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I just read this article:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/18/it-drives-writers-mad-why-are-authors-still-sniffy-about-sci-fi

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Ian McEwan’s latest novel, Machines Like Me, is a fiction about science – specifically, artificial intelligence. It is set in an alternative reality where Alan Turing does not kill himself but invents the internet instead; where JFK is never assassinated and Margaret Thatcher’s premiership ends with the beginning of the Falklands war. The near future of the real world becomes the present of the novel, giving McEwan the space to explore prescient what-ifs: what if a robot could think like a human, or human intelligence could not tell the difference between itself and AI?

Machines Like Me is not, however, science fiction, at least according to its author. “There could be an opening of a mental space for novelists to explore this future,” McEwan said in a recent interview, “not in terms of travelling at 10 times the speed of light in anti-gravity boots, but in actually looking at the human dilemmas.” There is, as many readers noticed, a whiff of genre snobbery here, with McEwan drawing an impermeable boundary between literary fiction and science fiction, and placing himself firmly on the respectable side of the line.

I hate how so many people still think that SF and Fantasy as for children, that they don't make you think, have important/key subjects (the "human dilemmas" that Ian mentions), that they don't make you more tolerant, make you laugh and cry and root for or hate the characters!

It's unbelievable how many people watch "Game of Thrones" but highlight 'they don't like fantasy'.

And I bet that those that say these things haven't read a single SFF book in their lives >:(

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Dead Pixels
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:56:27 PM »
Has anyone been watching this series?
It's on E4 and SO funny ;D
About a group of gamers, part of it is set on a game, but it's different from other programs which have tried to use the setting.

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It's time to vote on the March Writing Contest: "Story Circle"

This time we got 5 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your favourite entry 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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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in March 2019
« on: April 02, 2019, 12:14:57 PM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / This open letter on the main site
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:11:26 AM »
http://fantasy-faction.com/2019/dear-sff-community

If I ever doubted that here on the FF forum we live in our own little nice and friendly bubble, that just goes to prove it. That's the first time I hear about the story, the situation around Ed. Poor Ed.

The world has lovely people, but also some pretty rotten apples :(

I'll continue to live in this bubble, please.

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It's time to vote on the February Writing Contest: "Gender Reversal"

This time we got 4 entries - I'll still say 'wahey', as it was a difficult/annoying theme for all and close to the end I thought we'd only get one story - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your favourite entry 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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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What did you read in February 2019
« on: March 02, 2019, 09:54:25 AM »
Here it is: The what did you read this past month thread.

Come share your list and what you thought of the books you read last month. We're not looking for full out reviews, just a brief couple of sentences that sum up your impressions.

This is also not a contest for who read the most books, I know some of us struggle to find time to read one book a month, and others manage a dozen. That doesn't matter, so don't feel reluctant to post if you have read less books (or way more books) than others. This is all for sharing, and if you read anything, come let us know what it was and what you thought of it.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Light(er) Funny books needed
« on: February 15, 2019, 12:11:23 PM »
Replying to @Neveesandeh's thread on new tropes I wrote this:
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I guess I just miss light funny books to alternate with the heavy dark ones... off the top of my head I can only remember the Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell and @OnlyOneHighlander's Here be dragons book that fit in this group that I've read recently.

Can anyone give me ideas for books that fit in this description, and preferably not urban?

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Writers' Corner / Do you want to contribute to the Main Site?
« on: February 08, 2019, 08:03:13 AM »
They're looking for contributors again:

http://fantasy-faction.com/2019/we-want-you-to-write-for-fantasy-faction

Go on, do it :)

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[JAN 2019] Air / [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:48:06 PM »
It's time to vote on the January Writing Contest: "Air"

This time we got 11 entries, wahey - 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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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy Faction's Best Books of 2018
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:04:51 AM »
It's live on the main site:
http://fantasy-faction.com/2019/fantasy-factions-best-fantasy-books-of-2018

I have to admit that I've only read less than a handful of them (literally: I've read 4). I recognise a few more names, there are some titles that I'm waiting for the paperback to read, but the others are completely new, which feels quite surprising.

Note to self: no, don't let this make you frustrated and think you'll never have time to read everything to the point of not enjoying properly the current book

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In the UK it's on FOX, starting next Tuesday 15th.

I assume they'll use the whole trilogy. I quite enjoyed book 1, book 2 was ok and I couldn't finish book 3, maybe on screen it will be better...

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Your year in books 2018
« on: January 07, 2019, 02:38:51 PM »
@DrNefario's comments on the goals thread reminded me of this thread from last year - here's the 2018 summary.

Some people just link to their Goodreads page, I don't have GR so here's my LibraryThing summary year in books:

Number of books read: 43
Number of fantasy/sci-fi books read: 25
Total pages read: 17,331 (average of 403/book)
Total fantasy/sci-fi pages read: 12,575 (average of 517/book)
Biggest book: 1,187 pages (Memories of Ice, Steven Erikson)
Smallest book: 48 pages (We should all be feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) or for SFF: 198 pages (In the Vanishers' Palace, Aliette de Bodard)

By women: 14/33% (or 7/28% of SFF)
By men: 29/67% (or 18/72% of SFF)

Plus 98 stories of 1,500 words at the Monthly Contest, a total of 147k words = 420 pages (at an average of 350 words/paperback page, according to google), which is an extra book!

Some of these actually surprised me, and it was a bit less than last year.

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[DEC 2018] Unwanted Gifts / [Dec 2018] - Unwanted Gifts - Voting Thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 04:26:07 PM »
It's time to vote on the December Writing Contest: "Unwanted Gifts"

This time we got 7 entries - 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! :)

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[NOV 2018] Image Prompt: Ships / [Nov 2018] - Ships - Voting Thread
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:16:56 AM »
It's time to vote on the November Writing Contest: "Images - Ships"

This time we got 7 entries - 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! :)

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