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Encyclopedia > Amazing Stories (television)

Amazing Stories was the name of an American television show put together by director Stephen Spielberg from 1985 to 1987. It was an anthology show, featuring unrelated stories each week in the manner of such programs as The Twilight Zone. Unlike that program, however, it did not have a regular host - a fact that some said contributed to its decline.


Although nominated for two Emmy Awards, it was not a hit and the network, NBC, did not renew it after the two-year contract expired.


The show was named after Amazing Stories, a ground-breaking science fiction magazine that Spielberg read.




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Amazing Stories at AllExperts (1302 words)
Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, was first published in April 1926, thereby becoming the first magazine devoted exclusively to publishing stories in the genre presently known as science fiction (SF).
Amazing printed reader comments in a letter column which included the full addresses of its correspondents, which allowed fans of the genre to begin contacting each other in person and via the mails, while Wonder Stories began chartering local fan clubs under the umbrella of the Science Fiction League.
Amazing altered its format to the more traditional pulp size with rough-cut pages and for some years it followed a less serious bent under editor Raymond A. Palmer, achieving commercial success but critical derision for its "Shaver Mystery" stories of creatures allegedly inside the Earth which were presented as fact rather than as SF.
Amazing Stories (1106 words)
Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, was first published in April 1926, thereby becoming the first magazine devoted exclusively to publishing stories in the genre presently known as science fiction and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the English-speaking world.
Amazing printed reader comments in a letter column which included the full addresses of its correspondents, which allowed fans of the genre to begin contacting each other in person and via the mails, and Wonder Stories began chartering local fan clubs under the umbrella of the Science Fiction League.
In its early actual pulp years, there were companion titles including Amazing Stories Quarterly and Fantastic Adventures Quarterly; at the time, "returns" were complete copies of the magazines, so they were stripped of their original covers and three consecutive issues would be bound together under one new cover and offered for sale again.
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