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The Wayward Time-Traveler

The Wayward Time-Traveler: De Stella Novella

It has been said that the novella is the perfect form for science fiction: enough space for an author to build worlds, and short enough to read in an afternoon. My habit, [...]

January 10, 2012 // 3 Comments

The Golden Age Isn’t Always Golden

I sometimes think that the term “Golden Age” leads to the idea that all stories from that era are light or optimistic tales with valiant heroes and happy endings. [...]

December 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

A Correspondent to the Past, Part 4: 2039

For those who missed the first three parts: I was finally let in on SF Signal’s little secret: they have a time machine and they allowed me to use it to travel back to [...]

November 29, 2011 // 6 Comments

A Correspondent to the Past, Part 3: 1995

For those who missed the first two parts: I was finally let in on SF Signal’s little secret: they have a time machine and they allowed me to use it to travel back to [...]

November 15, 2011 // 5 Comments

A Correspondent to the Past, Part 1: 1939

The good folks at SF Signal waited 15 installments before letting me in on their little secret: back there, in that storage room, behind the shelves of bagels, and the [...]

October 18, 2011 // 4 Comments

Science Fiction Creates a New Golden Age

You can find it scattered throughout older science fiction stories: characters would visit libraries filled with “book-films.” They had “players” in [...]

October 4, 2011 // 8 Comments

And the Award Goes To…

Back in May, winners of the 2011 Nebula Awards were announced at the Nebula Weekend in Washington, D.C. In a little less than two weeks, the winners of the 2011 Hugo Awards [...]

August 9, 2011 // 8 Comments

The Hidden History of Science Fiction

I recently attended Readercon, my favorite science fiction convention, and while there, I moderated a panel called “Capturing the Hidden History of Science [...]

July 26, 2011 // 7 Comments

Con(ventional) Warfare

In the summer of 1939, science fiction fans and professionals from around the country gathered in New York for the 1st World Science Fiction Convention. Among those in [...]

June 14, 2011 // 7 Comments

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