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Steve rewrites and repeats one of his earlier columns for Amazing just in case you want to know how he started in this whole “fannish” business. Do you care?


Steve looks at Robert A. Heinlein’s SF (and his use of nudity and sex in his SF) then touches on some other classic SF authors’ way of “doing it.” Is Heinlein still worth reading? See for yourself!


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!


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

Star Wars Art: Because we haven’t heard enough about Star Wars...

No. You haven't seen enough Star Wars yet


After congratulating himself on his 40 years doing conventions, Steve discusses a quasi-SF-ish book about superheroes on TV in the 1950s. It's fun!

Illustrating Barsoom

Barsoom. Sooner or later, every artist has to try their hand illustrating Burrough's tales

Fantasy and Science Fiction Art on the Web

Unlike in the olden days when we had to walk barefoot in the snow, uphill, both ways, to find fantasy art, today there are hundreds, if not thousands of online resources to slake your need.

MOORCOCK vs. ULTRON: Two Reviews

Two new reviews by Steve: the new Michael Moorcock book and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Are they worth it? You bet they are!

Where is my Muse?

Here's one technique for wooing your Muse back

The Artful Collector: Fantasy Art for Consumers

Fantasy art for consumers - pop culture fantasies

All I Ask is a Tall Ship… and a Window Seat!

What good is traveling through space if you can't look out the window? A spaceship voyage is no good without a window to look out of.

The Artful Collector: On Illustrators and their “Fine Art”

A look at "fine art" from SF/F illustrators.

The Artful Collector: Moving into a New Era of SF/F Art

The Hugo awards for Professional Artist, from 1980 through 1992, were dominated by artist Michael Whelan (Jim Burns won once during those years, in...

The Artful Collector: Death, Doom and Gloom Strikes Again!

Jane Frank takes us through the stages of mourning for book covers.

ACE Doubles and Some Amazing Illustrators Part Two

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

More Fannish Nostalgia: My First Convention; My First Fanzine

Steve recounts the details of his fannish deflowering

The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #8: Art by Someone Known Is...

Jane Frank discusses Michael Whelan's value ... no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of Micheal Whelan's art... no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of value and how our different goals and perceptions influence the way we view, purchase and value art.

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: Art Hierarchies #3: Art Done for Love is...

The more we detect fake sentiment or emotion, or (in our case) pandering to a love of dragons and wizards - as opposed to honest "self-expression" - the less we are going to care whether "just for the love of it" was the reason for creation

The Artful Collector: The Best Fantasy Art Show in the World

IlluxCon is the best convention dedicated to sf/f Art in the world, today

The Artful Collector: State of the Art at the 71st Worldcon

Fans, publishers, art directors, and collectors expected Worldcon art shows to display the best-of-the-best art being created in the field, and top artists looked forward to meeting their expections. NO MORE.
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Part Two of the Art of Covers

This is part two of Eric Gustafson's guest post for me on covers. It's a huge topic, and even if you aren't responsible for...

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

Browsing through my photo file yielded one of me taken at the 16th annual Chesley Awards, 2001, accepting an award for one of the...

I Can’t Compete with CGI!

When I was in senior high school (thirty looong years ago) I had an appointment with a career counsellor. I had an aptitude for...

A conversation with the Hall of Fame illustrator Murray Tinkelman

This past February I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Murray Tinkelman, the famous and award winning illustrator. This came about by...

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,...

The Artful Collector: Another Question from my Archives: Will They Still...

A collector asked me last year: Watching Heritage and other auctions for the past couple of years, it seems that the artwork and books that...

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part...

Once upon a time, science fiction and fantasy conventions were great places to find, and buy, original art - and, in time - reproductions...