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Cover reveal and exclusive excerpt from Gerald Brandt’s The Operative

The Operative front cover We’re very pleased to give you an exclusive excerpt as well as being able to reveal the cover for Gerald Brandt’s The Operative. The Operative is being released by DAW on November 1st and is the sequel to The Courier which was released earlier this year. The Courier was the first novel in the San...
   

Guest post: How Does A Non-Sorcerer Design A Magical System That Makes Sense by Elizabeth Guizzetti

authorphotoblogsize Full Disclosure: I am not a sorcerer. I have no magical ability whatsoever. So how can I “write what I know” if I don’t really “know” magic? The way I see it, creating a magical system for a fictional world is like creating anything else in the fictional world. Fortunately, there are plenty...

Guest post: The female reader: How covers are marketed to women by Megan Leigh

meganleigh If I asked you to go into a bookstore and pick out a book marketed to a female audience from only glancing at the front cover, could you do it? Of course you could. And without giving it much thought either. Let’s face it, neither the bookstore nor the publisher expect a male reader to pick up a Faith...
   

Guest post: Servants of Hell – the Influences by Paul Kane

sherlock When I was asked to write a blog for SFF World, I thought it would be nice to talk about some of the major influences on Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell. Well, I’d already talked a lot about myself and the novel in the accompanying interview, so here’s a look at some of the books, TV shows...

GIVEAWAY! Children of Amarid by David B. Coe (Author’s Revised Edition)

Cover art by Romas Kukalis David is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice), or one of two copies of Children of Amarid. Open to US residents only       About Children of Amarid: Children of Amarid is the first volume of the LonTobyn Chronicle, David B. Coe’s Crawford Award-winning...
   

Guest post: Writing believable male characters as a female author by Vikki Romano

14777687 This is a topic I’ve wanted to discuss for a while now.  Not because it’s something that bothers me, but because it’s something that is asked of me…a lot.  I recently put out the second book in my sci fi “Alpha Core Trilogy” and it still catches me off guard when I get email and comments...

Guest post: Writing Science vs Science Fiction by Alasdair Shaw

Best Bits of Physics Front Cover I write all sorts of books related to science. These range from physics textbooks and revision guides, through popular science books, to space opera and military scifi. Each genre brings its own challenges and its own rewards. Moreover, the style used in each is different, and changing between them can...
   

Guest post: A Journey through a science fiction writer’s mind by Felicity Harley

Felicity I’ve always been a fan of science fiction.  My favorite writers are Herbert, Asimov, Bradbury and Orwell.  I tend to like science fiction writers who explore what happens to human beings within the context of societies, like ours, which divorce us from our essential humanity.  That’s why I like...

Guest Post: Optimism vs Cynicism in Superhero Narratives by Paige Orwin

TheInterminables_144dpi There’s been a lot of talk about the differences between the Marvel and DC cinematic universes as more movies by the latter have come out. Marvel’s universe is “lighter” – brighter, and faster, and more fun, and more optimistic – while DC’s universe is “darker”...
   

Rick Deckard, Shane MacGowan, and Me by Nik Korpon

Korpon Photo 300 Nik Korpon has been signed to Angry Robot. His novel The Rebellion’s Last Traitor, which will be released through Angry Robot in June 2017.   I’m so thrilled to finally be working with Angry Robot. What better place to publish a story about scrappy, upstart rebels than the feisty,...

Suggested Summer Reads 2016

srpthumb-p2070-100x100-no   OK: so you’re jetting off to that holiday destination* and plan to do some serious reading. But the usual newspaper articles on such matters rarely cover the books we love – you know, Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction. So, at SFFWorld we try to help when it’s needed. Ever happy to...
   

Guest post: Floodtide – My 40-year Journey to Publication by Helen Gould

Floodtide_cover_Kindle_jpeg Something I get asked a lot, especially when I do a radio interview and reading, is how I came up with the idea for my novel Floodtide. The other thing I’m often asked is, “How long did it take you to write?” The answer to the first question is easy. I had a dream. In the dream, I was two people...

WRITING WOMEN CHARACTERS (Wait, Aren’t You A Dude?) By Adam Rakunas

Adam Rakunas crop [FM]2014 Earlier this year at the Emerald City Comicon, I was on a panel with my fellow Angry Robot authors Peter Tieryas, Danielle Jensen, Patrick Tomlinson, and K.C. Alexander. As the panel wound down, K.C. turned to me and asked, “How do you write a realistic woman, being a male author?” I did the only...
   

Why use Kickstarter for your anthology project? By Adrian Collins

GdM-Evil-CoverMOCK SMALL Kickstarter can be a small publisher’s best mate. The crowd funding platform is a brilliant way to market, fund, and produce large anthology projects. There are a few reasons you might choose to use Kickstarter as a funding platform for your anthology as opposed to, say, paying for it yourself, taking...

Guest post: Great Grandchildren of the Apocalypse by M.E. Parker

meparker When I was a kid, the word apocalypse kept me awake at night. It stalked my dreams and conjured images of four horsemen wreaking havoc on the earth. They galloped through my imagination spreading disease, war, famine, and death, whose pale horse had fire for eyes. There was always an abundance of fire....
   

Guest post: Why Ley Lines? by Joshua Palmatier

JoshuaPalmatier I was reading fantasy rather heavily back in the *coughcough* 80s and back then nearly every fantasy novel had ley lines in them, because for some reason, ley lines screamed fantasy.  The problem was, they were mentioned, but never actually used, basically just part of the background of the world. ...

Article: Sticking the Landing by Melinda Snodgrass

MelindaSnodgrass-AuthorPic SFFWorld is very pleased to present an article from Melinda Snodgrass, an Emmy award winning scriptwriter (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and a bestselling author of over a dozen sci-fi novels.   She is a close personal friend of George R. R Martin, as well as a coeditor/contributor to his popular Wild...
   

COVER REVEAL: CHILDREN OF THE DIFFERENT by S. C. Flynn

ChildrenoftheDifferent They used to say “never judge a book by its cover”. Well, forget that. Just look at that cover – look at it! This is the cover that Californian artist Eric Nyquist created for my Australian post-apocalyptic fantasy novel CHILDREN OF THE DIFFERENT. The novel releases on September 17 in ebook, paperback...

Article: My Debut Rollercoaster by Ren Warom

Ren Warom Getting your first book published is always a thrill for the author, though it can take work to get there. We invited Ren Warom, author of recently published SF novel Escapology,* to write about what it is actually like to get a debut novel to publication. Here’s what she said:   It’s pretty...
   

Guest post: Where’s My Flying Car by Chris Gerrib

446178da-49c1-4d1e-9a3a-cf8b8ef1043d Back in the 1950s, 1960s and even 1970s, we were promised flying cars. (Actually, Popular Mechanics has one on the cover every year or so today.) Everybody would have one or more in their garage and we’d never cuss at traffic again. Well, where the [bleep] are they? Perhaps more importantly, why didn’t...
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