This installment gives us the opportunity to look at the best magazine covers of all time, by which I mean the Astounding Stories covers from the Campbellian Golden Age. There should be a fair number of short stories a well read SF reader will recognize from this collection of classics.
The genre labels of Science Fiction and Fantasy (or, for that matter, Detective Fiction, War stories, Westerns, Romance, Pirate stories, or Air Wonder stories) are a convenience for the bookstores and magazine racks, so that the readers have an idea beforehand what kind of story they are spending their beer money on. The labels should not […]
Heinlein’s babes always struck me as at least having a sketchy personality (usually of a fiercely independent redhead eager to hop in bed) but not enough to take them out of the Playboy eye candy category. Please note that this never happened in his juveniles — that editrix Alice Dalgliesh he seemed to carp about […]
Someone asked me privately why I say that Vox Day is the best editor under whom it has been my privilege to work. I wrote a private answer, but I see no reason not to share it with the world. Mr. Day does not suffer from false modesty. I do not mind elaborating. The question […]
A frustrated reader asks a trenchant question: “Do politics even have a place in a story?” Certainly, as long as it remains a story. An allegory or extended parable is not a story properly so called, for the figures in the story have no life of their own and no meaning aside from the allegorical […]