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The Erasure

After watching his annoying neighbor be arrested and erased, both virtually and physically, from the world, a man decides to risk everything to help preserve a few fleeting memories of others who have been erased.

No Worlds Left to Conquer

What happens to science fiction when aliens actually do show up on Earth?

What lies in the heart of the moon?

Leinster’s Scrimshaw Takes a Stab at the Moon

Leinster’s Scrimshaw Takes a Stab at the Moon By N.T. Narbutovskih No person is an island, and no island is underground. The need for human contact, and yes, even human revenge, is a theme that echoes throughout our history. In this story, the stark life of a moon miner conflicts

Shift Change

Perhaps we control our own destiny. Perhaps, a kind and gentle deity
looks over us from on high, and provides just the right amount of
guidance, love and support. Then again, probably not. Perhaps, just perhaps, our destinies and our beliefs are intertwined in some strange manner.

The Dark Constellation

I haven’t seen what the world is running from, and my father won’t tell me. But I have heard what they say in the village. The monsters came from the sky to live in our oceans.

Blood State

When humans move to an ice planet, biological antifreeze becomes necessary – but only the First settlers have evolved it. General Devereaux goes head-to-head with a First revolutionary as each tries to save their people from the cold front – and from each other. 

Wyrmhole: Jack Stein #1

When Pyschic Investigator Jack Stein is hired by Outreach Industries, a massive conglomerate, to find the truth surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a mining crew on Dairil III, he finds himself the target in his mobile city, the Locality, when he gets too close to the truth

What is does strange mean, anyways?

Smith’s Helpfully Yours Blends Humor and Culture Clash

Smith’s Helpfully Yours Blends Humor and Culture Clash By N.T. Narbutovskih Different cultures hold different values. The laws and customs of a foreign land can feel downright alien. Smith presents this theme with both humor and biting wit, her plot and prose both presenting hilarious circumstances and commenting on our

The Arbitrator 4000

After being arrested for stealing a bike, Hasan faces a trial led by a thorough, emotionless machine.

Reviews

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for June 18

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes aliens, mercenaries, postapocalyptic cowboys, witches, vampires, and dinosaurs.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for June 11

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes witches, halflings, grim reapers, and lots of aliens.

New book of sexy stories includes sci-fi, cyberpunk and fantasy

A new book by a features erotic stories across a number of genres, including sci-fi, cyberpunk, and fantasy.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for June 4

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes supersoldiers, druids, witches, vampires, sorcerers, mermaids, and an invisible man.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for May 28

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes alien worlds, shape shifters, witches, and lots and lots of romance.

What Lovecraft Feared — a Review of ‘The ballad of Black Tom’ by Victor LaValle

“The Ballad of Black Tom” holds all the cosmic horror of the Lovecraft mythos, and places it deftly amid the very real horrors of life for a young black man in a racist society.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for May 21

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes an alien invasion, post-apocalyptic survival, a werewolf romance, and a paranormal cozy mystery.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for May 15

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a gay romance between a vampire and a were-beaver, lots and lots of dragons, and three magical cozy mysteries.

Essays

The Life of Frank Herbert, Dreamer of Dune

Denis Villeneuve’s adaption of Dune scheduled to be released this fall in theaters and on HBO Max, but the author’s life is a tale in and of itself.

We’ve been imaging mind uploads for centuries

Transhumanists predict that science will enable us to free our minds from bodily constraints. But these ideas actually date back to the 18th century.

Afrofuturism: The Rise of Black Science Fiction and Fantasy

More Black writers and artists are turning to science fiction — and an artistic movement known as Afrofuturism — to tackle issues around race and inequality and give fans an escape from the harsh realities on Earth.

Could octopuses evolve until they take over the world and travel to space?

If and when they eradicate humans, they would be better suited to space travel. In orbit, octopuses could maneuver much more easily and fit in smaller spaces.

News

On a quest through uncharted territory

Math professor Ankur Moitra seeks algorithms with provable guarantees, to pin down the mechanisms of machine learning.

Global Student Robotics Competition breaks Guinness World Record

The Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship had broken the Guinness World Record as the largest online robot championship.

The Winners of the 56th Nebula Awards: a Brief Rundown

The Winners of the 56th Nebula Awards: a Brief Rundown By Amira Loutfi Last Saturday, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 56th Nebula Awards. You can watch the entire ceremony on YouTube here. You can see all of this year’s finalists here. The

NavyCon, Coming to a Computer Near You

NavyCon, the premier science fiction and national security conference, returns for its fourth edition inviting speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including all five branches of the service, as well as civilian academia and science fiction fandom, to present on topics within the theme of national security in transition.

A Blow to the Rebels: Amazon pulls unauthorized “Star Wars” novel

On May 9, Amazon pulled the Star Wars novel “Heart of the Jedi,” from sale on its online retailer. While there is no official statement from Amazon or Lucasfilm as to the matter, one can hypothesize that Disney took action against the selling of an unauthorized Star Wars book.

Video: You can print body parts

Do you want Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand? Thanks to 3D printing technology, soon you will be able to have it.

Spring submission winners announced

The results of MetaStellar’s first submission cycle of 2021 are in, and we at MetaStellar are thrilled to announce the success of our second original fiction submission cycle.

Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine is now on Kindle Unlimited

Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine is now in Kindle Unlimited, which means that if you’re a member, you can read this magazine at no additional cost.

On Writing

AI tools to create cool illustrations

How to use free and low-cost AI tools to create cool images for websites and social media.

15 free mind map tools for writers

I try out the top 15 free online mind mapping apps.

How to use Miro for story plotting

How the use the free Miro app to outline your story or novel.

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?

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