The Empire Strikes Back

Winter is Coming

George R.R. Martin might have reminded us that winter is coming, but we already knew that. As a fan of science fiction, sometimes that which is not reality is what keeps us most warm throughout the harshness of winter. ‘Tis the season!

It’s All My Fault – An Apology

Another summer of cinematic wilderness is drawing to a close and I owe you all a big apology. Why? Because I am responsible for the terrible state of mainstream American cinema today.

A Fan’s History, Part 1

I’m going to assume that you are a science fiction reader of some kind, since you’re here at Amazing Stories magazine’s website. Are you a science fiction fan? (I’m going to abbreviate it “SF” to save time, and if not specifically mentioned, I include fantasy in that abbreviation.) What do I mean by “fan”? For […]

Jingoism and the Culture of Fear in Star Trek Into Darkness

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cn4A5IZg1k&w=570&h=321] Having seen Star Trek Into Darkness twice now, and having very much enjoyed it, my aim is to avoid spoilers here whenever possible, for the sake of those readers who might intend to see the film but haven’t gotten around to it yet. That said, if you’re really worried about it, I’d say […]