How To Handle Rejection of Your Writing, Without Becoming a Basket Case

Rejection is part of being a writer. Unless you’re that one-in-a-billion wunderkind who gets “discovered” while you’re still in high school and goes on to become a literary sensation. Almost everybody who writes stories (or anything) has their work dismissed and sent packing, over and over. And learning to deal with… »9/15/15 5:25pm9/15/15 5:25pm

LIGHTSPEED Presents: "Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World" by Caroline M. Yoachim

io9 is proud to present fiction from LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. Once a month, we’ll be featuring a story from LIGHTSPEED’s current issue. This month’s selection is “Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World” by Caroline M. Yoachim. You can read the story below or you can listen to the podcast. Enjoy! »9/08/15 7:40pm9/08/15 7:40pm

The Long Life and Quiet Death of True Detective Magazine


As recently as the 1970s, fact crime magazines were a significant, if not reputable, segment of the publishing industry. No liquor store magazine rack was complete without the lurid covers of True Detective warning of a “Sex Freak on the Prowl” or promising to reveal the scoop “Behind California’s Latest Mass Murder… »8/19/15 1:20pm8/19/15 1:20pm

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… »4/22/15 1:00am4/22/15 1:00am

18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels

People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world. »3/19/15 3:38pm3/19/15 3:38pm