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Why Conventions Matter for Authors and Readers by Gail Z. Martin

0061-eWomenNetwork Over the course of the average year, I attend more than a dozen conventions as a professional author. I travel up and down the East Coast, venture across the border to Canada and maybe the UK, foray West to Arizona and parts in between. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also expensive in terms...
   

Ups and Downs of Being an Author by Marc Turner

th_b_turner_whenheavens My debut novel, When the Heavens Fall, has been published for a few weeks now, so I’m becoming well acquainted with some of the ups and downs of being an author. In a strange way, the ups can also be considered downs and vice versa, sometimes even at the same time. Here’s what I mean by that. That...

New Worlds, New Sciences by Carolyn Ives Gilman

DarkOrbit In the past, people who wanted to write science fiction became philosophers.  Today, people who want to write philosophy become science fiction authors. Think about it: when Leibnitz was speculating about the best of all possible worlds, or More was writing Utopia, weren’t they really committing science...
   

The Complicated Process of Writing! by Michael Aronovitz

michaelaronovitz   The only reason that I refer to the process of writing as a complicated one, is that I can’t pin down how I do it exactly, like technically. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I have been in enough writing groups, and I have taught enough creative writing workshops and worked with enough editors (and...

Writing Alternative Histories Craig Cormick

craig_cormick_600x800 There’s something particularly intriguing about those two magic words – what if? What if Adolf Hitler had died in the First World War? What if the Roman Empire hadn’t collapsed? What if the Black Plague hadn’t hit Europe? What if the Spanish Armada had successfully invaded England? So many what...
   

Exclusive Extract from Crashing Heaven

Crashing Heaven small We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to offer you an exclusive extract from a book that has caused quite a reaction at SFFWorld – Crashing Heaven, the debut novel by Al Robertson. ———————- Excerpt 3 – Hugo Fist takes the controls Fist wants...

Teleportation, The Impossible Dream by Peter Clines

Peter Clines photo credit Colleen Cooper I’m guessing most people reading this got their first taste of teleportation like I did, via the transporter on some version of Star Trek. Or maybe Doctor Who’s transmat if you’re a bit older and hail from the UK. It wasn’t long after that I stumbled across Alexander Key’s The Case of the Vanishing...
   

Jo Zebedee on writing – Being Chosen

IMG_0167 One of the themes I return to, time and time again, is what it’s like to be a real person facing extraordinary circumstances. I’m convinced that, thrown into fictional events, most of us would be barely sane. I find it hard enough to get to the end of each day intact, with everything vaguely...

The (unofficial) Top 20 Fantasy Series of SFFWorld.com

34 Despite our forum dying, our forum members are not. And, if nothing else, they are active readers who enjoy discussing books and sharing recommendations. The OCD afflicted among us can’t help but want to order the chaos. In doing so, we get revealing threads like SFFWorld’s unofficial Top...
   

Sci vs. Fi? by Thomas Waite

thomas_waite The most fascinating aspect of writing Trident Code and Lethal Code, my first two books in the Lana Elkins cyber-thriller series, was examining the potential convergence of computer science with other “traditional” terrorist threats, as well as the harrowing impact cyberwar and cyber-sabotage could...

The Not-Really Sci-Fi Fan by J.W. Allen

john_allen There used to be a thing known as the ‘nerd’.  Going to a predominantly Irish Roman Catholic school as a kid meant that playtime was even tougher for me.  I wasn’t Irish and I wasn’t Roman Catholic.  I was also ginger. Any difference whatsoever was seized upon ravenously by the cool kids who...
   

The Fermi Paradox… Where are they? by Ralph Kern

prof3 When we look up into the night sky, we can see hundreds of stars with our naked eye. Use any reasonably priced telescope and you see thousands. Even that is a tiny portion of our galaxy. By those simple measures we realize space is BIG. But when we look further and deeper using the technology available,...

Expanding the Authorial Palate: A Study in Red by Rob Queen

rob_queen Boston is home to the Red Sox, the New England Patriots, more universities than you could possibly visit in one St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and lobster (or, as they call it there, “lobstah”). In fact, I regularly tell my international acquaintances that if they go to Boston, they have to try the...
   

Nine Dragons I Have Known by Alyc Helms

alyc_helms Whenever I see talk about the ubiquity of dragons in fantasy, I’m tempted to scoff. As far as I’m concerned, there aren’t enough dragons in fantasy, and there never have been. Forget vampires, my pubescent crack-of-choice was always dragons (thanks, McCaffrey), and yet books with sympathetic...

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...
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