Captain Future


Amazing Selects No. 4

Amazing Selects: Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future in 1,500 Light Years from Home

Amazing Selects: Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future in 1,500 Light Years from Home [#4 March 2021] (Experimenter Publishing, $8.99, 219pp, tpb)
Table of Contents
1 • Author’s Note • Allen Steele •
5 • Interlude: Beneath Tycho • Allen Steele •
17 • 1,500 Light Years from Home • Allen Steele • n
168 • Capt. Future Meets Gilbert & Sullivan • S. and V. Schultheis, edited by Allen M. Steele • pl
203 • About the Author • Allen M. Steele • bg
206 • About the Artist (cover) • Jon Eno • bg
207 • About the Artist (interior) • M.D. • bg

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Contents formatted in the style of Phil Stephensen-Payne’s Galatic Central reference website.
FictionMags Index Family Item Types & Other Abbreviations key.

Amazing Selects: Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future in 1,500 Light Years from Home

News Digest Aug. 14, 2020

Mystery Weekly Magazine Aug. 2020

New Releases
Mystery Weekly Magazine Aug. 2020
Contents Page
Bill Kelly “Lucid”
Josh Pachter “The Odds Are Good”
Michael Bracken “Bone Soup”
Gerard J. Waggett “Suicide Insurance”
Leone Ciporin “The Power of the Dog”
Rachel Amphlett “A Grave Mistake”
Michael Mallory “Only the Desperate Come Here”
David Bart “A Little Housecleaning”
Bruce Harris “A Numbers Game” (You-Solve-It)

Mystery Weekly Magazine No. 60 Aug. 2020
Publisher: Chuck Carter
Editor: Kerry Carter
Cover: Robin Grenville-Evans
7.4” x 9.7” 85 pages
Print $7.99 Kindle $3.99
MWM Website

Jul/Aug 2020 Digests
Jul/Aug 2020 Digests

Digest Magazine Writers’ Roundup
David Erik Nelson
discusses his F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 cover story, “All Hail the Pizza King and Bless His Reign Eternal,” at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Mel Kassel talks “Crawfather” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Adam Ford on the secret origin of his poem “Dog Day Afternoon” from Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

James Morrow on “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 37: The Jawbone” from F&SF Jul/Aug 2020 at Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Tom Purdom talks ray guns, personality mods, and quotes about his story “We All Lose if They Take Mizuba” from Asimov’s Jul./Aug 2020 at From Earth to the Stars.

MWM 8-2020, Pulp Modern 5, Fantastic 9-1965, Commando: Raging Metal

Digest Magazine Reviews
Robert Lopresti
reviews “Only the Desperate Come Here” by Michael Mallory from Mystery Weekly Magazine Aug. 2020 at Little Big Crimes.

Suz Jay reviews Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 5 and awards it 4.5 stars at Goodreads.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Sept. 1965 at Galactic Journey.

James Reasoner reviews Commando: Raging Metal at Rough Edges.

Alec Cizak
reads three poems from The Five-Two on ACTV.

Tom Leins presents “Recalibration” at Pulp Modern Flash.

Batman 326, Brave & Bold 165, Detective 493, Untold Legend of Batman 2

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Jack Seabrook
and Peter Enfantino review Batman No. 326, The Brave and the Bold No. 165, Detective Comics No. 493, and The Untold Legend of Batman No. 2 at bare•bones e-zine.

Jack Seabrook presents The Hitchcock Project—Harold Swanton Part Five: “Summer Shade” (adapted from an AHMM Oct. 1960 story) at bare•bones e-zine.

AHMM Oct 1960, Brain Freeze 4

Zine Scene
Jim Main’s
latest mini comic Brain Freeze No. 4 is available for $5.00 postage paid from Main Enterprises PO Box 93, New Milford, CT 06776. The 40-page issue includes work by well over a dozen cartoonists including John Lambert, Brad W. Foster, Doug Halverson, and many, many others.

Also, Michael Neno’s Horse Crime Comics mini comic is now available at Nenoworld.

Yes to Life, The Guns of Pluto

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished listening to Victor E. Frankl’s Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything this week. The book consists of three lectures Frankl gave shortly after his liberation from concentration camps after WWII on the meaning of life. Surprisingly uplifting and of course, thought provoking.

The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 June 2020

Also read the second edition of Amazing Selects with Edmond Hamilton’s Captain Future starring in The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele. This adventure is the second installment of Steele’s trilogy of The Return of Ul Quorn, sequel to Avengers of the Moon. Great read with clever plotting. Can’t wait to get my eyeballs on the conclusion. Plus this edition includes a bonus reprint of Hamilton’s “The Harpers of Titan,” a story in which the Brain takes center stage, with the rest of the crew in supporting roles.

Finished writing an article/review of Flying Eagle’s 1953 digest magazine Verdict and submitted it to Peter Enfantino of Cimarron Street books for a future edition of bare•bones.

Also gained feedback on my sword and sorcery story “The Children of Aldwier” from my writing group. After some tweaks, the story will appear in TDE13, scheduled for January 2021.

Karl awarded The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 a five-star rating on Goodreads this week. Thank you, Karl! The issue is available in print from Lulu.com (and amazon), and in digital formats for Kindle and Magzter.

Thrilling SF No. 24

Vintage SF Digest
Thrilling Science Fiction No. 24 April 1972
Contents Page
Ivar Jorgenson “Children of Chaos”
Les Collins “The Seventh Planet” art by Schroeder
C.H. Thomas “World Beyond Pluto” art by Novick
Henry Slesar “Legacy of Terror” art by Virgil Finlay
Tom Godwin “Cry From a Far Planet” art by Martinez
O.H. Leslie
“The Creators”
A. Bertram Chandler “It Started with Sputnik” art by Llewellyn
G.L. Vendenberg
“Moon Glow”
A. Morris & Malcolm Smith “The Thing on the Moon”

Thrilling Science Fiction No. 24 April 1972
Ultimate Publishing
5.25” x 7.75” 132 pages 60¢

News Digest July 24, 2020

Amazing Selects: The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele

New Release
Amazing Selects: The Guns of Pluto by Allen Steele (Captain Future)
Contents Page
Paul Di Filippo’s Newton’s Laws of Thrills (Introduction)
Steve Davidson: Publisher’s Introduction
Who is Captain Future?
Interlude: Marshall Gurney Reports
Allen Steele “The Guns of Pluto” (The Return of Ul Quorn, Book II)
Edmond Hamilton “The Harpers of Titan”
About the Author: Allen Steele
About the Creator: Edmond Hamilton
About the Cover Artist: Renon Boe
About the Interior Artist: M.D. Jackson
About the Comet II Artist: Rob Caswell
5.5” x 8.5” 205 pages
Print $8.99 Kindle $8.99
Amazing Stories website

Worlds of Tomorrow Sept. 1965

Digest Magazine Reviews
Victoria Silverwolf
reviews Worlds of Tomorrow Sept 1965 at Galactic Journey.

Digest Magazines and Authors
Art Taylor’s
new e-newsletter is out.

Deborah L. Davitt discusses her poem “Vintage Years” at Asimov’s From Earth to the Stars.

David Bridge, whose story “Feral Flesh” appears in EQMM Jul/Aug 2020, recalls Creepers by Keith Gray at Something is Going to Happen.

Espionage No. 1

Andrew Kozma reflects on his story “Mars, the Dumping Ground of the Solar System” from Analog Jul/Aug 2020 at The Astounding Analog Companion.

John Floyd writes about his story “Crow’s Nest” from EQMM Jan/Feb 2020 at The First Two Pages. (Thanks, Kevin Tipple.)

Peter Wood examines apocalyptic fiction, while his story “Why I’ll Never Get Tenure” appears in Asimov’s Jul/Aug 2020, at From Earth to the Stars.

Josh Pachter recalls Espionage Magazine with Jeff Quest on the Spybrary Podcast.

Restoration by Art Taylor

Hector Acosta’s
“La Cocinera” at Rusty Barnes’ Tough Crime.

Barb Goffman reports Art Taylor’s story “Restoration,” originally published in Crime Syndicate Magazine is available free at Black Cat Mystery.

Alec Cizak reads his story “The Bag Girl” from Tough 2 at ACTV.

TDE Contributors’ Corner
Michael Neno
, who drew the illustration for Rick Ollerman’s story “Sock Monster” for The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 posted his thoughts on the issue and awarded it a five-star rating on GoodReads. Thanks, Michael!

The issue also garnered a five-star rating from Steve Alcorn on Amazon.com. Thank you, Steve!

As long as I seem to be grouping all the TDE12 updates here, I’m also grateful to James Reasoner for his kind words at Rough Edges.

Vampi 19, Eerie 42, Creepy 48

Uncle Jack (Seabrook) and Cousin Peter (Enfantino) review Vampirella No. 19 & 20, Eerie No. 42 & 43, and Creepy No. 48 & 49 at bare•bones e-zine.

Vampi 20, Eerie 43, Creepy 49

Steve Carper takes a deep dive into Space Kit. That’s right, your very own chunk of space in a box! Get all the answers at Flying Cars and Food Pills.

Readin’ and Writin’
David Lovelock
created a story outline grid based on the Advanced Fiction Writing class at Writing Academy.

Gods of their own making. A book I picked up years ago because it sounded interesting was Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green. At long last, I finished reading it this week. The prologue explains the ancient civilization was “the most self-contained of all the countries of the ancient world; it lived its own life, practiced its own religion and made up its own stories…”

First conquered by the Greeks, and then the Romans, many of Egypt’s stories were lost. Those that survived were hidden in its hieroglyphs, rediscovered in more modern times. The stories in this collection were carved on tablets or painted on papyrus by Egyptians or preserved by Greek historians.

But all were recorded by or for the pleasure of the ruling class, and reflect their narrow perspectives. There are peasants included, but none rise above their station unless gifted with uncommon beauty or prophecy. The slaves who built the great pyramids and temples pass through unseen.

These stories and fables provide a fascinating glimpse into ancient Egyptian history and culture as perceived by those who benefited most. A single line repeated again and again throughout the stories and reigns, the first words uttered in the presence of a Pharaoh, “Life, health, and strength be to you!” speaks volumes.

Tales of Ancient Egypt, White Fragility, F&SF 7/8 2020

Finished listening to the audio book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, with a forward by Michael Eric Dyson. The book defines white privilege and advises us that eradicating systemic racism is a continuum for American society and every individual white person who benefits from it. The book increased my understanding of its topics. I think its reviews and ratings on amazon tell a story of their own. Ratings (7-21-20) 70% 5-Star, 8% 4-Star, 3% 3-Star, 2% 2-Star, and 17% 1-Star.

Also, finished reading the Jul/Aug 2020 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It’s a satisfying collection of stories spanning the breadth of its territory. Some light and humorous, some deep and sombre. All well written. Since I prefer action/adventure fiction my favorites lean in that direction; those by David Erik Nelson, Bennett North, Madeleine Robins, and Brian Trent. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the balance. Taken as a collection, the variety adds to the overall strength and enjoyment of the issue.

TDE12 pages 52 & 53

Read all about Lester del Rey’s “Five Ages of Science Fiction” by Vince Nowell, Sr. in The Digest Enthusiast No. 12 available at Lulu.com in print and in digital format at Kindle and Magzter.

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Nov. 1964

Vintage Crime Digest
Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Nov. 1964
Contents Page
Brett Halliday “Death in Cell Five” (Mike Shayne)
Alson J. Smith “The Name of the Game”
Walter Dallas “Killer in the Bleachers”
Morris Hershman “Chicken Contest”
Dennis Lynds “No Loose Ends”
Maurice Leblanc “The Escape of Arsene Lupin”
James Holding “The Spook Goes West”
Carroll Mayers “One Hour for Crime”

Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Vol. 15 No. 6 Nov. 1964
Publisher: Leo Margulies
Editorial Director: Cylvia Kleinman
Associate Editor: Frank B. Long
5.5” x 7.75” 144 pages 50¢

Captain Future in Love

Launching what will hopefully be the beginning of a new series, Amazing Selects debuts with Captain Future in Love by Allen Steele, a story first serialized in the pages of Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 1 and 2. Captain Future and crew’s latest adventure picks up where Steele’s earlier Avengers of the Moon leaves off. Besides the adventure itself, the book includes several background features that provide all the behind-the-scenes details on the project’s origin and why Tor won’t be publishing a sequel to the successful first novel.

Captain Future in Love

Contents Page
Introduction: Overture for a Space Opera
Publisher’s Introduction
Prologue: The Black Pirate and the King
Novella: Captain Future in Love
Essay: A Brief History of Captain Future
About the Author
About the Concept Artist
About the Cover Artist

Captain Future in Love by Allen Steele
Publisher: Steve Davidson
Cover: Tony Sart
Interior Art: Nizar Ilman
Comet II Art: Rob Caswell
5.5” x 8.5” 130 pages
Print and Digital $6.99 each

Amazing Stories No. 2

Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 2 Winter 2018Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 2 Winter 2018
Ira Nyman’s From the Editor’s Desk: The Future is Diverse, art by Matt Taggart
Gary Dalkins’ European Author Profile: An Interview with Nina Allan
Jack Clemons’ Citizens of the Solar System, First Steps: Near Earth Orbit and the Moon, art by Al Sirois
Allen M. Steele “Captain Future in Love” part two, art by HMW/Nizar
Lena Ng “Robot on Rampage” art by Richard Mandrachio
Marina J. Lostetter “The Asteroid Contention” art by Tom Miller
Neal Holtschulte “Bold New Flock” art by Ivan Montoya
Daniel M. Kimmel “The Ransom of Red Robot (Beta)” art by Joe Eno
G. Scott Huggins “In the Republic of the Blind” art by Sean Chappel
Julie Novakova “Reset in Peace” art by M.D. Jackson
Noah Chinn “Alison’s Bluff” art by Matt Taggart
Sandra Kasturi “Trips to Impossible Cities” (verse)
Valerie C. Kaelin “Reptilian Brain” (verse) art by Pixabay
Vonnie Winslow Crist “A Horse and Her Boy” art by Ron Miller
Steve Fahnestalk’s SF in Film, art by Staff
Shirley Meier’s Off the Top of My Head, art by Staff

Publisher: Steve Davidson
Editor-in-Cheif: Ira Nayman
Art Director: Kermit Woodall
Cover: M.D. Jackson
8.5” x 11” 88 pages
Available at select conventions and by subscription
Amazing Stories website

Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 1

Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 1The first new print edition of Amazing Stories since 2005 debuted in August at WorldCon 2018.

Steve Davidson: Publisher’s Note
Robert Silverberg: The Observatory
Jack Clemons “Citizens of the Solar System” (Science Column)
Allen M. Steele “Captain Future In Love” part one
Lawrence Watt-Evans “Harry’s Toaster”
Rudy Rucker “Apricot Lane”
Dave Creek “Beyond Human Measure”
Shirley Meier “Flight of an Arrow”
Kameron Hurley “Sister Solveig and Mr. Denial”
Julie Czerneda “Foster Earth”
Paul Levinson “Slipping Time”
Drew Hayden Taylor “When Angles Come Knocking”
Tade Thompson interviewed by Gary Dalkin
Steve Fahnestalk: SF on Film (Review)
Ira Nayman: We Are the Stories We Tell (Editorial)

Amazing Stories Vol. 76 No. 1 Fall/WorldCon 2018
Publisher: Steve Davidson
Editor in Chief: Ira Nayman
Art Director: Kermit Woodall
Artists: Tony Sart (cover), Ron Miller, Tom Barber, David Hardy, Paola Giari, M.D. Jackson, Dan Simon, Austeja, Al Sirois, Tais Teng, Richard Mandrachio, Wojciech Dudziński, J.M. Frey/Dan Simon, Ngoc Lam, and Gil Geolingo.
104 pages, 8.5” x 11” saddle-stitch binding
Four-Issue Subscriptions: Digital $15.95, Print $34.95
Amazing Stories website