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Fiction

Three Centuries. Same Radio.

When reaching out to the stars above, the space beyond or the ether, we allocate disproportionate energy into preparing to cast the nets over catching the fish. What do we do with it?

Hyacinth

The allure of prospecting a deserted Mars becomes so compelling that nothing else matters. Not even love.

The Wolf of the Woods

When Dominic saved his sister from a monster, he didn’t anticipate he would become one too. Now, he might be the most dangerous creature in the woods and if he doesn’t get help, he could hurt the people he loves.

One Thousand Buddhas: But Who’s Counting

Armed with a magic talisman, Nathan must find the next Buddha – a thirteen-year-old boy in Chicago – before humanity is plunged into extinction.

Ollie and the Stickman

When Olivia gets bored in class and doodles a stickman on her arm, she has no idea what she’s in for. When it is brought to life by a rival girl, everything changes.

Day Three

Sometimes, speed dial presents unexpected answers….

Osprey

The New Gods were cast out two hundred and sixty-two years ago when humanity enacted the Great Blackout. We had already lost almost everything. Rumors have persisted ever since that they would find a way to return and finish what they started.

Dancing With Etta

A puppet suddenly appears in a woman’s house, and though it is confined to the house only, it follows her like a shadow.

Limb Regeneration Therapy

Will this be the doctor who finally takes on Aki’s limb regeneration? It’s the sixth alien specialist and hope is slowly vanishing from his eyes.

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Terrence Smith on how video game “Tell Me Why” plays with story and gender identity.

How to tell a six-minute story, with storyteller Mariana Williams.

MetaStellar founder Maria Korolov on how she went from war reporting to sci-fi writing.

Reviews

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Sep. 17

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes magical academies, space colonies, witches, and, yup, some sexy shapeshifters.

Six Dragons That You Would — And Would Not — Want to Take Home With You

A must-read article for anyone looking to adopt a new dragon.

5 Magic Schools You Would Want to Attend–And 5 to Avoid

Would you really want to go to magic school? Here are some magic schools you would — or would not — want to attend.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Sep. 10

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes magical academies, space colonies, witches, and, yup, some sexy shapeshifters.

Free sci-fi and fantasy stories on Amazon

You can find a lot of free sci-fi and fantasy short stories on Amazon — but the free promotions go fast. Get these books now.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Sep. 3

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a witches, vampires, EMP attacks, aliens, and, of course, plenty of sexy shapeshifters.

Do the Jedi Abide?

How Dude are the Jedi? Do the Jedi abide? The short answer is yes, from a certain point of view.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Aug. 27

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a witches, vampires, dystopian futures, and, of course, the usual weekly crop of sexy shapeshifters.

Essays

Scientists created holograms you can touch – you could soon shake a virtual hand

These holograms, created with mirrors and jets of air, could be the first steps towards a Star Trek-style holodeck.

‘Dark Souls’ videogame: Themes of ruin harken to images popularized by European Romantics two centuries ago

The Dark Souls videogame shares many elements with the literature of British artists in the Romantic era such as Lord Byron and others from the early 1800s.

Apocalyptic films have lulled us into a false sense of security about climate change

Rehearsing the end of the world through film may have desensitized us, lulling us into a false sense of security that all will end well — and that we are immortal.

3 things I learned from teaching students about horror pioneer George Romero’s movies during these scary times

Romero’s professional ingenuity and powerful metaphors can inspire us during the pandemic.

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News

Urban fantasy novels: why they matter and which ones to read first

The cultural relevance of urban fantasy can be traced back to the time period of its birth — the early nineteenth century — where many were struggling to respond to industrial change and a new economic system.

Fall submission cycle opens October 1

The fall submission cycle for original speculative fiction begins on October 1 and closes at midnight on October 31. 

Andy Weir, Jim Butcher win at the Dragon Awards

The votes for the annual Dragon Awards are in, and Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary won for best sci-fi novel, and Jim Butcher’s Battle Ground for best fantasy novel.

Time to announce your NaNoWriMo project

If you’re planning to write a novel during this year’s National Novel Writing Month, you can announce it now.

Vote now in the Dragon Awards

Dragon Con is the first week of September this year in Atlanta but whether or not you plan to attend the massive multimedia convention you can still vote in the Dragon Awards.

Sci-fi and fantasy poetry contest now open to submissions

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s poetry contest’s deadline is August 31, 2021.

2021 World Fantasy Award finalists announced

The finalists for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards have been announced, including Lifetime Achievement recipients Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop.

An author’s first take on Kindle Vella

E. M. Foner tries out Amazon’s Kindle Vella, a new publishing option for episodic fiction, and tells us what he thinks about the platform.

On Writing

Website basics: How to create a row of books

5 ways to add a row of book covers to your Wordpress website.

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Sep. 19

I subscribe to dozens of writing advice sites and YouTube channels and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Sep. 12

I subscribe to dozens of writing advice sites and YouTube channels and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.

Free author website: initial setup

I show you how to create a free author site that looks like that of the big names in the industry.

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Sep. 5

I subscribe to dozens of writing advice sites and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.

Why I’m blogging my next book

I’m blogging my next book. Every weekday, I post a new installment. It’s all part of my mission to find a writing process that works for me.

Setting up an author website: Before you start

Whether you are planning to follow my tutorial to create a free but expensive-looking author website, or hire a developer to build one for you, you will need to create some content before you get started. Here’s what you’ll need.

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Aug. 29

I subscribe to dozens of writing advice sites and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.

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