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Guest post: Faeries in modern fiction by Katherine Harbour

katherine_harbour Why do Faeries translate so well to modern fiction? The faeries of Celtic folklore have always had an ambiguous relationship with mankind. Although there are many types of faery-like creatures in world mythology, the faeries of the United Kingdom seem to be active well into the modern age. They’ve...
   

Guest post: The dystopian deconstruction of society by Johnny Pearce

survivalofthefittest I mean, it’s going to happen, right? There will be a dystopian deconstruction of society as a result of some virulent outbreak and subsequent marauding zombies. Right? We’ve all watched the movies, seen the series and, heck, some of us have gone as far as to read a book on it. And then there are...

Giveaway, Admiral by Sean Danker

admiral Three winners will receive a copy of Admiral by Sean Danker. This giveaway is open to US addresses only. ENTER HERE FIRST IN A NEW MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION SERIES “I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright...
   

Guest post: We all have a story inside us by Denise Grey

Denise Grey We all have a story inside us and this is mine.  It is up to the reader to decide whether it is science fiction, fantasy or a natural progression of the planet we call home.  I have drawn on local and national events as well as international news stories. I have become aware through the years of the...

Guest post: Insight into The Enochian Wars: Armageddon Unleashed by Frank Julius Palumbo

FrankJuliusPalumbo In this Guest Post Frank Julius Palumbo gives us some insight into the background for his new book. The title of my latest book, ‘The Enochian Wars: Armageddon Unleashed,’ has raised quite a bit of eyebrows. The term Enochian comes from the Biblical figure, Enoch. He was a source of hidden mystical...
   

Article: Marie Brennan on Dragons

Labyrinth of drakes We’re very pleased to welcome Marie Brennan to SFFWorld. As her latest book, In the Labyrinth of Drakes, the fourth in The Memoirs of Lady Trent, hits the shelves in both the U.S. and the U.K. we asked her to tell us why Dragons are such a staple of Fantasy. Here’s what she said:     At...

5 Awesome Time Machines from Movies by Jevon Knights

p025wvg8 Man has always been obsessed with travelling through time. Who hasn’t wanted to turn back the clock and see how events actually happened, or go forward and see what the future holds. But there’s another thing man has always been obsessed with: fashion. After all, if you’re going...
   

Guest Post: Bringing the ordinary into the extra-ordinary by Patricia Leslie

PatriciaLeslie I have two urban fantasy novels published and numerous other stories sitting in my hard drive and desk drawer. One theme that runs through them all is the innate power of nature. The things that are ordinary in our real world, in the world of speculative fiction easily becomes something more. Whether...

Authors of the Roundtable – James Barclay, John Marco, Megan O’Keefe and Will Wight

twitterlogo Welcome to our latest Author Roundtable. On this first day of spring, we’ve got four amazing Fantasy authors ready to answer your questions about their stories, the Fantasy genre, and/or writing in general. Our guests this week are Megan O’Keefe, Will Wight, John Marco, and James Barclay. Join...
   

Guest post: Progression of a World in the Solace Series by Jaleigh Johnson

Secrets of Solace To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into back when I started writing the Solace series.  I wasn’t even sure it was going to be a series at first.  Three books was what I had in mind, but each would stand alone so that younger readers could pick up whichever book they wanted to read first. ...

David Estes Giveaway

slip Two winners will receive a set of STRINGS and SLIP by David Estes. For US winners this will be a set of signed copies, for international winners the prize will be a set of ebooks. This giveaway is open worldwide given the restrictions above and prizes are provided by David Estes. SLIP – Someone must...
   

Guest post: The Literary Agora – Engaging the Public Sphere by Rhett Bruno

RhettCBruno Buried beneath all the changing trends in the publishing industry and advancements in technology the greatest effect of our society on literature has been the commodification of the book. You see it when you walk into any bookstore or library, hundreds of colorful spines and covers strewn across a shelf...

Guest post: The Wilderness of Rage by Mathew Babaoye

mathewbabaoye Emotion can be a double-edged sword depending upon if it is negative or positive. This is a bit of an understatement, of course: humanity has long since shaded the full spectrum of emotion into an almost endless rainbow of possibility including sadness, frustration, anger, rage, despair, acceptance,...
   

Guest Post: Beg, Borrow, Steal by Rebecca A. Demarest

rebeccademarest Beg, borrow, steal. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard a hundred times when it comes to art, but what separates the truly innovative from the simple fan fiction? How can we take what is already canon and give it firepower again? Most of us are familiar with works that have done this. They take stories...

Guest Post: Technology Choices in Worldbuilding by Jason LaPier

Jason LaPier Jason LaPier Jason LaPier is the author of Unexpected Rain and Unclear Skies (Books 1 and 2 of The Dome Trilogy). In his guest post he talks about Technology Choices in Worldbuilding.   When a storyteller is building a new world, there are a number of things to consider: social, political, and...
   

Dealing with Time by Paul Towson

paul_towson Time travel is one of the earliest and most appealing themes in Science Fiction writing. The dramatic potential being able to interact with people and places in the future or having some part to play in great events of the past present a rich vein of creative possibilities. One of the challenges for...

Call for Submissions – SFFWorld 2016 Anthology

SFFWorld2016Anthology You Are Here Tales of Cartographic Wonders Maps, or graphical representations of spatial information, have shaped our world ever since people have put pen to paper, or stylus to a clay tablet, or chisel to stone. The focus of pirates searching for lost treasure or someone following a trail among the...
   

Ecotones Giveaway

EcotonesMED We’re giving away 5 copies of the Ecotones anthology. The giveaway is open worldwide. ENTER HERE Featuring fourteen tales from best-sellers, award-winners and nominees, established talents and up-coming authors, ECOTONES is an anthology of speculative fiction like no other — a point of contact...

BSFA Awards 2015 Shortlist announced

BSFA-logo The British Science Fiction Association has announced the shortlist for the BSFA Awards 2015. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on the evening of Saturday 26th March at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester, during Mancunicon, the 67th British National Science Fiction Convention, otherwise...
   

“Phantom Effect” and Modern Music by Michael Aronovitz

MichaelAronovitz In terms of plot, “Phantom Effect” is a serial killer tale that moves to the supernatural as murderer Jonathan Martin Delaware Deseronto winds up being forced by the ghost of his last victim, the lovely co-ed Marissa Madison, to relive her last week inside her, as her, and therefore find out what...
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