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Amazing 609 Now Available

The March issue of Amazing Stories is now available exclusively as an online download here. It's $3 for non-subscribers, and free to current subscribers (though it doesn't count against your subscriptions). It's a full-length magazine, packed with the same content that it would have had, had it been printed as a regular issue. It includes brand-new short fiction from Ben Bova, Robert Sheckley, George Zebrowski, and Sarah A. Hoyt, as well as articles on Constantine, Clive Barker, Jeff Smith...


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Amazing Stories™ and Undefeated® Going on Hiatus

Paizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of special-interest gaming and entertainment magazines DRAGON®, DUNGEON®, Undefeated® and Amazing Stories™, announced today that it will temporarily suspend publication of two of its titles—Amazing Stories and Undefeated. Despite respectable sales and increasing circulation, both periodicals face substantial market pressures and competition. Paizo intends to use the break to explore unique opportunities to revamp and reposition each magazine. “We remain quite...


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Has it really been almost a month?

Amazing Stories 608 is scheduled to ship from the printer this week, so we'll be posting the cover image and contents tomorrow. When we first began planning the new incarnation of Amazing Stories, one of the definition statements I came up with was that I want Amazing to be the kind of magazine that can have Jennifer Garner on the cover, and an interview with J.J. Abrams (creator of Alias) inside. Well, I got my wish with Amazing 608. Admittedly, Jennifer Garner is on the cover not for Alias,...

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Word is Getting Out

After more than two weeks of intense activity, we've finally got issue 608 pretty much finished and almost off to the printer. Though we can't reveal the contents just yet, rest assured, it has some truly exciting content (and that's not just marketing hype). Yet, as refreshing as it is to have that hurdle nearly behind us, perhaps the best feeling we got this week came from reading a wonderful review of issue 605 posted on YBFREE.com, a fun pop-culture Webzine. We were also recently...

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Catching up

Sorry it's been so long since we updated the blog - things are a bit hectic here at Amazing Stories. Jeff, the new EIC, is still in the process of moving to Seattle, so we've had to telecommute with him for the past few weeks. He's in the offices for a week before heading back one last time before his early December move. In the meantime, Theresa, the art director, is prepping for a short leave of absence, so we're trying to get as far ahead as we can while she's still here. We're continuing...


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On the Slush Pile

The Amazing Stories slush pile is a topic that interests a lot of people, so I thought I'd provide some statistics about what we see in it. Since we started accepting submissions, we've reviewed over four hundred fiction manuscripts. We've got almost two hundred more queued up, and our current average turnaround time is 115 days. (Some of the more promising candidates take a week or two longer to turn around, since they circulate among the editors, and may be debated before their fate is...

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Looking forward...

We had a useful meeting today, and managed to look further ahead in the life of Amazing Stories than we ever have before. 607 is nearly done; 608 is pretty solid, and text should be coming in in the next couple of weeks; the features for 609 are almost finalized; 610 is halfway there; and we even have a good idea about what our cover feature for 611 will be. In the meantime, 606 is shipping... the details on it can be found here. Have you got your copy yet? Let us know what you think on the...

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Coming up for air!

It's been a hectic few days here at ye olde Amazing Stories editorial offices, with meetings and planning sessions and, of course, editing! It's not even Halloween yet and we're already planning those issues that will appear early next year. We've got a lot of ideas, but of course want to hear your thoughts, too. Any movies you're hot to find out more about? Books you're just dying to read? Upcoming comic book series that you and your friends are already talking about? Let us know, and we'll...

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Glad to be here!

I've been working night and day (literally) here at Paizo and Amazing Stories for a few days now, and am just now finding a few minutes to take a breather and post a blog entry ... something I had hoped to do almost immediately after the press release announcing my hiring went out earlier this week. So I regret that it has taken me a couple of days to get the chance to properly introduce myself. For those who've never worked behind-the-scenes at a magazine, there are an amazing (no pun...

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Getting on top of things

Busy week here at Amazing! Our new EIC will be starting in the office next week. I can't name names until we do a press release, but his name will be familiar to those who read Amazing Stories closely. We were able to start working up issue 608 (January) during a series of conference calls. I personally had three features to assign to writers yesterday, and all three writers were onboard within minutes, and were already chasing down the contacts on our editorial wishlist for each article. In...


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Transition time!

Things have been pretty hectic for Paizo, and for the Amazing Stories staff lately. The company moved to new offices this past weekend. Our last day in the old building was last Thursday, and the first day in the new building was Monday. Unfortunately, our handoff for issue 606 was Friday, so that meant we had to accelerate our efforts to get things done in time. Dave Gross also decided to make our last day in the old office his last day on the job, so he didn't have to unpack - lucky him. We...

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Amazing 605

Amazing Stories 605 is due to start shipping to subscribers this week, so I think it's time to let you in on the contents. Our cover story is the Star Wars Trilogy DVD release, and other features include Hallmark Channel's upcoming Frankenstein movie, an interview with comics writer Geoff Johns on Green Lantern's rebirth, a look at movie remakes, an interview with Frederik Pohl, and a Q&A with Greg Keyes. This issue's fiction includes James Van Pelt, Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf, Greg...


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Still seeking Gift Guide suggestions

We're still looking for good suggestions for the Amazing Stories gift guide coming up in the December issue, so if you know of any great new products that other Amazing readers would love to learn about, drop a note to amazinggiftguide@paizo.com. We're looking for new products that generally wouldn't find their way into the Reviews section, so, for example, the new complete Bone collection will be in there, but the Return of the King extended DVD won't. Randomly selected useful suggestions...

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Handing Over the Reins

When I was a wee lad, I wanted to be a cowboy ... at least before realizing an astronaut is far cooler. When I started becoming a bookworm, I figured writing would be the perfect job. In my teens, I put together little fanzines and fancied myself an editor, and in college I began to think a professorial career would be the ultimate, so I began teaching. Playing a part in bringing Amazing Stories back to life has been one of the most satisfying challenges of my career, but as the Lone Ranger...


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Convention Madness

I've just returned from Gen Con, where we distributed copies of Amazing Stories to tens of thousands of attendees, met a handful of people interested in writing for us, and even sold a few subscriptions! Right now we're working at wrapping up issue 605, and starting up issue 606. Details on 605 will be forthcoming over the next couple of weeks. -Vic. .

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Dave Gross on Amazing Stories at the Sci-Fi Museum Website

The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame has posted an interview with Dave regarding Amazing Stories. Read it here. -Vic. .

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This is a test ... This is only a test.

So, the Amazing Stories blog hasn't been updated as much as we'd like, and much of that is due to the rather arcane assortment of scripts and tools that had to be used to add entries to our old website. With our slick new site, making a blog entry is now [almost] as easy as creating a messageboard posting, so hopefully you'll see more frequent updates to the blog. -Vic.

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Amazing Stories 604

Amazing Stories 604 is heading to subscribers now. You can get a look at the cover and contents here. -Vic. .


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Dave of the Dead

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the lads behind Shaun of the Dead, showed off an extended trailer at Comic Con International: San Diego. That was enough to make me insist on accompanying one of our local reviewers for the screening yesterday, and without spoiling his review I must declare it joins my other two favorite horror comedies (Evil Dead 2 and Mr. Vampire) in an unholy trinity of hilarity. ... Conventional wisdom is that horror films are one of the types best suited to low-budget...

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Fiction First

Of course, Amazing Stories wouldn't be worthy of the name without fiction from the finest authors, so we've got plenty of that. Amazing 603 includes "Proof," by Timothy Zahn; "The Spider's Amazement," by Bruce Sterling; "Human Subjects," by Ray Vukcevich; and "Monster," by Gene Wolfe. A regular component of our fiction will be "1,000 Words," in which we provide an author with a picture, and the author tells us which thousand words it's worth....

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Nevinyrral's Dish

In addition to news, letters, devilish puzzles by Mike Selinker, and a couple of other columns, we're planning to wrap up each issue with a one-page Q&A. The subject for Amazing 603 is Larry Niven, who spoke with Darrell Schweitzer about fantasy, reality, and the future. ... Apart from the crossword, what sorts of puzzles (trivia, matching, and so forth) would you enjoy in Amazing Stories?

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Grand Master Flash

We have one feature that doesn't fit the issue's found theme. It's The Phases of Robert Silverberg, by Dorman T. Shindler. Silverberg's personality comes through strongly as the award-winning author talks about a life dedicated to the printed page. ... Which of your favorite authors would you like Amazing Stories to interview? ... Remember that Amazing Stories 603 hits stands on August 3, and you can subscribe right here.

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Timeless as Infinity

The last feature for Amazing 603 that ties in to our accidental theme is A Dimension of Sound, by Jeff Berkwits. It's about new radio adaptations of the original Twilight Zone teleplays. Amazing talks to the series writer, as well as one of the producers, a few of the stars, and even one of the original screenwriters whose work is being translated to the auditory realm. ... What is your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone, and why?

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Call to the Throne

Not all of our features are about making movies based on comics. One of them is about making comics based on prose! Four-Color Fantasy, by Dave Gross, is about Dabel Brothers Productions, a new comics company that's adapting fantasy stories into the realm of sequential art. Author George R.R. Martin talks about the reasons he let them bring The Hedge Knight to life, and the Dabels provide a brief peek at other works based on stories by other huge names in fantasy. ... Tell us if you're more...

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Back to the Beginning

Another inadvertently themed feature in Amazing 603, the first new issue since 2000, is Redoing the Dark Knight, by Joel Meadows, in which screenwriter David Goyer explains how he'll bring Batman back to basics in the upcoming Batman Begins. He talks about inspirations expected (Frank Miller) and not (think Wayne... Bruce Wayne), and he discusses how Bats relates to the title character of his other upcoming comics flick, Blade: Trinity. ... What are your hopes about the new Batman movies?

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Amazing Art

An art director's hardest job is choosing artists for each issue. There are a plethora of dedicated, talented artists out there and only a handful to use at a given time. For our first issue of Amazing Stories, my decisions were first based on the contents of the story and who I thought could best capture its identity. ... Colin Adams has a unique ability to stretch dimensions and skew your perspective in a more interesting way. His wonderful use of contrast and good composition draw you in...

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Power and Responsibility

We never meant for Amazing 603 to be a themed issue, but late in the process of assembling the magazine, we realized that almost all of our features have a common thread: the challenge of adapting established stories from one medium to another—and more often than not, one of the mediums involved is comics. ... It begins with our cover story, Saving the Superhero, by Kevin Dilmore, which addresses the opportunities and pitfalls of adapting comic books to the silver screen, with Spider-Man...

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Things To Come

We're in the final hours of wrapping up our first issue of Amazing Stories, so we'll be revealing some of the issue's content in the next couple of weeks. ... In the meantime, we're already planning out the next few issues, and we've come up with a job for you: help us compile our first annual Holiday Gift Guide! Send an email to amazinggiftguide@paizo.com with a short list of books, DVDs, graphic novels, or other sci-fi or fantasy goodies from the last half of 2004 that you'd really, really...

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Dispatches

This page has been quiet because we've each been alternately busy or absent, but now it's time for the final push on the first new issue of Amazing Stories. ... We've reserved a little room for your letters, and we'd like to begin with your thoughts on where the best amazing stories are appearing these days. Is it in the movies? TV? Novels? Comics? Fiction magazines? Somewhere else? Who are some of your favorite creators of amazing stories? ... Keep it short, include your name and hometown,...

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Your Haiku is Weak!

I never launched the previous entry because, well, it was stupid and I came to my senses. ... We've been incredibly busy at Amazing Stories lately, and there are some exciting things in the works for the first issue. I'll tell you more about them as we approach the release date, August 3. ... In the meantime, enjoy this haiku composed by one of our honorable reviewers in an effort to win dibs on an exciting new galley. ... The editor's eye ... From the snowy mountain peak ... Sees slushy...

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Na na na na na na na na ... Batman!

Some thoughtful (and some sassy) responses to our Batman conundrum have arrived. Most of them point out that even when Bats appears in a gritty, realistic story, he still inhabits a world of both fantasy and SF phenomena. ... Jane puts it thus: The 'fantastic' elements in Batman, to me, are a) the frequent use of extreme/futuristic science, particularly by the villains, and b) the hyperreality of the universe in which a super-rich vigilante hero can ... exist. ... Some of our correspondents...

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Shakespeare's Summer Blockbusters

Last weekend I indulged in one of my other geeky pasttimes and spent the weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Perhaps in an effort to entice those daunted by the histories, the playbill compared Henry VI Part I to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. That might initially seem preposterous, but, upon reflection, it makes sense. There is a little bit of magic in Henry VI—Joan of Arc has mystical visions a la the Force or Galadriel's mirror; and she bests England's mightiest champion,...

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Devil's Mailbox

Last week we came across a delightful parody by Naomi Kritzer called Devil's Mailbox, which you might enjoy. The piece originally appeared in Scavenger's Newsletter (September, 1999) under the title Faust's SASE and was reprinted as The Devil's Mailbox in Planet Relish (December, 2000). The author has kindly granted us permission to link to it here. ... Dave

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Got Cable?

This month, Wonderfalls (FOX) was cancelled with only four of thirteen completed episodes aired, despite it starting to build a rep on the net during the last couple of airings. Word is that it the network considered it dead before it hit the airwaves. Similarly, Century City (CBS) was axed with four of its nine finished episodes having aired. ... Sure, the reason given for the executions is the traditional low ratings, but it's well known that genre programs benefit greatly from...

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Rejecting Ursula K. Le Guin

Thanks to all the writers and editors who've written to me with suggestions and advice about form rejection letters. Currently, we've got a working rejection letter now that we've been using for a week or two, but it will almost certainly evolve. ... As many of you have pointed out, no rejection letter will satisfy everyone, and so I want to clarify that although I admit to having entertained some foolish ideas in my time, I'm not foolish enough to create a rejection letter by consensus,...

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Funny "Ha Ha"

We want to see more submissions of hilarious cartoons with a science-fiction, fantasy, horror, or otherwise amazing theme. We prefer color, but we'll also consider B&W cartoons. You can send links to your website to this email address.Or you can send disposable copies of your cartoons to: ... [Amazing Stories has been cancelled and Paizo Publishing, LLC has moved. For our updated contact information, please see our contact page.]

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A Tale of Two Zombie Tales

Easter weekend in Seattle was a gorgeous pair of spring days. The weather was sunny and warm (really warm!), and all over town the tulips and camellias and cherry and apple trees were blooming like mad. The city was crawling with joggers and dog-walkers and bikers and strollers, the public parks were teeming with sprawled-out pale Seattlelites, sun-starved after the long winter, and in practically every yard there squatted a busy gardener. ... And what did I do with my own little acre of...

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T for Tiberius

My first convention experience came when my father took my brother and me to a Star Trek convention in Baltimore. My mother was fully committed, sewing us Kirk and Spock shirts. I don't remember much about that day except that we were enthralled as much by the space program exhibit as by any of the products at the tiny dealer's room. We didn't have any spending money, but Mom created some home-made tribbles for us once we described them. ... It wasn't until college that I went to cons...

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What's Your Mix?

As a kid, I read a lot of science fiction, then fantasy, and then horror. Maybe too much, if you asked some of the other kids in the school yard. But I also became addicted to movies, staying up late on Friday nights to watch Creature Feature, and then getting up early to catch classic SF movies on Saturday morning. I had a brief passion for comics in my tweens but drifted away for a while before my fanboy college roomies dragged me back in for good. The anime bug took longer to find me, and...

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Movies That Blow Your Mind

My favorite science-fiction movie in recent memory is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's also—at least temporarily, because I'm so fickle—one of my favorite movies of any genre, joining Brazil and Breaking the Waves in the way it pits the powers of human imagination against a seemingly unstoppable force. I also love the way the movie messes with the audience's perceptions in telling its story. That's only one of the great things about science fiction. ... In the past few...

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Comics Relief

Well, the fiction has been getting better. The last stack of slush I took home has so far netted three stories that I'm going to pass on to Jenny and Dave for a second opinion. (Unfortunately, the same stack also had the first story that was so bad I didn't even finish it.) ... Today's tip for prospective writers: If your story is mainly about people and/or aliens having sex, please consider a different magazine. ... I'm really looking forward to some of the non-fiction that will be coming...

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No Fooling

If I were a little less sick and a little more caffeinated—and a great deal less busy—this would be a cute April Fool's installment of the Amazing Stories Journal. But I'm still sick, Paizo has the world's slowest coffee maker, and the submissions stack isn't getting any shorter on its own. Where the heck are my interns? I was promised interns! ... Over the next week, we'll be concentrating on finalizing the story list for the first couple of issues. We've enjoyed a superabundance...

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How Do You Want Your Rejection?

Hello! I'm Jenny Scott, an associate editor of Amazing Stories (Vic, the other one, you've already met). This is an exciting time for us: As you've heard, we're steadily reading through our growing stack of unsolicited fiction and nonfiction queries in preparation for our first issue in August. ... The stack is only shin-high so far but getting taller: We receive, on average, ten stories and three nonfiction queries per day. (We've even received one villanelle.) While it's time-consuming to...

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Reading

Vic Wertz here. I took home a chunk of the submissions stack last night. ... The good news: Every story I read was written by someone with more than a passing knowledge of the English language. All of the stories had a beginning, a middle, and an end (though I disagreed with one author about just where the end should probably be). The average quality level was far above that of the last slush pile I read. ... The bad news: Several authors skipped a few parts of the submission guidelines....

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Iniquitous

Yesterday I jokingly suggested that we should require all who submit fiction to Amazing Stories to be subscribers. The idea was an unexpected hit with a colleague who became dizzy with visions of 600-800 new subscriptions per month, at least until I explained that such a scheme would be wrong. ... Almost as wrong as sending submissions to a magazine to which you don't subscribe.

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Conventional

Somewhere I've read (no pun intended) that Seattle is one of the most literate cities in the U.S. Judging by the number of author readings locally, I find that easy to believe. One of the most active venues for readings is the University Bookstore, which has a great sf/fantasy section minded by the lovely and talented Duane Wilkins. His events calendar is second to none. ... Last night I went to hear Kristine Kathryn Rusch (under her mystery nom de plume, Kris Nelscott) read from her new...

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Inestimable

This is Amazing Stories, day one. ... Just less than one week ago, the press release went live. Moments later, I realized my first mistake as editor-in-chief of the new incarnation of Amazing Stories. A few hours later, I corrected it by expediting our submissions guidelines to the website. My inbox whimpered in relief. ... Shortly thereafter, a friendly inquirer suggested that I should expect 600-800 fiction submissions per month. Now, I remember receiving quite a few submissions for the...



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