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Lauren Beukes: Inspired by Art

It’s classic Twilight Syndrome—trying to save the tortured bad boy/girl. It’ll only lead to heartbreak and therapy and frankly, they’re not as interesting as they’d like you to think.

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Author Spotlight: Tina Connolly

You know, voice is usually the thing that makes a story work for me in my head so I can write it, period. Tons of half-finished stories litter my folders because I don’t know their voice.

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Author Spotlight: Eliza Chan

It’s a creation tale with a twist. Firstly it’s set in rural modern Japan and secondly, rather than the moon being a heavenly body, it’s a whiny pathetic little thing.

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Those Inexplicable Weirdnesses: Sarah Totton

It always struck me as such a bizarre coincidence that a tiny bone in the ear that’s involved in the conduction of sound could look exactly like a stirrup (the Stapes of the title), something that was made by humans for a completely different purpose.

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Author Spotlight: Tony Pi

The Song Dynasty has so much potential for great stories, and every new fact I learn about it makes me want to write more set in that time period.

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One of Those Rare Stories: Matthew Johnson

The notion of the farmers dividing up the pile of wormcast was inspired by a scene in an Icelandic saga where characters divide up a beached whale, an event which was specifically mentioned in Icelandic law.

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Author Spotlight: Jay Lake and Shannon Page

Even as a raving atheist, I wanted to reframe this question as one of salvation through good works as contrasted with salvation through faith.

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Author Spotlight: Barbara A. Barnett

Two people aren’t going to remember the same event in the same way, so I imagined that having both versions overlapping in one’s head would become maddening.

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Vaguely Elemental: E. Catherine Tobler

For me, the circus is much like the train: it’s about possibility. The circus is a place of magic, much like the stage of a theater, where anything can happen.

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Author Spotlight: Mari Ness

I’m not sure if I would marry the Beast for his library. I would be very tempted to marry the library, though. Is that legal yet?