Robert A. Heinlein

The Iron Man Cometh

Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do not fear for your personal safety, as I will take great care to observe the rules of hospitality during your visit.  As I am a certifiable Tech Geek, I will spend […]

Amazing News, Friday, April 12, 2013

The Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UC Riverside commenced yesterday;  Amazing Stories has been carrying advertising for the program for the past several months.  This years headliners are Larry Niven, David Brin and Gregory Benford – futurists all.  The conference will also be awarding three Lifetime Achievement Awards to Harry Harryhausen (animation master – King […]

Amazing News March 21, 2013

Our Own Felicity Savage is profiled in Lightspeed Magazine Shared Worlds, the Teen Writing Camp has launched its registration drive The April issue of Playboy has a story featuring the Manana Literary Society, a writer’s group whose membership once included Heinlein The latest attempt to destroy Tokyo has begun: Godzilla returns The folks at Futurismic […]

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

No. 10 – 2013Mar10 – Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Self-Reliance. As a Navy man, Heinlein recruited Isaac Asimov and L. Sprague de Camp into working at the Philadelphia Navy Shipyard. Like Asimov, Heinlein worked with Astounding Science Fiction magazine editor John W. Campbell, Jr. After selling Life-Line (1940 to Campbell), […]

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Crossroads: Riding into Space – Westerns and Speculative Fiction

March is here, and that means it is time to move into a new Crossroads series. For some reason, March always brings to mind melting snow, spring’s inexorable creep across the plains, cold mountains withstanding the coming warmth. In other words, March puts me in a western frame of mind. Which is why this month, […]

The Princess Bride: Is this a Kissing Book?

Crossroads: Is this a Kissing Book? SFF’s Relationship with Romance

Whenever I think of speculative fiction’s relationship to romance, I am always reminded of that scene in The Princess Bride where Fred Savage’s character interrupts his grandpa and – voice dripping with scorn – asks: “Is this a kissing book?” The implication is that romance is antithetical to the cool stuff at the heart of […]

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and The Evil They Can Cause.

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 wearing a “Q,” with an arrow pointing forward, suspended from a thin, silver chain around his neck. He believed in questioning our assumptions. He would push further inquiry by suggesting that […]

Apollo’s Outcasts Brings Back the Space Adventure

Finally, we have an author not afraid to approach fresh innovative science fiction with an old-school style. Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele is an inspiring throwback to the youthful excitement of space travel carved out by the likes of Robert A. Heinlein. It is complex mixture of innocence with the naïve perspective of children living […]