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 12:38pm 3/19/15 12:38pm

2 Secrets To Writing A Story That People Can't Tear Themselves Away From

When people talk about how to write a great story, you hear a lot about structure, and how to lay down the track so that the audience is swept along. But writer Frank Cottrell Boyce has some fantastic advice about the true secret of writing a story (or movie) that people can't get enough of: make it a collection of… » 3/17/15 1:41pm 3/17/15 1:41pm

These Six-Word Scifi Stories Have Some Pretty Tangled Timelines

Whether taking us to a very, very ancient Martian surface, giving us the chance to play detective with some found clues dropped by future travelers, or just warning us about the worst of the future's entry-level jobs, these stories present us with some very complicated timelines. And they do it all in just six words. » 3/09/15 4:20pm 3/09/15 4:20pm

Some Of The Weirdest Pen Names Science Fiction Authors Have Used

The name Eando Binder sounds exotic and kinkily Teutonic — but it's actually a pseudonym for Earl and Otto Binder, who turned "E and O" into the science-fictional-sounding "Eando." Learn the origins of James S.A. Corey, Murray Leinster, James Tiptree Jr., and other unusual SF pen names, over at Barnes & Noble. » 3/09/15 2:59pm 3/09/15 2:59pm

Learning from Ted

Ted Sturgeon used to say, "A writer will write in the dirt with a sharp stick if there is nothing else around." That was me, especially after I discovered word processors in the late 1970s. I had previously written a couple of professional articles for Guitar Player Magazine, but hated typing... and retyping. Word… » 3/09/15 2:02am 3/09/15 2:02am

Yay, This Fantasy Novel Actually Lives Up To Its Superb World-Building

As a genre, fantasy tends to live or die on its world-building. But great world-building, by itself, doesn't make a novel great. And sometimes, a fantasy book can spend so much time establishing its backstory, the story never seems to take off. That's why A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwhab is such a treat.… » 3/03/15 4:00pm 3/03/15 4:00pm