Searching for God

Searching for God

Reading Time: 4 minutes What kind of God hides from us?
Mudpot

Mudpot

Reading Time: 4 minutes No magic in it. She didn’t need any. She just turned around looking some kind of way, and bung he went. Sometimes, a person sees their future in stark clarity and chooses to roll off the coil while the going’s good, and that’s the best thing that could be said about Amajane’s father.
Viral

Viral

Reading Time: 3 minutes An expectant mother makes good use of her time on bed rest.
Dream Planet

Dream Planet

Reading Time: 5 minutes Idyllic was the only word Brody could think to describe it. How had he missed this bit of paradise so close to camp? “—ody?!” The static hiss of Control cut sharply through his helmet, killing the serenity settling upon him. Brody sighed. His last check-in couldn’t have been, what? Fifteen minutes ago? 
Robin’s Last Song

Robin’s Last Song

Reading Time: 21 minutes After her technological tool failed to warn the world of the sudden loss of birds on the planet, a self-exiled blind elder who has Aspergers and suffers from dysphonia, finds new hope in the field of soundscape ecology.
Take Away The Tears

Take Away The Tears

Reading Time: 4 minutes Conscripted Lieutenant Lovemore Vulgaris has been instructed to design the people of the future, and he’s not messing around.
Papa’s (Not) Gone

Papa’s (Not) Gone

Reading Time: 4 minutes “What’s mechanical, Papa?” I asked. “What you said. The neurons,” he replied. Neurons? Then I remembered.
Harvesting Souls

Harvesting Souls

Reading Time: 10 minutes A young woman faces her vengeful parents returning from the dead.
Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Reading Time: 10 minutes A couple unknowingly house a blood-sucking parasite under their bed.
The Largest Pub in London

The Largest Pub in London

Reading Time: 4 minutes Marco backs away until he hits a door. He reaches behind him, turns the handle, and falls into the room. The door swings shut. He backs away, waiting for Big Bob to come through it, running through the best next words to choose.
Overexposure

Overexposure

Reading Time: 4 minutes Dystopian tale about an exploited miner living on Mars.
Her Night Off

Her Night Off

Reading Time: 4 minutes After a chance encounter and a night of passion in Manhattan, a woman must choose between her responsibility and her heart.
Eight Legs Under Moonlight

Eight Legs Under Moonlight

Reading Time: 12 minutes In a Victorian town plagued by werespiders, a curious spinster takes in a mysterious woman.
The Umbrellas We Brought to the Future

The Umbrellas We Brought to the Future

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Sorry it’s not sunny.” Amar shrugs. “Rainy days are the best for time travel.”
One Winter Night

One Winter Night

Reading Time: 5 minutes A young girl, determined to catch Santa in the act, waits impatiently with a list of her own.
Thumbing to Sugar Daddy Oberon

Thumbing to Sugar Daddy Oberon

Shantell PowellFeb 9, 2024
Reading Time: 10 minutes In spite of interfering adults, a spoiled child is determined to claim her birthright in the court of Oberon and Titania.
Hungry for Love

Hungry for Love

Gordon GriceFeb 8, 2024
Reading Time: 3 minutes He used to have choices; now, he has a hunger. He needs to find his fiancée.
Midnight Pickup

Midnight Pickup

Michael SchulmanFeb 7, 2024
Reading Time: 4 minutes Android duty versus human excess
The Visitation

The Visitation

Gary BeckFeb 2, 2024
Reading Time: 8 minutes A secret government organization is fighting an unknown, but strange enemy.
Swimming in the Late Hereafter

Swimming in the Late Hereafter

Kevin SandefurFeb 1, 2024
Reading Time: 4 minutes Ken’ichi’s white hazmat suit shines like a beacon as he breaks over the ridge, even through all the rain. His gait is slow and uneven. I never expected to see him again.
What You Will Find at a Memory Auction

What You Will Find at a Memory Auction

Eric FarrellJan 31, 2024
Reading Time: 4 minutes A young man can no longer afford to keep all his memories. How will he decide which ones to keep? And he’s running out of time.
Searching for God

Searching for God

Reading Time: 4 minutes What kind of God hides from us?
Mudpot

Mudpot

Bree WernickeJan 25, 2024
Reading Time: 4 minutes No magic in it. She didn’t need any. She just turned around looking some kind of way, and bung he went. Sometimes, a person sees their future in stark clarity and chooses to roll off the coil while the going’s good, and that’s the best thing that could be said about Amajane’s father.
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Viral

Melody FriedenthalJan 20, 2024
Reading Time: 3 minutes An expectant mother makes good use of her time on bed rest.

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REVIEWS

Uranians by Theodore McCombs

Uranians by Theodore McCombs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Uranians — an anthology including four short stories and one novella — is the perfect marriage of sci-fi and queerness.
Juniper and Thorn by Ava Reid

Juniper and Thorn by Ava Reid

Reading Time: 2 minutes Troubled young lovers, an awesome-but-miserable wizard father, a setting based on a Ukrainian city amid industrialization, and a door-mat protagonist who gradually finds her strength…
The Bridge to Magic by Alex Thornbury

The Bridge to Magic by Alex Thornbury

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Bridge to Magic is a dark YA fantasy with a feisty female lead.
Where the Lighting Goes by Jackery Salem

Where the Lighting Goes by Jackery Salem

Reading Time: 3 minutes Salem builds something truly unique out of many familiar fantasy tropes — dwarves, dragons, amnesia, all kinds of magic — and ties it up with compelling characters and a deeply satisfying conclusion.
Riona, Lucas, and Officer Jorji by the Seattle Sky Needle in Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly.

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly by Toge Productions

Reading Time: 2 minutes Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus and Butterfly is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Coffee Talk by Toge Productions. In this game, you serve drinks to magical patrons which impact the outcomes of the stories they tell you.
5 Upcoming Fantasy Books Inspired by Wuxia, Xianxia, and East Asian Mythologies

5 Upcoming Fantasy Books Inspired by Wuxia, Xianxia, and East Asian Mythologies

Reading Time: 6 minutes Check out Melissa Ren’s most anticipated fantasy books inspired by wuxia, xianxia, and east asian mythologies!
NightBirds by Kate J. Armstrong

NightBirds by Kate J. Armstrong

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’d say that anyone who enjoys well-written feminist fantasy should jump on this series now. 
Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mix the dark academia of Victoria Lee’s A Lesson in Vengeance with some anti-witchcraft hysteria and a little dose of secret curses and magical communities, and you begin to have a grasp of Cari Thomas’ debut YA contemporary fantasy novel, Threadneedle.

ESSAYS

3 AI tools I use regularly that aren’t ChatGPT or Midjourney

3 AI tools I use regularly that aren’t ChatGPT or Midjourney

Maria KorolovApr 6, 2023
Reading Time: 4 minutes I use Otter AI, Canva, and Notion nearly every day, and here is why other writers should, too.
The multiverse: how we’re tackling the challenges facing the theory

The multiverse: how we’re tackling the challenges facing the theory

Eugene LimApr 1, 2023
Reading Time: 5 minutes The idea of a multiverse consisting of “parallel universes” is a popular science fiction trope, recently explored in the Oscar-winning movie Everything Everywhere All At Once. However, it is within the realm of scientific possibility.
AIs ‘learn’ by creating mini-AIs and it’s super weird but also very cool

AIs ‘learn’ by creating mini-AIs and it’s super weird but also very cool

Maria KorolovMar 23, 2023
Reading Time: 3 minutes According to a paper released last fall by researchers from Google, Stanford, and MIT, large language models learn new information and concepts by creating new, miniature machine learning systems on the fly. 
Distant star TOI-700 has two potentially habitable planets orbiting it – making it an excellent candidate in the search for life

Distant star TOI-700 has two potentially habitable planets orbiting it – making it an excellent candidate in the search for life

Reading Time: 5 minutes NASA recently announced the discovery of a new, Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a nearby star called TOI-700.

NEWS

Google falling farther behind in AI race

Google falling farther behind in AI race

Maria KorolovMar 23, 2023
Reading Time: 5 minutes Edge, Opera and Brave all now have AI built in. Google’s Chrome is not even in the race yet.
Adobe, Nvidia announce ethical AI image generation

Adobe, Nvidia announce ethical AI image generation

Maria KorolovMar 21, 2023
Reading Time: 4 minutes Adobe and Nvidia both announced AI image generators today — Firefly and Picasso, respectively — that do not use artists’ work for training data without their permission. Both companies also promise to pay artists for work generated in their signature styles, as does Getty Images.
Study: Writing occupation will be most affected by AI

Study: Writing occupation will be most affected by AI

Maria KorolovMar 21, 2023
Reading Time: 3 minutes According to research released today, the more high-level and creative your job, the more likely it will be to be disrupted by AI. Top of the list? Writers and authors — with up to 100 percent of their jobs likely to be affected.
GPT 4, Claude, and Alpaca all went live this week and yes, we need to worry

GPT 4, Claude, and Alpaca all went live this week and yes, we need to worry

Maria KorolovMar 17, 2023
Reading Time: 8 minutes It was a big week for AI news these past few days. GPT 4 was released on Tuesday, Midjourney 5 was released on Wednesday, and Alpaca — a $600 clone of ChatGPT — was released on Monday. Yes, you can now have your own large language model for less than the cost of new phone […]
Midjourney 5 released with more aspect ratios, photorealism

Midjourney 5 released with more aspect ratios, photorealism

Maria KorolovMar 17, 2023
Reading Time: 4 minutes The fifth generation of the super popular Midjourney app is out, and it’s more photorealistic and better at hands and faces.
AI work can be copyrighted, if human creativity was involved

AI work can be copyrighted, if human creativity was involved

Maria KorolovMar 16, 2023
Reading Time: 3 minutes The US Copyright Office issued a ruling today that AI-generated content can, in fact, be copyrighted — as long as a human being has contributed work to the end product.
Authors Guild proposes new AI training use clause

Authors Guild proposes new AI training use clause

Maria KorolovMar 7, 2023
Reading Time: 2 minutes Authors Guild proposes contract clause to block AI training use without permission.
Flash Fiction Submissions Open March 1

Flash Fiction Submissions Open March 1

Geordie MorseMar 1, 2023
Reading Time: 2 minutes The spring 2023 submission cycle for original speculative fiction begins on March 1 and closes at midnight on March 31.

ON WRITING

Adobe Express offers free AI art and is out of beta

Adobe Express offers free AI art and is out of beta

Maria KorolovAug 24, 2023
Reading Time: 3 minutes Adobe Express is now publicly available, with free AI image generation. Plus, since it’s Adobe, the AI is trained only on fully-licensed art, and artists and compensated.
Scalzi, other spec fic authors head for the X-it

Scalzi, other spec fic authors head for the X-it

Maria KorolovJul 24, 2023
Reading Time: 3 minutes Authors are leaving Twitter — rebranded today as just “X” — for other platforms. Many are landing on Threads.
Sci-fi author uses AI to promote new book about AI

Sci-fi author uses AI to promote new book about AI

Maria KorolovJul 21, 2023
Reading Time: 2 minutes Best-selling Brazilian author PJ Caldas used AI technology to release a book trailer for his first novel in English.
How to create a good author profile photo

How to create a good author profile photo

Maria KorolovJul 18, 2023
Reading Time: 6 minutes Some free and easy ways to create good-looking author headshots and profile pics.
Can Claude AI fix your grammar mistakes? No, it can’t, but there’s an AI that will.

Can Claude AI fix your grammar mistakes? No, it can’t, but there’s an AI that will.

Maria KorolovJul 13, 2023
Reading Time: 11 minutes Claude AI, the hot new chatbot for book authors, works well as a grammar tutor, but is bad at fixing mistakes in your text. However, I did find one AI-powered tool that caught every error I threw at it.
10 ways Claude AI can help you self-edit your book — for free

10 ways Claude AI can help you self-edit your book — for free

Maria KorolovJul 12, 2023
Reading Time: 16 minutes Claude AI is the single best editor I’ve tried so far. And it can do a whole book at a time. For free.
Book editing with AI: Code Interpreter vs. Claude — there’s no contest

Book editing with AI: Code Interpreter vs. Claude — there’s no contest

Maria KorolovJul 11, 2023
Reading Time: 8 minutes Anthropic’s Claude beats ChatGPT hands-down when it comes to analyzing full-length books.
Best free Canva fonts for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror

Best free Canva fonts for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror

Maria KorolovJun 28, 2023
Reading Time: 6 minutes More than 70 great free fonts for Canva ebook covers for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres.