I saw two nearly identical movies filmed a year apart (1950 and 1951), but they were different enough to be interesting in an “old sci-fi” way. B-movies, but very much S-F and very much of their time.
Remembrance/Veterans’ Day! Today Steve remembers a trip to the hometown of the Dean of SF Writers, Robert Anson Heinlein, himself a veteran of the US Navy (both Steve and RAH). It was an interesting pilgrimage.
Ah, conventions… and nametags—they go together like ham & swiss cheese! I’ve bookended my convention experiences in a way by showing a 38-year-old Spokon nametag and a new Spocon 2022 tag! Read the column to find out more.
El ecuatoriano Richard Cedeño Menéndez explora la ciencia ficción con una nueva obra Voces del firmamento, que además tiene un subtítulo: El resurgimiento de las ánimas probablemente anunciando que su novela podría ser el inicio […]
Defiler of Memories (Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Quito, 2016) by Oliver Vera Barberán is a YA, debut science fiction novel
Venus. Following the recent report of life-chemicals found in its atmosphere, is it any wonder that we’re all thinking swampy things again?
Steve starts a two-part review of the July-August issue of F&SF—the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It’s a very good magazine!
In the first of two columns, Steve deconstructs and reviews James Cameron’s “Aliens,” the first sequel in what proved to be a profitable franchise. What’s he got to say? Read it and find out!
In this redo of his fifth column from 2013, Steve talks about visiting Butler, Missouri, the town where Robert A. Heinlein was born. Are they proud of him? Heck, yes!
Don’t they read Heinlein? Moon colonies are largely sublunarian…and besides, everyone on the planet could fit on the island of Zanzibar if they’d all just exhale….
Steve reviews part of the first volume of a classic set of SF anthologies. What’s up with only reviewing part of a book? Read it and find out!
This week after an absence, Steve talks about Mars as myth, especially as portrayed by Leigh Brackett. Which do YOU prefer? Myth or science fact?
This week Steve repurposes and re-edits an old column, hoping it will be new to at least some of you. It’s all about conventions and nametags, anyway, so if you’re not interested, go watch the snow or something.
(Ed’s inside joke: No orcas yet…)
Edward Willett is an Aurora Award-winning SF writer from Regina, Saskatchewan. He’s got two new collections out: one of SF/F poetry, and one of SF/F stories. Steve likes them!
A March roundup, in which Amazing Stories is prominent, numerous reviews are written and film and fandom are discussed.
This week is movie week—a fantasy over a century old, and a brand new science fiction. Both are very good for their time, Steve thinks—see what you think!
Dr. Stephen Hawking and Science fiction: “I read a lot of science fiction when I was a teenager…”
This week, Steve reviews the Sept./Oct. 2017 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, their 68th anniversary issue. And finds it good to read!
An overview of the theory and practice of Spanish language neo-indigenous science fiction.
Steve gives us two reviews today—one a very enjoyable book; and the other a movie. Whether you enjoy that one or not is up to you… but be aware, Tom Cruise is in it!
Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin mixes historical global perception with the fictional absurdity of the military sciences dictated by a political climate that we can only hope is purely satirical.
Steve tells you where to get a free SF book and revisits/rewrites an old column dealing with Worldcons and nametags and such.
Following on the heels of his Heinlein columns, Steve decides to retro review The Door Into Summer. Is it worth reading? Well… that depends. Read this and find out.
This week, Steve continues his romp into his past by talking about Robert A. Heinlein, E.E. “Doc” Smith’s daughter, Verna Smith Trestrail; and MosCon 1, back in 1979.
Steve looks at Robert A. Heinlein’s SF (and his use of nudity and sex in his SF) then touches on some other classic SF authors’ way of “doing it.” Is Heinlein still worth reading? See for yourself!
This week, Steve tries to go Back to the Future but ends up in the past, where he meets Spider and Jeanne Robinson as well as Robert and Virginia Heinlein! Come with him and see!
This week, Steve reviews the new F. Paul Wilson book, and finds it a thrilling, fast-paced read. If you’ve never read any of F. Paul Wilson’s books, this would be a great one to start with!
Star Trek was the first science fiction television show to deal seriously with multiculturalism and the “other.”
Steve reviews the current F&SF. It’s still a great magazine! Get it now while it’s still on the stands!
Moonwalk by H. B. Fyfe is science fiction’s short story equivalent of Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea, minus all of the fanfare and accolades.