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Read this charming sci-fi short story about love, radio waves, and David Bowie

To mark the anniversary of David Bowie's birth and death last week, author and activist Sam J Miller wrote a new short story for Tor.com titled "Let The Children Boogie." Set in the Hudson Valley in 1991, the story follows two queer teenagers named Laurie and Fell as they discover each other, and rock & roll, and a strange message broadcast over radio waves that may or may not come from the future. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Fiction, David Bowie, Short Stories, Short Fiction, Starman, Hudson Valley, Laurie, Short Story, Recommended Reading, Sam J Miller


“When I Grow Up” by Kate Elliott (A Spiritwalker Short Story)

In 2010, Kate Elliott’s first spiritwalker book, Cold Magic–an alternate, post-fall-of-Rome historical-European, proto-steampunk fantasy with fairies and magic–was published. Suffice it to say, dear readers, that we loved it (and also loved subsequent books Cold Fire and Cold Steel just as passionately). Today, we are honored to share a new short story and accompanying glorious work of art, set in the Spiritwalker universe. An Introduction from the Author Ten yea...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Rome, Short Stories, Catherine, Short Fiction, Serena, Bunny, Papa, Daniel, Rory, Kayleigh, Juba, Tara, Mama, Guest Author


Non-Binary Authors to Read: December 2020

Non-Binary Authors To Read is a regular column from A.C. Wise highlighting non-binary authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome to the December 2020 edition of Non-Binary Authors to Read. It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? Despite everything though, reading has remained a comfort for me, and I hope it has for you as well. To that end, I have four stories to offer up as recommendations. They are stories of longing, bittersweet re...
Tags: Books, London, Taiwan, Finland, Short Stories, John, Lists, Randall, Sriharikota, Short Fiction, Sarah, Diwali, Iaf, Rand, Bureau, Martha


Author Nalo Hopkinson named as the 37th SWFA Damon Knight Grand Master

The Jamaican-born Canadian speculative fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson is the author of such award-winning books as Brown Girl In The Ring and Midnight Robber; her most recent work includes the short story collection Falling In Love With Hominids and the House of Whispers comic book series from Neil Gaiman's revitalized Sandman Vertigo line. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Fiction, Neil Gaiman, Short Stories, Authors, Short Fiction, Sfwa, Damon Knight, Speculative Fiction, Nalo Hopkinson, Nebula Awards, Lifetime Achievement


An ode to that "Decorative Gourd, Season Motherfucker" post that goes around every fall

By now, you've probably seen the 2009 McSweeney's classic, "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers" by Colin Nissan: I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. — Read the rest
Tags: Autumn, Post, Comedy, News, Fiction, Satire, Short Fiction, Will Kaufman, Motherfucker, McSweeney, Pumpkins, Short Story, Colin Nissan, Pumpkin Alternatives, It's decorative gourd season, Decorative Gourds


The Best of British Fantasy 2019: An Introduction

The Best of British Fantasy 2019 contains two dozen tales of the weird and wonderful: featuring pensive houses, angry gods, ghosts, monsters, living statues, were-creatures, sorcerers, swordsmen, spells, skeletons, and, of course, the end of the world.  Stories by Lavie Tidhar, Eliza Chan, Kirsty Logan, Chikodili Emelumadu, Maura McHugh, Heather Parry, Gareth Rees, Sara Saab, Natalia Theodoridou, and many more. We are pleased to welcome its editor, Jared Shurin, to talk a bit more about it to...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Ons, Short Fiction, Douglas Adams, McClory, Guest Author, Nelson Algren, Jared Shurin, Helen McClory, Best of 2019, Gareth E Rees


‘Adaptation’: New short fiction from Phumlani Pikoli

Phumlani Pikoli’s latest piece is a metafiction based on what could happen if spike jonze and Ira Glass met The post ‘Adaptation’: New short fiction from Phumlani Pikoli appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Fiction, Creativity, Adaptation, Friday, Short Fiction, Writer, Ira Glass, Short Story, Phumlani Pikoli, This American Jackass


From the io9 Archives, 10 Pieces of Dystopian Fiction You Can Read Right Now

Given the current state of the world, certain sci-fi stories have begun to feel like they contain eerie predictions rather than speculation. Over the years, io9 has shared a diverse variety of book excerpts and short stories exploring dystopian futures and altered realities. Here are 10 worth revisiting now.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Sci Fi, Short Stories, Dystopia, Short Fiction, Book Excerpt, Laurie Penny, Terry Brooks, Warren Ellis, Chuck Wendig, Blake Crouch, Io9


A free short story about Irish history to read while you're quarantined over St. Patrick's Day

I wrote An Baile na mBan: a story of mothers, monsters, and war a few years ago for an anthology called Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. Originally published by Crossed Genres Publishing, the anthology focused on sci-fi/fantasy stories of adolescent protagonists from historically marginalized communities from before the 1920s. This story was loosely inspired by the tragic discovery of a mass grave at an Irish nunnery for single mothers, and thus involves pretty much...
Tags: Post, News, Fiction, Fantasy, Ireland, Catholic Church, Short Fiction, Irish, Historical Fiction, Wikimedia Commons CC, Protestant, Faerie, Speculative Fiction, Short Story, Auguste Blanqui, Aisling


X Marks the Story: October 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. Welcome, intrepid readers, to another X-citing month of short SFF! Though October might traditionally mean pumpkins and spooky stories told around a dying fire, to me it brings to mind one thing above all else: sweaters. As the weather begins to chi...
Tags: Books, London, Earth, Paris, Korea, Wisconsin, Central London, Short Fiction, Lightspeed, Coyote, Sita, Hawaiian, Eli, VIDA, Speculative Fiction, Clarkesworld


X Marks the Story: August 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. It’s August here at X Marks the Story, which means the seasons are starting to shift. The year, once young and bright, is now well past middle age and the end is like a taste of harvest spice. The perfect time for an X-ponential increase in ghost st...
Tags: Books, America, Earth, Chelsea, Bob, Bill, Charles, Short Fiction, Maddie, Erin, Eleanor, CHAN, Frances, Rosetta Tharpe, Anna Maria, Chrysalis


Women to Read: August 2018

Women To Read is a monthly column from A.C. Wise highlighting female authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome to another Women to Read! This time around, I have two novels and two short stories to add to your summer reading list. Pull up a beach blanket or a porch swing, pour yourself a cool drink, and dive in. Maria Dahvana Headleyimage by Bob Carey for HarperCollins, 2014 Is it really possible I’ve never recommended Maria Dahvana Headley’s wor...
Tags: Books, Florida, Israel, Book Reviews, America, Jesus, Ruby, Miranda, Beowulf, Short Fiction, Midwest, Thomas, McDonald, Holly, Dylan, Kara


X Marks the Story: June 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. Happy Pride Month! Rainbows and unicorns for everyone! Even as Pride is a celebration, though, it’s also a reminder. For all the progress that has been achieved in striving for equality and justice, the journey hasn’t been easy, and there’s still a ...
Tags: Books, Earth, Mars, Short Fiction, Guyana, Jared, Jamie, Henry, Wagner, Liu, Ravi, PUK, Rustad, Octavia Cade, Lethe, A C Wise


X Marks the Story: May 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. Spring cannot be denied any longer. The long winter is over and in a month I’ll be complaining that it’s too hot, but for now in this glorious moment things have thawed, the trees are budding, and color has returned to the Northern hemisphere. To ce...
Tags: Books, Earth, Watson, Mars, Short Fiction, SFF, Duncan, Holmes, Arthur, Betsy, Clarkesworld, Charles Payseur, Asaf, Smuggler Army, X Marks The Story, Nin Harris


Over at Kirkus: Strange Weather and Other Horrors (A List)

We are over at Kirkus for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with another list–this time with a focus on Strange Weather by Joe Hill. Joe Hill’s newest novel is actually a collection of four shorter novellas–a story about a particular type of camera; a story about gun violence, mental illness, and racial profiling; one tale about a young man who goes skydiving into the impossible; and one about a rain of nails. Thea talks about this book and other seasonal favorite short fiction–head o...
Tags: Halloween, Books, Horror, Lists, Short Fiction, Joe Hill, Kirkus, Thea, Novellas, Joe Hill Joe Hill


Writing Short Stories: What Do You Need?

I’m updating our current short fiction program, as well as developing new programs related to short stories. What would you like to know, so that you can write short stories with confidence? Short stories are fun to write, and they’re a wonderful promotional tool. They’ll teach you a great deal, if you’re just starting out with fiction. A […] The post Writing Short Stories: What Do You Need? appeared first on Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog.
Tags: Fiction, Challenges, Questions, Short Fiction, Freelance, Angela Booth


The 1946 Story That Predicted How Crazy the Internet Could Get

You often hear people say things like, “no science fiction writer could have predicted the Internet,” when they’re talking about science fiction’s lack of predictive power. But actually, writer Murray Leinster did get a lot right about the Internet, in the 1946 story “A Logic Named Joe.”Read more...
Tags: Writing, Afternoon Reading, Computers, Magazines, Futurism, Short Fiction, Murray Leinster, Logic Named Joe


How to Make People Fall in Love With Your Ridiculously Competent Hero

We all love characters who are good at what they’re doing. Nobody wants to root for someone who screws up constantly or walks into traps we can see a mile away. But at the same time, it can be hard to love someone who’s too perfect. So how do you make us believe in, and love, a major badass?Read more...
Tags: Books, Writing, Stories, Short Fiction, Free Advice, Writing Advice


10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction

Unless you've commanded a starship, fought off an alien invasion or survived a global disaster, your life experiences probably aren't too science-fictional. But still, the most powerful stories are often rooted in things that actually happened. Here are 10 tricks for turning your personal true stories into science fiction.Read more...
Tags: Books, Superlist, Writing, Neil Gaiman, George Rr Martin, Short Fiction, Free Advice, Ted Chiang, Writing Advice, Rian Johnson