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But there are more stories loved by the Hugo voters, stories on the longer nomination list that WSFS publishes after the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon. The Long List Anthology collects 21 tales from that nomination list, totaling almost 500 pages of fiction by writers from all corners of the world.
Within these pages you will find a mix of science fiction and fantasy, the dramatic and the lighthearted, from near future android stories to steampunk heists, too-plausible dystopias to contemporary vampire stories.
There is something here for everyone.
An eclectic collection of SF adventure tales.
• Contains "The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me" by Rachael K. Jones, 2017 World Fantasy Award finalist for Best Short Fiction
• Contains "Sabbath Wine" by Barbara Krasnoff, 2016 Nebula Award finalist for Best Short Story
• 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List, Best Anthology
“Allen’s strange and lovely fifth genre-melding fantasy anthology selects 20 new short stories of unusual variety, texture, compassion, and perception. . . . All the stories afford thought-provoking glimpses into alternative realities that linger, sparking unconventional thoughts, long after they are first encountered.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Clockwork Phoenix anthologies offer homes to “well-written stories occupying multiple subgenres, usually in the same story, often ambiguously,” as Locus Magazine once put it.
In April, the ground-breaking, boundary-pushing, award-nominated series returns for a fifth incarnation, triumphantly risen from the ashes after another successful Kickstarter campaign. This is the largest installment yet, holding twenty new tales of beauty and strangeness.
With original fiction from Jason Kimble, Rachael K. Jones, Patricia Russo, Marie Brennan, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Rob Cameron, A. C. Wise, Gray Rinehart, Sam Fleming, Sunil Patel, C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez, Holly Heisey, Barbara Krasnoff, Sonya Taaffe, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Shveta Thakrar, Cassandra Khaw, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Rich Larson, and Beth Cato. Cover art by Paula Arwen Owen.
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Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology and Advice to Writers 2016
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YOUR NEXT FAVORITE AUTHOR
The 32nd edition of Writers of the Future may be the best new book yet! Brand-new adventure through space, time and possibility.
Along the way these new authors will introduce you to fascinating characters such as Nate, a very loyal companion—like most werewolves would be. Keanie has a parasite that lets her morph and so transform into anyone. Liz owns a dinosaur maker, but raw ingredients can be a problem. Anna slaves away in a factory but her magic leaves her unfulfilled. These authors take creative writing to a whole new level!
The answers, the stories, the visions, and the mind-stretching possibilities are all waiting inside.
Welcome to the future of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It gets better every year. These are the award winning short stories of the international contest that have launched the writing careers of some of the best new books!
BONUS stories and articles on how to write by New York Times best sellers Tim Powers, Sean Williams, Brandon Sanderson, Sergey Poyarkov & L. Ron Hubbard
“The Writers of the Future contest looks for people with the best imaginations who can see through the possibilities of the strangest and best ideas and tell stories that intrigue us and involve us.” —Orson Scott Card
Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Writers of the Future contest and the 27th anniversary of the Illustrators of the Future contest
Here you will find challenging fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories that wrestle with tough questions and refuse to provide easy answers or censored depictions of a broken world, characters whose deeds are as obscene as their words and people who meet bad ends—sometimes deserved and sometimes not. But there are also hope, grace, and redemption, though even they can burn like fire.
Join us as we rediscover the mysteries of the Christian faith.
Publisher's note: This title does not adhere to CBA content guidelines.
This month, we have original fiction from Adam-Troy Castro ("Four Haunted Houses") and Maria Dahvana Headley ("Little Widow"), along with reprints by Rachael K. Jones ("Who Binds and Looses the World with Her Hands") and Usman T. Malik ("Laal Andhi"). We also have the latest installment of our column on horror, "The H Word," plus author spotlights with our authors, and a panel discussion on witches in the horror genre.
Dustbaby, by Alix E. Harrow
There were signs. There are always signs, when the world ends.
A July Story, by K.L.
Iron red, linseed-cured, and caked in salt, in a place where the mercury never crept much above fifty Fahrenheit, the two-room house chose to keep its back to the sea. A wise choice, given the facing of the windows and the predilections of the wind.
Black Planet, by Stephen Case
Em did not dream the world. When the lights went out and the absence of her brother in the room across the hall became palpable, it was simply there, hanging in the space above her bed. She would stare at its invisible form, spinning silent and unseen, until she slept.
The Law of the Conservation of Hair, by Rachael K. Jones
That it has long been our joke that our hair lengths are inversely proportional, and cannot exceed the same cumulative mass it possessed on the day we met.
Marina J. Lostetter returns to FFO with "You Are Not a Metaphor," a dark yet beautiful story about a disease that robs the individual of their identity. If love means putting the other person's needs ahead of your own, this story is a true testament to what that means.
Originally published in Crossed Genres, we're delighted to bring you Rachael K. Jones's "Mamihlapinatapei," a dinosaur story we couldn't resist. With a name like "Mamihlapinatapei," it's not a stretch to say language is a powerful tool in identifying and processing the world around us. But what exactly is the worth of naming how the heart feels?
In our final story, an original time travel caper from Benjamin C. Kinney, "The Time Cookie Wars," friendship goes astray when tested by a box of Milano cookies. If you've ever hidden your cookie stash in the frozen broccoli box to keep your roommate from eating them all, this is the story for you.
Don't miss Jason S. Ridler's latest installment of FXXK WRITING: The Glom of Doom. He may not be tossing around sunshine and roses over there in his column, but Jason knows his stuff. He's been into the trenches and back. Go check it out.
Fiction in fewer words.
The Flash Fiction Online 2016 Science Fiction Anthology is sure to please both the casual short fiction reader and the dedicated hard-scifi connoisseur.
Quick Sip Reviewer, Charles Payseur says of our stories, “A language of taste and a language of song and a language of touch. Ways of communicating that not only step outside the bounds of traditional discourse but need to in order to be expressed…and the stories all seek a more universal form of communication.”
Including “The Time Cookie Wars” by Benjamin C. Kinney, “Quartet of the Far-Blown Wars” by Matt Dovey, “Foreign Tongues” by John Wiswell, and many more, this is collection exemplifies what flash fiction can do among the science fiction sub-genres.
Edited by Suzanne W. Vincent. Illustrations by Dario Bijelac.
Original Flash Fiction: She Opened Her Arms by Amanda C. Davis — A young woman faces an agonizing choice when her wish comes true.
Flash Fiction: A Kite for Sarah by David G. Blake — His love for his daughter was real — even if he was not.
Short Story: Nature Witch by Rebecca Lyons — A wise woman knows there’s a perfect place for everyone — and how to get them there.
Flash Fiction: Nine-Lived Wonders by Rachael K. Jones — An elusive blue-furred cat proves that you’re never too old for bedtime stories.
Reviews: The Fan: Boys, Mechanics and Love by Carole McDonnell — Carole reviews A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen, The Man Who Lived in Inner Space by Arnold Federbush, and the films Cuckoo Clock Heart 5 and S.I.N. Theory.
Reviews: The Remake Chronicles: Two Deeply Unstable Spiral Staircases by Adam-Troy Castro — Adam revisits the Shirley Jackson adaptation The Haunting as seen through the eyes of Robert Wise — and Jan de Bont.
Reviews: Area 51 1/2 February 2015 by Steven Sawicki — Our Alien reviews The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton, The Defenders of Shannara, the High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks, Lovers & Fighters, Starships & Dragons by Tom Purdon, Willful Child by Steven Erikson, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, and the film Lucy.
Reviews: New & Noteworthy Short Genre Fiction, February 2015 by Gillian Daniels — Gillian reviews “Kia and Gio” by Daniel José Older, “Returned” by Kat Howard, “A Universal Elegy” by Tang Fei, and “Soft Currency” by Seth Gordon.