"He Said, She Said": Is There Any Cooler Way To Show Dialog In Fiction?

So you've written some sparkling dialogue, and even made sure your characters don't all have the same "voice." But there's still a problem with your dialogue — you feel weird writing "he said" and "she said" over and over again. Is there any way around this? What can you do to avoid this repetition? »2/17/15 5:50pm2/17/15 5:50pm

The Best Lessons from Childhood Fables (That Still Matter as an Adult)

Fables and other moral stories made their way into our books and cartoons when we were kids, but somewhere along the way, we've probably forgotten some of the important lessons they teach. Maybe you've heard these, maybe you haven't, but here are some of the best lessons that you can learn no matter what age you are. »7/22/14 3:03am7/22/14 3:03am

Read some of our favorite flash science fiction -- written by you!

Six words, used carefully, can build up a world — and that's just what these pieces of flash science fiction, covering everything from a population of literature-obsessed primates to a Death who would really rather play Candyland than do his job, do. Here are just some of our favorite six word stories, written by you,… »2/03/14 7:20pm2/03/14 7:20pm

She's trapped in a barbaric past, and she just wants to help people

I've written a lot about what it takes to create a new adventure hero from scratch — and now you can read a story where I tried to do just that. My story "The Cartography of Sudden Death" just appeared at story "The Cartography of Sudden Death" just appeared at, and it introduces Jemima Brookwater, a… »1/23/14 8:59pm1/23/14 8:59pm

"The sky swam": A wild new story by World Fantasy Award-winning author Margo Lanagan

Margo Lanagan's beautiful, unsettling works have been finalists for the Shirley Jackson Award, and have won multiple World Fantasy Awards. Now she has a new story collection, called Cracklescape, from Twelfth Planet Press. We're thrilled to bring you an exclusive look at one of the stories, "Isles of the Sun." »11/20/12 6:06pm11/20/12 6:06pm

A Fantastic Conan Pastiche, and a Chance to be a Hero Yourself

Throne of the Crescent Moon author Saladin Ahmed has fallen on some rough times, and yesterday he put up a blog post asking for some help. (He says he's already gotten enough support in the 24 hours since that post went up, but it's never a bad thing to help more.) And because Ahmed's a total rockstar, he gave people… »6/13/12 5:23pm6/13/12 5:23pm

And Now, A Dramatic Cold Reading of John Scalzi's Hugo-Nominated "The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One"

Not only is John Scalzi's "The Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City" a Hugo-nominated work of fiction, it is also a major cultural phenomenon. And now, you can watch someone named Mark Orshiro, of the famed "Mark Does Stuff" series of videos, do a dramatic reading of a huge chunk of it — without… »6/11/12 6:53pm6/11/12 6:53pm