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What is epic fantasy by Freya Robertson

Hi, I’m Freya. I’m a writer, and when people ask me what kind of books I write, I tell them “epic fantasy”. Various replies I’ve had to this statement have been, “What, like Twilight?” “You mean that Arthur C. Clarke stuff?” and my personal favourite, “Like The Wizard of Oz?” Well, they’re kind of all […]

 

Article: The World of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick

Welcome to my blog tour for The Boy with the Porcelain Blade, my debut novel, released by Gollancz on 20th March. I hope you’ll join me along the way as I guide you behind the scenes of Landfall, an island shrouded in mystery and intrigue. I’ll be writing about different aspects of the book as […]

 

SHAKESPEARE system for helping authors figure out self-publishing by Matthew Mather

I get a lot of requests from new authors looking for tips and advice on how to navigate the self-publishing book market. I created this document to summarize the approach that worked for me in getting started. Exactly one year after publishing my first novel, Atopia Chronicles, a science fiction epic (followed a half a year […]

 

Has modern Sci Fi strayed too far from its roots?

 “THE FUTURE IS A LOADED GUN!” by CHIKE DELUNA The idea that human consciousness is capable of evolving beyond its current tribal limitations has been tossed overboard in recent years, the optimism of Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey, or Tarkovsky’s Solaris, has given way to a stubborn conviction that human consciousness has reached a comfortable […]

 

Hobbit’s 50 at 50

So: yesterday I was 50. One of the presents I got was a lovely metal bookmark with a list of ’50 Books to Read Before You Die’. Nice idea, even if the sentiment was misplaced! But there were only about 4 genre books on there. Which got me thinking: what would be the fifty genre […]

 

Author Guest Post: Joseph D’Lacey on Post-Apocalytpic Fiction

“Do you see Post Apocalyptic fiction as a great way to explore Horror elements in a setting more associated with the Science Fiction branch of the Speculative Fiction tree?” I danced around this hulk of a question for ages trying to find its weak spot. It was like boxing a Decepticon. After a couple of […]

 

Article: Collaborating With Myself by Paul McAuley

On the eve of the release of the revised Confluence Trilogy, SF writer Paul McAuley writes an exclusive piece for us and considers the question: what’s it like to rewrite something written by a younger self?’ Collaborating With Myself I’m not one of those writers who can produce a detailed plan of a novel and […]

 

This Sucks and is Terrible or is Fantastic and Slathered in Nutella – Writing in Arcs by Myke Cole

Look, I’m just a dumbass public servant. I’m so stupid that if you were to shut the lights off and walk out of the room, I’d just sit here in the dark, drooling. I don’t want to overstate the case. I’ve figured some things out. I know which end of the phone to talk into. […]

 

SFFWorld Review of 2013 Part 3: Film & TV.

Film and TV Review 2013 Another great year for genre TV and film, with SF/Fantasy/Horror dominating the schedules and (sometimes) the box office takings and TV ratings. We are perhaps in an era that may be looked back on as one of mass acceptance for the genre.  Mind you, there have been some major misfires […]

 

SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013 Part 2: Science Fiction Books

SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013: Part 2 So here we are again: our SFFWorld review of the year. (This is something like our eleventh!) For the uninitiated, this is usually where Rob Bedford and I try to pull together what we see as key genre books from the previous twelve months. I should really […]

 

SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013 Part 1: Fantasy and Horror Books

SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013 So here we are again: our SFFWorld review of the year. (This is something like our eleventh!) For the uninitiated, this is usually where Rob Bedford and I try to pull together what we see as key genre books from the previous twelve months. I should really point out […]

 

Exclusive Extract from Behind the Sofa

Here at SFFWorld we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary later this week of the world’s longest-running TV programme, Doctor Who, on 23rd November 1963. To share our celebration, here’s an exclusive extract from Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Dr Who, edited by Steve Berry. Behind the Sofa is published in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK […]

 

2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 16: DEADMAN’S ROAD by Joe R. Lansdale

It’s Hallowe’en! Randy gives his final choice for 2013 – something ‘amusing, scary and in your face!’ What to read … what to read … What to read on Halloween? Something scary? Well, maybe “Near Zennor” or “The Great God Pan” or “The Willows” … Maybe something amusing? Maybe Midnight Riot … How about something […]

 

2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 15: MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch

Our penultimate suggestion before Hallowe’en 2013: a recent novel of London and magic: MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch (Ballantine Books, 2011) It started at one thirty on a cold Tuesday morning in January when Martin Turner, street performer and, in his own words, apprentice gigolo, tripped over a body in front of the West Portico […]

 

2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 14: THE COMPLETE JOHN SILENCE STORIES by Algernon Blackwood

Nearly there! With a few days to go until Halloween, Randy suggests another Horror story collection worthy of your inspection. THE COMPLETE JOHN SILENCE STORIES by Algernon Blackwood (Dover Publications, Inc., 1997) …[T]here was another side to his personality and practice, and one with which we are now more directly concerned; for the cases that […]

 

2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 13: Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood

Another great horror story collection, reviewed by Randy on our countdown to Hallowe’en. BEST GHOST STORIES OF ALGERNON BLACKWOOD by Algernon Blackwood (Dover Publications, Inc., 1997) A considerable number of hunting parties were out that year without finding so much as a fresh trail; for the moose were uncommonly shy, and the various Nimrods returned […]

 

2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 12: Tales of Horror and the Supernatural

As we get nearer to Hallowe’en, another classic Horror collection, as recommended by Randy. TALES OF HORROR AND THE SUPERNATURAL by Arthur Machen (Alfred A. Knopf, 1948; Pinnacle Books, 1973, in 2 vols.) ”Look about you, Clarke. You see the mountains, and hill following after hill, as wave on wave, you see the woods and […]

 

Freya Robertson: How Gaming Influenced Heartwood

We asked Freya if should shed some light on the gaming influences on her writing… Kia ora (that’s Kiwi or New Zealand for hello!) Thanks for having me on your blog today. I’m here to talk about my new epic fantasy from Angry Robot Books. Heartwood is book 1 of The Elemental Wars, and book […]

 

2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 11: The Ritual

Randy continues our countdown to Hallowe’en 2013 with a fairly recent Horror novel. THE RITUAL by Adam Nevill (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) And on the second day things did not get better. The rain fell hard and cold, the white sun never broke through the low grey cloud, and they were lost. But it was […]

 

2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 9 & 10: Longtooth & Near Zennor

Randy continues our countdown to Hallowe’en 2013 with a double bill of classic Horror stories. “LONGTOOTH” by Edgar Pangborn (From Good Neighbors and Other Strangers; included in Foundations of Fear edited by David Hartwell) My word is good. How can I prove it? Born in Darkfield, wasn’t I? Stayed away more years after college, but […]

 
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  • What is epic fantasy by Freya Robertson
  • Article: The World of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick
  • SHAKESPEARE system for helping authors figure out self-publishing by Matthew Mather
  • Has modern Sci Fi strayed too far from its roots?
  • Hobbit’s 50 at 50
  • Author Guest Post: Joseph D’Lacey on Post-Apocalytpic Fiction
  • Article: Collaborating With Myself by Paul McAuley
  • This Sucks and is Terrible or is Fantastic and Slathered in Nutella – Writing in Arcs by Myke Cole
  • SFFWorld Review of 2013 Part 3: Film & TV.
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013 Part 2: Science Fiction Books
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013 Part 1: Fantasy and Horror Books
  • Exclusive Extract from Behind the Sofa
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 16: DEADMAN’S ROAD by Joe R. Lansdale
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 15: MIDNIGHT RIOT by Ben Aaronovitch
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 14: THE COMPLETE JOHN SILENCE STORIES by Algernon Blackwood
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 13: Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 12: Tales of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Freya Robertson: How Gaming Influenced Heartwood
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 11: The Ritual
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 9 & 10: Longtooth & Near Zennor
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 8: Who Fears the Devil?
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 7: Softspoken
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 6: Hell House
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 5: A Stir of Echoes
  • What’s a Serial and Why Would I Read One?
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 4: The Sinful Ones
  • Virtue or Vice? Lust
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 3: Joyland
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 2: NOS4A2
  • 2013 Countdown to Hallowe’en 1:
  • SFFWorld Countdown to Hallowe’en 2013
  • Virtue or Vice? Sorrow
  • Tips for Wr…Everyone — Don’t Start With Boredom!
  • The Unrepenting Rebel
  • Am I Committed or Committable?
  • Who Am I?
  • How to Choose a Virtual Tour Service Provider: My Reading Addiction
  • Creativity & Madness: Living on the Thin Line
  • Beta Readers: A Love-Hate Relationship (the more they hate me, the more I love them)
  • How to Choose a Virtual Tour Service Provider: Innovative Online Book Tours
  • The Five Ps
  • Tips for writers: Review of Pump Up Your Book
  • The Piracy War
  • Tax Treaties and the IRS: What Every Non-US Indie Author Needs to Know
  • Tips for Writers: How to Hire a Virtual Tour Service
  • Tips for Writers: The One-Word Sentence by Christine Amsden
  • Tips for Writers: Making Magic Believable by Christine Amsden
  • Myth Busters, Grammar Edition: Starting a Sentence with And or But by Christine Amsden
  • Blog for SFF World – A Hero for the End of the World
  • Evie Manieri Guest Post
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2012 Part 3
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2012 Part 2
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2012 Part 1
  • Titanic SF
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year 2011: Part 3
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2011: Part 2
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year 2011: Part 1
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2010: part 3
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year 2010 Part 2
  • SFFWorld Review of the Year 2010 part 1
  • SFFWorld’s SF Review of 2009
  • SFFWorld’s Fantasy Review of 2009
  • SFFWorld Favourite Books Review 2008 (Part 3)
  • SFFWorld Favourite Books Review 2008 (Part 2)
  • SFFWorld Favourite Books Review 2008 (Part 1)
  • Science Fiction: Alive and Kicking
  • SFFWorld Best Reads 2007 (Part II)
  • SFFWorld 2007 Best Reads Review (Part 1)
  • A Changing of the Guard, Part II
  • A Changing of the Guard, Part I
  • CAULDRON BUBBLE, ADD LEEKS AND CELERY
  • Field Trip
  • Hard SF Essentials For Non-scientist Authors
  • Eastern European Folklore and its Influences on The Tears of Artamon
  • 2005 Year in Review
  • Harry Potter and Fantasy – A Quick Look!
  • Best Fantasy book
  • Writing Music by J.R. Murdock
  • Writing Rituals by J.R. Murdock
  • Minor Characters by J.R. Murdock
  • The Great Shift toward Said
  • The African American Science Fiction Character in Literature, Television, and Film by Ben Davis Jr.
  • How to Submit a Query Letter by Lillian Cauldwell
  • Fan Fiction: Bane or Boone? by Noelle Hay
  • The Gift of Immortality by Paul Kieniewicz
  • The Economics of Being a Fantasy Writer by Jeff Wheeler
  • Literature as a Form of Science Fiction by Peter Bottomley
  • Starting An Internet e-Publishing Business Was Not Easy by Jay Dubya
  • Viewing the Icons by William Alan Rieser
  • On The Infinite Endurance of Some Bogeymen by William Alan Rieser
  • The Death of Science Fiction by Bret Funk
  • Poetics, East and West by Seshendra Sharma
  • The Knights Templar by Katherine Kurtz
  • Lucid Writing Advice V by Antavius S. Flagg
  • Lucid Writing Advice VII by Antavius S. Flagg
  • Science Fantasy by Ian Irvine
  • Interview with a Dragon by Holly Lisle
  • Author’s note Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Lucid Writing Advice IV by Antavius S. Flagg
  • Dune versus Dune by Byron Merritt
  • The Backburner Book by Karin Lowachee
  • On Fantasy by Alma A. Hromic
  • Folklore by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
  • Lucid Writing Advice III by Antavius S. Flagg
  • Lucid Writing Advice II by Antavius S. Flagg
  • Lucid Writing Advice by Antavius S. Flagg
  • Learning Novel’ Writing from Agents and Editors by Jay Dubya
  • Revisiting the past to save the future by Stephen Baxter
  • On the Insufferability of Druidom by William Alan Rieser
  • The Power of Art by Sheri S. Tepper
  • September 11 and the Lord of the Rings by Noelle Hay
  • Science Fiction: Editing and writing in the genre by Peter Heyrman
  • The Stepchild of Literature by Alma A. Hromic
  • Fantasy Fans by Noelle Hay
  • Literary Editors by Dashjianta
  • What Works in Science Fiction Writing by G. Miki Hayden
  • On the Need for Effective Fantasy by William Alan Rieser
  • Where is Science Taking Us? by C.J. Cherryh
  • The Mystery of the New by Sean Russell
  • Beyond a Vision by Janny Wurts
  • On the Eerie Uncertainty of AI by William Alan Rieser
  • Lucid Writing Advice VI by Antavius Flagg
  • Tips for New Authors by Neil Charles Cladingboel
  • Sexism and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series by Abby Goldsmith
  • Dickens, Thurber, Andersen, London and Perseus by Jay Dubya
  • On the Effrontery of Wonder Women by William Alan Rieser
  • Journalism, Creativity and Reactionary Creativity by Jay Dubya
  • An Appreciation of Tolkien by William Alan Rieser
  • Story Beginnings – Ten to avoid by William Meikle
  • Can Anyone Tell the Time? by William Alan Rieser
  • Genre Difficulties by William Alan Rieser
  • A way with worlds: 48 – Apocalypse How
  • A Problem, Not a Fantasy by Antavius S. Flagg
  • Human Cloning – Should it be done? by R. Aditya Narayan
  • Life: A Fate Worse Than Death by J. Knight
  • A way with worlds: 46 – Dark Mary Sue
  • A way with worlds: 45 – Aslan Meets His Match: Theme versus Setting
  • The Grandfathers of Fantasy by L.A. Solinas
  • A way with worlds: 44 – The Drought
  • A way with worlds: 43 – TMI
  • Lord of the Rings: Judeo Christian Ethics and Mythos by L.A. Solinas
  • A way with worlds: 30 – Cycles of Conflict
  • Metaplanetary – Author’s Note by Tony Daniel
  • A way with worlds: 42 – Without Words
  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence by Chris Moy
  • A way with worlds: 40 – Communicating Your World
  • A way with worlds: 41 – Playing God
  • A way with worlds: 39 – Technology and Terminology
  • A way with worlds: 38 – Parallel Earths
  • A way with worlds: 37 – God, Darwin, History
  • Online Publishing vs. TraditionalPublishing – A Personal Experience by Kay Crist
  • A way with worlds: 36 – The March
  • Fantastic 2000: A Review of the Year in Fantasy by Rob H. Bedford
  • A way with worlds: 34 – The Odds
  • The Lost Dawn by Stuart Atkinson
  • A way with worlds: 32 – Yin and Yang: Knowledge and Ignorance
  • A way with worlds: 31 – Losing the Race
  • Personalised writing by Paul Escu
  • Doctoring the Tardis by Ebony McKenna
  • A way with worlds: 29 – Why are we doing this?
  • A way with worlds: 28 – Timeline-Based Writing: The Critical Axis
  • Fantasy: Another Boys Club? by Carrie Badorek
  • A way with worlds: 26 – More Crime and Punishment
  • New Ideas for a New Century of SF by James Wittenbach
  • A way with worlds: 25 – Crime and Punishment (and a lot of other stuff)
  • A way with worlds: 24 – Service, Service!
  • Don’t Judge Fantasy by its Label by Lee Ann Cuccia
  • The truths and legends about King Arthur by Alairic Seruthsson
  • Music to build a world by Ebony McKenna
  • What are Electronic Books (and why should I care)? by Xina Marie Uhl
  • A way with worlds: 21 – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed
  • Tek War: Shatner’s Future by fourwalker@yahoo.com
  • The Last Unicorn by fourwalker@yahoo.com
  • The Sheep Look Up: A Book of Environmental Disaster by fourwalker@yahoo.com
  • The Left Hand of Darkness: the Role of Sex by fourwalker@yahoo.com
  • End of Eternity: the Non-Foundation Asimov by fourwalker@yahoo.com
  • A way with worlds: 20 – Yin and Yang: The Deadly Hero
  • A way with worlds: 19 – World View: Evolving with Alicia Ashby
  • A way with worlds: 18 – Putting it all together: Xai
  • Why Fantasy and Why Now? by R. Scott Bakker
  • A way with worlds: 16 – Yin and Yang: Utopia Dystopie Cornucopia
  • A way with worlds: 15 – Timeline-Based Writing
  • A way with worlds: 14 – Creating new religions
  • A way with worlds: 13 – Writing religion in your continuity
  • A way with worlds: 12 – Finding Inspiration
  • A way with worlds: 11 – Attitude
  • A way with worlds: 07 – Getting a Vision
  • A way with worlds: 10 – The Fanfic Rebellion!
  • A way with worlds: 09 – Retcon as Continuity
  • A way with worlds: 08 – Your Worlds are in Danger!
  • A way with worlds: 06 – Pyramids of Power
  • A way with worlds: 04 – Intelligent life and culture
  • A way with worlds: 03 – In the beginning . . . there was a lot of planning
  • A way with worlds: 02 – It is the little things that count
  • Our Dimensionality by Timothy James Faulkner
  • A Fiction Ramble by Fletch .J. Bush
  • Self-Publishing Digs Deep Into Your Pocket: But The Rewards Can Be Gratifying by Marrissa R. Dick
  • Better Red Than… Green? by Stuart Atkinson
  • A Deep Breath by Stuart Atkinson
  • Waiting… by Stuart Atkinson
  • Mars in Our Time by Gregory Benford
  • How to Spot a Fantasy Lover by Amanda B. Blackburn
  • A Reflection on Tolkien’s World – Gender, Race & Interpreted Political, Economic, Social & Cultural Allegories by Michael Skeparnides
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