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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 »

How American Airlines Helped Me Gafiate

How American Airlines Helped Me Gafiate

Bob Walters. All artwork appearing here was originally published in Contact:SF #3 Gafiate, for those whose Fannish Lexicon isn’t handy, is Fan Speak for the act of ‘Getting Away From It All’.  Leaving Fandom.  Putting conventions an... Read More »

On Fatherhood

On Fatherhood

When I was around six or seven, I discovered my father’s old comic books. He’s an archivist and his closet reflects this–it is a meticulously organized trove of his interests, packed away in folders, binders and shoeboxes. The calm,... Read More »

Steampunk: An Overview of an Up and Coming Genre

Steampunk: An Overview of an Up and Coming Genre

Strap on your goggles, fire up the boiler and let’s lift off toward adventure. Its time to tackle the wonderful world of steampunk! So what is steampunk exactly? Surprisingly it is difficult to describe, even steampunk.com couldn’t give m... Read More »

The Artful Collector: On Holding Dual Citizenship (Inside and Outside the SF Community)

The Artful Collector: On Holding Dual Citizenship (Inside and Outside the SF Community)

The world is changing, but some things stay the same.   And are perfect just the way they are. The sky, my two little puppy dogs, and many symphonic works are like that.  Whether SF/F conventions or the SF community fit that category is debatable, bu... Read More »

Sequential Wednedays #9 – Boston, Where Yo’ Con At?

Sequential Wednedays #9 – Boston, Where Yo’ Con At?

There are few things genuinely more enjoyable than conventions.  It’s sprawling enjoyment catered to all your tastes and more if you’re attending the right one.  My convention experience is a little bizarre compared to most other con-goes... Read More »

Acceptance or Exploitation?

Acceptance or Exploitation?

Author’s Note: The following post will discuss depictions of sexuality in media. As such, content may not be acceptable for young children. Please read responsibly. In light of Zach’s recent post, I’ve decided to finally talk about ... Read More »

Discovering Planet Stories

Discovering Planet Stories

As a fan of the classic Science Fiction and Fantasy pulp magazines (exemplified by my thrill to be involved here at Amazing Stories), I find myself a bit giddy whenever I stumble upon an old edition. But as the value of these (both collectable AND li... Read More »

On Fandom Activism and the Logical High Ground

On Fandom Activism and the Logical High Ground

I understand that change is always difficult, regardless of scale. I understand that societal change in particular is a monumental task. I understand that these things happen slowly, and that part of the whole affair is maintaining patience. It is th... Read More »

A Little Game of Catch

This week I’m fighting my way past drunken skateboarders and striking cab drivers to get a peek at the latest security and surveillance gadgets the world has to offer. I’ve already spoken with some developers that have a security robot that will be s... Read More »

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