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RETRO: OF MOSCON AND HEINLEIN AND VERNA

RETRO: OF MOSCON AND HEINLEIN AND VERNA

This week, Steve continues his romp into his past by talking about Robert A. Heinlein, E.E. “Doc” Smith’s daughter, Verna Smith Trestrail; and MosCon 1, back in 1979. Read More »

WELCOME TO 2017, and 2016’s LIST OF COLUMNS

WELCOME TO 2017, and 2016’s LIST OF COLUMNS

As he has done for the past several years, Steve looks back (without anger) at the previous year's columns, and hopes you found reading them worthwhile. And now: To Infinity—And Beyond! as someone once said! Read More »

MY PAL, JERRY SOHL!

MY PAL, JERRY SOHL!

Steve reminisces about a writer he used to know. Maybe you know some of the things he's done: meet Jerry Sohl! Read More »

MOSCON MEMORIES (Misty watercolour ones…?)         

MOSCON MEMORIES (Misty watercolour ones…?)         

MosCon was a Northwest Fannish Legend (perhaps in its own mind), and Steve takes you back to those "thrilling days of yesteryear," as The Lone Ranger used to say. Read More »

FAREWELL TO ANOTHER FRIEND, FANNISH MEMORIES… and STORYBUNDLES!

FAREWELL TO ANOTHER FRIEND, FANNISH MEMORIES… and STORYBUNDLES!

Another friend gone; Steve mourns Debbie Miller; also New Venture and MosCon reminiscences. And both fiction and non-fiction StoryBundles! Go get 'em! Read More »

FREAKS OF NATURE film review, plus POLAR BOREALIS—a new semiprozine!

FREAKS OF NATURE film review, plus POLAR BOREALIS—a new semiprozine!

This week, Steve reviews the 2015 Horror-humour film "Freaks of Nature" and finds it rather flat, then alerts the media (us!) about a new semi-pro Canadian SF/F e-magazine! Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes

BOOK REVIEW: Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes

Steve examines Stephen King's new--and unique!--novel, Mr. Mercedes. Read More »

MY YEAR IN REVIEW—Looking Backward and Forward!

MY YEAR IN REVIEW—Looking Backward and Forward!

Steve celebrates his first year of blogging for Amazing Stories online. 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 »