Next week, Cheeky Frawg Publishing will release a collection of stories and novels from Finnish author Leena Krohn. The collection is a major translation for the author, and we’ve interviewed editor Jeff Vandermeer about the project.
Ever read a fantasy book or watched a science fiction movie and struggled to suspend your disbelief due to the total lack of reality in some make believe weapons? Here’s advice for people writing this stuff on how to get guns and lasers and bow and wands right.
Long-running series have an aversion to change. Which makes sense, since it’s hard to ditch the actors and plots that were working. But it is important to see the signs that they aren’t working anymore.
We really enjoyed John Scalzi’s The End Of All Things, the latest installment of his Old Man’s War series. Audible has provided us with an exclusive clip from the audiobook edition for the novel, in which a pilot recounts how he became a brain in a box.http://io9.com/its-survival-o...
Since he vowed to become a professional SF author two years ago, Sunil Patel has published nine stories. In a two-part essay (Part One here, Part Two here), Patel explains how he wrote each of those stories and made each of those sales. For anyone who’s ever dreamed of being a science-fiction writer, Patel breaks the…
A crippling disease has made the body of Grace’s wife a prison for her erratic, reclusive brain. The only hope for their marriage? A video game where she rules over kingdom of cats.
I was surfing through Itunes the other day when I came across a surprise gem. Stray Ami is a podcast similar to the rather ubiquitous Welcome to Nightvale, in that every episode tells a continuous narrative, rather than your usual podcast format of hosted interviews or full-cast dramas. In many ways, however, it’s…
This week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Matt Hansen, focuses on a gruesome artifact. What story will you write about this mystical relic, how it came to be, or what it does?
In this week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt by Christian Bravery of Leading Light Design, a lunar mission stumbles across something very unexpected. You tell us: How the hell did they stumble across undiscovered monsters on the moon?
In this week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Yunior Guerra, we’ve got a recon crew inspecting a downed plane. If this inspires you to write a story, tell us: Who are these characters? And what do they find out in the sand?
In this week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Alexandra Semushina, two creatures are playing a game that doesn’t just involve strategy or luck; it also involves a bit of necromancy. What story will you write about this game, the players, and the stakes they’re playing for?
This week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Gary Laib, features the singing dead. What story can you spin about this choir of corpses?
In this week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt by Alice Duke, a botanist contemplates her life on an alien planet with only her mutant dog creature for company. What story can you spin about this lady and her far-off thoughts?
In this week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt by artist Francesco Corvino, a solitary figure has plenty of company overhead. Is this a surprise? Or just a routine night out on the water? You come up with a story and tell us.
Within this collection of six-word tales lie the answer to so many questions that we’ve contemplated, including: What are Terminators afraid of? What would a social feud with Death look like? And what should one do with a slightly used jetpack?
In this week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Ville Ericsson, we see a pair of armed fellows patrolling a city alley. But who are they? And what’s their relationship, if any, to the robot ahed of them?
In this week’s Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist David Cousens, an unusual character is attracting quite a bit of attention at a sunlit diner. You tell us: What’s going on here? What’s this curious character’s story? And what happens when that kid starts pointing and staring?
Sometimes magical events and characters can really push a story into a much more interesting place, but sometimes their appearance seems to stop things in their tracks. What makes the difference? Remembering that even magic has to follow the rules.