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Fantasy and Historical Perspective by Sandra Unerman

‘There is nothing like looking if you want to find something…’ but what you find is not always quite the something you were after. So says the narrator of The Hobbit when the dwarves go looking for shelter from a … Continue reading

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How to Sell Short Stories to an Anthology By Deborah Walker

First off, I’ll pepper these words with caution. This is how I do things. You might have a much better way of selling stories to anthologies. And if you do, could you please tell me in the comments. SELLING WITHOUT … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be Luddite to work here… by Alastair Reynolds

There’s an understandable assumption that someone who thinks about coming technologies must also be something of a gadget-head. I’ve certainly done my share of near-future speculation, trying to imagine plausible extensions of current advances in AI, robotics, virtual reality, telepresence … Continue reading

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Northwrite SF Writers Group by Jacey Bedford

Inspired by our enjoyment and appreciation of Milford’s annual conference and unable to sign up to a specialised SF critique group in our own area, a few writers based in the north of England decided to form a small critique … Continue reading

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Get Yourself Collected by Rosanne Rabinowitz

So you’ve had a bunch of stories of stories published over the years. Perhaps they were written for themed anthologies – Cthulhu psychogeographical whodunits, alien babysitters, werebuildings and psychic waterfalls? Maybe you can already see patterns emerging from this scattershot … Continue reading

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Traps of World Building by David Gullen

It occurred to me that the one great challenge of world-building is that you are, in fact, building a world. What to put in? What to leave out? I’ve recently been reading The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to becoming … Continue reading

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Listening to Your Characters by Karen Brenchley

When I was a kid, my favorite toy was a set of tiny wooden figures called Little People, made by the Fisher Price company. These were very crude, with solid bodies and minimal markings to distinguish hair and faces, but … Continue reading

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