Friday, August 31, 2012
Forgotten Books: Amazing Stories, the Anthology -- Kim Mohan, Editor
The items in this volume are, for the most part, from the mid-'90s incarnation of Amazing Stories. The two exceptions are the Bloch story and the Bloch essay. The story is from 1953, and the essay (which I remember having read in the original magazine) is from 1984. The essay is very entertaining, with Bloch recalling any number of things, such as his first WorldCon and meeting David H. Keller, PhD. Bloch has some fun with a few other writers, too, including Robert Silverberg. The only story that I recall having read previously is the hilarious "Linda and Phil," a dead-on pastiche/parody/homage of the works of Philip K. Dick by Paul de Flippo, in which Dick winds up living in Arizona and married to Linda Ronstadt. You should read it.
Steve Davidson has acquired the Amazing Stories trademark and has done, I believe, a couple of "pre-launch" issues, so it might be returning soon.