Top 25 Posts Of All Time

Here’s a round-up of our most read posts from December of 2012 until now.

To date, Amazing Stories has published 10,746 articles by some 181 different contributors, read (at least some of them) by 43,236 registered members (and an untold number of others because all of our content (with rare exception owing to rights issues) is freely available.

The Ten Greatest Wizards of All Time

A bit problematic, this list. My experience with wizards tells me they are a fickle lot and prone to hubris. And they have powers….Perhaps ranking them might not be such a good idea….

by R. K. Troughton


The Best YouTube Channels for History Nerds

Youtube channels for alternate historians.

by Matt Mitrovitch

El mito y significado moderno: El saludo Vulcano

Erin reprises her article about the connections between Yoga and the Vulcan hand gesture – in Spanish!

by Erin Wilcox


Where does real life imitate the fantastic? This week Steve checks in with Steve Carell and Mark Hogancamp for the answer.

by Steve Fahnestalk

REVIEW: The Heat, Amazing Stories 2020, Season 1, Episode 2.

Thoughts on the show so far, and a review of the latest episode.

by Steve Davidson

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price: the actors who defined a genre

The legacy of Cushing, Lee and Price

by Darren Slade

El Reino de AV-LES

Joaquin Cervantes Bassoco, one of Mexico’s most renowned artists, inspired Galaviz with his BATU comic.

by Galaviz Yeverino

Big Brain Aliens

Look at the aliens from This Island Earth. If they are so smart, why are the denizens of Metaluna all such big headed pricks?

by M. D. Jackson


Time to leave the hustle and bustle of the future city behind, and delve into the deeps of the fantastic imagination. I’ll be looking at some aquatic creatures in this installment. Mermaids, for the most part.

Mermaids are scantily clad by definition, and they are traditionally associated with seduction: therefore, there is an abundance of images which do little more than indulge in female scantily-cladness for the sake of the predominantly male beholder. I’ve tried to steer away from those. I’ve also tried to steer away from the barbiedollish whimsy – a la Disney’s “Arielle” – which is the second most represented category.

by Astrid Nilsch

Books That Never Were – Farewell Atlantis

Taking a look at fiction within fiction: literary works that has appeared in books or movies, but never published in the real world.

by Ricky L. Brown

El Güije, el cagüeyro, la tatagua y otros seres de la mitología cubana

Examples of Cuban mythological creatures and their myths.

by Ricardo Acevedo

The Illustrated Dune (or, Why I Hate Sam Weber)

Frank Herbert’s Dune has been a favorite subject for science fiction illustrators for years. Now Sam Weber is about to release a new illustrated edition.

by M. D. Jackson

I, Rocket by Ray Bradbury with an Introduction by JM Stine

A thing of steel and alloy—a rocket ship. Yet it claimed respect and gave a great enduring loyalty.

by Ray Bradbury & J. M. Stine

Alternate Israels: Five Historical Proposals for a Jewish Homeland

Before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, there were a bunch of other plans – Uganda, Alaska, even China! Matt details the possibilities and their alternate future consequences.

by Matt Mitrovich


Bad marks for the season finale of Amazing Stories

by Steve Davidson

Shuttle Astronaut Mike Mullane Describes Orbiter Damage on STS-27 (Atlantis 1988) & STS-107 (Columbia 2003)

Guest blogger veteran Shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane weighs in on the severe impact damage to Atlantis on his own 1988 flight (STS-27) and to Columbia’s disastrous flight in 2003 (STS-107)

(Note: Much of Jack Clemons featured column series, of which this post was one, have been incorporated into the book Safely To Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home)

by Mick Mullane & Jack Clemons

The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke

Now there are classic science fiction stories, and then there are classic science fiction stories used by educators to introduce young impressionable readers and writers to the age old argument of science and religion.

by Ricky L. Brown

Was John W. Campbell a F***ing Fascist, or Merely a Fascist?

Well, now you know which side of this debate I come down on. Thoughts on Jeannette Ng’s (well deserved) Best New Writer (not a Hugo) Award

by Steve Davidson

The Metal Man by Jack Williamson

To say Hugo Gernsback was a visionary is an understatement. His recognition of potential in young writers provided years of literary brilliance enjoyed by generations of fandom. In the December 1928 issue of Amazing Stories Magazine, the short story The Metal Man by 20 year old Jack Williamson was his first publication, launching the memorable career of an award winning literary legend whose career spanned over 75 years.

by Ricky L. Brown

Invasive Procedures (Not for the Squeamish)

It’s cast iron stomach time as Mr. Jackson related a recent medical adventure to some SF scenes we’d probably like to forget.

by M.D. Jackson

THE BIG BANG THEORY RECAP: Season 8, Episode 17: The Colonization Application

This episode really puts the sex into the Big Bang…Theory.

by Steven H Silver

There Are No Photos of Neil Armstrong on the Moon?

There were no useable photos taken of Neil Armstrong during his Apollo 11 walk on the Moon.

by Jack Clemons

Debunking Lolita Fashion and the American Otaku Myth

Author’s Note: This article deals with defining the differences between Lolita fashion and the “lolita complex.”  As such, there is some discussion of sexuality and pedophilia, which may not be appropriate for children under a certain age.  Please read with the understanding that the author does NOT in any way condone pedophilia, and merely wants to point out the grave injustice of subjecting entire groups of women – and anime fans – to a complex they do not wish to be a part of.  That all being said, this post will not deal with explicit material in any form, because the author just downright doesn’t like that sort of thing in the least.

by Morgana Santilli

Top 10 Once Upon a Time Villains

Once Upon a Time is the great Disney show that brings all of the characters we know and love from many classic fairytales. With every fairytale there is a hero and often a damsel in distress, but what really makes these classic stories is their villains. So here are the top 10 villains that we’ve seen so far in this show.

by Samantha Henry

Judging Book Covers: Have Spacesuit – Will Travel

Like I always say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its various covers, and certainly not a classic like Robert A. Heinlein’s Have Space Suit – Will Travel.

by M. D. Jackson

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