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...

Author Guest Post: Joseph D’Lacey on Post-Apocalytpic Fiction

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“Do you see Post Apocalyptic fiction as a great way to explore Horror elements in a setting more associated with the Science Fiction branch of the Speculative Fiction tree?” I danced around this hulk of a question for ages trying to find its weak spot. It was like boxing a Decepticon. After a couple of weeks, dodging and feinting without landing a single blow, I was tired, thirsty and needed a...

Article: Collaborating With Myself by Paul McAuley

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On the eve of the release of the revised Confluence Trilogy, SF writer Paul McAuley writes an exclusive piece for us and considers the question: what’s it like to rewrite something written by a younger self?’ Collaborating With Myself I’m not one of those writers who can produce a detailed plan of a novel and then fill it out, chapter by chapter. I usually know the beginning and the end...

This Sucks and is Terrible or is Fantastic and Slathered in Nutella – Writing in Arcs by Myke Cole

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Look, I’m just a dumbass public servant. I’m so stupid that if you were to shut the lights off and walk out of the room, I’d just sit here in the dark, drooling. I don’t want to overstate the case. I’ve figured some things out. I know which end of the phone to talk into. I can successfully determine which hole to put food in frequently enough to fend off starvation. I know words like “obfuscate,”...

SFFWorld Review of 2013 Part 3: Film & TV.

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Film and TV Review 2013 Another great year for genre TV and film, with SF/Fantasy/Horror dominating the schedules and (sometimes) the box office takings and TV ratings. We are perhaps in an era that may be looked back on as one of mass acceptance for the genre.  Mind you, there have been some major misfires as well as the plaudits. (Comments from Mark and Rob follow.) In film, it was a case of ‘Another...

SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013 Part 2: Science Fiction Books

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SFFWorld Review of the Year, 2013: Part 2 So here we are again: our SFFWorld review of the year. (This is something like our eleventh!) For the uninitiated, this is usually where Rob Bedford and I try to pull together what we see as key genre books from the previous twelve months. I should really point out before we start that there is always some slippage here, as books get published in different...
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