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Free Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Short Story Competition

This is a fiction competition with an intriguing theme – the evolution of language – and the organisers say it can be about the past as well as the future. … Continue reading

November 5, 2020 · 5 Comments

Fantasy and Science Fiction are absorbed with now – Brandon Sanderson QUOTES FOR WRITERS

People say science fiction looks to the future, fantasy looks at the past. But the truth is both of them look at the now, just through different metaphorical lenses. Brandon Sanderson … Continue reading

August 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

“…It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.” Ray Bradbury QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same … Continue reading

January 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy manuscripts wanted

If you are working on a genre novel this sounds like a very good opportunity. SNOWBOOKS – a British independent publishing company set up in 2004 – welcome unsolicited manuscripts … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 16 Comments

Science fiction gets its own review column

The NEW YORK TIMES will publish a bi-weekly column devoted to book reviews of science fiction and science fantasy. Very good news for authors and readers of a genre that … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

A special one-off event for Sussex Sci Fi fans

THEY is a Science Fiction novel set on the South Downs and published in 1977. ‘They’ are an unnamed group who roam the countryside and remove all books, musical instruments and artworks … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

A literary genre that could save the world – Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

I may be way behind the times with this, but I’ve just heard of a new science fiction genre – CI FI = climate fiction. It covers global warming and … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Life after 2020 – the theme of an international short story competition

What will the future bring? How will we respond to climate change? What does the Higgs-Boson mean to you? Are robots more than vacuum cleaners? Will death be conquered? I’ve … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Getting pigeon-holed by Dragons – TERRY PRATCHETT Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

We categorize too much on the basis of unreliable assumption. A literary novel written by Brian Aldiss must be science fiction, because he is a known science fiction writer; a … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

FLASH FICTION Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Flash Fiction goes by many names: micro fiction, sudden fiction, short short stories, skinny stories (with no fat), postcard fiction and in China it translates to a palm sized smoke … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 5 Comments


The word cyberpunk was first used as the title of a short story about teenager hackers  in 1980; you can read it here The science fiction genre was developed by … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

You no longer need an agent to submit to this mainstream publisher

Tor UK is the Pan Macmillan imprint specialising in science fiction, fantasy and horror. They also publish some YA crossover fiction and novels based on computer games franchises. Their writers … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Mass Market publishing opportunity for your brilliant idea

I’ve just discovered that Harlequin are appealing for submissions for their new digital series. They want manuscripts of 10,000 words or more and it’s not all frothy romances – see … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 2 Comments