Why Urban Fantasy Might Sound Like Science Fiction by Tom Doyle

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Why do some readers think that my fantasy novel sounds like science fiction? Though my debut novel from Tor, American Craftsmen, is a combination of several subgenres, its overall genre is fantasy. Yet something about the narrative style and the tropes I use reminds people of science fiction, or at least of near-future techno-thrillers. The primary reason that I consider my story to be fantasy is...

Where writers don’t get their ideas – an article by A J Dalton.

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Where writers don’t get their ideas -          an article by A J Dalton (www.ajdalton.eu), Gollancz author of Empire of the Saviours, Gateway of the Saviours, and Tithe of the Saviours. All writers get their ideas from the ideas well at the end of Smith Street. It’s sometimes a bit foggy down there, but if you look hard enough you’ll find it. That’s not true of course (just go check...

Would you like Steampunk or Dystopia with that? by Jaleigh Johnson

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Ever since THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY was released, one of my favorite things is seeing how people (readers, reviewers, bloggers, etc.) classify the book to others. Popular early descriptors were that it was slightly dystopian or dystopia geared to a younger audience. This was enlightening and fascinating to me because, I must confess, I had never thought of the book as being at all dystopian. To me,...

Finding Inspiration for a SF Novel by Jay Posey

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I remember reading science-fiction books when I was a kid (and as an adult) and being amazed at the onslaught of ideas that seemed to pour off the page.  Whether it was Douglas Adams talking about Improbability Drives and passing through all points in space at once, or William Gibson’s vision of cyberspace, or any number of short stories from authors whose names have disappeared from my memory even...

Why I write urban fantasy by Debbie Johnson

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Crime, violence and the crunch of broken glass beneath my feet: why being a scaredy-cat led me to write urban fantasy It’s night time. I’m in a forest. I’m surrounded by sinister creatures. Shadows flicker around me, malevolent shapes seen only from the corner of my eye. Strange sounds assault my ears: the cries of unnamed beasts, twisted wails that of pleasure or pain. The only light comes from...

What is epic fantasy by Freya Robertson

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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 on the right lines inasmuch as fantasy is an extremely broad genre, and the...

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

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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 I drop in at various sites. ———————————————————————- The...

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

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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 later by CyberStorm, a present day tech-thriller in the vein of Crichton)...

Has modern Sci Fi strayed too far from its roots?

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 “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 plateau and that it is technology that will provide...

Hobbit’s 50 at 50

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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 books I would want to keep, or at least the fifty I’ve kept coming back to after reading the stuff for over...
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