Steve does his usual roundup of all of 2020’s columns (well, just the ones he wrote). And he does a bit of self-promotion. See the featured image!
For his 263rd column, Steve revisits and rewrites one of his first “new” columns for Amazing, six years ago. If you missed it, now’s your chance to catch up!
This week Steve comments at length on a convention he missed most of. He hopes to obfuscate that fact with verbiage.
Steve is not a big fan of the movie Aquaman. In fact, he’s not even a little fan of Aquaman; he thinks the movie s(t)inks!
Legalizing the sale of human organs could save lives.
A discussion of three periods in Cuban science fiction.
Twelve Days by Steven Barnes is a thriller, pure and simple. A good measure for new readers to discover the author’s writing style and skill.
Nina Munteanu explores issue surrounding eco-fiction and optimistic science fiction with four female speculative fiction authors and/or publishers.
If you’d love to sell your new book to one of the big SF print publishers, Steve–with a little help from his friends–tells you how to start!
Steve returns with two reviews: a film and a TV pilot. The film’s a good one; the pilot not so much. See what you think!
Steve reaches a milestone 100 columns, and reviews the new Writers of the Future anthology and the film Big Hero 6.
Why do the short story and the movie get adjectives in the title, but not the book? Steve tells why.
The history of Star Trek comics. (We’ve got one coming that’s not in the book!)
The Hugos are upon us. RK gives you even more (and better reasons) to join up and vote!
Amazing News isn’t always amazing…sometimes it’s just Startling, or merely Astounding, or somewhat Thrilling…or maybe even Unknown….
Scide Splitters reviews an anthology from the 1970s featuring some of the most prominent names in SF humor at the time.
A conference on alien contact inspires a change in careers
World building requires art AND science. Nina takes us through a primer.
In Star Trek: TOS, the episode Mirror, Mirror introduced us to an alternate universe featuring an Earth dominated empire. Star Trek ‘the Franchise’ has managed to pull that same feat off in the real world.
I found out just yesterday from the Internet Speculative Fiction Database that November 1979 marks the first fan column I ever published in Amazing magazine, the print version. My column was titled “Fans, Prose and Cons”—a somewhat obvious three-way pun. That means it’s been 34 years since I started writing for this magazine.
DragonCon is hot, sweaty, tiring, demanding, has endless lines, can feel like a badly-run fire drill – and one of my favorite weekends of all time!
Discovering and exploring a multiverse can be an exciting, adventure-filled journey. Be warned. There are dangers lurking in the multiverse
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 who through force of will and determination spread science fiction across the world. Even today, his sweat still marks the hammer and anvil that forged the industry. Across his career, he […]
Larry Niven has a long history of successful collaborative fiction and The Goliath Stone is no exception. I expect, however, the reception of this novel will be mixed because the authors dared blaspheme one of today’s most sacred cows, but more on that later. Niven’s partner this time is Matthew Joseph Harrington whose work so […]
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 fantasy and horror in a continuing and ubiquitous fashion despite being done to death (so to speak), and that there is at least one candidate for the equivalent in science fiction. […]
Let this serve as your reminder that final ballots for the 2013 Hugo Awards are due today. (07/31/13) With that in mind, I bring you my continued parade of Hugo Award statistics from across the years. This latest installment includes statistics from the other three fiction categories: Best Short Story, Best Novelette, and Best Novella. […]
And I’m still not done talking about cons! Continuing with our talk about cons that have grown out of the SF con, we have things like Steampunk and Anime cons. Steampunk arose from the idea that if science had been a bit more like today’s science in the 19th century, perhaps powered by steam instead […]
In the 1970s, we lived in Vienna for five wonderful years. I loved it, but all my experiences fall into one mental time frame, and I have trouble remembering what came first. So, I know that I was reading whatever was on my parents’ shelves, including a lot of Gogol, Dickens, and, for reasons known […]
The Man-Kzin Wars – 25th Anniversary Edition – Created by Larry Niven Baen Books – 2013 ISBN-13: 978-1451639001 (Trade paperback) This is a reissue of the very first volume in the Man-Kzin Wars series created by Larry Niven and James Baen back in 1988. James Baen and Larry Niven conjured up the shared-world concept with […]
One of the challenges of being a fan of humorous science fiction is finding enough quality material to satisfy the appetite, so it is always a pleasure when I find an older book that I’ve overlooked for one reason or another. I only recently came to realize that The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold and […]