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It’s a small world… isn’t it?

For all its breadth and glory, the parameters by which fantasy is defined can be awfully restricting – people it with streetwise paranormals and it’s immediately “urban” fantasy set in the gritty city streets. Stick a lost heir in a blacksmith’s shed in a village of a pastoral population of maybe a hundred or so […]

Introducing the First Themed Month

We’re launching a new feature here at SF Novelists: Themed Months. Which is to say, we’ll pick a topic — broad enough yet concrete enough that there are many different things to say about it — and throughout the month, members of SF Novelists will post their thoughts. It’s basically a slow-motion roundtable, and we […]

You wouldn’t like me when I’m strong

I’ve been thinking lately about the role weakness plays in getting me to like a character. This came up because I was discussing Man of Steel with Mike Underwood. Now, there are any number of criticisms you can make of that film, starting with the wanton destruction of the ending and proceeding backward through the […]

The Skill List Project: Cause and Effect

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Last time, I said that we’d look at research but I’ve changed my mind. After seeing Man of Steel, I want to talk about the role of cause […]

You keep using that word

Almost every “how to write” book I’ve ever seen has a section devoted to style. Or sometimes voice. Or sometimes one for each. Frequently with vaporous declarations about it arising from the writer’s soul in some mysterious, half-divine fashion. I have a secret to share. When it comes to this subject, I don’t think we […]

Noun of Nouns

I wish I were a classical music composer. Or a visual artist — they can get away with it, too. “Third Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Minor.” “Untitled #16.” “Sonata in D.” “Red Four.” Don’t have an actual title? Doesn’t matter! Just call it what it is! Authors aren’t allowed to get away with that. As […]

Welcome to the Desert of the Real

Sometimes I swear there really is a collective unconscious. I decided in early February that this would be my March post; now, in the last week or so, I’ve come across a groundswell of people discussing the exact same topic: “gritty” fantasy (and gritty fiction in general). I’m talking about the books where the heroes […]

An Open Letter to the Creators of Sexist Fantasy and Comic Book Art

Dear Creators of Sexist Fantasy and Comic Book Art, This is addressed to those among you drawing and painting (and sometimes sculpting) women with skimpy clothing and bad anatomy and poses no actual human would stand in. I could try to talk to you about the problem of objectifying women, the concept of the male […]

Out of Step

As you might expect, I frequently get asked, “How’s your next book going?” I invariably answer, “Whose next are we talking about?” Generally people mean their next: the next book they’re going to see on the shelves. But you see, that’s rarely my next. You all are waiting for A Natural History of Dragons to […]

The End Is Nigh

As some of you may know, next month will see the release of A Memory of Light, the fourteenth (!) and final (!!!) book of Robert Jordan’s series, The Wheel of Time. Jordan passed away several years ago, of course, and the series is being finished by Brandon Sanderson, working from the notes and scenes […]

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Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

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