Author: Steve Fahnestalk

Review: Starship Century

  Starship Century Back Cover image by Don Dixon Starship Century is a book based on the proceedings of the 2011 100- Year Starship Symposium, which brought together scientists and futurists to discuss the future of interstellar travel; to decid... Read More »

Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

I’m going to cheat a little, and review a movie that’s not really a genre movie. Well, as far as I’m concerned it is, because the movie’s about magic—and many fans are very much interested in magic—and also because the underlying theme of the movie i... Read More »

A Fan’s History, Part the Next….

A Fan’s History, Part the Next….

Fan Fahnestalk takes us through dead tree 'zines, 'live pixel' zines, IBM Selectrics, toner feel and more in this personal fan history. Read More »

Review: Oblivion

Review: Oblivion

I won’t say it’s the best SF film I’ve seen lately—it's certainly one of the best-looking, however; but it’s deserving of a second look if you’ve been hoping for a moderately good science fiction film to watch this summer. Read More »

A Fan’s History — Fanzines, Continued….

A Fan’s History — Fanzines, Continued….

Fanzines, continued: Okay, Mr. Smartypants, what’s a “sercon” zine? Actually, I’m glad you asked that question. It’s another of those annoying (well, to an outsider) fannish neologisms and acronyms. In this case, we have “serious” and “constructive” ... Read More »

A Fan’s History – Fanzines

A Fan’s History – Fanzines

Fanzines: What the heck is a ‘zine, anyhow? Well, ‘zine (usually abbreviated without the apostrophe) is short for fanzine, which should be self-explanatory. Unless I’m very much mistaken, SF fans were the first ones to publish zines as a regular thin... Read More »

Review: Cloud Atlas

Review: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas poster used under Creative Commons license. Movie Review: “Cloud Atlas,” written and directed by Tom Twyker and the Wachowski siblings, Andy and Lana, from the book by David Mitchell. Before I start, let me reiterate that I don’t like “sp... Read More »

A Fan’s History – Part 4 – A Visit with Heinlein

A Fan’s History – Part 4 – A Visit with Heinlein

Let’s give cons a rest for a bit and talk about one of science fiction’s greatest writers. Terms like “greatest writers” are usually somewhat subjective, but in this case my opinion is backed by a lot of people. As I write this, it’s July 7, and the ... Read More »

A Fan’s History – Part 3

A Fan’s History – Part 3

And I’m still not done talking about cons! Continuing with our talk about cons that have grown out of the SF con, we have things like Steampunk and Anime cons. Steamcon logo © Steamcon Steampunk arose from the idea that if science had been a bit more... Read More »

A Fan’s History – Conventions (Part 2)

A Fan’s History – Conventions (Part 2)

Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm in writers’ workshop at Westercon 28 (1975) This blog is not a fan history, although I will cite some fan history. There are actual fanhistorians who guard our culture. If you want to read about early fan history, see th... Read More »

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