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21 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Clarkesworld 2013

written by David Steffen

Clarkesworld has expanded since I did the last list! Now they provide two reprint stories per month on top of the three originals that they were already publishing. And they’re in the middle of a subscription drive and if they meet their goal they’ll add another original to the mix. All of their stories are podcasted (most read by the very talented and extremely personable Kate Baker).

So, with this increase in publication rate, they put out a whopping 55 stories in the year of 2013.

16 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Ad Astra Con Report

written by Kate Heartfield

Attending a convention with a four-year-old is a surreal experience.

One moment you’re just hoping to make it to the sweets table at the TARDIS tea party before the next meltdown; the next (after you’ve put the toddler to bed) you’re watching a podcast panel discuss the underrated charms of The Temple of Doom in X-rated language.

Ad Astra, held in Toronto, is one of Canada’s major annual conventions, with a literary bent. It has been around since 1980. This was my second time there, and like last year, I went with my partner and our son.

14 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Drabblecast 2013

written by David Steffen

Drabblecast is as good as ever, still one of my favorite fiction sources. Still edited by Norm Sherman. Still has a stellar Lovecraft month in August when they publish one Lovecraft stories and three unpublished stories by contemporary authors in the cosmic horror subgenre. They published 48 stories in 2013.

09 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Daily Science Fiction November 2013 Review

written by Frank Dutkiewicz

07 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Review: Wakulla Springs by Ellen Klages and Andy Duncan

written by David Steffen

Wakulla springs is the story, or perhaps the stories, that spans more than half a century from (I think) the 1940s to the present day. Most of it centers around Wakulla Springs in Florida, the largest and deepest freshwater spring located near Tallahassee, and the Wakulla Springs Lodge, a real life hotel.

02 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Movies Review: Ray Bradbury Award Nominees

written by David Steffen

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation is not technically a Nebula award, but it is announced with, nominated with, and voted with the Nebula awards by the same group of people. These last few years I haven’t made it to a lot of movies in theaters, and I feel sad when I hear about a great SF movie that I never got around to seeing. So this year I’ve used the Ray Bradbury award as a brief guide to what SF movies I really should catch up on from the previous year.

31 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Anime Catch-Up Review: Guilty Crown

written by Laurie Tom

Guilty Crown is not an anime series that plays all its cards up front. For a near future science fiction series heavily centered around action, it brings up a lot of questions, and, I’m happy to say, answers nearly all of them.

26 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Review: Nebula Novelette Nominees

written by David Steffen

And the next category up in Nebula nominees, voted by professional SF and fantasy authors, stories from 7500-17,500 words. As I work my way up in the category lengths I generally enjoy less of the stories because the longer categories could often do with significant trimming.

So I was surprised and pleased after only really digging one of the stories in the Short Story category, that this category did much better.

24 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Interview: Suzie Townsend

Suzie NCL Agent Photo 1interviewed by Carl Slaughter

I was a high school English teacher for six years and in the end I decided that while I enjoyed teaching, I just didn’t love it. I thought about getting into textbook publishing because I really enjoyed curriculum. It just so happened that when I started looking to switch jobs there wasn’t much out there. Instead, what I found was an unpaid internship at a literary agency. I decided to try it, mostly because I wanted to see what it was about and I had some savings and some time to step away from teaching and figure out what I wanted to do. Within a week at the agency, where my job was to read manuscripts, I realized this was what I wanted to do. I hadn’t realized that reading could also be a job. It was perfect for me.

19 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Review: Nebula Short Story Nominees

written by David Steffen

You can find a full list of the 2013 Nebula nominees here. This is a review of the short stories nominated this year for the Nebulas, which are chosen by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.