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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...
   

Perlmutter talks animation – The Openhearted many, the broken hearted few

David Perlmutter David Perlmutter One by one, the guests arrive The guests are coming through The open-hearted many, the broken-hearted few And no one knows where the night is going And no one knows why the wine is flowing Leonard Cohen, “The Guests”. Please allow me to introduce myself, as the Rolling Stones would...

Windows On Other Worlds – illustrating Science Fiction (part two) by Alex Storer

Visionary Alex Storer – Photo by Dave Yeaman Last time, I talked about my journey into science fiction cover art and defining my own style. This time, I’m going to go a little further into the creative process and also take a look at a few examples. I find there’s something more emotive and evocative about...
   

Guest post: PODs and Butterflies by Jeff Provine

HellfirebyJeffProvine-500 Alternate History (or “alternative history” for the grammatically strict) has been asking “what if things had gone a little differently?” since the days of the Roman scholar Livy. He pondered what might have happened if Alexander the Great had marched west against the Roman Republic instead of...

Guest post: Windows On Other Worlds – illustrating Science Fiction by Alex Storer

First Light-2014 Alex Storer – Photo by Dave Yeaman I have good faith in the old adage of its not what you know, but who you know. In 2007, I had reached a career crossroads – having worked professionally as a graphic designer for over a decade, I had reached a point where something was missing, creatively. After...
   

Guest post: The Long Lost Art Being Stuck In A Weird Small Town by Todd Berger

toddberger My favorite television show when I was a kid was The Twilight Zone. Reruns used to come on cable every night, and I loved never knowing what any given episode was going to be about. My favorite episodes, by far, were when people were stranded in a weird small town for whatever reason ­ usually their...

UK GAMES EXPO (10TH ANNIVERSARY)

logo NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND Attended by David Paul Hellings @HellingsOnFilm Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror gaming fans were well served as usual as the UK Games Expo celebrated its tenth anniversary in style. Moving from the previous main venue of the nearby Hilton Hotel (still used for...
   

Guest post: Obsessed with Robots! By Brenda Cooper

Bio Pic Brenda Cooper photo by Tim Reha I don’t know of any other women as obsessed with robots in their fiction as I am.  I’m not sure I know of any other men either, except maybe those who are writing about robotic warfare.  Me?  I have stories about robots raising children and robotic dogs at war in my collection Cracking the Sky...
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