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Robert Lawrence Jr.: The First African American Astronaut

Air Force Major Robert Lawrence Jr., who was never a NASA astronaut, and never made a flight into space, was our nation's first African American astronaut.

Amazing Histories, February 1927: New Worlds and Human Failings

Time to activate the way-back machine once more as we journey to February 1927 and the latest issue of Amazing Stories!

Three Apollo Astronauts We Lost This Year

Apollo astronauts Gene Cernan, Richard Gordon and Paul Weitz died in 2017. There's a little known story about each of them.

‘Xaghra’s Revenge’, by Geoff Nelder

Xaghra’s Revenge is a well-written, time-travelling historical fantasy. Highly recommended!

Fall 2017 SF Anime Preview

The leaves will soon be falling, and so will a new batch of shows!

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!

The Naming of Awards and the Taking Down of Monuments

This is one of those issues that is so fraught, so convoluted, so personal and so public, that it is doubtful anyone can address it in a manner that doesn't offend some, certainly doesn't solve anything and may serve to confuse rather than to illuminate.  Nevertheless....

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.

What’s Happening with the TV Show?

NBC no longer producing Amazing Stories TV show. (Or shouldn't be.)

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.

Amazing Histories, October 1926: Pole to Pole

It's back to October 1926...

THE AMAZING YEARS – MAY 2017

The return of another semi-regular feature, our ten year anniversary review of the magazine's history.

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?

REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES (A FEEL-GOOD MOVIE!)

Steve time travels (again?) back to 1961 with the review of the movie “Hidden Figures” and finds it more than good. Possibly his fave movie so far this year!

MY FANNISH HISTORY REDUX—WORLDCONS and NAMETAGS etc.

Steve tells you where to get a free SF book and revisits/rewrites an old column dealing with Worldcons and nametags and such.

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?

There Are No Photos of Neil Armstrong on the Moon?

There were no useable photos taken of Neil Armstrong during his Apollo 11 walk on the Moon.

Amazing Histories, May 1926: The Stories Continue

A creature resembling a cross between a moth, an owl and a devil fish stares into a transparent, ovoid object. Behind it is a...

The Amazing Years – February 2017

We continue our ten year anniversaries by month, of Amazing Stories

Comic Review: DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke

DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke has a powerful message that should be experienced by those interested in both history and the DC universe.

Gene Cernan And The Last Flag On The Moon

Apollo 17 Astronaut Eugene Cernan (1934-2017) and the American flag he raised, became the last of their kind to stand on the Moon.

Amazing Histories, April 1926: The Dawn of Scientifiction

Doris V. Sutherland kicks off a new series, reviewing Amazing Stories - from the beginning!

Thank You for Saving 1968 (a parable for our times)

Apollo 8: December 25, 1968 (the spirits of another Christmas)

John Glenn: The Last of the Magnificent Seven

John Glenn was the last surviving member of NASA's remarkable first group of astronauts, the Mercury 7.

The Amazing Years

This December marks the end of Amazing Stories first year of publication...90 years later we're still in the game!

Graphic Novel Review: Pacific

The recently translated graphic novel Pacific from Titan Comics is a bizarre tale that will appeal to the speculative fiction crowd, but fans of historical fiction should take notice too.

(Book Review) X-15 Diary: The Story of America’s First Space Ship

In 1960, twenty years before the Space Shuttle, NASA launched another manned, airplane-shaped spacecraft to the fringes of space. Neil Armstrong was one of its pilots.

Fall 2016 SF Anime Preview

A look at what's coming your way from the anime world in October.

Astronaut Mae Jemison: Flew on Space Shuttle and The Starship Enterprise

Astronaut Mae Jemison has flown in space on both the NASA Space Shuttle and on the Starship Enterprise. And, along the way, she became the first female African American astronaut to travel into orbit.

David A. Kyle 1919 – 2016

A giant of the field is no longer with us.