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10 Writing 'Rules' We Wish More Science Fiction And Fantasy Authors Would Break

Science fiction and fantasy are genres where almost anything can happen — as long as the author can make it seem plausible, and as long as it’s part of a good story. But that doesn’t mean there are no rules. If anything, the fact that these genres are so wide open mean that there are tons of rules out there, some unspoken and some written in black and white.

Is The 'Fix-Up' The Best Kind Of Science Fiction Novel There Is?

Everybody knows that short stories are where science fiction writers really get to experiment, and the most perfect pieces of narrative often happen at shorter lengths. But we also love to explore a world at the length of a whole book. So that makes the “fix-up” the best of both worlds, right?

The Decline And Fall Of Hugo Gernsback

Hugo Gernsback had such a huge impact on the history of science fiction that one of the field’s most prestigious awards is named after him. But after he founded Amazing Stories in the 1920s, the pioneering editor had a long slide into obscurity.

All The Science Fiction And Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss In April

Shooting the Rift by Alex Stewart, cover art by Stephan Martiniere Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? Two Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry Turtledove and M.R. Carey. Wish-granting moonshine! New space opera! And much, much more. Here are the most essential science fiction and fantasy books in April.

Sales Of Adult Colouring Books Have Skyrocketed In The Last Year

Walk into a bookstore these days, and you’ll likely see an enormous stack of them: adult colouring books. Sales of the books have skyrocketed in the last couple of years, but their success might hide some depressing news for the publishing industry.

The 'Harry Potter Effect': Books For Young Readers Got 115 Per Cent Longer In the Past Decade

It’s not just your imagination — kids’ books are getting longer and longer. Booklist’s Briana Shemroske surveyed books aimed at Years 3-8 and found their average page length was 290 in January 2016, up 115 per cent from 2006 — and up a staggering 173 per cent from 1976.

What Happens When You Burn Out On Writing?

Elizabeth Bear is one of those authors who seems like an incredible writing machine. She’s put out a huge number of books in the past 10 years, winning a ton of acclaim along the way. But in a brave post on Charles Stross’ blog, she talks about the cost of being that prolific.

Novelists Are Working Hard To Create Apps That Are Deliberately User-Unfriendly

A decade ago, cutting-edge writers/publishers were crafting books that were physically works of art, in response to the rise of ebooks. Now, those same people are making apps. Miranda July, creator of the instant-messaging app Somebody, talks to Russell Quinn, co-creator (with Eli Horowitz) of The Pickle Index and The Silent History, about making apps that are deliberately difficult to use.

Is A Giant Academic Publisher Trying To Paywall Wikipedia?

Last week, academic publisher Elsevier announced that it would be donating 45 free ScienceDirect accounts to “top Wikipedia editors,” granting them access to thousands of paywalled scientific journals. And people are outraged.

Amazon Will Soon Start Paying Authors Based On E-Book Pages Read

What if we lived in a world where authors earned royalties not based on how many books they sell, but on how many pages we read? The idea, which would have been preposterous 10 years ago, is not only possible with modern technology, it’s something Amazon will be test driving this soon.

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