Amy H. Sturgis

Amy H. Sturgis holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University, teaches at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and focuses on Science Fiction and Native American Studies. An award-winning scholar and journalist, she is the author of four books and over fifty essays. In addition, Sturgis contributes regular “Looking Back in Genre History” segments to the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Hocus Pocus Comics. Her official website is

The Once and Future Chief: Tecumseh in (Science) Fiction

He was known by whites on both sides of the Atlantic as “the Indian Bonaparte,” “the Indian Wellington,” and even “the Indian King Arthur”—all sincere compliments from an Anglo perspective—even before his tragic battlefield death in 1813 ensured that his life and myth would remain inextricably bound together.

2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Apocalyptic

Few if any end-of-the-world scenarios can claim a longer history; none has more diverse roots. Depending on where you look, you may find prophecies about 2012 linked to everyone from the ancient Maya, Egyptians, and Hopi to the mysterious prognosticators Nostradamus and Edward Cayce, with helpings of the I Ching, reports from cutting-edge geophysicists and geologists, and various New Age self-realization texts thrown in for good measure.