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Which Book of SF Short Stories Would You Recommend?

The other day someone asked me if I would recommend a good book of science fiction short stories for them. I kind of wanted to laugh out loud! Over the years I have learned that there isn’t a simple answer to that question. I mean I really need to know if they prefer classic SF or modern SF, do they like hard or soft SciFi, would they prefer a collection by a single author or an anthology that includes many different authors? Yada, yada, yada… the list of questions goes on and on. Read More

In Search of Truth (A John Kelly Adventure Series)

This is a guest post by Eddie.

“In Search of Truth – A John Kelly Adventure Series” written by Ben Lee is sure to have you questioning everything you ever thought you knew about the origins of the human race. The main character, John Kelly, is on the verge of having his world completed turned upside down. During a holiday in Bolivia trekking through ancient ruins, John is abducted by a mysterious old man and persuaded to record the real history of humanity. Reluctantly, John agrees to hear the old man’s version of historical events, not believing for one minute that he really had a choice in the matter. What John learns over the next few months drives him to seek the truth. Read More

What Do You Readers Want?

I have been feeling like it is time to make a few changes around here. I like this site, but lately I feel like it has been in a bit of a rut, and that maybe it’s time to mix things up a little. Nothing too big, just some changes to keep things interesting. I started on Monday with a change to my review structure – mostly by using a 5 star system to rate the idea, writing and fun factor of the story being reviewed. I would be interested to know what you all thought of that. Read More

Remembering Iain M. Banks, a Science Fiction legend

Remembering Iain M. Banks


On June 9th, 2013, one of the greatest modern writers of science fiction was lost to us after a long, harrowing struggle with cancer. For those of you not in the know, Iain Banks was, in many ways, the father of the modern cinematic science fiction: he was a weaver of worlds, of powerful imagery, of wide-screen infinite-budget CGI borne from a very rich imagination.

Born February 15th, 1954 to a professional ice-skater mother and an Admiralty Officer father, Banks decided that the one thing he always ever wanted to do was to just…write. From the age of 11, he began the long process of weaving worlds, which produced an entire novel (the Hungarian Lift-Jet) by the age of 16. After finishing his very first honest-to-God novel, the Wasp Factory, in 1984, Iain had apparently worn a considerable number of typewriters down, which led his agent to agree with him in a one-book-per-year deal. Iain (reluctantly) agreed.

His work has been adapted into television series, radio-dramas and a theater play, called The Curse of Iain Banks. A politically active and terrifyingly imaginative man, Iain Banks did his absolute best to be a man of the world and a writer first, instead of simply resting in his polymer-based orbital palace he’d built for himself thanks to his work.


Read More For Those Who Need a Quick Fix

This is a guest post by Sara Dawkins.

When it comes to storytelling, science fiction writers seem to have an imagination that goes above and beyond conventional thinking. For those who enjoy the works of new authors and those trying to make their way in the world, has an excellent collection of science fiction writers. It is a well-developed, free to use, website that has many short stories from a great collection of authors ranging from experienced to those just starting to get their feet wet in the genre. Read More

Re-finding the Profession

[Editor’s note: I get loads of email from random people asking if I know such-and-such a story, and 99% of the time the answer is no. However, a while ago I was able to help one person find what she was looking for – hooray! After she told me her story I thought it was pretty cool as asked her if we could post it here. This is Suzanne’s story about her long search for a barely remembered science fiction short story, and how it impacted her life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! -Rusty]

Be sure to have read Profession by Asimov

I came across in one of my quests to find a story that had originally inspired me as a child. A little more about the story in a moment, but first some background to put the request into context.
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Rusty’s New Comic Book Web Site

Hey everybody,

I just wanted to let you know that I have started a comic book review web site called The Comic Prospector.

It is similar to this site in that I read stories and then write short reviews, but it is all about comic books – both old ones and new ones. I have been reading and collecting comics for many years, and creating a blog about them seemed like the natural next step, so I did it. I have just over 10 posts under my belt now, and I would love to get some feedback on it.

Anyway, if you like comic books, or even just my review style, then be sure to check it out and let me know what you think.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Julio Cortázar: Maestro of the Short Prose Mind-Bender

This is a guest post by Patricia Garza.

Hailing from Buenos Aires, Julio Cortázar spent a bedridden childhood immersed in the speculative fiction of Jules Verne, an obsession that flourished into a career as one of the 20th century’s literary greats.

“I spent my childhood in a haze full of goblins and elves,” he told Plural magazine in 1975, “with a sense of space and time that was different from everybody else’s.”

Cortázar’s novels, memoirs, plays, essays, and translations of Poe and Robinson Crusoe have all earned acclaim, but he is known above all as the author of astonishing, conceptual short stories that play with the reader’s conception of reality like one child tickling another. Read More

3 Apps for Fans of Sci-Fi Short Stories

This is a guest post by Barbara Jolie.

These days, it seems everyone is on the go. From classes to meetings and work, it can be hard to catch a break and find time for your favorite hobbies. Thankfully, the digital revolution is here to help those of you with a penchant for science fiction short stories. Over the past few years, the world of mobile applications has seen the development of several apps offering users access to several popular titles, all in the palm of their hand.

So, if you think it would be great to take all of your favorite titles on-the-go, you might consider trying one or all of the apps below. Read More

Top 4 Online Magazines That Publish Science Fiction Writers

This is a guest post by Amanda Watson.

Thanks to the internet, numerous magazines that publish science fiction stories have popped up, giving new science fiction writers a chance to get published and seasoned science fiction writers a chance to reach a larger audience. Whether you’re a recent graduate trying to get published for the first time or someone who’s been writing for print magazines for a while, you may be wondering which online magazines you should consider submitting it to. Here are some of the top online magazines you should check out: Read More