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NEW BOOK REVIEW: Lisa Mason’s ODDITIES (Part 1)

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In this, his 300th column for Amazing Stories® online, Steve checks out a collection of good stories by author Lisa Mason, who continues to impress him.

TIME’S RUNNING OUT TO GET THE STORYBUNDLE! (Review)

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Stamps and short stories--what's the connection? Steve dips into a cheap (in price only!) collection of stories from award-winning authors... then tells you how to get the newest Star Trek stamps from Canada!

IF MAGAZINE (“Worlds of Science Fiction”) ISSUE #1 (1952) AND SOME...

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Steve takes a look back at 1952, and the first issue of "IF Worlds of Science Fiction"--plus a word of advice for newer writers from Chuck Wendig (link) and some personal news.

Women Destroy* Hard SF Poetry!!! Round Up November 2015

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Oxymoron? If you think the title of this blog post is one, then read on, dear disillusioned reader! Be warned though, it's going to...

Review: Marcher by Chris Beckett (2014 Newcon Press edition)

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Marcher is Chris Beckett's second novel, now making its UK debut in a significantly revised edition from Newcon Press. When his first novel to be published in the UK, Dark Eden (2012), won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Chris Beckett seemed to many to have come out of nowhere. In-fact the author had been steadily publishing short stories since the beginning of the 1990s and his first book, The Turing Test (2008 - Elastic Press), had won the Edgehill Prize, the UK's only national award for single-author short story collections...

The Artful Collector: Where Are They Now? Spotlight on Paul...

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Paul Alexander's art is being snapped up by collectors

Speculative Poetry Round-up January 2014

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Diane goes walkabout on the web and discovers a surprisingly large amount of speculative fiction poetry, just waiting for you all to drop by.

The Geek Test: What’s Your Score?

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I believe people of all types should be able to join in geek events and have fun whether they're sufficiently geek credentialed or not, but I wondered how one might one go about quantitatively evaluating "geekiness"

Low Intensity – 1 – Jim Aikin

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This will be an occasional series about good writers who either haven't produced very much book-length speculative fiction, or are, in my opinion, under-appreciated. Jim...

The Peacock Cloak by Chris Beckett

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Chris Beckett has been publishing short stories since 1990. His debut novel was The Holy Machine, followed by Marcher, and last year, Dark Eden,...

How American Airlines Helped Me Gafiate

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Gafiate, for those whose Fannish Lexicon isn't handy, is Fan Speak for the act of 'Getting Away From It All'.  Leaving Fandom.  Putting conventions...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Where Do I Look?: How to find short fiction markets Welcome back. This is the eighth in my (mostly) weekly series of posts on how...

Inspiration and Writing, or: OMG It’s Full of Light Bulbs!

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Where does fresh-squeezed idea juice come from? Read on, and see what helps produce it.