A Susurrus of Plastic Wings

A low-level worker at a biotech company attempts to cope with the impending apocalypse.
‘CHANGELING’

‘CHANGELING’

Marion recalls a tale her grandma told which she has never forgotten. The story of Kara O’Brien, a strange looking child who attended the village school in Connemara, Ireland, where the old lady grew up. Marion’s grandma reveals a secret that was known only by herself and her Aunt Josie. Kara O’Brien was no ordinary child.
Incandescent

Incandescent

Sarah moves back to her old stomping grounds and buried memories return to haunt her. The only way to exorcise them is to face them head on, but she’s not sure if she’s ready to shine a light on the horror that lies within.
The Laws of Nature

The Laws of Nature

Two space prospectors, Zdenek and Sarika, encounter an unusual unknown life form in space. Due to carelessness, the first contact with it turns out to be too harsh and the situation escalates…
Simulacra

Simulacra

The alarm blared. Tim Jorgensen opened his eyes and sighed. The clock was yellow. It should have been red! Living in a buggy computer simulation is not all it’s cracked up to be.
The Sleepy Warrior

The Sleepy Warrior

Even on the sunniest of days, a whirlwind of violence can form in the calm.
The Savage Year

The Savage Year

In 1968, mage Artemis West has a dull government job double-checking the bindings of ancient demons. Only someone’s just set one of them free. With the help of a teenage vagabond girl, Artemis has to catch a cosmic horror or America won’t make it to 1969.
Komorebi

Komorebi

An android physician achieves a fleeting moment of sentience.
Dumping Ground

Dumping Ground

A damaged android is abandoned on a junk world, where she finds a society of androids who had been discarded by humanity.
Four common misconceptions about quantum physics

Four common misconceptions about quantum physics

Quantum mechanics, the theory which rules the microworld of atoms and particles, certainly has the X factor. Unlike many other areas of physics, it is bizarre and counter-intuitive, which makes it dazzling and intriguing.
Ascending

Ascending

Does the value of true peace transcend the means of its own achievement?
Ye Anointed

Ye Anointed

As many faithful gather to worship their gods, another group gather for something else. One sees it as a sermon with a dead audience,the rest see it as an unholy sacrifice to a malevolent entity. Terrible,but necessary in order to end their suffering.
Medicated Success

Medicated Success

Mr. Frabbit is a new man on new medication. His days of hallucinating blue cats are behind him. Now he can look forward to returning to work. On his first day on the job, he is alarmed to be having hallucinations of miniature trains. This is new. Mr. Frabbit begins to question if his medication has been successful.
Sickle Claws: Hesperonychus Monstrous

Sickle Claws: Hesperonychus Monstrous

This is a story about monsters, mothers, zombies, and a dinosaur that might save or destroy the world.
Three Eight Two

Three Eight Two

Where past and future meet, often it’s those living in the present that feel most conflicted.

A Susurrus of Plastic Wings

Austin ShireyDec 1, 2022
A low-level worker at a biotech company attempts to cope with the impending apocalypse.
‘CHANGELING’

‘CHANGELING’

Ursula O’ReillyNov 30, 2022
Marion recalls a tale her grandma told which she has never forgotten. The story of Kara O’Brien, a strange looking child who attended the village school in Connemara, Ireland, where the old lady grew up. Marion’s grandma reveals a secret that was known only by herself and her Aunt Josie. Kara O’Brien was no ordinary child.
Incandescent

Incandescent

Josephine QueenNov 28, 2022
Sarah moves back to her old stomping grounds and buried memories return to haunt her. The only way to exorcise them is to face them head on, but she’s not sure if she’s ready to shine a light on the horror that lies within.
The Laws of Nature

The Laws of Nature

Nik HeinNov 23, 2022
Two space prospectors, Zdenek and Sarika, encounter an unusual unknown life form in space. Due to carelessness, the first contact with it turns out to be too harsh and the situation escalates…
Simulacra

Simulacra

Simon ChristiansenNov 23, 2022
The alarm blared. Tim Jorgensen opened his eyes and sighed. The clock was yellow. It should have been red! Living in a buggy computer simulation is not all it’s cracked up to be.
The Sleepy Warrior

The Sleepy Warrior

Todd SullivanNov 19, 2022
Even on the sunniest of days, a whirlwind of violence can form in the calm.
The Savage Year

The Savage Year

Fraser ShermanNov 16, 2022
In 1968, mage Artemis West has a dull government job double-checking the bindings of ancient demons. Only someone’s just set one of them free. With the help of a teenage vagabond girl, Artemis has to catch a cosmic horror or America won’t make it to 1969.
Komorebi

Komorebi

Chana KohlNov 14, 2022
An android physician achieves a fleeting moment of sentience.
Dumping Ground

Dumping Ground

R. MichaelNov 11, 2022
A damaged android is abandoned on a junk world, where she finds a society of androids who had been discarded by humanity.

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Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Dec. 2, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Dec. 2, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a series of magical shenanigans at the North Pole, a tale of EMP survival, and a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
BookTok’s Top Fantasy Romance Books for 2022

BookTok’s Top Fantasy Romance Books for 2022

Carla NordlundDec 2, 2022
Get the skinny on Booktok’s most highly recommended Fantasy Romance books from 2022!
Tripp Preview for Meta Quest 2

Tripp Preview for Meta Quest 2

Terrence SmithNov 28, 2022
Tripp bills itself as a new way to meditate. Meditation apps are nothing new in the technology landscape, but this one aims for a more sensory experience.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Nov. 25, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Nov. 25, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a sexy thief with high-tech gadgets, a man with the date of his death tattooed on his hand, and a crime-solving dragon.
In New Stand Alone Novel, To Each This World, Julie Czerneda explores First Contact

In New Stand Alone Novel, To Each This World, Julie Czerneda explores First Contact

Amira LoutfiNov 21, 2022
If you enjoy first contact, hard science fiction, vast adventures, a writing style reminiscent of Frank Herbert and C. J. Cherryh, and funny characters, then I highly recommend this book!
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Nov. 18, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Nov. 18, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list features a cyberpunk bounty hunter, selkies, time travelers, and a hellhound on a mission.
Orphans of Canland is a rich and engaging tale of ecological disaster

Orphans of Canland is a rich and engaging tale of ecological disaster

Lily JonesNov 15, 2022
Residents of Canland — modern-day California — dedicate their lives to ecological restoration. The viewpoint character is a lovable, earnest youth with emotional disabilities.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Nov. 11, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Nov. 11, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list features fantasy warriors, creepy AIs, a fairy princess, shapeshifting reindeer, space accountants, and Sir Author Conan Doyle in the flesh.

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Four common misconceptions about quantum physics

Four common misconceptions about quantum physics

Quantum mechanics, the theory which rules the microworld of atoms and particles, certainly has the X factor. Unlike many other areas of physics, it is bizarre and counter-intuitive, which makes it dazzling and intriguing.
AI image generation is advancing at astronomical speeds. Can we still tell if a picture is fake?

AI image generation is advancing at astronomical speeds. Can we still tell if a picture is fake?

Fake photography is nothing new. In the 1910s, British author Arthur Conan Doyle was famously deceived by two school-aged sisters who had produced photographs of elegant fairies cavorting in their garden.
How humans and AI can learn to work together for the planet

How humans and AI can learn to work together for the planet

AJ AbdallatSep 20, 2022
The combination of human creativity and the efficient functionality of AI will bring radical changes across the globe.
USSF: Sailing the Deepest Sea

USSF: Sailing the Deepest Sea

Henry HerzSep 13, 2022
As an author, I’ve found grounding my science fiction in reality produces a more layered, immersive tale. Science fiction stories often occur in space. So, sci-fi readers and authors may appreciate this introduction to a relevant real-world organization, the United States Space Force, or USSF. The US Space Force Is No Joke Perhaps the first …

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Spec fic community looks beyond Twitter

Spec fic community looks beyond Twitter

Maria KorolovNov 16, 2022
Twitter has long been a friend to speculative fiction, with many sci-fi and fantasy authors and publications connecting with their audience on the platform. However, the turmoil sparked by Elon Musk’s acquisition has caused some to have some serious concerns.
Apple and Meta’s pricy new headsets about to release

Apple and Meta’s pricy new headsets about to release

Mary StollOct 9, 2022
Apple’s much anticipated augmented and virtual reality headset and the new Meta headset may be way out of reach for the average user.
Science Fiction Becoming Science Fact

Science Fiction Becoming Science Fact

Mary StollSep 30, 2022
Science fiction writers have always been ahead of the game when it comes to predicting the future. Here are some inventions that are ready for the public now or will be soon.
Fall 2022 Call for Submissions Opens October 1st

Fall 2022 Call for Submissions Opens October 1st

Geordie MorseSep 25, 2022
The fall 2022 submission cycle for original speculative fiction begins on October 1 and closes at midnight on October 31. We’re looking for your best enthralling, imaginative, or bone-chilling original fiction stories, as long as they’re 1,200 words or fewer. Please visit our flash fiction submission page for full details and the online submission form. …

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Arkady Martine wins for best novel at Hugo Awards in Chicago

Arkady Martine wins for best novel at Hugo Awards in Chicago

Maria KorolovSep 5, 2022
Arkady Martine won the most prestigious science fiction award last night for her novel A Desolation Called Peace, a follow-up to her novel A Memory Called Empire, which itself won a Hugo in 2020.
Alexei Panshin, Author Of The Anthony Villiers Series, Dies at Age 82

Alexei Panshin, Author Of The Anthony Villiers Series, Dies at Age 82

Terrence SmithSep 2, 2022
Science fiction author Alexei Panshin, known for such novels as his Anthony Villiers series, Star Well, The Thurb Revolution, and Masque World passed away on Sunday, August 21. He was 82. His work has won several awards. His debut novel, Rite of Passage, published in 1969, won a Nebula Award and was nominated for a …

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Aurora Awards Recipients For 2022 Announced

Aurora Awards Recipients For 2022 Announced

Terrence SmithAug 16, 2022
This past weekend, the winners of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s 2022 Aurora Awards were announced, honoring excellence in native Canadians and Landed Immigrants.
Finalists announced for 2022 Dragon Awards; Get ready to vote

Finalists announced for 2022 Dragon Awards; Get ready to vote

Alex KorolovAug 12, 2022
The 2022 Dragon Awards are coming up, and Dragon Con has just announced its finalists.

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This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Nov. 27, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Nov. 27, 2022

Maria KorolovNov 27, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Nov. 20, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Nov. 20, 2022

Maria KorolovNov 20, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Nov. 13, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Nov. 13, 2022

Maria KorolovNov 13, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Nov. 6, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Nov. 6, 2022

Maria KorolovNov 6, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Oct. 30, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Oct. 30, 2022

Maria KorolovOct 30, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Oct. 23, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Oct. 23, 2022

Maria KorolovOct 23, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Oct. 16, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Oct. 16, 2022

Maria KorolovOct 16, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Oct. 9, 2022

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Oct. 9, 2022

Maria KorolovOct 9, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred writing advice sites and YouTube channels and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.