by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff Ursula Le Guin has said that the writer’s job is to “put into words what cannot be put into words.” Writers of fiction—mainstream, horror, magic realism and fantasy as well as science fiction—have cheerfully (or not so cheerfully) accepted..
Constant Caustic by Trodayne Northern There are articles, moments, bits of breaking news (a designation more apropos these days than perhaps ever before) all of which can make one feel despair, depressed, disenfranchised, disgusted. The lot of these feed the ‘other’ wolf –..
Take A Hike By William S. Kirby In the opening paragraphs of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien describes a world with “less noise and more green.” In these days of crushing news cycles and social media blues, less noise and more green sounds like..
Impressive, Most Impressive By Hadley Atwood One of the best things an author can do when querying to a literary agent is to let their work speak for itself. Now, writing to literary agents is a daunting process. You’ve poured your soul into..
Is Papa Bear’s Chair Too Hard? By Leslie Varney You know that the publishing world is in flux and, in keeping with the fact that technology is still in flux, will probably remain that way for awhile. You also know that the big publishing..
By James Hass I found William Gibson when I needed him. During San Francisco’s first tech bubble in the late nineties I was a tense wreck – every party ended with a circle of young guys talking about their stock options while I..
Listen By William Kirby I always wanted to visit Waikiki Beach. In 1953. Before jet skis and parasailing and cell phones and the modern need for music cranked-up (thanks, Spinal Tap) to eleven. Just the beach and a lazy martini or..
There is an “I” in First Person: Easy to Write. Hard to Master By Trodayne Northern First person can be one of the most enjoyable points of view to both read and to write. As a reader, I am always hesitant to read..
By Jessica Reisman Dear Speculative Fiction, I’m writing to tell you I love you, and to say thank you. You’ve been both refuge and inspiration since I was very young, almost since I first learned to read. You took me in and..
I Heart Joseph Conrad By John Longenbaugh When it comes to fiction, I am a polyamorist. I love mysteries, have a big soft spot for science fiction, and even enjoy the occasional cheerful foray into horror. I also love the big hard..