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David A. Kyle 1919 – 2016

A giant of the field is no longer with us.

Anna Fisher: Astronaut, Physician (and Rock Band Icon?)

Anna Fisher is an emergency physician, a Shuttle flight veteran, and the longest serving American astronaut. And one photo of her has gone viral!

Astronaut Rhea Seddon: The First Female Surgeon In Space

On Rhea Seddon's Space Shuttle flights her training as a medical doctor was pivotal.

The Very First….

A bit of history and an interesting take on the development of the genre.


News from Ansible...new book...trademarks...all from across the Big Pond!

Eileen Collins: The First Woman Space Shuttle Commander

With the launch of Columbia on July 23, 1999, Eileen Collins became the first woman astronaut assigned Commander of a Space Shuttle mission.

The Mercury 13: NASA’s Secret Women Astronauts in 1961?

In 1961, 13 exceptionally experienced women aviators performed well in tests developed for NASA astronauts. None of them were selected as astronauts.

Top 10 Young Adult Books You Need To Read By Fall

Now that summer is winding down a bit, it's time to start stocking up for winter reading - or - you're TBR pile is just not tall enough!

Sally Ride: First American Woman In Space

Sally Ride was one of the first six women NASA astronauts in 1978. All six made it into space.

Italian Astronaut Captain Samantha Cristoforetti

ISS Astronaut Captain Samantha Cristoforetti is one of the first women fighter pilots in the Italian Air Force, logging over 500 flight hours on six types of aircraft. She's also a big SF fan!

Preview Review: Altered States of the Union – What America Could...

Preview of the upcoming crowdfunded anthology

The Clubhouse; Zine Reviews: “Our eldritch past.”

“This magazine was produced in Canada, on Canadian Paper, by Canadians.”

Lazy Editorial

Lazy (tired) editor = a review of our accomplishments.

Why was Early Comic Book Art so Crude? (Part 1)

Why was early comic book art so crude? It wasn't all the artist's fault....

Retro Read: A Matter for Men: War Against the Chtorr...

A Method For Madness, book 5 in the War Against the Chtorr series will soon be released. It's time to take a look at books 1 thru 4.

Astronaut Mike Mullane on Astronauts Getting the Bends

Not just scuba divers, but spacewalking astronauts could also experience decompression sickness. i.e. "the bends"

Asni’s Art Blog: Matariki

Happy New Year from New Zealand!

Shuttle Astronaut Mike Mullane on the Apollo 1 Fire

Astronaut Mike Mullane has some insights into the ramifications of the Apollo 1 fire. Also, Gus Grissom was buried at West Point and as a cadet Mike marched in his funeral.

The Apollo 1 Fire: “Tough and Competent”

NASA's "Failure Is Not An Option" culture was born three days after the Apollo 1 fire.

Blast From the Past: Suncon the 35th Worldcon, Hugo Awards...

Audio presentation of the 1977 Hugo Awards - including the naming of names

The Clubhouse; Fanzine Reviews: 1952 Worldcon: Deros Among Us.

Part 2 of Fanzine review: OPUS #20 Opus (V.2 #7 Whole Number #20) January 1953 Faned: W. Max Keasler Of supreme interest (to me at least) is...

AMAZING THINGS: Pedro Paulet’s Torpedo Plane

Before von Braun, before even Goddard, there was Pedro Paulet, the Boy Who Dreamed of the Moon


2016 takes its toll

The Apollo 1 Fire: Failure Was An Option

"NASA believed that necessary and sufficient action had been taken to prevent a fire. Of course, all ignition sources had not been eliminated.”

The Clubhouse; Fanzine Reviews: 1952 Worldcon: What was it like?

Con report via the fanzine time machine

The Apollo 1 Fire: “I’m burning up!”

“Hey!” and Ed White broadcast, "I've got a fire in the cockpit!" The Apollo outer hull ruptured and all three astronauts were dead.

Kids These Days….

Sometimes, it really was worse in the olden days.

It’s Almost That Time Again

Today: Learn a little about the history and background of the Hugo Awards.

The Apollo 1 Fire: Not The First Apollo Astronauts To Die...

Grissom, White and Chaffee weren't the first Apollo astronauts to die on the job. Four died in NASA training jet accidents. Why didn't they get more attention?

Tesla’s Wildest Energy Endeavors

Nikola Tesla: Science Advisor to Hugo Gernsback and inventor of...a few important things.