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Writing, Writing, Writing: Lisa Hannett

Once the plane righted itself, I started thinking about how our perspectives—literally, what we see when we look out at the world—influence the way we experience life. From there it was a quick step to: What if a character’s world view was mostly based on what she saw outside her window each day?

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Author Spotlight: Nikki Alfar

What inspired your folk tale “Bearing Fruit”? This is actually from the notes I’ve written for my upcoming short story collection: I’m a folklore and fairy tale geek—not in any scholarly way or anything, but I’ve read lotsa shit from lotsa cultures, and it’s an abiding interest of mine. So one day, my friend Andrew […]

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Author Spotlight: Scott William Carter and Ray Vukcevich

You often hear it said that when two people collaborate, a third person emerges. I think that is probably right. The assimilation process can be painful, but Scott made it easier with his endless patience. It took quite a long time.

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Author Spotlight: Nathaniel Williams

I’m fascinated by the idea of someone holding one person accountable for some other person’s or group’s actions–how that’s innately unfair yet very recognizably human, how we cope with it when it’s done to us or when we realize we’re doing it to someone else.

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Author Spotlight: Sharon Mock

Obviously the social conditions complicate things, the homophobia both institutionalized and internalized. But other characters, in other stories, they could overcome those difficulties. Leo and William can’t, not because they’re gay but because their choices make it impossible.

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The Dragon is a Dragon: Sarah Monette

The other side of the story–Megan’s recovery from the dragon–comes from something I’ve realized recently is a theme in my work (and dude, you have no idea how weird it is to be saying that: “one of the principal thematic elements in Monette’s work is …”), namely what happens to heroes after they save the world.

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Author Spotlight: Willow Fagan

I think that all stories are part of a long dialogue and, in certain ways, are responses to other, earlier stories. Metafiction just makes this conversational aspect explicit. Also, I know that my understanding of the world, especially when I was a child, was very much shaped by the stories that I read. I’m probably drawn to exploring this in fiction.

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Author Spotlight: Carol Emshwiller

Also science fiction is a place where you get an answer within a reasonable time. I got tired of waiting a year or more for a rejection slip from a literary magazine. I got too old for that. I also like the science fiction world. I’ve known it since my husband was an illustrator. You get to know a whole batch of nice people.

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Flying Off Into the Unknown: Eilis O’Neal

Some of the wings are just there to demonstrate the extent of Mr. Theodus’s collection. But some of them were chosen with certain themes or meanings behind them.

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Author Spotlight: Sarah Totton

Sarah Totton’s short fiction has appeared in Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2007 (Rich Horton, ed.), Writers of the Future XXII, and Polyphony 5. She is the Regional Winner (for Canada & the Caribbean) in the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Her collection, Animythical Tales, is forthcoming in 2010 from Warren Lapine’s Fantastic Books. One of the themes […]