Life In Miniature

I paint miniatures. It all started back in high school, when collecting miniatures to represent D&D characters was a thing that people did. I began with old Ral Partha and Grenadier fantasy-themed miniatures, and my collection grew. By now, I have enough lead figures in my basement to build a radiation-proof bomb shelter. There is […]

Why Steampunk?

Four Steampunks cosplaying at Gen Con, August 2015 Because I’m a fan of Steampunk — both the literary movement and Steampunk-oriented fandom — I get asked from time to time to define steampunk as concept. To quote Reference.com: “Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction literature that uses the aesthetics and technology from 19th-century industrial […]

Who The Hell Is Carl Brandon?

Carl Brandon’s story is an interesting one, and needs a little explaining. Back in the 1950s, several white fanzine fans were looking around at science fiction conventions and realizing there were no Fans of Color that they knew of. Fanwriters (at that time) Peter Graham and the late Terry Carr suggested that perhaps one should […]

Day of the Dead Musings

Two fannish acquaintances of mine passed away recently. By Fannish, I mean people who are part of the science fiction fandom community. I first met Fred Duarte at an Armadillocon back in the late 1980s. Later, when I moved to Austin, Texas in 1993, he and his wife Karen Meschke were two of the people […]