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Masques

In a time when death is no longer final, how many ghosts walk among us?

The Beast

Marilia has a beast to conquer. It may not have scales or sharp teeth, but it’s just as terrifying all the same. Will this strange metal machine consume her, or will she find a glimmer of hope to hold onto?

Magic for Magic

Love is blind. It feels like a gift from heaven but when it is vengeful there is hell to pay.

Araceli’s Stars

Tattoos. High-fantasy identities. Zeppelins. Magic. Diversity and Inclusion. Oppression. Hope.

From Out a Full-Orbed Moon

The ghost of Edgar Allan Poe gets more than he bargained for.

The Thirteen Quixotic Temples of Light and Darkness

A young woman purchases a set of beads from an old crone and the adventure of her life begins.

Deify

Grace is a cult survivor who is called to identify the body of her former cult’s leader and captor.

FRIENDSHIP

A lonely alien seeks friendship and fulfillment at an Alaska farmers market.

Quantum Forever

A particle traveling from the beginning of time to the end and back contemplates the balance between hope and fate. Though powerless to control its direction, the particle still has choices.

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Reviews

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Oct. 22

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes time travel, EMP survival, and six books in Will Wight’s best-selling Cradle series.

Oh, My Gods! 4 Novels about Greek Gods that will make you glad you are not an Olympian

These books will make you realize that immortality is really not so great for some people.

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

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes time travel, dragons, goblins, fairies, epic fantasy battles, police detectives and zombies.

6 Horror Films for a Fright-Filled Halloween

This is my top six all-time scariest movies list. Watch them if you dare.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Oct. 8

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a creepy cult, werewolves, witches, and lots of dragons.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Oct. 1

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes the daughter of Morgan le Fae, alien lovers, post-apocalyptic creepiness, lesbian space pirates, a crime-solving witch, and a crime-solving vampire.

4 Ghostly Novels to Spark Your Halloween Mood

Here are four ghost stories that will thrill and chill you as Halloween approaches.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Sep. 24

We read the first chapters of the top ten free spec fic books on Amazon. Today’s list includes magical academies, vampires, sexy shapeshifters, and a clone of Jack Reacher.

Essays

William Shatner’s trip to space shows power of science fiction

Earlier today, actor William Shatner — who played Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk on television and in the movies — became the oldest person to ever go to space and helped demonstrate that power of sci-fi to inspire space exploration.

Rival fantasies: Dungeons & Dragons players and their religious critics actually have a lot in common

What would lead someone to claim that a fantasy role-playing game like Dungeons and Dragons was a recruiting tool for satan?

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.

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.

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News

New Kurt Vonnegut documentary asks big questions about death, art, and friendship

The trailer for the documentary Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time, has just been released. The documentary, follows the science fiction writer from 1982 until his death in 2007, and is based on the 25-year friendship between the author and filmmaker Robert Weide.

William Shatner’s trip to space shows power of science fiction

Earlier today, actor William Shatner — who played Star Trek’s iconic Captain Kirk on television and in the movies — became the oldest person to ever go to space and helped demonstrate that power of sci-fi to inspire space exploration.

Harder Science Fiction

Free Monday: Today’s top free Amazon “SF” for October 11. by Melody Friedenthal Maria and Amira of the MetaStellar staff have been bringing you, our well-loved readers, “Free Fridays” for several months now. This regular column consists of short reviews of the top ten books that appeared that week on

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.

On Writing

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Oct. 24

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

12 Artificial Intelligence Tools to Write your Novel For you

I played around with a dozen AI-writing tools. They can’t write a coherent story, but they can still be useful depending on your writing goals.

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Oct. 17

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 Oct. 10

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 Oct. 3

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

How to set up a new author website with DreamHost in 15 minutes

I compare the top website hosting providers, and take you through setting up a Wordpress website with my top recommendation, DreamHost.

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Sep. 26

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

Website basics: How to create a row of books

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

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