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Herbert’s Old Rambling House Shows the Truth in Greed

Herbert’s Old Rambling House Shows the Truth in Greed By N.T. Narbutovskih We always want a good deal. People will jump at the chance for more, better, newer. Frank Herbert sets up a clever byplay of greed in many forms in this story. From a society that is ruled by

Jingle-jangle

And then I was fading, ears ringing and body broken by shrapnel that jingle-jangled in my pocket, before I failed Christiane.

Dead People’s Things for Sale

The clock on Abigail’s nightstand read 11:00. Death would be here within the hour.

Damon Knight’s The Worshippers Shows Right From Wrong

Damon Knight’s The Worshippers Teaches Right From Wrong By N.T. Narbutovskih A man makes a terrible mistake, through no fault of his own (probably). He finds himself saved, and in his saving encounters a race of beings steeped in sin and evil. He can help them, can lift them up

Pohl’s The Hated Explores Psychosis of Space Travel

Pohl’s The Hated Explores Psychosis of Space Travel By N.T. Narbutovskih Space travel is hard. Not just the physics of it, though even today’s leading edge of the space industry focuses on the hardware the most. But what of the software? The wetware? By exploring what it might do to

Melody

For a split second, I couldn’t tell if it was a person pounding at the door or the wind, but then I heard a young voice scream, “HELP! HELP ME!”

Silverberg’s Happy Unfortunate Tackles Racism in 1957

In this story, Silverberg brings us a brief glimpse into a deeply divided society, divided not just by differing values and ideas but by their very own physical bodies.

Saving Grace

Blood pooled from the inside arch of her right foot, leaving a watery trail of droplets behind her.

Misdial

He had the growing sensation that the trees were watching him.

Reviews

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 9

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 9 By Maria Korolov and Amira Loutfi Did you know that Amazon has a list of the top-selling and free sci-fi and fantasy books? The list changes constantly — authors set their books to free temporarily to promote

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 2

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 2 By Maria Korolov   Did you know that Amazon has a list of the top-selling and free sci-fi and fantasy books? The list changes constantly — authors set their books to free temporarily to promote their work,

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Mar. 26

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Mar. 26 By Maria Korolov Did you know that Amazon has a list of the top-selling and free sci-fi and fantasy books? The list changes constantly — authors set their books to free temporarily to promote their work, and,

Ahsoka Tano from E.K. Johnston’s, “Star Wars: Ahsoka,” Simply Rocks

The character has gone from initially dividing fans to becoming one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, going on to play a major role in “Star Wars: Rebels,” and to be portrayed by actor Rosario Dawson in a recent episode of “The Mandalorian.”

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Mar. 19

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten books on Amazon’s fantasy and sci-fi list of free books, so you don’t have to.

Kittens need saving, too: How Blake Snyder’s beats can work for short stories

Can the Save the Cat method release the hidden kitten in a crouching cat? That is, is the method applicable to shorter works?

Free Friday: Today’s top free sci-fi and fantasy books on Amazon

Did you know that Amazon has a list of the top-selling and free sci-fi and fantasy books? Here are the top ten — and my takes on each of them.

Buehler’s “The Forest Bride” will satisfy your craving for fantasy romance

“The Forest Bride: A Fairy Tale with Benefits” by Jane Buehler is a cozy, sexy, fantasy romance that follows Princess Rose through a series of challenging, sometimes terrifying, events that ultimately lead her on a journey of love and self-discovery.

Essays

Where One Vulnerability Researcher Sees AI in 2030

Looking at least one decade into the future, I believe we will see significant advancements in three areas by 2030 as a result of AI — personal assistance devices, genomics, and space exploration.

New CRISPR technology could revolutionize gene therapy

The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins had joined forces with Harvard University professor David Liu and others to tackle progeria, a genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly.

Scientists: Super AI will be beyond our control

While more progress is being made all the time in artificial intelligence, some scientists and philosophers warn of the dangers of an uncontrollable superintelligent AI.

Science fiction builds mental resiliency in young readers

Reading science fiction and fantasy may help young people cope, especially with the stress and anxiety of living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

News

Space operations workshop is open to the public

While it is marketed to “Space Operations Professionals,” it is also a cool opportunity to get some insight into how today’s space industry works.

What is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and how is it different from Prime Reading?

There are a lot of all-you-can-read and free e-book options out there. Learn all about Kindle Unlimited, Prime Reading, OverDrive and Libby, Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Scribd, 24Symbols, and Bookmate. There’s even a service that will send print books to you by mail, BookLender.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Mar. 19

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten books on Amazon’s fantasy and sci-fi list of free books, so you don’t have to.

Free Friday: Today’s top free sci-fi and fantasy books on Amazon

Did you know that Amazon has a list of the top-selling and free sci-fi and fantasy books? Here are the top ten — and my takes on each of them.

Smart AR glasses will change how we shop, work, and learn

Smartphones touch nearly every facet of our lives. The transformative effect of smart glasses can be equally dramatic, experts say.

Flash fiction submissions due April 1

The spring flash fiction submission cycle opens today. Stories can be submitted anytime from now until April 1, 2021.

Cancer survivor heading to space as part of all-civilian crew

Hayley Arceneaux will become the first astronaut with a prosthetic limb when she goes into space later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 mission.

The Bone Ships wins 2020 British Fantasy Award

The British Fantasy Society announced the winners of the 2020 British Fantasy Awards yesterday, and RJ Barker’s The Bone Ships was selected as the best fantasy novel of the year.

On Writing

Kittens need saving, too: How Blake Snyder’s beats can work for short stories

Can the Save the Cat method release the hidden kitten in a crouching cat? That is, is the method applicable to shorter works?

28 ways to beat procrastination for writers

Have you ever stared at your screen or typewriter or notebook and couldn’t force yourself to write? I have, and here’s what I do to fix it.

Body language master list for writers

A very, very long list of ways to show emotion through body language or actions.

Where to find low-cost, pre-made covers for spec fic books

Pre-made book cover sites offer low-cost, professional-looking covers for independent authors.

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