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Safe Harbor

Excerpt: Krim Times

Nade

The Hungry Ones

Milagro

Quietly, Ross

The Church of the Written Word

New Flash Fiction

Metaphors be with You

Neville Schroeder was a fireplug. He stood barely five feet tall, red, shabby, and pedestrian. Professor Connelly towered over him, a giant oak tree of a man with a silk paneled vest, tweed coat and tie, expensive glasses, and a neatly trimmed beard.

Silence

“Listen to me,” said the Demon as he placed his hand upon my head. “The region of which I speak is a dreary region in Libya, by the borders of the river Zaire. And there is no quiet there, nor silence.”

Short Stories

Safe Harbor

A story about a young woman’s journey to find her true identity after her mother dies. It’s also a story about love, Mother Earth, and living without fear.

Excerpt: Krim Times

Excerpt: Krim Times By Maria Korolov Once upon a time, there was a virtual world that was almost, but not quite, completely unlike 1500s England. The assassin peered out from the window overlooking Leadenhall Street. It was mid-day and there were plenty of targets. Local residents, mostly, but also a

Milagro

Milagro By Chuck Hand Jimi awoke, moving only her eyes. It was something she learned from Lonny.  He called it pulling together the threads of your life before you start moving around.  It’s a focusing thing. She reviewed what she could do this day to make her dreams come true. 

Quietly, Ross

Ten-year-old Ross stopped sleeping when a rat-that-was-more-than-a-rat crept from his closet every night.

Reviews

Review: Reception by Kenzie Jennings

Jenning’s debut novel stands out against her peers in a horrifying examination of family intersectionality, mental trauma, and compelling story-telling.

‘Illidan: World of Warcraft’ — Sympathizing with the Devil

In William King’s tie-in novel, you can explore one of the World of Warcraft’s most cold-blooded villains, a night elf who goes by Illidan Stormrage.

Pandemic Bingewatch: Away

Update: Netflix is not picking up Away for a second season. Pandemic Bingewatch: Away By Maria Korolov I have to be honest. I’m not really the target audience for Netflix’ new science fiction drama, Away. Yes, it’s about humanity’s first manned mission to Mars. And yes, it stars Academy Award-winning

Preview: BBC takes on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

BBC America just released the first video previews of “The Watch,” a series based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, and it’s not looking at all like what people were expecting.

Essays

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Six things we will do with Elon Musk’s Neuralink, according to sci-fi

Last Friday, billionaire inventor Tony Stark — I mean, Elon Musk — showed off progress on his latest project, the Neuralink.

Could Science & Technology Allow Us to Cheat Death?

What if one day we could cheat death? What if we could live longer – possibly forever? And if we could, would we want to?

A new quantum paradox throws the foundations of observed reality into question

A new paradox in quantum mechanics – one of our two most fundamental scientific theories – throws doubt on some common-sense ideas about physical reality.

Nikola Tesla: The extraordinary life of a modern Prometheus

Tesla was a real-life Prometheus: the mythical Greek titan who raided heaven to bring fire to mankind, yet in punishment was chained to a rock where each day an eagle ate his liver.

News

New VR camera delivered to space station

A new virtual reality camera was successfully delivered to the International Space Station today and will allow the astronauts to film spacewalks in VR.

Flash fiction submissions due Nov. 1

Flash fiction submission deadline is November 1.

HBO VR events and concerts start today on VRChat

“Garden of Eden,” the first in a series of three live VR art explorations, concerts, and shows organized by HBO, kicks off today at 10 p.m. Eastern time on VRChat, a social VR platform.

Brandon Sanderson’s writing lectures are free on YouTube

Sci-fi and fantasy author Brandon Sanderson’s “Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy” lectures are up on YouTube — 13 in all, each about an hour long. They were recorded this spring during a writing class he was teaching for Brigham Young University.

Scientists: ‘Oumuamua may be alien after all

‘Oumuamua, a weird interstellar object that was discovered passing through our solar system in 2017, might be alien after all.

Wormhole travel could be possible, scientists say

According to new research, it’s possible that we could have wormholes large and stable enough for humans to be able to travel to distant stars.

Lava tubes on the Moon and Mars could be our future homes

Living on the surface of the Moon, or of Mars, is dangerous. The lack of a protective atmosphere means that radiation is a constant hazard, for example. Lava tubes can be the solution, scientists say.

N. K. Jemisin’s Short Story Emergency Skin Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novelette

New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin’s short story Emergency Skin was named the winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Short Novelette.

On Writing

Resources for writers

Resources for writers By Maria Korolov Our list of best resources for writers of fantasy, horror and sci-fi. Writing advice sites Writer’s Knowledge Base: Huge database of more than 40,000 articles about writing. Always my favorite place to start to research any writing problem (other than Google, of course). These are

Brandon Sanderson’s writing lectures are free on YouTube

Sci-fi and fantasy author Brandon Sanderson’s “Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy” lectures are up on YouTube — 13 in all, each about an hour long. They were recorded this spring during a writing class he was teaching for Brigham Young University.

14 Reasons to Use Google Docs to Write

14 Reasons to Use Google Docs to Write By Maria Korolov I use Google Docs. Most writers use Microsoft Word, Scrivener, or Google Docs to write their novels, with a few other, lesser-known platforms thrown in. I also use other platforms, including Word and Filemaker — but I like Google

Writing Advice Sites

Writing Advice Sites By Maria Korolov Our list of great sites for beginning speculative fiction writers. Writer’s Knowledge Base Huge database of more than 40,000 articles about writing. Always my favorite place to start to research any writing problem (other than Google, of course). These are the best articles, from

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