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MOSCON 40 (Part 1)!

Forty years ago, Steve (with more than A Little Help From His Friends) created MosCon. And It Was Good. But like the Living Dead, MosCon Returned! Is it Still Good? Read and find out! (Hint: You betcha!)

COLUMN 250 – COLUMN 23 REDUX (STEVE DOES DAVE BARRY)

This week Steve repurposes and re-edits an old column, hoping it will be new to at least some of you. It’s all about conventions and nametags, anyway, so if you’re not interested, go watch the snow or something. (Ed's inside joke: No orcas yet...)

R.I.P. REVIEW: “A BOY AND HIS DOG”

In honour of the late Harlan Ellison, Steve deconstructs—without major spoilers—the film “A Boy and His Dog.” It’s not a great film. See whether you agree!

MY FANNISH HISTORY REDUX—WORLDCONS and NAMETAGS etc.

Steve tells you where to get a free SF book and revisits/rewrites an old column dealing with Worldcons and nametags and such.

RETRO DAYS: ROBERT A. HEINLEIN and SPIDER ROBINSON

This week, Steve tries to go Back to the Future but ends up in the past, where he meets Spider and Jeanne Robinson as well as Robert and Virginia Heinlein! Come with him and see!

REVIEW: NOV/DEC F&SF—AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Instead of a Festivus Tree, for his last column of 2016, Steve offers a review of the last Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2016, and best wishes for 2017, or whatever the new year will be in YOUR reality.

ACE DOUBLES and AMAZING ILLUSTRATORS PART II (Redux)

For the last of his NaNoWriMo ``redux`` columns, Steve finishes his look at Ace Doubles cover illustrators. Nostalgia, indeed! Good old stuff from the Good Old Days!

REVIEW: JULY/AUGUST MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION (F&SF)

Steve reviews the current F&SF. It's still a great magazine! Get it now while it's still on the stands!

MOSCON MEMORIES (Misty watercolour ones…?)         

MosCon was a Northwest Fannish Legend (perhaps in its own mind), and Steve takes you back to those "thrilling days of yesteryear," as The Lone Ranger used to say.

FAREWELL TO ANOTHER FRIEND, FANNISH MEMORIES… and STORYBUNDLES!

Another friend gone; Steve mourns Debbie Miller; also New Venture and MosCon reminiscences. And both fiction and non-fiction StoryBundles! Go get 'em!

TWO CLASSICS: H. BEAM PIPER and KEITH LAUMER

Is that a Fuzzy Bolo hanging from your rear view mirror, or are you just a fan of Piper and Laumer?

IF MAGAZINE (“Worlds of Science Fiction”) ISSUE #1 (1952) AND SOME...

Steve takes a look back at 1952, and the first issue of "IF Worlds of Science Fiction"--plus a word of advice for newer writers from Chuck Wendig (link) and some personal news.

BOOK REVIEW: “Catalyst” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman; And a Chat

Steve reviews Nina Kiriki Hoffman's book "Catalyst" and talks about a writers' workshop.

ACE Doubles and Some Amazing Illustrators Part One

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

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

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.

The Artful Collector: Achieving Immortality Through Fantasy Art

The Artful Collector gives some pointers on commissioning portraits.

Tag — You’re it! One Fan’s History Through Nametags

Egoboo can be found in all kinds of strange places - including science fiction conventions!

Fandom May Be A Way of Life, But is it THE...

Receiving zines in the mail used to be almost an everyday thing for me back in “The Day,” but sadly, it’s an unusual occurrence these days.

One Fan’s History — Badges? We Don’ Need No Steenkin’…(Part One)

Every con has a name badge, and most of them are well designed, like a little piece of art. Badge collecting is a great way to save convention memories

The Artful Collector: The Major Awards for Artists and ART: The...

As I was downloading some bid sheets this week, in preparation for packing up the art to be displayed at the  LoneStarCon3 Art Show,...