Alvin Maker Appears in First Issue of Amazing Stories
Wonderful artwork highlights excerpt from Heartfire.
Amazing Stories was the first science fiction magazine when, back in the 1920s, editor
Hugo Gernsback launched science fiction as a commercial category. Since then the magazine has had its ups and downs: For the past three years or so, there has been no
But those sad days are over, because an outfit called Wizards of the Coast has relaunched
it -- Volume 70, number 1, or issue 593 in total! Hey, that's as close to history as we get
in the new literary tradition of sci-fi.
Best of all, the premiere issue of Amazing includes a story about Alvin Maker, called
"Gooses." Extracted from the Audubon, Alvin, and Arthur storyline in the novel
Heartfire, this story includes wonderful illustrations by an artist named Tony di Terlizzi
Of course, "Gooses" isn't the only story in the premiere issue of Amazing. Stories by Ben Bova, A.C. Crispin, Neal Barrett, Jr., and John Betancourt (with a Star Trek story)
appear with stories by James Alan Gardner, Michael Libling, and Malcolm Beckett. The
look of the magazine is classy and slick -- no pulp here! -- with lively illustrations in a
clear but visually interesting design.
Check it out! If you can't find it locally, you can always subscribe: call 800-395-7760 or
send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $10.95 for four issues, $19.95 for
eight issues, or $29.95 for twelve issues. And if rumors around here are true, Card is
hoping to write another Alvin story, this time a stand-alone, for a later issue of