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Playing with Expectations

This story doesn’t follow one of the “rules” of genre writing. That “rule” is “put the genre in the first page/paragraph”. Feldman put it in the title, so perhaps that buys some narrative time.

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Posted in Asimov's Science Fiction, Short Story, Stephanie Feldman

Pushing Beyond All Hope

So what happens when things are bleak? I mean really bleak. A vast, mind-boggingly immensity of bleak. Is there a point where the reader can become so distressed that they remember it’s only a story and they can put it down? I almost–almost–got that way reading The Veilonaut’s Dream. This story hit so hard that even though it is a first-person narration I had the thought that it was somehow snuff story. 

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Posted in Clarkesworld Magazine, Henry Szabranski, Short Story

Working with Security Blankets

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Posted in Lightspeed Magazine, Sarah Grey, Short Story

Drawing a Character from a Deck of Cards

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Posted in Apex Magazine, Eden Royce, Short Story

What is the question?

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Posted in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Short Story, Uncategorized

Love your language

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Posted in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Kurt Fawver, Short Story, Uncategorized

Sketching the Most Important Story

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Posted in Daily Science Fiction, Jay Lake, Ruth Nestvold

Stepping through the Fun House Mirror

Most genre fiction exists in an alternate world. Genre world-building can be largely metaphorical and extrapolative, or simply fanciful. Alternate reality is a tricky genre that borrows from our history just enough to establish the world, and then tweaks it.

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Posted in Alix E Harrow, Tor.com

There is nothing so obvious that it cannot be missed

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Posted in Lightspeed Magazine, Rich Larson, Short Story

And Now a Word from Our Narrator

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Posted in Apex Magazine, KT Bryski, Short Story
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