What Is Speculative Fiction? Part One: Science Fiction

As the theme of this website is ‘speculations about speculative fiction’, I think it’s time I took a turn at the age-old sport of genre defining. In this post I’m going to delve into a sub-set of speculative fiction: science… Continue Reading

How To Cure Writer’s Block

Block. A fleeting moment of blankness as you try to summon that first line, or an abject feeling that lasts for days or weeks. Whatever it is, writer’s block is a pain. To proceed with a piece of writing you need to… Continue Reading

Do Short Stories Sell On Amazon?

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Last week I uploaded my short story “The Nevermaw” to Amazon and priced it at 99 cents. It may have been a mistake. Not to upload it, but to try to sell it. The accepted wisdom has it that short… Continue Reading

Why Should Aspiring Writers Read Slush?

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A tweet from Three Lobed Burning Eye magazine caught my eye recently. It was a screenshot showing how many submissions the magazine has processed and accepted since 2006. I was interested in the entry for 2011, because that was the year 3LBE… Continue Reading