Frederik Pohl

What is the Vampire of Science Fiction?

What is the Vampire of Science Fiction?

I’m not talking about the salt vampire of Star Trek or anything so literal. I’m talking about vampires in the sense that they fill fantasy and horror in a continuing and ubiquitous fashion despite being done to death (so to speak), and th... Read More »

Introduction to SFF – 2 – Pulp

Introduction to SFF – 2 – Pulp

The Early Asimov, Vol. 1 I learned a lot about pulp magazines from the early Asimov. To be precise, from The Early Asimov. I’d encountered a few samples of pulp a little earlier, through the mysterious Ms X, as detailed in a previous post, and ... Read More »

Interview with SFWA Grand Master James Gunn

James Gunn Today we are joined by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master James Gunn (also James E. Gunn). James writes, edits, and anthologizes science fiction and related scholarly books. In 1969, Paramount Pictures adapt... 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 »

The Clubhouse: Looking for fandom — ConFusion at 40, Part 4

The Clubhouse: Looking for fandom — ConFusion at 40, Part 4

Wherefore fandom? Fandom does not equal “the science fiction market.” To be a fan it’s not enough just to be a consumer of science fiction. To be part of fandom you have to participate in fandom as a community. You have to interact... Read More »

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 1)

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 1)

Introduction: Who I am and what this series will cover Hi and welcome. This is the first in a weekly series of posts I’ll be doing on how to market and sell short fiction. In this initial post, I’ll explain who this series is aimed at, wh... Read More »

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