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Eat Me

Reporter Angela Ioane discovers the most promising new weight loss therapy in years has side effects no one is talking about.

Meat Bag

This is a dark SF tale about creating organ donors for those who can pay.

Who's in charge here, anyways?

Wolf Sets Standard for AI, Culture in Robots of the World, Arise!

Wolf Sets Standard for AI, Culture in Robots of the World, Arise! By N.T. Narbutovskih The term “droid” has a special place in the heart of everyone who has a passing familiarity with science fiction. Mari Wolf coins the term in this quirky tale about robots, consciousness, and humanity. Wolf’s

The Lingering Taste of Mars

The Lingering Taste of Mars By Wendy Nikel “I feel like I left my mind on Mars. Even now, I can still hear the wind.” Rosie reaches over from where she sits on her rocking chair and winds her fingers around mine. She hasn’t changed a bit, despite the years

The Color Of My Home Is Red Like An Apple

Rejected by her god and exiled by her tribe for reasons beyond her understanding, a young alien girl seeks the truth of her world and the faith of her people.

Relative

A dying physicist makes a desperate attempt to spare his daughter grief by flying into a black hole.

I Will Wait for You

A grieving mother on Halloween and all she’s lost.

A Waste of Time

What if your past was a lie and you had the opportunity to go back and change it?

What makes a people human?

Bradley’s The Planet Savers Engages Mental Health and Colonialism

In this story set in her incredible Darkover universe, Marion Zimmer Bradley masterfully blends science and fantasy, psychological suspense, and action.

Reviews

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 30

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, a fairy tale with a big bad wolf, magical mysteries, and a collapse of civilization.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 23

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 space battles, haunted houses, and a succubus demon with werewolf lovers.

Gideon the Ninth — ‘Show them what the Ninth House does!’

Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 16

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 FBI agents who can shape-shift into dragons, a battle to save Earth from an evil AI, vampires, witches, werewolves, wormholes, space pirates and a prison planet.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Apr. 9

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 dragons, badass devil hunters, and time-traveling sailing ships.

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

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 two magic schools, dragons, space battles, and some very proper Victorian zombies.

What is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and how is it different from Prime Reading?

There are a lot of all-you-can-read and free e-book options out there. Learn all about Kindle Unlimited, Prime Reading, OverDrive and Libby, Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Scribd, 24Symbols, and Bookmate. There’s even a service that will send print books to you by mail, BookLender.

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Mar. 26

I’ve read the first few chapters of each of the top ten books on Amazon’s fantasy and sci-fi list of free books, and today’s list includes a paranormal investigator, a succubus, and a magic-wielding orphan in a dystopian future.

Essays

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.

How I learned German in virtual reality

When I arrived in Austria I had to complete a German language course before I could attend university, but I had trouble focusing in the online learning platform. Immersive virtual reality solved the problem.

Where One Vulnerability Researcher Sees AI in 2030

Looking at least one decade into the future, I believe we will see significant advancements in three areas by 2030 as a result of AI — personal assistance devices, genomics, and space exploration.

News

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.

Why the flight of Ingenuity on Mars is amazing

Contrary to what sci-fi literature has been telling us for the past several decades, humans have not been able to fly on another planet until yesterday.

2021 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

Finalists for the Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book were announced by DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention today in a YouTube video.

Space operations workshop is open to the public

While it is marketed to “Space Operations Professionals,” it is also a cool opportunity to get some insight into how today’s space industry works.

Smart AR glasses will change how we shop, work, and learn

Smartphones touch nearly every facet of our lives. The transformative effect of smart glasses can be equally dramatic, experts say.

Flash fiction submissions due April 1

The spring flash fiction submission cycle opens today. Stories can be submitted anytime from now until April 1, 2021.

Cancer survivor heading to space as part of all-civilian crew

Hayley Arceneaux will become the first astronaut with a prosthetic limb when she goes into space later this year on a SpaceX Falcon 9 mission.

The Bone Ships wins 2020 British Fantasy Award

The British Fantasy Society announced the winners of the 2020 British Fantasy Awards yesterday, and RJ Barker’s The Bone Ships was selected as the best fantasy novel of the year.

On Writing

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?

28 ways to beat procrastination for writers

Have you ever stared at your screen or typewriter or notebook and couldn’t force yourself to write? I have, and here’s what I do to fix it.

Body language master list for writers

A very, very long list of ways to show emotion through body language or actions.

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