The Promise – by Ash Fitzsimmons

The Promise – by Ash Fitzsimmons

What is it about contemporary fantasy—urban and its more suburban and rural cousins—that makes it so appealing as a genre? All stories make promises. Science fiction offers high-tech tools and strange new worlds. Romance assures you that despite the odds, the lovers are going to have their happily ever after. Crime fiction often guarantees that … Read More

Five Reasons I Write Science Fiction – By Elizabeth Bonesteel

Five Reasons I Write Science Fiction – By Elizabeth Bonesteel

1. Space Have you seen space? It’s massive, and full of weird phenomena right next to mind-bendingly huge swaths of nothing at all. We’ve been studying it for millennia, and we still discover new things every single day. Every time we learn something, we find out we’ve only got a piece of it, one tiny … Read More

How do you know when it’s the end of the story?

How do you know when it’s the end of the story?

The Vagrant started out as a piece of flash fiction which then grew into a serial, which then grew into a novel, which then grew into a trilogy. So with that in mind, you could be forgiven for asking: is The Seven really the end of the story? And the answer would be yes. To … Read More

Why Fantasy? – By Nathan Garrison

Why Fantasy? – By Nathan Garrison

Despite the popularity of Lord of the Rings and Games of Thrones (to name a very, very few) it still shocks me how many people cringe at the idea of fantasy in the written form.  Even self-proclaimed “geeks”, who can name every Avenger ever and describe obscure plotlines from the Star Wars expanded universe, still give me blanks looks and surreptitious hints that if I’m going to write I should write something people actually like.

The Top Five Wild Things in the Weird West – by Laura Bickle

The Top Five Wild Things in the Weird West – by Laura Bickle

The west is weird in DARK ALCHEMY. Long-buried alchemical experiments surface to meet the local undead, warring with drug lords and cattle barons in the tiny town of Temperance, Wyoming. It’s an odd place…as the new stranger in town, geologist Petra Dee, is discovering. These are the top five things this scientist can’t rationally explain away:

Regeneration in its Time – Stacey Berg

Stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the most satisfying tales, we feel that we have witnessed the most important events in the character’s life so far. Depending on the genre, the external action might be as small as buying the flowers for a party, as great as destroying the ring that … Read More

Love & Fantasy: SILENCE FALLEN by Patricia Briggs

By Pam J. We’ve already addressed my epic re-reading fixation. So when I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of SILENCE FALLEN by Patricia Briggs from a friend of mine, who’d received it for review, I fell right back into the Mercyverse. And then felt slightly sheepish. I’ve re-read each of those books … Read More

Q&A with Peter Newman, author of The Malice

The Malice by Peter Newman is available today! The author answered a few burning questions about the second installment in the Vagrant trilogy Q. The Malice follows the story of Vesper, now a young woman. What was it like transitioning to such a different voice and character from The Vagrant? Did it affect your overall writing … Read More

Love & Fantasy: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

by Pam J. Every now and then, we get to take a mini-vacay from Nova’s incessant fiction addiction, and read outside the Voyager pantheon. (gasp!)  So this starts one of a few new readings series on the blog, with bookish musings, pulled from our own personal bookshelves. Because reading = escapism = important! Long before binge … Read More

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