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CANDLELIGHT

By fiction editor Jalyn Fiske Writing is such a slithery thing these days (or, perhaps it has been since days began). Markets want this kind of story, editors want that, and instructors teach something else entirely. I’ll give my two cents as Fiction Editor on what we’re looking for specifically at James Gunn’s Ad [...]

By |2020-06-30T22:22:18-05:00June 30th, 2020|Editorials, Issue #8, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Report: Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1981-2000

This report is a continuation of the work done in Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1939-1960 (Walling, 2016) and in Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1961-1980 (Walling, 2018) and aims to see if any of the trends previously observed continue in subsequent Worldcons and provide some hard data on the membership of the Worldcons of that period.

By |2019-12-29T15:22:32-05:00December 21st, 2019|Articles, Issue #7, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

REPORT: Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1961-1980

by René Walling This report is a continuation of the work done in Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1939-1960 (Walling, 2016) and aims to see if any of the trends previously observed continue in subsequent Worldcon and provide some hard data on the membership of the Worldcons of that period.

By |2019-10-24T15:45:18-05:00August 31st, 2018|Articles, Issue #6, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

REPORT: Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1939-1960

by René Walling Sweeping statements and generalizations are often made about the membership of early World Science Fiction Conventions (WSFC, or Worldcon) such as “only the same people came back every year” or “the attendance was all male.” Yet rarely is more than anecdotal evidence given to support these statements. The goal of this report is to provide some hard data on the membership of early Worldcons so that such statements can be based on more than anecdotal evidence.

By |2019-10-24T15:45:19-05:00August 16th, 2016|Articles, Issue #5, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Echoes of Philip K. Dick’s schizoid woman in Star Trek: Voyager’s Harry Kim

by Victor Grech Star Trek is a popular cultural phenomenon. One of the spin-offs, the Voyager series, features a naïve and lonely young human officer called Harry Kim who repeatedly falls for warm and affectionate “dark haired girls” or cold and calculating “schizoid women” as famously categorized by N. Katherine Hayles about Philip K. Dick’s oeuvre.

By |2019-10-24T15:45:20-05:00August 15th, 2016|Articles, Issue #5, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Ambiguous Utopias

by Sheila Finch Utopian or dystopian, the view of the near future adopted by an author owes much to the political and social climate of its time. Two dystopian works by Paolo Bacigalupi, out of the many that have appeared in recent years, illustrate this point:

By |2019-10-24T15:45:20-05:00August 14th, 2016|Articles, Issue #5, Non-Fiction|0 Comments