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WRITING FROM A SCRIPT by Seaton Kay-Smith

seaton_kay_smith I used to write for a daily television show, which meant that work was seasonal. Because the Roast was only on for eight months of the year, I only worked for eight months of the year. The remaining four months, while it may sound like free time, could more accurately be described as unemployment. When...
   

Jo Zebedee on writing – What are the consequences?

IMG_0167 When I was young, I shared a smoke from a friend’s cigarette. Fast forward ten years and I was on a twenty a day habit. Another five and I found myself pregnant, and that first cigarette didn’t have an impact only on me anymore, but my child as well. I gave up, with a struggle, and I’ve been nicotine...

Deleted Scene: The Hellaquin in the Froggary

gavin-smith We are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith for a special guest post. Gavin’s new book A Quantum Mythology  is out now in bookshops and we are thrilled to share with you a deleted scene from it. Gavin G. Smith’s new epic space opera is a wide-ranging exploration of the past, present and future...
   

Star Trek Memories – A British perspective.

Mr Spock The death of Leonard Nimoy yesterday reminded me of what I liked when I first saw Star Trek. As a tribute, I thought I would try and say how important the series was to me when I was younger.    ——————————————- Some...

The Expert vs. The Bumpkin: On Genre Exposition and Reader Expectations by Harry Connolly

Cover art by Chris McGrath Let’s put Harry Dresden and Frodo Baggins next to each other. (No, seriously. Let’s.) At the beginning of their respective series, they don’t have a lot in common: They’re male. They’re good people. They both have an extraordinary ability to persevere in the face of terrible adversity. The...
   

Why do I write SF? by Dave Bara

davebara_1387310127_59 As Dave’s new SF book is released (SFFWorld review here) we also asked him that age-old question: “Why do you write SF?” Here’s his reply: So, I have a new novel coming out. It’s called IMPULSE and it’s a sci-fi action/adventure story about mankind in a distant yet...

MASTER OF PLAGUES Blog Tour: An Interview with E.L. Tettensor

th_b__tettensor_MasterofPlagues Who is E.L. Tettensor? Ex-musician, aid worker, Flames fan, INTJ, writer of fictions. Formidable at Hearts, rubbish at Settlers of Catan. Seriously considering taking up Whist. I suffer from a coat fetish and an unreasonable affection for Mott’s Clamato juice. Those are the essentials, I think. Who...
   

Why My Second book is Nothing Like the First by Alexes Razevich

Alexes_Razevich When I find a book I like, characters I enjoy following, a writing style that speaks to me—I want more. I want to follow the hero, hiss the villains, tag along on “the further adventures of . . . ”  So why, when I sat down to write my second novel was it nothing like the first? A little background....

SFFWorld Best of 2014: Part 3 – Genre Film & TV

logo Best of 2014 It’s that time of year when, as we have done for the last decade or so, we have dragged ourselves from the revelries here at SFFWorld to try and put some sort of order to our favourite (and not so favourite!) stuff from 2014. And so, here’s the third part of our attempt to show what...
   

SFFWorld Best of 2014: Part 2 – Science Fiction

logo Best of 2014 It’s that time of year when, as we have done for the last decade or so, we have dragged ourselves from the revelries here at SFFWorld to try and put some sort of order to our favourite (and not so favourite!) stuff from 2014. And so, in the finest traditions of trying to reduce our...

SFFWorld Best of 2014: Part 1 – Fantasy & Horror

logo Best of 2014 It’s that time of year when, as we have done for the last decade or so, we have dragged ourselves from the revelries here at SFFWorld to try and put some sort of order to our favourite (and not so favourite!) stuff from 2014. The second part, on Science Fiction books is HERE and...
   

The Top 5 Earth Invasion Methods from Movies

jevon_knight The Top 5 Earth Invasion Methods from Movies It’s a scenario that makes the perfect block buster: you’re at the office, or driving home with the kids, or even at the local watering hole when you hear an ear-shattering blast. Entire buildings shake. Cars screech across asphalt and crash into each...

Writing a prequel by Jim Bernheimer

Confessions_of_a_D-List_Supervillain When I decided to write a prequel to Confessions of a D-List Supervillain to add more substance to the universe before advancing the storyline, I underestimated the amount of reluctance that goes along with prequels in general. Curse you George Lucas! You’ve tainted the concept of prequels forever. I...
   

Article: Empires: Extraction and Empires: Infiltration

Empires extraction On the recent release of Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction, both authors involved (Stephen and Gavin) wrote about their reaction to each other’s work, and the joys and perils of working collaboratively. CAUTION: Some of this may be NSFW. Here’s the second part of this article – Gavin’s...

Article: Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction

Empires Infiltration On the recent release of Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction, both authors involved (Stephen and Gavin) wrote about their reaction to each other’s work, and the joys and perils of working collaboratively. CAUTION: Some of this may be NSFW. Here’s the first part of this article – Stephen’s...
   

Why Adults Need to Read Young Adult and Children’s Books by Jeyn Roberts

jeyn_roberts I always find it odd when people tell me they won’t read young adult novels. When I will ask them why, I get a numerous amount of different excuses. — They’re dumbed down. — They aren’t mature enough. — They deal with subjects only kids care about. — They’re not literary enough. — I...

The Quirks of Playing in Two Sandboxes: Erin Lindsey on Pseudonyms [GUEST POST]

th_b_lindsey_Bloodbound I remember very distinctly the first couple of times I mentioned to another author that I had just sold a second series to Ace/Roc. There were looks. Not looks of envy – oh no. It was more of a have-you-gone-completely-barkers thing. Which, it turns out, was not an unreasonable question. The thing...
   

Dystopia vs. Utopia by Gavin Smith (Guest Post)

gavin-smith As Gavin has his latest SF novel, The Age of Scorpio, released in paperback, he provides us with a Guest Post that looks at the ever-present argument in SF:  Dystopia vs. Utopia? So somewhat irritatingly editors expect you to pitch for publishing deals rather than just respecting your obvious (sub)genius...

Rules and Ornaments in Secondary World Fantasy by Robert Jackson Bennett [Guest Post]

RobertsRulesofFantasy When I sat down to write City of Stairs – my first secondary world novel – I realized I felt I’d written secondary worlds before. My first novel, Mr. Shivers, ostensibly takes place in our own world, as the characters pursue a murderer across the Dustbowl at the height of the Great Depression....
   

There is No Genre, Only Story by Kameron Hurley (MIRROR EMPIRE Blog Tour)

Cover art by Richard Anderson So Robert J. Bennett wrote a post recently about the expectations we bring to stories based on what genre they are marketed as. Far beyond the old “magic and dragons” vs. “science and spaceships” debate, Bennett posits that genre categories have become so narrow that saying something is “epic...
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