40 (more or less)

This year was the 40th ConFusion. Or perhaps it will be next year. The numerology of this Michigan convention has always been somewhat doubtful,...

The Importance of Actually, You Know, Doing Stuff

When I first heard the announcement that Steve Davidson had secured the trademark for the name "Amazing Stories," I had a variety of mixed...

No. 4 – H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, War of...

I suspect what most people remember most about H. G. Wells gets confused with Orson Welles, the actor. You know, that infamous radio announcement?...
The Slan Shack

The Clubhouse: Five words every fan should know

"I have a Cosmic Mind — now what do I do?" Fanspeak is what we call the jargon of fandom that grew up in fanzines...

Steve Stiles A Retrospective

Steve Stiles is a living double entendre:  not only does he draw icons of the field, he is an icon of the field. If brushing...

PULPED! A Blog About Pulp And All The Places...

Although I’m sure that there’s certain decorum for writing blog posts that prohibit fanboy type moments, I am choosing at this point-if such rules...