Every Science Fiction And Fantasy Cliché Ever, In One Short Story

Today, we looked at some of the most played-out tropes and storylines ever to plague a beleaguered editor of science fiction and fantasy. But just what would a story that combined all of those elements look like? Gaze upon this work, ye editors, and despair. » 4/22/14 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm

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 Tuesday 10:28am

100 Years Of Solitude Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Was Irreplaceable

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died today aged 87, did not invent the genre of magical realism — but he helped to popularize it and advance it with novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Autumn of the Patriarch. Speculative fiction still hasn't risen fully to the challenge of Marquez's work. » 4/17/14 1:45pm 4/17/14 1:45pm

The Secret Author Of Czech Science Fiction Bestseller? The Chief Rabbi

You think your day job doesn't leave you enough time to pursue your dreams of becoming a science fiction author? Gaze upon the example of Rabbi Karol Efraim Sidon, the Chief Rabbi of the Czech Republic, and feel ashamed. He authored a bestselling science fiction novel, the first of a four-book series. » 4/14/14 3:40pm 4/14/14 3:40pm

10 Can't Miss, Surefire Secrets Of Torturing Fictional People

Everybody loves a sadist. At least, when it comes to storytelling. The more pain and misery a writer puts her or his characters through, the more we adore it. But how can you torment your characters without going too far, or falling flat? Here are 10 killer rules for how to bring the pain. » 4/03/14 10:13am 4/03/14 10:13am

Brandon Sanderson: "We haven't hit what epic fantasy is capable of yet"

Brandon Sanderson's new book Words of Radiance debuted at #1 on the New York Times Besteller List. What does he think is the secret of his popularity, and the reason for epic fantasy's resurgence? We asked him, and he explained why epic fantasy is ready to take it to the next level. » 3/18/14 4:00pm 3/18/14 4:00pm