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Ciencia  ficción desde el extremo occidente

Ciencia ficción desde el extremo occidente

Ciencia ficción desde el extremo occidente En el año 2002, se publicó en el Perú un volumen que recopilaba una serie de cuentos fantásticos escritos por Rodolfo Hinostroza. Tuvo a bien publicarlos bajo el título de “Cuentos de extremo occidente”. ¿Po... Read More »

Save Our Stereotypes

Save Our Stereotypes

I don’t want to destroy the damsel in distress. I don’t want to destroy the sleeping beauty. Or the femme fatale. Or the pollyanna. Or the ditz. Or the girl next door. I watch attempts to ban them warily, though I know the intentions behi... Read More »

Star Trek- Communism in Space?

I’ll start this week’s thought-provoking commentary with a statement: I like Star Trek. Mostly. I’m no Trekkie/Trekker, but I greatly enjoyed TOS and TNG. DS9 had a few good moments. I refused to watch Voyager, and I thought Enterprise was well made ... Read More »

The Artful Collector: On Sensitivity to Negative Reviews

The Artful Collector: On Sensitivity to Negative Reviews

How many times have we read negative reviews by (mainly) newspaper- employed critics about books or films in the science fiction/fantasy genre that either were completely off base, once we read the book, or which panned a movie we’ve already seen….wh... Read More »

“I Cannot Live Without Books”

“I Cannot Live Without Books”

The genre of science fiction followed Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote “I cannot live without books” by almost a century, but what does the rest of his message mean to today’s fandom? Read More »

Deep in the Heart of Texas, Part 1

Deep in the Heart of Texas, Part 1

Before I really get into the meat and potatoes of this entry, allow me to apologize for being absent a few months. Since some readers might know me – which on this website may not be very many people –  they know what’s been going o... Read More »

FEMME FATALES: The Most Overused Device in Modern SFF?

Of late, I’ve been reading a lot of articles that hint at a simmering feud between men and women in Science Fiction & Fantasy fandom. Accusations of Sexism and Misogyny have been flying. Some very antiquated, 19th Century chauvinism has been expr... Read More »

Conventional Wisdom

Conventional Wisdom

Any hobby worth its weight in storage space should have a convention. For example, comic book fans have gathered famously during the years in ever-larger facilities with agendas that have expanded to multi-media-focused events with cosplay and Hollyw... Read More »

The Cautionary Tale of ZellaCon -or- How to Hoax and Still End Up Hosting a Convention

The Cautionary Tale of ZellaCon -or- How to Hoax and Still End Up Hosting a Convention

Once in a while, I enjoy a good hoaxing. I’ve done Hoax Newsletters (http://efanzines.com/DrinkTank/PorkAuthority.pdf) and various Hoax bids, notably the Hollister WorldCon Hoax (http://www.bovil.com/Conventions/hollister2008/PachecoProgress1.p... Read More »

A Case for Courtesy

A Case for Courtesy

The controversy over the SFWA Bulletin that erupted from the SFWA forums onto the wider internet this week brought to mind something that’s been bothering me for quite some time. The total lack of courtesy and respect that seems (to me at least... Read More »

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