SHARE: Is Science Fiction Dying?

As a routine submitter to the Writers of the Future Contest, I get weekly and monthly newsletters from them with interesting articles on writing and sci-fi. One of the articles sent out this week was from famous sci-fi author Orson Scott Card. In it, Card offers his thoughts on why sci-fi seems to be struggling …

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Book Descriptions and Blurbs–How Not to Suck at Them

I stumbled on a great article about writing book descriptions/blurbs, which, to be brutally honest, I suck at. Being in the middle of the publishing process with two long works, and an episodic series, this is something I've have to think about a lot. All of the advice in the article linked below rings true …

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Engineering in SF and Fantasy

Tor.com recently had an article featuring a round-table of leading speculative fiction authors discussing engineering in Science Fiction and Fantasy. It is a very interesting discussion. Engineering, and science in general, can be a great component to a science fiction story. But I find there are some key flaws or weaknesses that make it hard …

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My Story is now out in the Bards and Sages Quarterly!

I'm happy to report the July issue of the Bards and Sages Quarterly is out now at multiple retailers. This issue features my Iric flash story "The Tree Sign." I've been looking over my digital copy and am very satisfied with how the whole thing came out. It's a decent-sized book--Smashwords says it's almost 57,000 …

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SHARE: DSF – Story Time by Laura Anne Gilman

This is a nice little story with great narrative voice...despite having almost no narration. The dialogue exchange really delivers that childish curiosity. And the revelation at the end is heartbreaking. That being said, the work is not without its problems. I question the choice of the word "youngling." Why not simply use "child"?  In this …

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