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The Show Should Go On

Why does Science Fiction feel more satisfying in literature than in television series? In a word: Closure. [WARNING: Multiple spoilers ahead] Take Max Headroom, about a reporter taking on the corrupt TV media, or Brimstone, its strict sinners-go-to-hell universe in contrast with the shades-of-gray moral dilemmas faced by the protagonist. Both shows were cancelled [...]

2022-09-21T13:43:55-05:00September 21st, 2022|Editorials, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Musings on Music

I want to discuss how SF does music, and music does SF. Music can be a critical component of the story. In Vance’s classic “The Moon Moth,” aliens confer social status according to an individual’s virtuosity on multiple musical instruments, without which they won’t give you the time of day. (For a more recent example [...]

2022-04-18T23:47:44-05:00October 2nd, 2021|Editorials, Issue #10, Non-Fiction|1 Comment

Report: Worldcon Membership Demographics, 2001-2020

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 Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1981-2000 (Walling, 2019) 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.

2020-12-29T15:39:09-05:00December 22nd, 2020|Articles, Issue #9, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

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 [...]

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.

2019-12-29T15:22:32-05:00December 21st, 2019|Articles, Issue #7, 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.

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