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io9 Newsstand: Speculative Fiction Is All About Keeping It Real (and Sometimes Surreal)

This week’s stories are about the housing crisis. They’re about ruthless politicians screwing everyone over in service of their own power games. And how making people safe means stripping them of everything that makes them real and worthwhile. And yes, these stories are speculative fiction and not articles from Reason… » 8/29/15 9:47am Saturday 9:47am

Stop Using These Overused Short Story Titles!

Clarkesworld Magazine has received 50,000 short fiction submissions. To celebrate, editor Neil Clarke posted a list of the most common short story titles, based on analyzing his submissions. Including “Dust,” “Home,” “The Gift,” “Hunger,” and “Monsters.” And he also put all 50,000 titles into Wordle, resulting in the… » 4/21/15 10:00pm 4/21/15 10:00pm

10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing

To you, your short story is unique and perfect. To editors, it's "the third steampunk time-travel story we've seen this week." But which trends should you try to avoid? To find out, we asked some of the top editors in the field which type of science fiction and fantasy stories they're tired of seeing. Here's what they… » 4/22/14 10:28am 4/22/14 10:28am