Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sweepstakes Winner and Possible Return of a Sci Fi Pulp Magazine

I hope everybody had a far out Halloween! I know I did. It started with a trip to Empire Comics Vault in Sacramento where they had a Halloween mini con and a big sale to go with the occasion. Unfortunately, I got there too late for the con, which only lasted until 3 PM. But the sale was still going, including the free comics they were giving away which I definitely took advantage of both yet without going much over five dollars. In the evening I attended a family Halloween party and then came home and watched Dr. Terror’s House of Horror, starring Christopher Lee, on a VHS tape I bought at a con several years ago. And, of course, not long after the clock struck the witching hour, I looked up the winner of the sweepstakes who was selected by good ol’ Rafflecopter.

And the Winner Is . . .

. . . Alex Cavanaugh! I, again, congratulate Alex. He receives a book package consisting of novels The Queen of Darkness by Miguel Conner and Blood Moon by M.R. Sellars, plus a signed copy of The Fool’s Illusion  by yours truly. I’d like to once again thank Alex for his participation, and I thank everybody else who participated in the sweepstakes. I hope all of you will participate in future giveaways here at the Fantastic Site.

Possible Relaunch of a Classic SF Mag

You may have heard all over sci fi news that Bryan Fuller, executive producer of TV’s Hannibal, plans to relaunch the 1980s Amazing Stories TV series. Well, even greater news is for fans of the original magazine and other pulp fiction publications of the early half of the 20th century: Amazing Stories trademark owner Steve Davidson was moved by those plans so much that he intends to relaunch the magazine both in print and digital! Check out more details about this potential relaunch in my article at 

"Amazing Stories" magazine cover depicting a huge, spherical space craft hovering over an alien landscape.
Photo Credit: Experimenter Publishing/Wikimedia Commons

Science fiction as the genre we know it today started with the Amazing Stories magazine back in the 1920s and some of the greatest writers established their literary careers writing for it, including Hugo Gernsback who founded and served as editor of the publication. The magazine helped bring in the pulp era of fiction which included a huge flourishing of sci fi literature (including comics), movies, radio and eventually TV shows. It is this era of science fiction, often known as the golden era of the genre, why many of us here in the U.S. read and write speculative fiction today.

Next week I’d like to discuss some writing tips inspired by my attendance at Sinister Creature Con earlier last month.

Until then . . . 


  1. Thanks again, Steven!
    Would be cool to see an updated Amazing Stories series.

    1. No problem, Alex. It would be really interesting to see how an updated Amazing Stories would do and what kinds of stories by which writers would be written. There isn't a better time for it than now, since the Golden Age of sci fi in the '40s and '50s, because in a way we are going through a new golden age of the genre because it has come back into thriving popularity (especially for television). Hopefully that popularity will continue to grow.