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An Interview with Author Zachry Wheeler, Part 2

Science fiction novelist Zachry Wheeler is a web applications developer and self-professed nerd who also writes nonfiction articles for BrewChief.com and HerringtonPost.com. You’ll find him on his website ZachryWheeler.com and at SFF conferences throughout the Southwestern United States (see his

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Highlights from WorldCon 2015

Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. ~ Brad Foster (from a pen and ink drawing, 2012) My first Worldcon [sigh]. For years I dreamed of attending the largest convention gathering of speculative fiction

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Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab

Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab by Betsy James Speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, and slipstream) gives voice to those who explore societal and technological change along with deeper considerations of underlying archetypes of human experience. ~ from the

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14 SFWA Short Story Qualifying Markets for Speculative Fiction

Since first posting this article in January 2015, the list of markets has changed considerably. For the current list, please click HERE to read “SFWA Short Story Qualifying Markets for Speculative Fiction: 2016.” SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of

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Speculative Fiction Calls for Submissions: Summer 2014

If you’ve been working hard to polish your speculative fiction short stories, this summer might be a good time to let them go and find a home in a paying publication. Here are a few markets calling for submissions of

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Speculative Fiction Writing Contests: 2nd Quarter

Do a Google search for writing contests and you’ll find over 44 million results. That huge pool of general fiction contests is one reason I don’t submit my work to them anymore — the thought of my speculative fiction entry getting

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4 Speculative Fiction Writing Contests

Entering writing competitions is a good way to motivate a writer to finish and polish projects, as well as to build up the courage necessary to keep hitting the “Send” button. Contests can also be a way to judge a writer’s progress. But

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Anatomy of a Monster

Here’s a spreadsheet with points to consider when creating a monster character. Do you have suggestions for changes? If you let me know, I’ll update the spreadsheet and keep it on my resources page.

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Call for Submissions: Speculative Fiction

For you speculative fiction writers, here are a few online magazines accepting short story submissions of science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror. LIGHTSPEED, a Hugo-nominated digital science fiction and fantasy magazine, has put out a call to women writers of science fiction

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Welcome, Fellow Wanderer!

I’m glad you found your way here. I’ve considered starting a new blog for several years now. Funny how “thinking about” can’t make anything happen without some kind of actual forward movement toward the doing part. But here I am, finally,

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All who wander are not lost. ~ JRR Tolkien

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