A Taste of Online Dating

A Taste of Online Dating

Online dating can be predatory, but who exactly is doing the hunting?
Moira and Ellie

Moira and Ellie

Jenna can’t wait to meet her imaginary friend–but her ghost turns out to have a closer connection to her family than she imagines.
Everything is a Rocket Ship

Everything is a Rocket Ship

There’s something I never told you, but I think you’re old enough now to know. I have a magic inside me. It lives between the lines in my fingertips and changes what I touch so I can fly away to a world far less frightening.
Five Things to do on the Way to the Bottom of the Sea

Five Things to do on the Way to the Bottom of the Sea

Benefits and pitfalls of undersea tourism exposed!
The Magic Knapsack

The Magic Knapsack

A boy’s love for his mother helps him avoid a snare set by the Devil.
A Mother Knows

A Mother Knows

After fertility reached an all time low, fertile women are inseminated in an effort to save humanity. While caring for her dying child, one mother takes measure to ensure she won’t have another baby.
A Last Word

A Last Word

An author must tell his three elderly leading characters that he is handing them over to someone else.
The Engineer

The Engineer

“Theirs is not to question why. Theirs is but to do and die.”
The Goddess of the Labyrinth

The Goddess of the Labyrinth

As the 45th president of the United States, Daniel Van Dorien has encountered the only obstacle to completing his plan for his country’s future. When an unknown Goddess is reawakened in the White House, the president’s pursuit of enlightenment will shift the nation’s future as a super-power. 
The Foot Race on PhytoLore

The Foot Race on PhytoLore

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Heartsick

Heartsick

In a world where it is illegal to be unhealthy, a young doctor must choose between her heart and the career she’s fought so hard for…
Mmanwu Festival

Mmanwu Festival

Centred on the Igbo Mmanwu Festival, Chinaza’s words dance between the past and present, capturing the essence of family ties and spirituality of this time of year.
The New Season

The New Season

It was the plague that kept on giving; now it’s giving advice.
Nothing in the Dark

Nothing in the Dark

Cosmic horrors await an astronomer on a solo observing run.
Islands of Misfit Toys

Islands of Misfit Toys

A toy guards the last DNA material of the human race.
For Love, I Tear

For Love, I Tear

Zach ShephardMay 31, 2022
A not-quite-human entity roams the world, hoping to find true love before her kind is erased from existence.
Lightning Between Your Fingers

Lightning Between Your Fingers

Austin WorleyMay 30, 2022
A sordid tale of vice and corruption takes shape as Knight-Sister Arlise Dun investigates the mysterious death of courtesan Emerei Dawson.
Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle

Matthew KeeleyMay 26, 2022
A mother, son, and grandmother evacuate a dark, frozen planet earth but dread something even worse.
Six Things you can Build with a Radish when You’re only One Inch Tall

Six Things you can Build with a Radish when You’re only One Inch Tall

Roni StingerMay 24, 2022
When you’re married to a witch don’t make empty promises or you may find yourself learning a hard lesson.
In the Shadow of the Stars

In the Shadow of the Stars

J.F. SebastianMay 20, 2022
When exploring abandoned wrecks within the accretion disk of a black hole Rhea, a inexperienced girl living on the salvage ship Thanaku, discovers the impossible: the body of a female human, dormant within a 100-year old container. Nobody on the ships believes it should be revived but Rhea can’t help feeling kinship with this semi-mythical creature.
Decision Tree

Decision Tree

Trey DowellMay 19, 2022
Trapped in a life pod attached to a dying spacecraft, an aging, battle-weary engineer has less than three minutes to live and an impossible choice to make. However, thanks to two computer programmers—over 100 years in the past—he’s not alone.
Leo

Leo

Kenneth KohlMay 18, 2022
Meet Leo. Experiment, child, or monster? What makes him beautiful is that he is not human. He’s better.
A Rational House

A Rational House

Joule K. ZelmanMay 17, 2022
A tightly wound architect is forced to extremes when ridding her house of a man who keeps growing from the walls.
Before

Before

Andrew DunnMay 16, 2022
What happens when today’s interstellar travelers meet those that arrived before them?

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 goes fast, hits some speed bumps

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 goes fast, hits some speed bumps

Terrence SmithJul 12, 2022
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a Sonic fan’s dream, with heavy action scenes, as well as winks and nods to the franchise’s history.
Birth of the Anima: An Ambitious, Though Unfocused, Ecological Fable

Birth of the Anima: An Ambitious, Though Unfocused, Ecological Fable

Terrence SmithJul 11, 2022
Birth of the Anima, Kelsey K. Sather’s debut novel, is an ambitious ecological myth in the vein of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth books, with extensive lore and dozens upon dozens of characters that interweave throughout the narrative.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 8, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 8, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes a zombie PI, a supernatural bounty hunter, witches, spaceships, vampires, epic fantasy, and an EMP apocalypse.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 1, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for July 1, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes witches, demons, dragons, spaceships, and Celtic gods.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 24, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 24, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes fairies, vampires, werewolves, a magic school, demons, and highlands time travel.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 17, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 17, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes witches, zombies, vampires, gothic horror, romance, monsters who live in the woods, and lots of magic.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 10, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 10, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes EMP survival, nordic myth and legend, vampires, time travel, action and adventure, wizards, and space exploration.
Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 3, 2022

Free Friday: Today’s top free Amazon sci-fi and fantasy books for Jun. 3, 2022

We read the first few chapters of each of the top ten free fantasy and sci-fi books on Amazon. Today’s list includes space opera, angels and demons, witches, fairies, and plenty of sexy supernatural action.

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From pygmies to puppets: what to do with Roald Dahl’s enslaved Oompa-Loompas in modern adaptations?

From pygmies to puppets: what to do with Roald Dahl’s enslaved Oompa-Loompas in modern adaptations?

There is a troubling aspect to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the first edition, the Oompa-Loompas are black pygmies who Wonka imports from “the deepest and darkest part of the African jungle” and enslaves in his factory.
Of Vice and Theremin

Of Vice and Theremin

Tish EastmanJan 10, 2022
It is hard to judge the effect that last year’s unequivocal confirmation of real UFO footage— captured by real navy pilots—has had on the common man or woman. But this new bill surely proves that the topic of UFOs has moved beyond the eye-rolling phase of the alien debate. Or does it?
Dune: how high could giant sand dunes actually grow on Arrakis?

Dune: how high could giant sand dunes actually grow on Arrakis?

The large and inhospitable sand dunes of the desert planet Arrakis are, of course, very prominent in both the books and film. But just how high would sand dunes be on a realistic version of this world?

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NASA says it’s spotted 5,000 exoplanets

NASA says it’s spotted 5,000 exoplanets

Jim DeLilloMar 28, 2022
NASA recently announced that it’s discovered 5,000 exoplanets, a milestone that’s taken 30 years to achieve. An exoplanet is a planetary body outside of our own solar system, and the search for them started in 1992 with NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program. The program is responsible for discovering and studying planetary systems around nearby suns. NASA’s used a …

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2021 Nebula Award finalists announced

2021 Nebula Award finalists announced

Alex KorolovMar 8, 2022
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America just announced the finalists for the 2021 Nebula Awards.
Brandon Sanderson is a dirty liar

Brandon Sanderson is a dirty liar

I never should have trusted him. Sure, he’s incredible with his fans. But I feel so betrayed.
NASA says Soyuz spacecraft will return American astronaut as scheduled

NASA says Soyuz spacecraft will return American astronaut as scheduled

Jim DeLilloMar 2, 2022
An American astronaut returning to earth on a Russian spacecraft might be cause for concern as tensions heat up between Russia, the United States, and other countries opposed to the invasion of Ukraine.
Head of Russian space agency makes bizarre mistake

Head of Russian space agency makes bizarre mistake

Jim DeLilloFeb 28, 2022
The head of Russia’s space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, made a bizarre and wildly inaccurate statement last Thursday.
Regeneration of human limbs and organs – science fact or science fiction?

Regeneration of human limbs and organs – science fact or science fiction?

Noreen BrennerFeb 28, 2022
One day, humans might be able to regrow body parts, regenerate tissue damaged due to disease, and even sprout missing limbs.
How spinning a spacecraft can create artificial gravity

How spinning a spacecraft can create artificial gravity

Jim DeLilloFeb 25, 2022
Can we create artificial gravity? It’s called centrifugal force and it can simulate gravity.
Big Game Ads Promise Exciting Year for Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Big Game Ads Promise Exciting Year for Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Terrence SmithFeb 20, 2022
If this year’s Super Bowl commercials are any indication, sci-fi and fantasy fans can expect an exciting year of film and television.

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

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

Maria KorolovJul 24, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Jul. 10

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Jul. 10

Maria KorolovJul 10, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 July 3

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for July 3

Maria KorolovJul 3, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Jun. 26

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

Maria KorolovJun 26, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Jun. 19

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Jun. 19

Maria KorolovJun 19, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Jun. 12

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Jun. 12

Maria KorolovJun 12, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 Jun. 6

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Jun. 6

Maria KorolovJun 5, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred 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 May. 29

This week’s top writing advice from around the web for May. 29

Maria KorolovMay 29, 2022
I subscribe to more than a hundred writing advice sites and YouTube channels and lovingly pick the best posts from this previous week for your edification.