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The Secret of Writing Great Science Fiction Part 2

Writing advice from a stellar line up" David Brin, Gary K. Wolfe, Michael Moorcock, C.J. Cherryh, Ursula Le Guin, Neil Clarke and Michael Swanwick!

The Ultimate Science Fiction Reading List Part 5

Somehow our first taste of fiction always seems to hold a special place in our minds and hearts even after we’ve read hundreds of new stories. Another installment of the ultimate science fiction reading list from some of our favorite authors and editors.

The Ultimate Science Fiction Reading List Part 4

A few recommendations from some of the greatest minds in the industry of what you should be reading.

The Ten Greatest Wizards of All Time

A bit problematic, this list. My experience with wizards tells me they are a fickle lot and prone to hubris. And they have powers....Perhaps ranking them might not be such a good idea....

Review: The Space Opera Renaissance edited by Kathryn Cramer & David...

An updated review of a seminal and influential anthology - The Space Opera Renaissance

Interview with SFWA Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin

R. K. Troughton interviews Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin.

The Ultimate Science Fiction Reading List

Notable and award winning authors talk about what's on their science fiction reading list.

Winter is Coming

Winter is only one of four seasons but it can also be a feeling, a state of being.

My Authorial Obsession

Space Piracy! Giant Mutated Rats! What's not to obsess over?

Interview with SFWA Grand Master Robert Silverberg

Today we are joined by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master Robert Silverberg. Mr. Silverberg writes speculative fiction that travels where he wants it to go, pushing aside the traditional limitations with which many writers confine themselves. He has written countless novels and works of short fiction, and his list of non-fiction books is staggering. Mr. Silverberg has been so prolific that his total word count rivals the quantity of stars in the galaxy.

Dreams and Perceptions…The Stuff of Science Fiction

I firmly believe that we ultimately define ourselves through our experience and our approach of the unfamiliar. A new relationship. A stranger in town. A different culture. An alien encounter…

Hugo by the Numbers Part 2

Let this serve as your reminder that final ballots for the 2013 Hugo Awards are due today. (07/31/13) With that in mind, I bring...


Simone de Beauvoir, en El Segundo Sexo, postula que la mujer no es, se hace, que la figura/identidad/rol “mujer”  es un constructo elaborado por...
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Crossroads: “Speculative” Literary Fiction and SF/F Techniques

Last week, we talked about how works of speculative fiction deploy techniques commonly found in literary fiction. This week, we're going to flip that...
Venn diagram of Literary Fiction/Speculative Fiction along Character/Plot Spectrum

Crossroads: The Cores of Literary Fiction and Speculative Fiction

The relationship between speculative fiction and mainstream literary fiction is complicated by decades of group identity dynamics, mutual ignorance, and overbroad critical generalizations about...

Don’t Quote Me on This, But…

Quoting lines from science fiction can be expected amongst the members of fandom. But getting it right is vital to your nerd credibility.