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 Tuesday 10:00pm

10 Ways To Create A Near-Future World That Won't Look Too Dated

Writing about the world to come is a scary proposition, because nothing becomes obsolete faster than futuristic visions. Especially if you're writing about a decade or two from now, your story risks looking ridiculous within a few years. So here are 10 tips to keep your near-future setting from looking too dated.
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The Odd Children's Books That Taught Jonathan Lethem About Storytelling

Some of the best children's books are actually quite strange, even dreamlike. And this is especially true of kids' books from the 1960s and 1970s. In an interview with BoingBoing, author Jonathan Lethem talks about the kids' books that he loved, including the "mysterious and rich" Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (above). » 4/14/15 1:19pm 4/14/15 1:19pm

First Gorgeous Look At Mark Z. Danielewski's New Series, The Familiar!

Mark Z. Danielewski made a huge stir with his experimental novel House of Leaves, but now he's aiming even bigger — with a 27-volume illustrated book series that aims to be like a television show. We've got an exclusive first look at a few pages of this series' beautiful art and design. » 4/06/15 11:28am 4/06/15 11:28am

The Hugo Awards Were Always Political. But Now They're Only Political.

Last August, the Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy were swept by a younger group of women and people of color. At the time, we said "This was really a year that underscored that a younger generation of diverse writers are becoming central to the genre." So maybe it's not surprising that there was an… » 4/04/15 1:35pm 4/04/15 1:35pm