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The Fantasy of Fashion

The Fantasy of Fashion

The clothes make the fan. Is extreme fashion a form of fandom? I say yes, but hesitate to approve of it. Read More »

Superheroine Movie

Superheroine Movie

Imagine the teaser trailer. Peeks at the iconic costume, a villain’s growled one-liner, the title looming suddenly out of the darkness with THIS CHRISTMAS or SUMMER 2014 beneath it. Imagine the interviews in Entertainment Weekly: the costume design c... Read More »

A Tale of ConQuesT, Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem

A Tale of ConQuesT, Magic, Mystery, and Mayhem

Intihuatana Stone While riding my keyboard and mouse across the infinite electronic pathways of the world, I discovered something quite surprising. At first when I stumbled upon it, I sloughed it off as just another coincidence. But as more and more ... Read More »

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part 3)

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part 3)

Throughout the 1990s, while weekend antiques and craft fairs, and even Ren Faires, were drawing tens of thousands of attendees each weekend, SF cons were still deliberating the good of “one day memberships” and advertising in local newspapers.  SF co... Read More »

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part 2)

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part 2)

Once upon a time, science fiction and fantasy conventions were great places to find, and buy, original art – and, in time – reproductions of art created by the best professional illustrators in the field of SF/F illustration art.  Now . .... Read More »

Why I Don’t Like My Heroes

When I first started out as a published writer of science fiction in 1978 and sold my first novel in 1979, I started going to local and national science fiction conventions. Mostly I felt it was to be part of something that I admired, but secondly i... Read More »

Don’t Quote Me on This, But…

Don’t Quote Me on This, But…

Quoting lines from science fiction can be expected amongst the members of fandom. But getting it right is vital to your nerd credibility. Read More »

Who Do You Blame in a Science Fiction World?

Blaming someone for something is part of human nature. Domestic Batterers blame their victims. Evangelists blame the devil, or sometimes God for bad things happening. Even Christians often blame God, remarking “How can God let this happen.̶... Read More »

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions a Good Place to Buy Art? (Part 1)

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions a Good Place to Buy Art? (Part 1)

Well . . . .Once upon a time, and by that, I mean Art Collecting BDE (before the digital era) local, regional and “world” SF/F conventions were not just good places to find great SF/F art – they were just about the ONLY place to find it.  Now .... Read More »

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Why don't American kids dream of being astronauts anymore? In Japan, interest in space is at a historically high level. I get slightly snarky about AKB48. Read More »

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