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... but only in London and Bath :'(

https://www.gollancz.co.uk/2018/05/scott-lynch-and-andrzej-sapkowski-visit-the-uk-this-may/

I hope some of you can use this great opportunity (and tell them hi from me, hehe) :D

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It's time to vote on the April Writing Contest: "Maiden, Mother and Crone"

We got 7 entries this month - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)



We are learning to live without polls, right?  ::)
So please send your votes via Personal Message to me and I will consolidate them all manually.
And don't worry, your secret is safe ;)

Here's the list of all stories:
  • The Queen's Price - The Gem Cutter
  • Confronting Reality - Carter
  • Maiden to Mother to Crone - Alex Hormann
  • Quietly to the dawn - OnlyOneHighlander
  • GHOSTS AT THE BONFIRE OF BIRTH - Jmack
  • Auskbert - D_Bates
  • Delia’s Doll - Anonymous

DEADLINE = 1 JUNE

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[MAR 2018] Letters / [Mar 2018] - Letters - Voting Thread
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:28:32 PM »
It's time to vote on the March Writing Contest: "Letters"

We got 11 entries this month, again - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your three favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)



You're probably wondering where the poll is... but there's (still...) a problem currently with all polls (and profiles) :'(
So please send your votes via Personal Message to me and I will consolidate them all manually.
And don't worry, your secret is safe ;)

Here's the list of all stories:
  • Men go to Mars; Woman goes to Venus - D_Bates
  • <no title> - Bender
  • Wild West Hunt - Nora
  • The Beanley Public Rainbow - bdcharles
  • Gone In the Ashes - NightWrite
  • The Heart, and the Heartless - Norman Gray
  • Dreams of the Silver Tree - Jmack
  • Shadow of Death - Feanor
  • Nothing Left - Alex Hormann
  • A Final Hope - Carter
  • Letter to a Respected Foe - The Gem Cutter

DEADLINE = 1 MAY

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This seems like an amazing book, but unfortunately outside the US it'll be only an ebook (and to buy the US paperbook is really expensive!)

US Cover:


UK Cover:


From her newsletter:

"The book will be out April 2nd from JABberwocky. This will be outside of North America and sold via the major retailers such as Amazon (Kindle), Kobo (EPUB), Apple iBooks Store... 

In North America, you can still order the physical book at the Subterranean Press website (should you want the gorgeous signed hardback it'll be available at amazon UK, or other amazons if outside of the US and UK). The ebook is also for sale at the Subterranean website. It'll be officially for sale March 31st, at which point it'll become available via other retailers.

Here's the summary:
Once, the mindship known as The Shadow's Child was a military transport. Once, she leapt effortlessly between stars and planets, carrying troops and crew for a war that tore the Empire apart.
 
Until an ambush killed her crew and left her wounded and broken.

Now the war is over, and The Shadow's Child, surviving against all odds, has run away. Discharged and struggling to make a living, she has no plans to go back into space. Until the abrasive and arrogant scholar Long Chau comes to see her. Long Chau wants to retrieve a corpse for her scientific studies: a simple enough, well-paid assignment.

But when the corpse they find turns out to have been murdered, the simple assignment becomes a vast and tangled investigation, inexorably leading back to the past--and, once again, to that unbearable void where The Shadow's Child almost lost both sanity and life...


This is my gender-swapped retelling of Sherlock Holmes, if Holmes were an eccentric scholar getting into scrapes, and Watson a grumpy discharged war mindship still battling PTSD."

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I've been thinking about this lately...

Maybe it's just what I've been reading, but it seems that nowadays there are more and more books which while being apparently "secondary worlds", end up being "our current world, just thousands of years after us".

I don't really mind that, if it's done properly, but in some books it looks like it's done only for shock value, or to get a twist, and that's why I chose this thread's subject (becoming a trope). In some cases it also feels lazy, allowing characters to solve problems that would be very difficult with their own 'technology' or inventions.

What do you think? Am I being harsh?

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[FEB 2018] WASIASGYNDL / [Feb 2018] - WASIASGYNDL - Voting Thread
« on: March 03, 2018, 11:04:42 AM »
It's time to vote on the February Writing Contest: "Write a story in a subgenre you normally don't like!"

We got 11 entries this month - almost all at the end, you never let me down, thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your three favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)



You're probably wondering where the poll is... but there's a problem currently with all polls (and profiles) :(
So please send your votes via Personal Message to me and I will consolidate them all manually.
And don't worry, your secret is safe ;)

Here's the list of all stories:
  • Mount of Eagles - Jmack
  • The Mummy - Nora
  • Journal of the Keeper of the Queen’s Key - The Gem Cutter
  • Donkey's Destiny - D_Bates
  • Fury - MrTea
  • Squirrel! - Elfy
  • On Opening a Gate at Terras - tebakutis
  • Ripples in the Waters - Carter
  • Combat Encounter: A LitRPG Tale - Alex Hormann
  • RED DEATH UNDER RED SKIES - Jonathan Ryan
  • Blade Therapy, A Choose Your Own Adventure Story - NightWrite

DEADLINE = 1 APRIL --> it's no joke, hehe (it's also Easter)

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Small Press & Self-Published / Sigil Independent - take a peek
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:25:20 AM »
Today on the main site there's an article from Sigil Independent.
http://fantasy-faction.com/2018/announcement-freebies

They seem to have lots of good books, including many from the SPFBO (and have free samplers and some books!), so if you're looking for new things to support, give them a try!

https://www.sigilindependent.com/



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[JAN 2018] Rebirth/Renewal / [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:54:28 AM »
There's a problem currently with all polls, and voting is broken :(
Please send your votes via Personal Message to me and I will consolidate them all manually.
If you've already voted, I can see those, so don't worry about voting again.




It's time to vote on the January Writing Contest: Rebirth/Renewal!

We got 12 entries this month - a great start to the year, thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your three favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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The second book in the Winnowing Flame trilogy, and Jen will be signing it at Forbidden Planet in London (6-7pm)

https://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2018/03/08/jen-williams-signing-bitter-twins/


(and *I* will be there :D )

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Just leave a comment on this post of Mark's blog:
http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/mass-giveaway-spfbo-2017.html

They're all ebooks, so not for me...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Writers' progress
« on: January 14, 2018, 11:36:03 AM »
Something I thought about today after finishing a book, and I wonder what you all think.

As you read more and more books by the same author, you get a sense of their progress, or 'development' - but at the same time it's not a measure of quality, and depends on the reader. And I only notice it in authors I really like (maybe because from the others I only read one or two books).
Two examples to make this clear:

A. I'm reading N.K. Jemisin's second series, after reading the 1st and then the 3rd. The writing order is aligned with my preference, not only in plot and characters, but also in my limited perception of 'writing quality'

B. I've read all of Mark Lawrence's books, in the published order, yet my absolute favourite remains the first - again "not only in plot and characters, but also in my limited perception of 'writing quality' ". Not that he reduced quality, but the level of that first one was so high for me, that it'd be hard for anyone to constantly do the same.

Is thinking like this normal? Or am I just generalising?
Do you have examples of either case in your books?

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It's time to vote on the December Writing Contest: Alien/Eldritch Artifact!

We got just 7 entries this month - thanks to all who participated, your odds are good ;)

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)

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Open For Submissions / Apex Publications - January 2018
« on: December 27, 2017, 06:56:19 PM »
Saw this information and I thought some of you might be interested: Apex Publications will accept submissions during January.

https://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/apex-publications-to-hold-open-novella-novel-submissions-period-in-january-2018

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