Star Song by Filamena Young

Star Song

Westerns tend to be dreams about how life once was; Science Fiction, about how life is to be. Every once in a while we encounter a dream that’s something more.— ed, N.E. Lilly

No Child of Mine by Filamena Young

No Child of Mine

Classic stories of the West seem to revel in the vast spaces and the wide open vistas; the very isolation that living on the frontier must bring with it. Filamena Young returns to Mars in a follow-up story to “Mars Ain’t No Place for Ladies”.— ed, N.E. Lilly

Interview with Phil Foglio

Interview with Phil Foglio

Phil Foglio is best known, along with his wife Kaja, for their successful web comic series Girl Genius. Phil is also the creator and artist responsible for Buck Godot. He was kind enough to answer a few questions.— ed, N.E. Lilly

Deuce of Diamonds by Adrian Scanlan

Deuce of Diamonds

“Deuce of Diamonds” is, quite simply, an inter-planetary tale of claim-jumping.— ed, N.E. Lilly

10 Most Influential Space Westerns by N.E. Lilly

10 Most Influential Space Westerns

“10 Most Influential Space Westerns!? These can’t possibly be Space Westerns. And you surely don’t want me to believe that Space Westerns have any influence on real Science Fiction...” Yes, they are. Yes, I do.— ed, N.E. Lilly

Dead Mass by Larry Hodges

Dead Mass

This is a story about bravery, steel resolve in a crisis, and putting the needs of others ahead of your own. Originally published in Beyond Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine, Issue #19, 1991.— ed, N.E. Lilly

A Rage for Justice by John Whalen

A Rage for Justice

John Whalen brings us another story in his Tulon setting. He asks the question, what’s a man to do when he finds a man that he has every reason to kill at the point of his gun?— ed, N.E. Lilly

A Curious Pleasure Excursion by Mark Twain

A Curious Pleasure Excursion

SpaceWesterns.com is celebrating its two-year anniversary here, with a space-story by Mark Twain. It was published as a hoax in the summer of 1874, at the height of “Comet Scare” of that year.— ed, N.E. Lilly

The Reckoning by John P. Wilson

The Reckoning

There are a number of standard dichotomies on the frontier: immigrants versus natives; settlers versus nomads; civilization versus nature. I can only surmise that in the far future the new range wars will be fought oil versus solar. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Space Western Most Wanted by N.E. Lilly

Space Western Most Wanted

It’s been a conundrum here at SpaceWesterns.com—how best to get the attention of Space Western genre professionals for interviews? After much soul-searching and introspection (not to mention navel-gazing) we’ve decided: an old fashioned bounty hunt! The following are all wanted men... — ed, N.E. Lilly

Semantica by Fredrick Obermeyer

Semantica

Tradition says that the Native Americans sold their land to Europeans because they didn’t believe that anyone could actually own it. Supposedly, it was beyond the Native American’s comprehension that any one person could define boundaries, describe borders, and exclude others from using the landscape. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Droidtown Blues by Camille Alexa

Droidtown Blues

Further adventures of Matty and the Mandroid in this follow-up story to The Clone-Wrangler’s Bride. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Le Grand Bazar by Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon

Le Grand Bazar

Change your name, change your profession, change your life... The promise of the frontier is an escape from your old life—the promise is there, whether or not it’s actually kept. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Interview with John G. Cawelti by N.E. Lilly

Interview with John G. Cawelti

Not many people study the Science Fiction or the Western genres academically, let alone the two together. Fewer still have an award named in their honor. John G. Cawelti is just such a pioneer in the study of Popular and American Culture. He was studying Popular Culture before it was popular. That’s why we’re honored that he consented to an interview on the subject of Space Westerns. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Her Day in Court by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt

Her Day in Court

People often ran to the West to be free from confrontation, to escape their old lives, only to discover that it’s the confrontation that sets them free. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin

The Cold Equations

The Cold Equations appeared in the August 1954 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. I can do no better than John Campbell’s original preface to this story: “The Frontier is a strange place – and a frontier is not always easy to recognize. It may lie on the other side of a simple door marked ‘No admittance’ – but it is always deadly dangerous.” — ed, N.E. Lilly

In the Walls of Eryx by H.P. Lovecraft & Kenneth Sterling

In the Walls of Eryx

In January of 1936 a young man named Kenneth Sterling shared a draft of a story with H.P. Lovecraft. The story was rewritten and published after Lovecraft’s death as In the Walls of Eryx in the Weird Tales of October 1939. This story is Lovecraft’s sole Interplanetary frontier story set in the future. It details an encounter of a prospector with the aborigines of the planet Venus. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Mound - Part VII

The Mound—Part VII

There’s just something attractive to the idea of infinite cosmic horror and the wild, wild west: The conclusion of H.P. Lovecraft and Zelia Bishop’s “The Mound,” which we’re presenting here in 7-part serial form. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Last Taste of Manna by T.J. McIntyre

Last Taste of Manna

Accidents happen on the frontier. People heading out to make a new life on the frontier get stranded. Often, in the absence of a civilizing influence, they do whatever they can to survive. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Mound - Part VI

The Mound—Part VI

There’s just something attractive to the idea of infinite cosmic horror and the wild, wild west: Part 6 of H.P. Lovecraft and Zelia Bishop’s “The Mound,” which we’re presenting here in 7-part serial form. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Kin by Bruce McAllister

Kin

A young boy contacts an alien gun-for-hire in the hopes of saving his sister’s life. “Kin” has an impressive pedigree: dedicated to Harry Harrison, originally appearing in the Feburary 2006 issue of Asimov’ Science Fiction Magazine, chosen by Gardner Dozois to appear in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-fourth Annual Collection, and nominated for a Hugo Award in 2007. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Mound - Part V

The Mound—Part V

There’s just something attractive to the idea of infinite cosmic horror and the wild, wild west: Part 5 of H.P. Lovecraft and Zelia Bishop’s “The Mound,” which we’re presenting here in 7-part serial form. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Better than Gold by Robert Mancebo

Better than Gold

Beto Rivera is a prospecting on the lonely planet of Mirimar when he rescues a woman that he wishes he hadn’t. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Mound - Part IV

The Mound—Part IV

There’s just something attractive to the idea of infinite cosmic horror and the wild, wild west: Part 4 of H.P. Lovecraft and Zelia Bishop’s “The Mound,” which we’re presenting here in 7-part serial form. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Old Habits by Amanda Spikol

Old Habits

Amanda Spikol brings us a prequel to “A Few Sunsets Too Many”. In this story we learn a bit more about the Candriodale. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Mound - Part III

The Mound—Part III

There’s just something attractive to the idea of infinite cosmic horror and the wild, wild west: Part 3 of H.P. Lovecraft and Zelia Bishop’s “The Mound,” which we’re presenting here in 7-part serial form. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Interview with Beth Nelson, Browncoat Ball Chair 2008

Interview with Beth Nelson, Browncoat Ball Chair 2008

Beth Nelson is 2008 Chair of the Browncoat Ball, an annual roaming gathering of fans of the science fiction space western series Firefly and major motion picture Serenity created by Joss Whedon. This year the Browncoat Ball is being held in Austin, Texas on the weekend of October 10th-12th — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Mound - Part II

The Mound—Part II

There’s just something attractive to the idea of infinite cosmic horror and the wild, wild west: Part 2 of H.P. Lovecraft and Zelia Bishop’s “The Mound,” which we’re presenting here in 7-part serial form. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Sci Fi Westerns

Sci Fi Westerns

Sunny Buick was the curator of the Sci Fi Western art exhibit in 2003 which included over 100 artists. Many of the artists (96 of them) submitted their work in time to be included in the exhibition book. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Mound - Part I

The Mound—Part I

The works of H.P. Lovecraft are typically set in modern day (for him) New England. There are a few notable exceptions. One of them is The Mound co-written with Zelia Bishop, which we’re presenting here in 7-part serial form (the final part scheduled to be published the week of Halloween). There’s just something attractive to the idea of infinite cosmic horror and the wild, wild west. — ed, N.E. Lilly

West of the Texas Nebula by Dan Devine & Lyn Perry

West of the Texas Nebula

The “local” Mayor dies, leaving a vacuum in the power structure. Gunplay ensues. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Fiction Clemens Review

Fiction Clemens Review

Ape Entertainment brings us Josh Wagner’s Fiction Clemens (sub-titled Adventures of a Zen Space Cowboy), a Space Western tale about the inexorable spiral of living. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Fatal Image by Robert Neilsen

Fatal Image

Fear, it’s a primal emotion. Coop Thornton, a future rancher with a penchant for Western stories, must overcome it when he finds himself in a showdown with an alien beast. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Lawmen of Dos Diablos by Bruce Buchanan

The Lawmen of Dos Diablos

The two lawmen have a common problem: a dangerous criminal must be captured before he can harm any more innocents. It just so happens that one is a sheriff in Arizona circa 1890, while the other is a policeman from a distant galaxy. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Corazón by Jens Rushing

Corazón—Part 3

Jens Rushing brings us a Space Western/Fantasy, in three parts. In this final installment, Dixie O’Dell is captured by Gomez. How can she escape, bring Gomez to justice, and thwart the Aztec invasion of Earth? — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Hard Deal by John M. Whalen

The Hard Deal

A young man plans revenge on a rich industrialist for the death of his father, but his plans go awry when he encounters an indigenous life form. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Corazón by Jens Rushing

Corazón—Part 2

Jens Rushing brings us a Space Western/Fantasy, in three parts. In Part 2 Dixie O’Dell winds her way along the Ghost Trail to track down Gomez. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Space Western Senryū Contest Winners

Space Western Senryū Contest Winners

Judges’ dilemma: good Space Western Senryū—don’t require a bribe. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Horse Theives by Partick Scalisi

The Horse Theives

Patrick Scalisi brings us an excellent blend of Detective, Science Fiction, and Western genres. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Corazón by Jens Rushing

Corazón—Part 1

Jens Rushing brings us a Space Western/Fantasy, in three parts. Part 1 introduces our heroine: Dixie O’Dell. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Catch The Starway Pass, Put It In Your Pocket by L. Christopher DelGuercio

Catch The Starway Pass, Put It In Your Pocket—Part 3

In part 3 of L. Christopher DelGuercio’s three part serial, Bil-Li tracks down and confronts Lomac Zhinn. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Battlestar Galactica Role-Playing Game Review

Battlestar Galactica Role-Playing Game Review

Kenneth Newquist sends us an in-depth review of the Battlestar Galactica Role-Playing Game. This article was previously published on Nuketown. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Catch The Starway Pass, Put It In Your Pocket by L. Christopher DelGuercio

Catch The Starway Pass, Put It In Your Pocket—Part 2

In part 2 of L. Christopher DelGuercio’s three part serial, after having shot Franck in the back Bil-Li is visited by Sheriff Tepper. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Interview with Mojo

Interview with “Mojo”

Interview with “Mojo,” a Visual Effects Supervisor and artist who has worked on projects such as Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Voyager, and Babylon 5 — ed, N.E. Lilly

Catch The Starway Pass, Put It In Your Pocket by L. Christopher DelGuercio

Catch The Starway Pass, Put It In Your Pocket—Part 1

L. Christopher DelGuercio brings us this three part serial. In part 1 we’re introduced to Lomac Zhinn and Bil-Li on the planet of Exoterra. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Merchants of Venus by X Minus One

The Merchants of Venus

“The Merchants of Venus” by A.H. Phelps, Jr. originally appeared in the March 1954 issue of Galaxy Magazine. The story answers the question: how do you sell a planet to potential pioneers? — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Real Red and White by Jeremy Kolassa

A Real Red and White

It’s not unheard of for a tired stranger to save a town. Jeremy Kolassa brings us just such a tale. — ed, N.E. Lilly

SpaceWesterns.com First Year Writer’s Interviews

SpaceWesterns.com First Year Writer’s Interviews

SpaceWesterns.com invited the writers who submitted original fiction in our first year to answer these 5 questions. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown: The Graves Speak

The conclusion to the 8 part A Man Called Mister Brown serial by A.R. Yngve where Vaino “Green” Fingers, Mister Brown, and Ms. Hitt discover the secret of the missing plutonium. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Remorseful Kinda by Ian Welke

Remorseful Kinda

In many stories the protagonist is such an aggressive force that they overpower everything in the story. In “Remorseful Kinda” the protagonist, David, isn’t the brazen, uncaring personality that you’d expect from a bounty hunter. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

Hanging Judge

Justice is a strange quality that societies seek out. It’s complicated by the fact that what may be a punishment for one individual, isn’t necessarily so for another. Civilizations go to extremes trying to find justice. Even farther to find a fair and even-handed judge. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown: To The Underworld

Part 7 of the 8 part A Man Called Mister Brown serial by A.R. Yngve finds Vaino “Green” Fingers, Mister Brown, and Ms. Hitt going beneath the surface of Mars in search of the missing plutonium. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown: Mars in Winter

Part 6 of the 8 part A Man Called Mister Brown serial by A.R. Yngve finds Vaino “Green” Fingers, Mister Brown, and Ms. Hitt arrive on Mars to find the missing plutonium. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

Interview with Seamus Kevin Fahey

Seamus Kevin Fahey is one of the newest staff members promoted to the position of Staff Writer for Battlestar Galactica. He was kind enough to set aside some time to answer our questions. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown: Camp Adonis

Part 5 of the 8 part A Man Called Mister Brown serial by A.R. Yngve finds Vaino “Green” Fingers and Mister Brown in a prison camp, where they come face to face with Ms. Hitt. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Renoke by Ken McConnell

The Renoke

Ken McConnell gives us this story about a man who buys a previously owned ship, and gets more than he bargained for. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown: The Ishtar Death March

Part 4 of the 8 part A Man Called Mister Brown serial by A.R. Yngve where Vaino “Green” Fingers and Mister Brown finally meet, face to face. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Interview with Russell Davis

Interview with Russell Davis

Russell Davis, author, editor, and recent President elect of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, kindly gave SpaceWesterns.com an interview. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Octopus Tanks by Max Gladstone

Octopus Tanks

Max Gladstone brings us a tale of vigilantism and revenge, grounded firmly in the daily struggles of an ordinary woman on an unforgiving planet. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown: Mr. Green

Part 3 of the 8 part A Man Called Mister Brown serial by A.R. Yngve introduces Vaino “Green” Fingers, a con-man, outlaw, and huckster. — ed, N.E. Lilly

The Battlestar Galactica Code: The Last Cyclon

The Battlestar Galactica Code: The Last Cylon

The Battlestar Galactica image that purports to give clues to the identity of the last Cylon has spread around the Internet with religious fervor. Galactica Sitrep and SpaceWesterns.com put their heads together in analyzing the image. — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown: Ms. Hitt

Part 2 of the 8 part A Man Called Mister Brown serial by A.R. Yngve introduces the Director of the Agency For Terran Affairs, Ms. Mendez, and her field operative, Ms. Hitt. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Interview with David Weddle by N.E. Lilly

Interview with David Weddle

I am continually amazed by the number of professionals who straddle the line between Western and Science Fiction. David Weddle is one such professional, currently working on Battlestar Galactica, he started out by writing a biography of the Western director Sam Peckinpah. — ed. N.E. Lilly

Craphound by Cory Doctorow

Craphound

This story, originally published in Science Fiction Age, March 1998, sums up how I feel about the Space Western genre in a lot of ways. These Space Westerns, the ones on this site and the many more that have yet to appear, the reprints and the original works, the Space Western fantasies of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the hard science fiction Space Westerns of Isaac Asimov, even the crappy little Space Operas and Bat Durstons, all of them are “a poem and a story.” — ed, N.E. Lilly

A Man Called Mr. Brown by A.R. Yngve

A Man Called Mister Brown—Part 1

A.R. Yngve brings the first full-fledged serial (part 1 of 8) to SpaceWesterns.com with A Man Called Mister Brown.— ed, N.E. Lilly

Interview with Sunny Buick

Sunny Buick, contemporary Lowbrow artist, and curator of the Sci Fi Western art exhibit, was able to answer a few questions for us in this interview. — ed, N.E. Lilly

Previous Features

Bat Durston, Space Marshal, by G. Richard Bozarth...001
audio Space Cowboys, by N.E. Lilly...002
Threshold, by Ben Jonjak...003
audio Interview with Keith R.A. DeCandido, by N.E. Lilly...004
The Ice Dwarves, by Doug Goodman...005
Sundown on Venus, a Jet Black Berries retrospective, by Eric Reanimator...006
The Preacher, by David B. Riley...007
Catskinner Sweet and the Twirling Teacups of Deadwood City, by James S. Dorr...008
audio The Green Hills of Earth, by X Minus One...009
How Beautiful the Herd on the Dark Matter Range, by Jens Rushing...010
Science Fiction Trails Review, by N.E. Lilly...011
Time of the Gr’nar—Part I, by C.J. Henderson & Bruce Gehweiler...012
Time of the Gr’nar—Part II, by C.J. Henderson & Bruce Gehweiler...013
Parasite Planet, by Stanley G. Weinbaum...014
audio Interview with Mark L. Van Name, by N.E. Lilly...015
Young as the Mountains, by C.J. Henderson...016
Beans, Blades, & Bullets: A Pulp Tale of Grit & Zen, by Steve Logan...017
Mathematics of Hunger, by Jason Andrew...018
audio Interview with David G. Hartwell, by N.E. Lilly...019
They Were the Wind, by C.J. Henderson...020
No Right, by Jens Rushing...021
Green River Rain, by John M. Whalen...022
audio Interview with Matt Black, 2007 Browncoat Ball Chair, by N.E. Lilly...023
Law of the Kuzzi, by James Chambers...024
For the Good of the Settlement, by Vonnie Winslow Crist...025
audio Sundown on Venus, by Gary Trainer & The Atomic Swindlers...026
Don’t Look Back, by Ben Jonjak...027
audio Interview with The Bedlam Bards, by N.E. Lilly...028
The Hardest Glory—Part 1, by C.J. Henderson & Bruce Gehweiler...029
The Hardest Glory—Part 2, by C.J. Henderson & Bruce Gehweiler...030
audio Masked Astronaut, by Gary Trainer & The Atomic Swindlers...031
Hidden Answers, by Cheryl McCreary...032
Interview with the Cowboys and Aliens II Creative Team, by N.E. Lilly...033
Frontier Justice, by Robert Collins...034
Space Western Limerick Contest Winners, by Jane Espenson, Keith R.A. DeCandido & Gary Trainer...035
The Clone-Wrangler’s Bride, by Camille Alexa...036
Interview with Jane Espenson, by N.E. Lilly...037
A Few Sunsets Too Many, by Amanda Spikol...038
Space Western Holiday Specials, by N.E. Lilly...039
Mars Ain’t No Place For Ladies, by Filamena Young...040
The Two Devils Review, by N.E. Lilly...041
Command Performance, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt...042
audio The Martian Death March, by X Minus One...043
images Behind the Scenes of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, by N.E. Lilly...044
A Llama’s Tale, by Shauna Roberts...045
Captain Ayers and the Waconda “War”, by Robert Collins...046
Finding Serenity Review, by Kenneth J. Newquist...047
audio Interview with C.J. Henderson, by N.E. Lilly...048
Redemption Cairn, by Stanley G. Weinbaum...049
Texas Fold’em, by Lawrence M. Schoen...050
The Women of Space Westerns, by N.E. Lilly...051
A World is Born, by Leigh Brackett...052
Fight Girl Battle World Two‑headed Review, by Darrell Schweitzer & N.E. Lilly...053
The Ballad of Stagg’rin’ Bill, by Marcie Tentchoff...054
Interview with Sunny Buick, by N.E. Lilly...055

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An Evening with Marian Call

Space Westerns Magazine is hosting an evening with Marian Call at Lucy’s Hat Shop at 7pm on October 15th, 2010 in Philadelphia as a part of her 49>50 tour—featuring humorous and moving original songs plus some creative and unexpected cover tunes.

Her 2008 album Got to Fly was commissioned by Quantum Mechanix, Inc.—friendly to all listeners, but especially for geeks. The songs are inspired by Joss Whedon's Firefly (2003) and Battlestar Galactica (2004).

The private room at Lucy's Hat Shop will be available beginning at 7pm and is a 21+ environment. Lucy's Hat Shop is located at 247 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (convenient to SEPTA: just a short distance from the #33 bus or from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line).

Tickets are $15, $10 for students, seniors, military, disabled, or starving artist (honor system), available at http://mariancall.com/

Marian Call delivers whimsical Alaskan folk funk for the Coffee Counter-Culture. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell & Regina Spektor raising the child of Jason Mraz & Erin McKeown. Call’s sound is always soulful, honest, and clever, loved by all types—computer geeks, church ladies, teenage thugs, NPR listeners, and urban hipsters worldwide. Marian is currently touring all 50 states and hopes to play for you soon — find more information at http://mariancall.com.

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Costume Craze
Western costumes for all gunslingers. We also have Star Wars, Star Trek, Galactica costumes, and more!
(www.costumecraze.com)

Bat Durston, Strange Horizons

strangehorizons

On the electronic frontier, my article "The Emancipation of Bat Durston" is now appearing on Strange Horizons. I began writing it shortly after SpaceWesterns.com launched in 2007, and it is just now seeing publication.

Space Western List

High Frontiers

newhorizons

For anyone who is at all interested in writing "Hard Science Fiction Space Travel stories" I highly recommend reading the blog of Charles Stross. I'm not saying that he's right that people will never travel among the stars, I'm just saying that he brings up valid objections to space travel that should be addressed. Specifically you should read The myth of the starship and The High Frontier, Redux (including all the comments).

Gastropods: feeding the hungry

Mathematics of Hunger by Jason Andrew

I have to give credit to Jason Andrew for his predictive powers in "Mathematics of Hunger," one of the first works of fiction to appear on SpaceWesterns.com. We're trying to solve the hunger crisis in Africa with Giant Snails.

Was the 'Cowboy Universe' Discovered?

cowboyuniverse

FRY: Far out! So, there's an infinite number of parallel universes?

FARNSWORTH: No, just the two.

An article appeared on New Scientist today: Mystery 'dark flow' extends towards edge of universe. Some scientists speculate that we may have a neighborverse.

10 Greatest Sci-Fi Westerns by Topless Robot

Topless Robot has put up a list of the 10 greatest Sci-Fi Westerns. I disagree with some of their picks, but who am I to argue with their definitions, I put Alien on the 10 Most Influential Space Westerns list

More Influential Space Westerns?

Since running the 10 Most Influential Space Westerns article I've been contacted about a number of other works that should probably be included on the list (if not in the top 10, then at least in the top 20). Works have been recommended such as Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, and Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, as well as the movies Outland and Pitch Black, among others. So... if there were to be an expanded list of the Most Influential Space Westerns, which works would you nominate to be on it?

SpaceWesterns.com Submissions

The Return of Fight Girl Battle World

Fight Girl Battle World will be returning to the stage July 14-18, 2009. Read the our review of the original performance in our Fight Girl Battle World Two-headed Review with Darrell Schweitzer and N.E. Lilly.

Highly recommended, tickets are on sale HERE.

The News of My Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

While the magazine has languished these past few months, we're feeling much better.

We mean to clear out our old slush just as soon as we possibly can, and get back onto our weekly publishing schedule. To this end, we're looking for a Deputy Editor, and an Art Scout. If you're interested in one of these volunteer positions send an e-mail to the editor@spacewesterns.com with the following information: your name (full, penname, and/or online handles), your relevant experience, your 10 favorite Space Westerns (stories, novels, games, movies, etc.), and the answer to this question: What is a Space Western?

SpaceWesterns.com on a top 100

Distance Learning Net has just posted their list of the Top 100 Science Fiction Blogs. SpaceWesterns.com finds itself at #25. Yay!

Babylon 5: Midnight on the Firing Line

Almost a full year after the Babylon 5 pilot, the series premiered on this day, January 26th, 1994: “Midnight on the Firing Line” (on Hulu, with commercials).

When the Narn attack a Centauri colony, Londo and G’Kar nearly come to blows. Meanwhile, raiders are attacking transport ships near the station.

Notable quote:

Sinclair: We’ve had plenty of experience with sneak attacks. Pearl Harbor, the terrorist nuking of San Diego, the destruction of our first Mars colony. It’s a long and bloody history. Do you know what we learned from it? That the sneak attack is the first resort of a coward.

Thoughts?

[P.S. Don’t post about events that happen after the show that we're currently watching.]

[Next week’s episode: Soul Hunter]

Babylon 5 is open for business!

If you haven't watched the Babylon 5 pilot "Babylon 5: The Gathering" yet, then go do that now (on Hulu, with commercials).

It's OK, I'll wait...

The ambassador from Vorlon survives an attempted assassination soon after landing on the Babylon 5 space station. The hunt for a prime suspect turns up the unexpected.

I watched the original pilot when it first came on in 1993. Also premiering that year were Space Rangers, and Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

Your thoughts?

[Since some people are just being introduced to Babylon 5 through this rewatch, here's a quick spoiler policy]

Don't post about events that happen after the show that we're currently watching.

[Next week's episode, the season 1 premiere: Midnight on the Firing Line]

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