Climate-focused short story contest offers $8,700 in prizes By Maria Korolov Grist, a publication that focuses on climate, sustainability and social justice has announced a contest for short stories that focus on climate change. Entry is free, the deadline is April 12, and the short stories should be between 3,000Read More →

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 aRead More →

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-winningRead More →

Terry Pratchett is one of my all-time favorite authors, and even though he died five years ago, a new book is now out, a collection of never-before-published short stories he wrote for local newspapers back in the 1960s and 1970s.Read More →

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 GoogleRead More →

A couple of people in this group have talked about Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars. The book won the 2019 Nebula Award for Best Novel, the 2019 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, the 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and the 2019 Sidewise Award for Alternate History.Read More →

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, fromRead More →

Submit your book excerpt Do you have a fantasy, horror or science fiction book that just came out, or is about to come out? Send us an excerpt of your book, with an illustration, and links to where people can find out more.Read More →