Ten Totally Illogical Science Fiction Premises

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Over on my own blog I wrote about eight science fiction tropes of convenience, mainly about unlikely or impossible technology or assumptions that are...

Various and Sundry Science Fiction Poetry

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Welcome back! I have a bit of a hodge-podge for you today. The interview with Bruce Boston has been postponed for two weeks -...

A DOCTOR FOR THE ENTERPRISE: New Art, New Pages

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Troy Boyle reports that he's been sending completed pages to the inkers, letterers,colorers and who knows who else at a breakneck pace!  We're closing...
Paranormal Romance Readership

Crossroads: Science Fiction Romance – A Niche Before Its Time?

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Last week, we talked about paranormal romance and the ways in which it uses longstanding cultural archetypes (vampires, werewolves, etc.) to explore power, sexuality,...

The Chocolate Teapots of the 21st Century

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Looking back at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster of 3/11/2011, I ask more questions about Japanese robotics. Baudrillard and M. John Harrison are roped in to help. Also, we bought a Roomba.

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

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On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....

Characters: Ned Henry from To Say Nothing of the Dog

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I’ve just finished reading To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I’m a fan. There are far too few comedies within SF/F,...

Mouldy Old History

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For a number of years I wrote The Crotchety Old Fan blog.  One of my favorite posts to write was finding new and interesting...

Top Ten RPG Game Systems of All Time

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Pull the blinds and turn off the phone, it’s time to head to the Game Room and lock in on some hardcore meta-gaming action. ...

No. 7 Andre Norton, Telepaths, Telempathic Animals, and The Entrepreneurial Spacer.

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2013Feb17 - Time spent in front of a computer will suck you into a rift in the space-time continuum. You doubt this? Leave a...

What Science Fiction Lacks

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Good criticism and brave critics. That’s what the science fiction field lacks. For decades now, most book reviews with in the field rarely give honest assessments...

A Broader View of Science-Fiction Poetry

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Paul Cook’s essay on the badness of SF poetry makes a few good points—while being woefully clueless in other respects. As someone with a...

SF Weapons 101: An Introduction

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Retro Raygun by Donsolo   Science Fiction from its earliest incarnations has always featured some sort of futuristic weaponry. From H.G. Wells’ martian heat-ray to the...

The Fed Puts Stamps of Approval on Science Fiction Authorship

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Sometime after John W. Campbell died in 1971, a few science fiction fans launched a campaign requesting that the U.S. Postal Service issue a...

Halo Jones Interview with Ian Gibson

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Before From Hell, before Watchmen, before The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, there was The Ballad of Halo Jones. Co-created by writer Alan Moore and artist Ian Gibson, Halo Jones was a...

The Difference Between Thinking Like a Scientist and a Science Fiction...

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I was in graduate school for astronomy when I started taking writing seriously. The first stories I wrote that were any good and started...

Interview: John DeNardo of SF Signal

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SF Signal is a phenomenon.  This past year at the Chicon 7 Worldcon, the website was nominated in two categories - Best Fanzine and...

T*Zers: David Gerrold’s – Doctor on the Enterprise

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Earlier this week we warned you that today Amazing Stories would be teasing the heck out of you and everyone else in the science...

I, Shebot

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If this photo gives you the creeps, congratulations, you may be human. But in another few years, it may not be so easy to tell. And as usual, science fiction is largely to blame.

Resident Evil

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There are some people who think that a movie based on a video game should automatically be considered mindless trash. Good science fiction movies,...

Some shows get cancelled before their time

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I always hate getting in to  a show and then it suddenly gets cancelled before it gets to even begin its story (Firefly is...

When Hollywood Attacks!

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There was no movie in 2012 that I looked forward to seeing more than Prometheus.  It was being produced by Ridley Scott, the same...

Amazing Stories to Publish David Gerrold Comic Script: Star Trek &...

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Ok, I'll say it, if only to keep up with the current trend on the site:  The Experimenter Publishing Company is pleased to bring...

No. 6 – Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and...

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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...

Why Science Fiction Poetry is Embarrassingly Bad

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I have been bothered for a long time by what passes for science fiction poetry, at least the kinds of “verse” (I use the...

Apollo’s Outcasts Brings Back the Space Adventure

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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...

Christopher Nolan’s Inception as Shamanic Psychodrama

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A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing which films should be considered science fiction and which shouldn’t. He claimed comic book/superhero...

Invasion of the Movie Snatchers

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We live in a cinematic age of remakes, reboots and re-imaginings. Even new movies like The Hobbit feel like pictures that have gone before....

Is Science Killing Science Fiction?

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Gregory Benford shared this on facebook, asking if this notion was true: Strahan, Jonathan, “Introduction,” Edge of Infinity, Solaris, 2012. This is just a short...

The Galapagos Frontier Thesis

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The formative American experience was the conquest of the western frontier. Would science fiction and fantasy exist without the frontier model? What does Japan's parallel conquest of Hokkaido tell us about the legacy of colonial expansion?