Free Speculative Fiction Online
is a database of free science fiction and fantasy stories online by published authors (no fan-fiction or stories by unpublished writers). Among the authors that FSFO links to are Paul Di Filippo
(14 stories), James Tiptree, Jr.
(4 stories), Connie Willis
(3 stories), Eleanor Arnason
(3 stories), Bruce Sterling
(5 stories), Robert Heinlein
(7 stories), Ursula K. LeGuin
(3 stories), Jonathan Lethem
(5 stories), Michael Moorcock
(6 stories), Chine Miéville
(2 stories), Samuel R. Delany
(3 stories), Robert Sheckley
(8 stories), MeFite Charles Stross
(33 stories) and hundreds of other authors. If you don't know where to start, there's a list of recommended stories
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 5, 2008 -
Edinburgh author Iain M. Banks
, creator of the post capitalist space faring society The Culture
and it's oddly named ships
, has long been the UKs top science fiction writer, but has never had more than a toehold in the US
(in part through lack of availability, in part due to lack of promotion and in part due to some pretty awful covers
. That could change: Matter
, his latest, has been heavily promoted in the US and sports a cover nearly identical to the UK edition. This week Orbit
are releasing US editions of the two earliest Culture novels, with the third following in July, which could mean a complete release of all the novels in the US in order. [more inside]
posted by Artw
on Mar 23, 2008 -
Ladies, have you ever dreamt of being
whisked away kidnapped
by a dashing young Prince? Or being swept off your feet and losing your virginity to a dark and mysterious stranger
, who happens to be a Sheikh? Or how about being sold to an Arab aristocracy and living off the rest of your days in married bliss
. No? Then how about considering a Royal who is so down-to-earth
you won't meet anyone else quite like him? Much better than the alternative of marrying his polar
opposite, don't you think? Of course, you can always try
and keep it platonic if you wanted to. Welcome to the wonderful world of Sheikhs and Desert Love
, where all of your fantasies
can come true! (via)
posted by hadjiboy
on Mar 15, 2008 -
Imagine a world without lightsabers—where, instead, every big Star Wars finale consists of a 10-minute slap fight. Thank the maker we’ll never have to witness such a spectacle, because magical and impossibly high-tech weapons are staples of nearly all of our favorite entertainments! ToyFare Magazine presents the 50 Greatest Fictional Weapons of All Time
posted by cmgonzalez
on Nov 21, 2007 -
"“If the book were to be published as it is in its present edited form, I may never write another story, that’s how closely, God Forbid, some of those stories are to my sense of regaining my health and mental well-being.”
The New York Times reported today
that Raymond Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher, is pushing to republish the stories in Carver's acclaimed 1981 breakout collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," in their original, unedited form. [more inside]
posted by sock it to me monkey
on Oct 17, 2007 -
"Something woke her in the night."
Genre fiction is rising from the dead to terrorize serious literature!
In response to Michael Chabon’s (previously
) new book, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
Ruth Franklin wrote a review
in Slate beginning with the line “Michael Chabon has spent considerable energy trying to drag the decaying corpse of genre fiction out of the shallow grave where writers of serious literature abandoned it.”
Well, that didn’t go over too well with Ursula K. Le Guin, who bent her considerable
imagination and skill to the task of envisioning the zombie corpse of genre fiction and wrote an entertaining response
which was then given a suitable cover.
The whole thing is also available as a pdf
linked to from Le Guin’s website
posted by gingerbeer
on Jul 20, 2007 -
Looking for something to read this summer? Well, if you like crime fiction The Rap Sheet
has some recommendations for you.
posted by otio
on Jul 8, 2007 -
FBI 101 -- "Essentials for Writers," an "exciting and informative" interactive workshop for writers being offered to members of my union -- the Writers Guild of America, East - by the FBI Office of Public Affairs and FBI New York. ...
-- Very interesting account of a workshop the FBI puts on for writers in NY.
What's in it for the FBI? ...The only question we have for you is 'Will it show us in a good light?'" ...
posted by amberglow
on Jun 9, 2007 -
After an abysmal, embarrasing attempt
at collaborative fiction by Penguin Books, a new site takes a stab at the Wikinovel
, this time, it appears, with a little better organization and planning. Though, still no users.
posted by nospecialfx
on May 30, 2007 -
Psychotherapy traveled down a lot of strange paths
in the 60s and early 70s, but perhaps none stranger than the naked group therapy sessions, some up to 48 hours long, supervised by Paul Bindrim.
Bindrim's sessions were the subject of a documentary film
and an unflattering, thinly fictionalized novel by Gwen Davis Mitchell. Bindrim sued Mitchell for libel. Can descriptions of a fictional character be libelous of a real person? Yes.
posted by escabeche
on Mar 23, 2007 -
Booktribes is a new site
from the creators of writing site Abctales
where bibliophiles can compile lists of every book they've ever read. Replete with a simple, intuitive interface, compiling your life's reading list becomes strangely addictive, and for the whole of March, the best comment of the day on this as-yet underpopulated site wins a copy of David Mitchell's Black Swan Green
, with the best comment of the month winning the entire 21 volume Sceptre Collection. And if you're worried your reading list isn't up to scratch, don't panic - you can always cheat.
posted by RokkitNite
on Mar 3, 2007 -
French Jewish writer Irène Némirovsky's
claim to fame rests on Suite Française, a novel that she wrote about the German occupation of France while awaiting death in Auschwitz but which was not published until 2004. Irène may also provoke interest because her early fiction was steeped in anti-semitic stereotypes and serialized in right-wing newspapers. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Feb 6, 2007 -