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Black and White: No Room for Gray Shades

Early science fiction and fantasy magazines of the twentieth century, of which Amazing Stories was chief, employed artists for their interior illustrations who could produce images of great variety using only ink applied to paper.

AN ANNIVERSARY and a FUN BOOK (Review): “JUSTICE GIRL”

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!

The Artful Collector: The World Fantasy Convention 2014

I have to confess, reporting on a convention is usually crazy fun for me.  It's an occasion for legitimate name-dropping of all the new...

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

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...

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.

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

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...

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: 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...

The Amazing Virgil Finlay

Whenever I think about black-and-white illustrations from the old science fiction magazines, it is always the work of Virgil Finlay that I picture in...