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Open For Submissions / Interfictions magazine looking for submissions
« on: July 05, 2013, 11:10:30 AM »
Thought I'd share this with you (aren't I sweet?)

Find it here.

Fiction guidelines are:

nter: between. Sistere: to stand. Interstitial writing breaks rules, transgresses boundaries, and cross-pollinates the fields of literature. Working between, across, through, and around the borders of literary forms, it falls between the cracks of other movements, terms, and definitions. We are looking for work that blurs the lines between literary genres (contemporary realism, mystery, historical, fantasy, speculative fiction, westerns), as well as pieces that bridge fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry.

Rather than defining “interstitial” for you, we’d like you to show us what genre-bending fiction looks like. Surprise us; make us see that literature holds possibilities we haven’t yet imagined. We’re invested in fostering a diverse and inclusive literary culture, so work from writers of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds is welcome. Previously unpublished stories only, please. We prefer stories under 5,000 words, but are open to submissions of up to 10,000 words long. Pay rate is 5 cents/word USD.


My somewhat bizarre Kafka-esque story is going here. A few of yours might too.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Help a poor soul: Other Londons
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:22:28 PM »
Hey hey. I'm doing my dissertation next year (English Lit student, yay!), provisionally titled 'Other Londons: London as Character in Speculative Fiction', and I want your help with books I should look at (and other media for that matter).

I've a provisional list, drawn up with the help of Twitter and my brain, but if you guys could add to it it would be great. It doesn't have to be London proper, t can also be fictional cities where there is a great deal of London to be found (e.g. New Crobuzon in Perdido Street Station)

The list so far:

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
Kraken - China Mieville
Un-Lun-Dun - China Mieville
Neverwhere - Neal Gaiman
The City's Son - Tom Pollock
Rivers of London et al. - Ben Aaranovitch
Felix Castor series - Mike Carey
The Rook - Daniel o'Malley
Communion Town - Sam Thompson
Kate Griffins books
The Outsider (album) - David Bowie

There are obviously others where London is setting (e.g. Anne Lyle's books) but I'm more looking for elements of London that are different, cast their own character, their own living, breathing space. I hope you can help :)

EDIT: title should include the word 'contemporary', meaning within the last 15-20 years, preferably this century.

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Writers' Corner / Pen Names
« on: April 12, 2012, 10:52:45 PM »
Some people write under Pen names, others under their real names.

Looking at some of the threads in the writer's forum, many of you have easily publishable names. I, sadly, do not.

'Max Edwards' is a dull name. Shame really but it is. My ful name, Maximillian, is too long, Edwards is too boring, Max is meh. It's not memorable, and there's already a bloke out there published under that name.

If people have pen names, how did you create them, and why? And are they a good idea?

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Well, after aaaaagggggeeeesss of discussion, voting, nomination etc. etc., NPR have pulled off "The List". Linkeh here

For those too lazy to click the link, the list is below:

Spoiler for NPR List:
1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore

74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson

96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Interesting online discussions at:
 Tor.com
Io9
and particularly John Scalzi's great blog post.

Of course, there are ommisions, of course, there are less women than men (13 - count 'em), and of course LOTR was going to be number one. But your thoughts and feelings?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Questions for Patrick Rothfuss
« on: July 17, 2011, 05:11:41 PM »
Well, on Marc's vein, I e-mailed patrick Rothfuss recently asking for an interview, and imagine my surprise when, within a day, he said yes :D

I've been rereading the books (seriously cutting into my AFFC and ADWD reading :mad:) and scouring my considerable intellect for questions, and I want you guys to add to them:D

Thanks

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Well, taking and running from The Hound's thread, I'll throw this one in -  awarning to those who come after us, I guess :)

I haven't read that much shit yet - I'm assuming not that many have, certainly as its human nature to drop stuff we don't enjoy. If you couldn't get further than a couple of chapters in without tearing your hair out, and, for fear of going bald stopped there, include that too! Also, as most people riff off recomendations, I'm sure that some 'bad' books will be a different class to BAD books, if you get what I mean..

Without further ado:

1. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Gah)
2. Jennifer's Government by Max Barry (Argh)
3. The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman (Bah)

Somewhat better than the above, but worth mentioning due to my feelings about its piss-poor ending

4. Mistborn: The Hero of Ages (Pah)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Moonshine's Reading Thread
« on: June 17, 2011, 06:17:14 PM »
OK, bugger it. Having spammed up a post in the 'What are you reading' thread, I've decided to make my own little self-congratulatory thread, about what I'm reading and what I'm thinking about it. The vast majority is and will be spec-fic, be it Science Fiction or Fantasy, though there will be non-fiction and other varieties of fiction thrown around as well as university-set books come September.

And, before you ask, no I don't expect everyone, or even anyone, to be interested in what I think or am reading, its just a platform for discussion and a handy place for people to look at if they agree with my line of thinking and want to check it out on its own.

Its more than likely that some/most of the science fiction books will (eventually) get reviewed for sci-fri on here, and appropriate links will be posted in the second post, alongside the books. Other links will doubtless proliferate within postings.

If there is any objection to this from anyone, please feel free to have it, and I'm sure Marc (Overlord) will be glad to get rid of my cluttering up his board!!

Please put spoilers in spoiler tags!!!

And on that note, off we go.

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Righteo fellow FFers. I'm going to Europe Interrailing with my Girlfriend for 2 months, and I need another book.

I have some books for university next year as well as a couple of books for general interest, but I need one fantasy book to keep me going.

Books so far:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes - hefty, funny, classic for university
  • Eating Animals by Jonathon Saffran Foer - about, well, eating animals. Great novelist does philosophy, and I've always disagreed with, but not got myself round to acting on, animal rights/eating meat.
  • The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux - The travel book. I'm going by train, so lets go crazy.

I may also be taking The King James Bible (No fantasy quips please! - there might be/are religious people on the board.) I'm not a religious person myself, but I've always thought I should read it, and my universitry wants me too. Not until January 2012 though. It is also a bit hefty, so I might not.
Another maybe is Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. My version is light and compact, though a hardback, and TheBlade Itself was excellent.

What I'm looking for:
I need fantasy to keep me going. I love it to bits, and I'm wanting more.
Now for your part - My thoughts currently are:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
The Scar by China Mieville
Under Heaven or Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Otherwise, I'm looking for a light (both in weight and reading style - no Gormenghast, NotW or LotR please!) but hefty (in terms of page count - 500+ pages) read, to join the list of books above. In two months, with train rides and hostels and suchlike (offset somewhat by the fact I'm with my lovely girlfriend) I should get through most of the above. If it has sequels, it doesn't matter, as I intend on reading it somewhere around mid-June (halfway through) so shouldn't get too frustrated!

Thanks guys and gals!!!

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I often question why Science Fiction has such a bad name. Everyone knows it has one, even Kazuo Ishiguro:

"For years there has been a prejudice towards sci-fi writing, which I think has been to the loss of the literary world, and not vice versa. "

He accepts this, then expands the ghettoization by maintaining that his Science Fiction novel, The Remains fo the Day, by attacking Science Fiction lovers:

"In truth, the sci-fi label is misleading. I'm just wary like everybody else that it'll bring in the wrong audience with the wrong expectations"

Bollocks to that.

And then, browsing the Guardian, as I do from time to time, I found this. For fucks sake. That military claptrap is the dark-side of the moon. It is far from the literary side of science fiction as its likely to get. Weber's novels are good, don't get me wrong, and his place at Eastercon deserved, but Ringo? Battlestar Galactica? Don't tar us all with your same brush, eh?

I'd like to point you to this review of Ringo's Watch on the Rhine to show what a true science-fiction fan thinks of that shit. Weber starts well, and gets worse, but his military Science Fiction is at least well though out. Haldeman's The Forever War won a Hugo and a Nebula for a reason - it was bloody excellent. Scalzi takes military Science Fiction and drags it back down to earth. Military Science Fiction can be good. Its just a lot isn't. And it effects the perception of it.

In effect, take your genre-bashing hats off, and fucking read something decent before you jump on the bandwaggon. Shakespeare wrote genre-fic. Shelley wrote genre-fic. Emily-fucking--Bronte wrote genre-fic.

Genre-fic is literary. I'm not instantly thick, moronic or unappreciative of other literature because I read it. Not all Science Fiction is bug-shoot, just as not all fantasy is sex-with-Vampires or Farm-boy-becomes-hero. And not all bug-shoot, sex-with-Vampires and farm-boy-becomes-hero is necessarily bad (though most is...). Get some perspective, then write on our genre, knobheads.

Rant over.

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So, following on from Marc's great review on the main site: What unanswered (non-plotline) questions do we have?

Major:
Who is Auri?
What is Bast?
What is his relationship with Kvothe?
Who is the old dude (I forgot his name) who told the story in the first city, and accompanied the Chronicler before he met Kvothe? How does he fit in?
Does Kvothe get Denna?
How does he get expelled?
Who is an Amyr?
What's in the box (both the Lockless one and the one in the bedroom)?
What happened to Kvothe's magic/fighting skills?

Minor:
What happened to Elodin?
How is Hemme going to hurt Kvothe?
Who is the Penitent King?
How did this 'war' start?
What's causing the Spiders?
Why are there two swords?
Why is one above the bar?


Any theories, answers or further questions...

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General Discussion / The General Football Banter Thread
« on: March 27, 2011, 12:03:20 PM »
Well, having looked at the Slight topic-divulsion in the Joe Abercrombie thread, there are at least three of us who enjoy our football... So here we are :D

Met a Scotsman in a kilt on his way to Glasgow today :D

Also, good win for England! Jack Wilshere is scarily good. He works really well with Lampard.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Patrick Rothfuss Interview
« on: March 26, 2011, 07:51:50 AM »
It really cool!

Linkeh[/url

Enjoy!

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[MAR 2011] The Blade Itself / So, now that you've finished...
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:46:02 AM »
What did you think?

Cliffhanger!

I have to say, I didn't really get the last fight scene with Logen and the girl and the 20 practicals. I thought it revealed Ninefingers as a part of Logen well, but the movement was poorly done I think. Perhaps its the lack of a map but I struggled with my movement across all of the Agriont to be honest.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the Dogman and co's elements, and the getting together of a merry band and am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy..

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Well, seeing as its February in two days, I though we might as well get this one up and running. Overlord, is there any chance of making a Poll later in the month after we've whittled down a few?

With Mieville's Embassytown coming, but considering the size of some his works, I'd like to suggest last year's Hugo award tying novel, Kraken as next months read.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Defining Fantasy
« on: January 18, 2011, 05:19:34 PM »
How would you define 'fantasy'?

My Personal interpretation is stolen from Lisa Tuttle - 'The impossible being possible through no explained reason' - however, this includes Magic Realism in its grasp, as well as some aspects of other genres (Horror, some SF) - anyone have a better or different opinion, opr just want to argue :D?

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