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Never Let Linguists Write Fantasy: Keffy R.M. Kehrli

This story is based in a world setting I’ve been working on for years. I have novels planned in that world, and this story would be relatively ancient history by the time the first novel starts.

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Author Spotlight: Lavie Tidhar

It’s been very exciting—there’s a definite sense of people interacting with each other now, of a lot more openness. It’s telling that a lot of our visitors to the blog now are not from North America, but from mainland Europe and from Asia. People are bypassing the American SF scene to some extent, and talk to each other instead.

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Deviations Above the Mean: Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt is a fiction writer living in Oakland, California with his wife Heather Shaw (who is also a writer) and their son River. The quantity and consistent quality of his stories are awe-inspiring. He’s published fiction in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s, and many many others. I’m mostly familiar with his work through […]

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Author Spotlight: Caroline Yoachim

How did you decide on the setting of Old West Kansas? Some people start writing from a character or a setting, but I generally start from a vague idea. In this case, I began with some musings about what a second generation werewolf might look like. As I was brainstorming, isolation and loneliness emerged as […]

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I Loathe Genre Distinctions: Norman Spinrad

I loathe genre distinctions, and yes, “Lighter Than Air” is a perfect example why. There isn’t anything in it that isn’t scientifically possible, and yet thematically and story-logic wise, it’s a kind of fantasy.

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Stories Are How We Define Ourselves : Elena Gleason

Tales of my story inspirations are almost uniformly quite mundane and un-profound, so prepare yourself to be underwhelmed: One day, out of the blue, I thought, “What if whispers were some sort of creature?” And I made a note.

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Author Spotlight: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

“Hi Bugan ya Hi Kinggawan” isn’t just the story of Bugan and Elsa (Kinggawan) but it’s also the story of the place and a way of life. If I had set the story in a place like Manila or Cebu, it would not have been Bugan and Kinggawan’s story. It would have been someone else’s tale.

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Author Spotlight: K.J. Bishop

Molimus was a strong character in my mind, and he was telling me the story, so I tried to hear what he was saying. Then I pulled back and tweaked it, but not all that much.

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Author Spotlight: Alex Dally MacFarlane

A lobster’s tough exoskeleton allows it to have very soft and otherwise vulnerable insides. Do the gates of the city allow the city to have its soft and vulnerable off-season? Certainly the gates and wall are required, physically, for the city to have its isolation and security in the off-season. It’s a shame the lobster […]

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Dual Voices: Jay Lake and Shannon Page

San Francisco is downright normal these days. Compared to the sixties anyway, or even the eighties. . . San Francisco has a whole lot of deep history for a place that’s only a century and a half old.