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When Science Fiction IS Science Fiction

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It is a profound mistake to interpret the genre of science fiction literally

Introduction to SFF – 7 – Grandmasters

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Who are your Grandmasters of Science Fiction?

Dreams and Perceptions…The Stuff of Science Fiction

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I firmly believe that we ultimately define ourselves through our experience and our approach of the unfamiliar. A new relationship. A stranger in town. A different culture. An alien encounter…

Introduction to SFF – 4- Slick

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After I was introduced to pulp magazines in the 70s and read Isaac Asimov's stories of his encounters with John Campbell back in the...
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Interview with SFWA Grand Master Frederik Pohl

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Today we are joined by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master Frederik Pohl. Frederik was one of those wild-eyed youths...

IT’S (NOT) ROCKET SCIENCE: Does Science Fiction Matter?

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It sure does to me.  It's the reason I worked on Apollo. When President John F. Kennedy gave his “We choose to go to the Moon” speech...

What is the Vampire of Science Fiction?

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I'm not talking about the salt vampire of Star Trek or anything so literal. I'm talking about vampires in the sense that they fill...

Introduction to SFF – 2 – Pulp

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I learned a lot about pulp magazines from the early Asimov. To be precise, from The Early Asimov. I'd encountered a few samples of...

A Fan’s History – Part 4 – A Visit with Heinlein

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Let’s give cons a rest for a bit and talk about one of science fiction’s greatest writers. Terms like “greatest writers” are usually somewhat...

Interview with SFWA Grand Master James Gunn

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Today we are joined by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master James Gunn (also James E. Gunn). James writes, edits,...

Liftoff Scratched for SF Authors Stamps

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The countdown has been halted for issuing U.S. stamps honoring science fiction authors, which initially was set for July. According to Linn’s Stamp News, a...

Un Diálogo ameno con Daína Chaviano por M. C. Carper

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Daína Chaviano – Escritora cubana de Cf y Fantasía - Premio Internacional de Fantasía Goliardos (México), Premio Azorín de Novela, Medalla de Oro en...

An Introduction to the Empire’s Corps

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When I was a child, I read the Foundation series and it left a great impression on me. (It must have done; collapsing galactic...

Anniversary by Isaac Asimov

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The short story Anniversary by Isaac Asimov is an example of life imitating art and an imaginative author’s ability to predict some of the technical advancements and legal issues of over fifty years in the future.

Marooned off Vesta by Isaac Asimov

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Marooned off Vesta was Asimov’s first published story, appearing in the March 1939 issue of Amazing Stories. The story, and the story behind the story, is an example of man’s will and determination to to never give up.

How Young is a Young Adult?

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The science fiction novels I read as a teen weren’t written for that age group. The themes were adult, as were the character...

Electrons for Everyone

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As I sit wandering the internet for fresh tidbits of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, I find them flourishing everywhere. Perhaps flourishing is not...

Eric Brown Interview

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Eric Brown is the author of over forty books including Helix and Kethani. His latest novel, The Serene Invasion features an eerie conquest of...

Cities in Science Fiction

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The events in Boston at the beginning of this week were an awful tragedy and, naturally all our hearts go out to the victims....

Robots and Cyborgs and Androids, Oh My!

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Author's Note: Last week I wrote about one of my favorite Star Wars characters, Admiral Motti played by Richard LeParmentier. It is with disappointment...

Amazing News, Friday, April 12, 2013

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The Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UC Riverside commenced yesterday;  Amazing Stories has been carrying advertising for the program for the past several months. ...

No. 12 Alfred Elgin van Vogt, Weapons Masters, and The Big...

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$1995.00. For 15 pages. That's how much a copy of A. E. van Vogt's speech, Tomorrow on the March, goes for today. He delivered this...

How Science Fiction Can Save the World

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

No. 10 Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and...

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No. 10 - 2013Mar10 – Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Self-Reliance. As a Navy man, Heinlein recruited Isaac Asimov and L....

BLUE PENCILS AND BLOODY SWORDS: EDITORS OF S&S

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It's easy to discuss authors for their contributions are evident. You just have to read the stories. The great editors are harder to corral,...

An Interview with Stephanie Osborne

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Adam Gaffen for Amazing Stories: Welcome!  It seems appropriate that there's a science fiction author who is a rocket scientist; how did one lead...

Review: The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

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Alright we are back with my coverage on SF detectives and we return with the classic SF/mystery novel, written by the grand-daddy of SF...
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No.8 Isaac Asimov, Psychohistory, Robot Crimes, and Positronic Brains.

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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...

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

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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...

Crossroads: A Genre Darkly

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World-building, extrapolation, analogy, conceptual breakthrough, thought experiment - these are science fiction's basic methods. Other genres might occasionally borrow them, but SF has sharpened them to a razor's edge. So what happens when this set of tools works alongside the themes, styles, and plot structures of noir?