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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.” In fact, when you look at it, God gets a lot of blame these days. But what if you lived in a world with no God? Like those of science fiction, wher... Read More »

All Aboard for Mars! A True Story

All Aboard for Mars! A True Story

This is not fiction. Your mission, should you accept it, is to go to Mars and die there. I get a bit cynical about this sort of thing, Read More »

The Iron Man Cometh

The Iron Man Cometh

Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do not fear for your personal safety, as I will take great care to observe the rules of hospitality during your visit.  As I am a certifiable Tech Geek, I will spend a portion of my efforts exploring the connection between science and technology and science f... Read More »

Synthetic Voices #17 – April 2013 Top Picks

Synthetic Voices #17 – April 2013 Top Picks

This was one of those wonderful, terrible months where there were simply too many good stories to choose from.  Buckle up! [powerpress] *Announcements* First up, assuming all goes well, you should hear a version of this episode syndicated on StarShipSofa!  I’ll post links and such once that goes up. Second, I’ve decided that in an effort to streamline my publication process, I’m ... Read More »

Sequential Wednesdays #12 – Of Panels & Piracy

Sequential Wednesdays #12 – Of Panels & Piracy

  If it hasn’t been made immensely clear: I adore comics.  As an artistic expression, a narrative medium, and physical object I can hold in my hands – shifting and sliding the all-too thin pages with my unfortunately greasy fingers – there’s an untenable magic to it.  I love comics and sometimes I download them.  Sometimes I pirate them.  Sometimes I steal them. I̵... Read More »

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Zachary Clemente

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Zachary Clemente

Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all of them, and I get to share those chats with you. In this long-running series, you will have the opportunity to peek inside the minds of the ASM bloggers to to see just what makes them tick. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I have enjoyed prepa... Read More »

Waiting Sucks

It always seems like forever in between True Blood seasons, and every year I forget what happened in the previous season finale. I’ve read all of the Sookie Stackhouse novels so I get completely mixed up between what I’ve read and what I have seen as well, especially as the TV show is really taking on a life of its own now. I recently commented on the fact that the news on True Blood h... Read More »

How To End Your Story

How To End Your Story

Have you ever seen the movie The Party with Peter Sellers? The first scene is priceless. Sellers plays an actor who is shot in a war scene; he subverts the script by refusing to die. His endless death struggles get so annoying that even the men on his side turn and shoot him.   The last thing you want to do is create an ending or dénouement that struggles in its conclusions. Ultimately, a story’s ... Read More »

Four modern and completed SF series you shouldn’t miss – Part II

As a total SF nerd, I’m always looking for new things to watch. The benefit of a completed series is that you don’t have to wait for the next episode and can indulge yourself in a joyride of highs, lows, weeping, laughing, life, loss and tech. Last week I talked about my love for V and Terminator; The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This week I’m finishing the list off with another two top series. Fringe... Read More »

Characters: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

Characters: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

Among fantasy titans, Patrick Rothfuss shocked just about everyone by carving a place for himself with his book, The Name of the Wind. It centered on Kvothe, a character of a hundred different stories and the truth behind those stories. Then Rothfuss did it again with The Wise Man’s Fear, the second book to feature Kvothe, and those who weren’t hooked before became so. So yes, I’m a fan of Kvothe.... Read More »

World War Z: The Complete Edition Review

World War Z: The Complete Edition Review

Being visually impaired, I love audiobooks and one of the first ones I listened to via Audible was the abridged version of World War Z, Max Brooks’ oral history of the zombie war. I loved the book and I loved the full-cast recording even more but one thing bugged me: the recording was abridged and missed out several hours of audio which really made the zombie conflict feel real.   With the movie (... Read More »

Fiction River Debuts

Fiction River WMG Publishing Six times a year Electronic $6.99 Trade Paper $15.99 I interviewed Kristine Kathryn Rusch two weeks ago about the experience of launching Fiction River via Kickstarter. Fiction River is a new anthology series billed as an “anthology magazine” by the publisher, WMG Publishing. The current publishing schedule is every other month, with each month’s installment having a d... Read More »

Hayao Miyazaki and Epic Fantasy

Hayao Miyazaki and Epic Fantasy

Since taking on this blogging position, I have been struggling to find works that would appeal to the audience that Amazing Stories has, particularly those who are interested in fantasy.  I would categorize a large majority of anime and manga works as “fantasy,” based on the fact that they frequently have fantastical elements to them regardless of genre (except, perhaps, for slice-of-l... Read More »

Life Cycle of a Novel

Life Cycle of a Novel

Some writers work from an outline, others just wing it. They start at page one and write one scene after another, with only a vague idea of where they’re headed. I know a guy who’s been working on his medieval war novel for nearly ten years, an endless campaign of bloody battles and skirmishes that reads like a bad role-playing game. Last I heard he was nearing 1200 pages, with no end in sight. I’... Read More »

The Alien Skies Are Falling

If you love stories of alien invasions, alien planets, alien everything, then you might check out the latest endeavor, Alien Sky Anthology, from Another Sky Press. I had the opportunity to interview the series editor, Justin Nicholes, about the collection to give Amazing Stories readers a closer look. Right now, Alien Sky Anthology has just released and features an incredible array of writers–incl... Read More »

Interview with a Reader

Interview with a Reader

After a series of interviews with self-published authors, I thought I would interview a reader. Or rather, three of them, Sanford Begley, Joseph Capdepon II, and Jack William Finley. (Jack is also a writer.) They were gracious enough to answer my call for reader input on what they read, why, and what they hate seeing in books. Also, I would like to invite any of my readers here on this blog to my ... Read More »

Anime roundup 5/3/2013: Photoeugenic

Hunter x Hunter #77 – Giant ants! Giant mutant intelligent ants! Giant intelligent ants which eat people and then practice Lamarckian evolution! I expect to start hearing a theremin any minute now. I can think of a lot of relatives to this particular menace, but none that work quite this way. Certainly you’ve got giant insects by the megaton in sf, and many stories about horrible mutan... 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 . . . not so much.  How did that happen?  And what are our prospects of finding great art there, today?  To answer that question, I think a bit of stro... Read More »

Arthur Charles Clarke - Pencil drawing

No.15 – Arthur Charles Clarke, A Space Odyssey, and Childhood’s End

No. 15– 2013May05– Arthur Charles Clarke, A Space Odyssey, and Childhood’s End   I met Arthur Charles Clarke once when he spoke at my university. He was ebullient and seemed to relish the attention from young academics seduced by the promise of technology. Occasionally, his face would cloud over when a particularly inept gushing of adoration failed to connect the logic dots, but he always rec... Read More »

The Alternate History Masterpiece You’ve Never Read

Satire is no longer being written in America. It’s still on television via Saturday Night Live, South Park, and the great, unsung animation series Squidbillies. (I’d lump Superjail in there, but it’s not for the squeamish and satire works best if anyone with a brain can tune in.) We’ve become a culture that mostly has a mind-set based on scientific realism. We revere Star Trek and the kind of scie... Read More »

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 16 in series

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 16 in series

Drawing the Line: When to stop submitting a story Welcome back to my on-going series on how to market and sell short fiction. These posts are written in a very specific sequence, with each entry building on earlier ones. You can read my earlier posts here. Last week in Part 15, I dealt with how to handle rejections. This week, I’ll try to answer one of the most common questions on selling sh... Read More »

Scide Splitters: The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold & Larry Niven

Scide Splitters: The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold & Larry Niven

One of the challenges of being a fan of humorous science fiction is finding enough quality material to satisfy the appetite, so it is always a pleasure when I find an older book that I’ve overlooked for one reason or another. I only recently came to realize that The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold and Larry Niven is a work of humorous SF. Considering that it was originally serialized in If magaz... Read More »

Books That Never Were – Farewell Atlantis

Books That Never Were – Farewell Atlantis

Taking a look at fiction within fiction: literary works that has appeared in books or movies, but never published in the real world. Read More »

Alone on the Moon

Alone on the Moon

I’m sitting with a group of friends in the Seminary Street Pub, familiar faces here and there casting shadows upon near-forgotten memories, making plain the slippery nature of time and life. Red neon lights drench the dark paint of the walls. I watch my last beer swirl, dizzying, half-gone, inside a green glass bottle as I peel off the metallic label. . . . After we went to dinner, my fiancée sugg... Read More »

Test Your Knowledge of Movie Cliches

Test Your Knowledge of Movie Cliches

Answers and scoring at bottom of post. The hero and his less macho sidekick are about to take an alcoholic drink.  How will the sidekick react? Twelve men and a woman are walking through a desert.  Who is about to be attacked by a snake? What do people in the movies almost never do, even though they eat and drink frequently? If the front door to a restaurant can’t be used due to the appearance of ... Read More »

Hide and Seek with Marvin the Martian

Ignorance is never better than knowledge. – Enrico Fermi When I was just a little tyke, driving to Logan Airport in Boston meant, as today, enduring the unavoidable traffic jam. Conversing in the family car to pass the time was not an option since my dad didn’t handle being trapped in a tube under the Charles River very well. His trade-marked Summer Tunnel Ritual to punish the other drivers ... Read More »

Michael A. Burstein: Library Trustee

Michael A. Burstein: Library Trustee

Michael A. Burstein, award-winning SF author, father of twins,. purportedly excellent husband, is now also a 4-time elected Library Trust for the city of Brookline Mass. Congrats Michael – and congratulations on garnering more votes than anyone else this cycle. Michael has now served the city since 2007;  despite his onerous political responsibilities, Michael promises a return to fiction wr... Read More »

Review: Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness

Review: Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness

I mentioned Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness, edited by Lester Smith (popcorn press) in a previous post, promising to review in full here in the future. The future has arrived.   First let me give you a little history. Cthulhu Haiku was a Kickstarter project, the first that I backed as a matter of fact. It was mentioned on SF Signal in their Crowdfunding Roundup column. The publisher, P... Read More »

Of Books and Book Shelves: The Travails of an SF Book Collector

Of Books and Book Shelves: The Travails of an SF Book Collector

As mentioned here and elsewhere, I recently received a boon from my wife.  She finally allowed me to devote some space to bookshelves.  Our quarters are a bit cramped (more due to layout than lack of space) and Karen (that’s the wife) has been reluctant to display my oh-so economical choice of steel shelving to her and the public’s eye.  I can understand that and have sympathy for it, ... Read More »

Vinyl Albums, KLAATU and the Warrior at the Edge of Time

Let’s travel back in time, you and I. Let’s go back to a time before music was delivered in packets of data. Let’s travel back to a time of bell bottoms, long hair and muscle cars. Let’s go back to the 1970’s The idea of music imprinted on vinyl discs may seem like a science fiction (or perhaps a steampunk) idea to kids today used to music coming from the same place a... Read More »

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