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
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” is, quite simply, an inter-planetary tale of claim-jumping.— ed, N.E. Lilly
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
The “local” Mayor dies, leaving a vacuum in the power structure. Gunplay ensues. — ed, N.E. Lilly
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 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
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
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
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
Judges’ dilemma: good Space Western Senryū—don’t require a bribe. — ed, N.E. Lilly
Patrick Scalisi brings us an excellent blend of Detective, Science Fiction, and Western genres. — ed, N.E. Lilly
Jens Rushing brings us a Space Western/Fantasy, in three parts. Part 1 introduces our heroine: Dixie O’Dell. — ed, N.E. Lilly
In part 3 of L. Christopher DelGuercio’s three part serial, Bil-Li tracks down and confronts Lomac Zhinn. — ed, N.E. Lilly
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,” 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
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 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
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 invited the writers who submitted original fiction in our first year to answer these 5 questions. — ed, N.E. Lilly
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.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
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
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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 email@example.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?
When the Narn attack a Centauri colony, Londo and G’Kar nearly come to blows. Meanwhile, raiders are attacking transport ships near the station.
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.
[P.S. Don’t post about events that happen after the show that we're currently watching.]
[Next week’s episode: Soul Hunter]
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.
[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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