George Alec Effinger

AMAZING THINGS: William Shatner Talks Cops & Robots Fiction at ORIM

Open Road Integrated Media has put together a collection of space detective tales (where’s Gil ‘the Arm’?) and are promoting it with an interesting video featuring William Shatner, Simon R. Green, Walter Mosley, and Liz Williams, all authors who have dabbled in the space procedural realm. You can see the video here, and check out their […]

Frank Kelly Freas

Science fiction is a literature of ideas. It is also a literature that tries to show us the future, although it is not often directly predictive, it tries to look ahead to show us the future’s marvellous possibilities or to warn us of its potential dangers. It is a literature that engages the imagination like […]

Review: When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger

When I punk, it’s usually with steam. Any SF fan, regardless of his particular poison, thinks about the future. With my historical background, however, my gaze tends to be fixed on the past and I am rarely distracted by images of the future. The great thing about Amazing Stories, however, is the wealth of viewpoints and […]

Crossroads: A Genre Darkly

World-building, extrapolation, analogy, conceptual breakthrough, thought experiment – these are science fiction’s basic methods. Other genres might occasionally borrow them, but SF has sharpened them to a razor’s edge. So what happens when this set of tools works alongside the themes, styles, and plot structures of noir?