So you’ve got a great idea for your speculative fiction story. You’ve envisioned a fantastic future or a mythical realm, and presumably given some thoughts to it’s inhabitants and the problem they’ll need to solve in order to drive the plot forward. Good start. Now, what character’s point of view is this story going to […]Read More For SF&F Writers. Building Believable Worlds Part 2: The Protagonist(s)
A big part of any good speculative fiction story is building a believable world. A bit ironic, considering that the genres of science fiction and fantasy are built around the willing suspension of disbelief, but there it is. This isn’t to say that the setting for any given story can’t be magical, fantastic, or set […]Read More For SF&F Writers: Building Believable Worlds Pt. 1, Language
Working as a First Reader isn’t difficult. I read, I evaluate, I offer a constructive critique, and usually, I reject. I can’t speak to the rest of the editorial process at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, but when it comes to my part in the submission process the choice of how to rate a story […]Read More For SF&F Writers: Anatomy Of A Successful Submission. Reviewing “My Heart is a Prayer” by Ryan Row.
In this latest installment of Notes From the Slush Pile, I’d like to take a moment to talk about racial bigotry, class divides, gender inequality, and religious intolerance. Maybe it’s just what’s been in my personal slush pile lately, or maybe I’ve been watching too much coverage of the US election. Either way, it’s been […]Read More Writing about Oppressed/Marginalized Peoples in SF&F
Today’s Notes From the Slush Pile postponed due to Canadian Thanksgiving. I’ll be on it tomorrow. Happy Turkey to all and to all a good night.Read More Delay
As a First Reader at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, I’m currently responsible for working through the Science Fiction slush pile. In the past, I’ve done fantasy too. It’s very common and completely acceptable for stories classified in either genre to contain elements of the other. It’s also totally fine for these stories to contain […]Read More The Pitfalls of Genre-Bending in SF&F
Ancient myths and religions are an endless source of ideas for the science fiction or fantasy writer in search of inspiration. The belief systems of cultures long gone, or sometimes still in existence, provide fertile ground for the author’s imagination to run wild. Be it Frank Herbert’s Dune, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, or the many […]Read More For SF&F Writers: Adapting Mythology