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MOVIE REVIEW: Would Scarlett Johansson get UNDER your SKIN?

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Even Scarlett Johansson parading naked across the screen can not save Under the Skin.

CLASSIC SF MOVIES #2: George Pal’s Destination Moon

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Steve reviews a seminal classic: Destination Moon, the first Hollywood SF blockbuster that respected both science and science fiction.

MOVIE REVIEW: Does TRANSCENDENCE transcend its genre?

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Does the movie Transcendence transcend the "sci-fi" label? Steve checks it out.

IT’S COMING! A Review of SHARKNADO! and a hint….

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Steve takes on SyFy and Sharknado--with a glimpse of Sharknado 2!

LEGO MOVIE vs. WRECK-IT RALPH: “You Gotta Have Heart!”

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The Lego Movie is out on DVD--does it lack heart? Steve tells all.

Have YOU ever seen FORBIDDEN PLANET?

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Steve revisits one of SF's all-time classic movies!

BOOK REVIEW: Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes

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Steve examines Stephen King's new--and unique!--novel, Mr. Mercedes.

MOVIE REVIEW—X-MEN: Days of Future Past

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Steve reviews X-Men: Days of Future Past, and finds it good.

MY YEAR IN REVIEW—Looking Backward and Forward!

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Steve celebrates his first year of blogging for Amazing Stories online.

MOVIE REVIEW: Robocop the Remake—Good, Bad or Ugly?

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Robocop 2014: better than the original? Or worse?

MORE ON THE RAH FRONT: Robert A. Heinlein, continued

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Alexei Panshin is a well-known critic/reviewer of Heinlein and his works

Heinlein’s YA Novels From Scribners and Other Things, continued

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Heinlein's YA (Juvenile) work is still generating praise and controversy.

BOOK REVIEW: The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol....

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Does Macy's tell Gimbels? This week a review of the upcoming "Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction Vol. 2"

BOOK REVIEW: “The Alphabet Stones” by Ursula Pflug

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A YA fantasy that is for adults and accessible to teens; about a young woman who might be living in two worlds. And if so, are either or both real? Which one?

MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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How does Stiller's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty stack up against Danny Kaye's original version, and with James Thurber's original story?

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S JUVENILES: Are they still good? (Part Two of...

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Steve posits some similarities between Robert A. Heinlein and Captain America in this continuation of his examination of the RAH "juveniles".

MOVIE REVIEW: Dean Koontz’s ODD THOMAS

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Dean Koontz has had more of his novels filmified than Demon Seed. Bet you didn't know that.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S JUVENILES: Are they still good? (Part One)

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I seem to be unable to do single columns about stuff I’m passionate about. Heinlein is no exception. Robert A. Heinlein, who was characterized...

SOME OF THE BEST YA SF EVER: The “Winston YAs” Part...

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The Winston SF series - part two - in all it's juvenile glory. Steve has some good info on how to obtain copies, reprints and replacement dust jackets.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games Part Two: Catching Fire

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It’s becoming increasingly obvious that we’re approaching the kind of TV pictured in Robocop or Kornbluth’s The Marching Morons. Whether it’s “I’d buy that for a dollar” or “Would you buy that for a quarter?” there’s a level of “entertainment” in movies and television which I and a bunch of others—I hope you're one of them, too—don’t find particularly entertaining.

SOME OF THE BEST YA SF EVER: The “Winston Juveniles”—Part One

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Back in the Good Old (or Bad, depends on your point of view) Days, fiction—especially SF—that was written for a teen audience was called...

ACE Doubles and Some Amazing Illustrators Part Two

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This week's piece covers the remainder of the main ACE Doubles cover artists and illustrators.

ACE Doubles and Some Amazing Illustrators Part One

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The art work gracing the covers of (most) Ace doubles was credited, another debt we owe Donald A. Wollheim.

ROBERT E. HOWARD and the Many Faces of CONAN

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Conan, from Weird Tales to remakes - with a dash or two of Frazetta thrown in for verisimilitude.

PAPERBACKS: ACE Doubles, “D-Series,” the “Good Old Stuff”

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Ahh nostalgia. For a book series? Certainly, so long as its the tete-beche wonder of the Ace Double. Two books in one! Steve waxes eloquent on a reading experience that is sadly largely forgotten.

MOVIE REVIEW: Europa Report

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A review of the shaky-cam SF space adventure Europa Report

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!...

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Steve discusses both super and non-super flying heroes - Commando Cody, Captain Marvel and Superman. Who didn't want a rocket pack when they were growing up? Towels worn as capes just don't seem to be able to get the job done!

The Other Victoria: Steampunk’s Queen

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Was it Colonel Mustard in the arboretum with the steam shovel? Steve participates in a steampunk murder mystery evening.

Concise Convention Report and Some Other Thoughts

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A con report from deep in the heart of Rustycon 31

The Movie Serials: All in Black and White for a Dime!

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What do Captain America, Buck Rogers, Batman, Flash Gordon, the Green Hornet and Gene Autrey have in common? They've all appeared in serials!