A hybrid writer is calling for submissions for Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology. Submissions open immediately. This is a collaborative project in which each contributor (writer, editor, etc.) will receive one share of profits, if any. Contributors are encouraged to make best use of their collective resources for marketing (social media, blog, YouTube […]Read more "Call for Submissions: Gunsmoke & Dragonfire"
Hey everyone, I’m doing an audit of my time versus return for my effort, and I’m beginning to rethink this blog. For more than a year now, I have published something every single day. I tend to share other articles more than writing my own, but I made a commitment to post daily, and consistently, […]Read more "Rethinking the Blog"
By Leslea Hlusko As biologists explore the variation across the genomes of living people, they’ve found evidence of evolution at work. Particular variants of genes increase or decrease in populations through time. Sometimes this happens by chance. Other times these changes in frequency result from the gene’s helping or hindering individuals’ survival, a phenomenon known as […]Read more "Evolution, the Ice Age, and Mother’s Milk"
By Jeanette Ng Well described meals can add a lot of flavour to one’s world building. I have clear memories of salivating over the banquets described in Brian Jacques’ Redwall books. Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games has meticulously described food, especially in with each district having its own distinctive bread. I love writing about food almost […]Read more "Tidbits from a Pseudo-Medieval Kitchen"
Science fiction and fantasy, in my experience, are rarely all one thing. Sometimes – often! – SFF blends elements of other genres of fiction into it. For instance, I think just about every Philip K. Dick novel I’ve read is either transgressive fiction or a detective/crime novel. Sometimes those elements seem so weird that not […]Read more "Science Fiction & Fantasy Mashups"
By Jay Bennett The Hypatia stone is only a few centimeters across, broken into pebble fragments, but it may very well be the most interesting rock in the world. Named for Hypatia of Alexandria, the first prominent Western woman astronomer and mathematician, the colorful rock was found in 1996 in western Egypt by Aly Barakat, […]Read more "‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System"
By Kameron Hurley I’m going to tell you a story about llamas. It will be like every other story you’ve ever heard about llamas: how they are covered in fine scales; how they eat their young if not raised properly; and how, at the end of their lives, they hurl themselves – lemming-like- over cliffs […]Read more "We Have Always Fought: Changing the Women, Cattle & Slaves Narrative"