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FULL STEAM BEHIND! COLUMN 17 REVISITED

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!

CONVENTION REVIEW (SORT OF): NORWESCON 42

This week Steve comments at length on a convention he missed most of. He hopes to obfuscate that fact with verbiage.

SOMETHING FISHY: AQUAMAN MOVIE REVIEW (SPOILERS)

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!

Larry Niven Predicted it – Iran may have the solution to...

Legalizing the sale of human organs could save lives.

Estrategias de legitimación de la ciencia ficción en Cuba: estudio de...

A discussion of three periods in Cuban science fiction.

Review: Twelve Days by Steven Barnes

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.

On Ecology, Women and Science Fiction: Part 2, Praxis

Nina Munteanu explores issue surrounding eco-fiction and optimistic science fiction with four female speculative fiction authors and/or publishers.

WRITING 101: WHERE DO I SEND THE SF/F BOOK I JUST...

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!

MOVIE REVIEW and a TV Pilot: CHAPPIE, AN UNDERRATED SF MOVIE,...

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!

OPUS 100: A GOOD BOOK and a MOVIE

Steve reaches a milestone 100 columns, and reviews the new Writers of the Future anthology and the film Big Hero 6.

REVIEWS: An Hilarious Short Story, a Horrific Movie, and a Book

Why do the short story and the movie get adjectives in the title, but not the book? Steve tells why.

Review: New Life and New Civilizations (ed.) Joseph F. Berenato

The history of Star Trek comics. (We've got one coming that's not in the book!)

The 72nd Worldcon Voters will Forge History

The Hugos are upon us. RK gives you even more (and better reasons) to join up and vote!

AMAZING NEWS: June 29, 2014

Amazing News isn't always amazing...sometimes it's just Startling, or merely Astounding, or somewhat Thrilling...or maybe even Unknown....

Scide Splitters: Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies by SF Masters edited by Philip...

Scide Splitters reviews an anthology from the 1970s featuring some of the most prominent names in SF humor at the time.

The Artful Collector: Where Are They Now? Spotlight on “Jael”

A conference on alien contact inspires a change in careers

The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need...

World building requires art AND science. Nina takes us through a primer.

Star Trek, The Empire

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.

An Anniversary and a Convention Cold…

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.

After-Action Report: DragonCon 2013, Atlanta, GA

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!

The Dangers of Crosstime Travel

Discovering and exploring a multiverse can be an exciting, adventure-filled journey. Be warned. There are dangers lurking in the multiverse
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Interview with SFWA Grand Master Frederik Pohl

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...

Scide Splitters: The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven & Matthew Joseph...

Larry Niven has a long history of successful collaborative fiction and The Goliath Stone is no exception. I expect, however, the reception of this...

What is the Vampire of Science Fiction?

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...
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Hugo by the Numbers Part 2

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...

A Fan’s History – Part 3

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...

Introduction to SFF – 1 – The Mysterious Ms X

In the 1970s, we lived in Vienna for five wonderful years. I loved it, but all my experiences fall into one mental time frame,...

Book Review: The Man-Kzin Wars – 25th Anniversary Edition – Created...

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...

Scide Splitters: The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold & Larry Niven

One of the challenges of being a fan of humorous science fiction is finding enough quality material to satisfy the appetite, so it is...

From the In Box 4/18/13

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