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Is Science-Fiction Dying?

IS SCIENCE FICTION DYING? The question may seem dubious or melodramatic, but there’s been a fair amount of talk on the internet about this over the past few years. People in the Yahoo science-fiction discussion groups have discussed it, and bloggers, some of them pros, have  written about it. Myself, I don’t know if SF is dying, but it […]

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Review from Fenris #138

         Legendary zine-editor and guest of honor at last June’s Deep South Con Fiftieth Anniversary Bash, David Hulan, reviewed Jimmy Stu Lives  in the latest issue of his zine, Fenris. The review follows below: Jimmy Stu Lives!, by Kent McDaniel, TPB in print now. This comes from a small press, Penumbra Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee so you […]

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FROM OUTRE’ 4: 3 POEMS, 1 ILLO, 1 VIGNETTE

 The other day I ran across a copy of Outre #4 , a SF fanzine I published in 1969 for the Southern Fandom Press Alliance (SFPA). Took me back, allright. The cover is by Glen Brock, who was also in SFPA at the time, and I think it’s pretty cool Sixties fanzine art. A lot of energy in that […]

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Stupefying Stories (January 2012 Issue)

            YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT THE JANUARY ISSUE OF STUPEFYING STORIES. A few of the stories are so-so; they suffer mainly from a tendency to cram in way too much exposition right at the beginning, though they generally have interesting premises and/or situations. A couple of the other stories are gems, though.  “Morality for Alchemists […]

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Preliminary Cover Sketches for JIMMY STU LIVES!

My novel Jimmy Stu Lives!, a satire set in the framework of a science-fiction adventure, should be coming out sometime next month from Penumbra Publishing (www.penumbrapublishing.com) . Joe Staton, an artist whose work I very much admire, is doing the cover for it. Joe and I were both in Southern Fandom Press Alliance (SFPA ) back in the Sixties […]

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“Paradise Lost” by Hank Reinhardt

                                                                                                                            Or Will Hank Reinhardt                             Ever find Happiness Living                             in Birmingham, Alabama?                               By Hank Reinhardt                          My first encounter with the city of Birmingham, Alabama, was an experience both painful and pleasurable.  Painful: just look at the city.  Pleasurable, it was the first Deep South Con […]

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SFPA

           Last August I rejoined SFPA, which stands for Southern Fandaom PressAlliance.  A couple different times back  in the mists of prehistory, I was in SFPA, the first time, when I was fifteen.  (Dave Hulan was OE first time I joined.) I said it was in the mists of prehistory. I was never the most active (or illustrious) member, but […]

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Windy Con 37

I wrote this con report for Bob Jennings’s outstanding SF fanzine Fadeaway back in January. With this year’s Windy Con looming on the horizon, seems like a logical candidate for my first post here.   MEANWHILE BACK AT THE CON                 Man, you gotta be really careful what you say around Bob Jennings.  He was gonna […]

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John W. Campbell art director?

         I READ SOMETHING SURPRISING in issue #32 of Illustration, a magazine about which I’ve long been curious but had never before picked up—probably due to its $15.00 an issue price tag. Anyhow for some reason, I finally broke down a sprang for a copy, and inside there was a short piece about Robert Adranga, […]

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