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  With The Spider Dance, Book 2 of Nick Setchfield’s occult-spy series just published, we’re very pleased to welcome him back to SFFWorld as part of his publicity tour. This time Nick tells us of five inspirations that have led him to writing his latest novel, away from being a writer, editor and entertainment journalist…
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So: today it is 50 years since Man first landed on the Moon. I’m planning to spend the day watching, reading and listening to Moon-related things, which got me thinking about what I could read/watch/listen to. I thought you might be interested, and so this was written. Hopefully it might inspire you to consider things…
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With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, I thought that it might be fun to look at a book that, first published in 1987, tried to imagine what it would be like on July 20th 2019. It is a coffee table book, in a large format, that is meant to impress. I…
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Understated Science-Fantasy novels that should be collecting awards keep finding their way into my TBR pile. I’m not complaining. I love finding gems like this. Danie Ware’s highly visual style combined with the almost fairytale feel of this novel are right at home in Fox Spirit’s library. The Blurb An ancient city, sealed in a…
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In these days of constant media presence and social hype it sometimes can be quite difficult to remember that the main purpose of a writer is to.. well, write. Some do this by producing quantity, maintaining presence and popularity through continuous product. Others do it a different way. Ted Chiang is one of those following…
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The apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic novel…one of the mainstays of Science Fiction for almost as long as the genre has been around and before, with some consideration given to the Epic of Gilgamesh as an apocalyptic epic. Going forward several centuries, Mary Shelley’s The Last Man (1826) specifies a plague as the cause of humanity’s downfall. Coming up…
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If you hang out in our Writing forum, you’ve probably read about our short story anthologies. Each year, we try to wrangle novice – and professional – writers into creating short stories on a theme. For 2019, our forum regulars chose the subject ‘Dying Earth’. Not everyone is familiar with the Jack Vance Dying Earth…
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Locus Magazine announced the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, which took place June 28 to 30, 2019. The list of finalists and winners is below. Winners for each category appear in bold. SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US; Hodder…
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As readers have seen in the previous two books of The Song of the Shattered Sand epic, (Twelve Kings of Sharakai and With Blood Upon the Sand) Çeda’s quest to bring down Kings of Sharakai shows no signs of stopping. Bradley Beaulieu picks up the saga with little break in the timeline in the third…
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What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes is a stand-alone, historical novel set in South America during the eighteen century. This story has ships, slaves, arquebuses, swords, jungles, and monks. It also has a good dose of indeginous magic that plays an integral part of the story. This is a story Matthew Hughes has said…

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