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A Must-Read: Ken Scholes on ‘How Far Our Dreams Might Take Us’


RequiemI’m been a fan of Ken Scholes‘ work ever since I reviewed the first book of his The Psalms of Isaak series, Lamentation, for Realms of Fantasy magazine. Its mix of forgotten ancient technology, religion and magic reminded me of several favorite works, including Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth and M. John Harrison’s Viriconium stories. Scholes writes high-concept sci fi/fantasy, and he makes it fun. Sadly, these things aren’t always the same thing. In contrast, Happily, Scholes’ books are both cerebral and a pleasure to read.

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GUEST POST: Django Wexler: ‘The Day of Battle: Writing Battle Scenes’


9780451465108_large_The_Thousand_NamesThe Thousand Names Blog Tour: The Thousand Names is, basically, the story of a military campaign, and so it’s no surprise that it contains quite a few battles, skirmishes, ambushes, and generally combat of all sorts. These scenes—not just action, but full-on battles—can be a lot of fun, but they can be a headache as well. Here are a few of the things I picked up after reading the masters of the genre and going through many, many revisions of my own work:

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Fun with Dead Things: 10 Zombie Comedies You Don’t Want to Miss (Part One)


Fun with Dead Things: 10 Zombie Comedies You Don’t Want to Miss (Part One)

Guest contributor William Todd Rose is the author of Apocalyptic Organ Grinder. The first book to be released from Hydra, a new digital-first imprint from Random house.
Look for part two of “Fun With Dead Things” tomorrow, and download Apocalyptic Organ Grinder next Tuesday!
A fatal virus—a biowarfare experiment unleashed on an unsuspecting world—has reduced the [...]

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Guest Post: Helen Fitzgerald on ‘The Duplicate’


dupeHelen Fitzgerald is the author of The Duplicate, available now from as an ebook from Snubnose Press:

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Guest Essay: ‘Machine’ Author Jennifer Pelland on Mechanical Immortality


machineMechanical Immortality and Machine So what would you do if you got a chance to live in a machine copy of your own body — one that looked and felt just like your flesh body — only you couldn’t make any adjustments to it, it would age just like your flesh body, and you’d have to go back to that meat sack after only a few years?

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Women Writing the Weird: Deb Hoag Interviews Nancy A. Collins


womenwritingweirdeditedPlease enjoy this special guest post: an interview of horror author Nancy A. Collins conducted by one of her peers, Deb Hoag. Special thanks to both authors and Dog Horn Publishing editor-in-chief Adam Lowe for setting it all up.

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Guest Post: Trevor Shane, Author, ‘Children of Paranoia’


Children of Paranoia
When I was writing Children of Paranoia and people would ask me what it was about, I often lead by telling them about the world in which the story took place, a world in which a secret war between two mysterious enemies has been raging in the shadows of everyday society for centuries, a world where those born into the war are taught to hate the people on the other side even though they have no way of knowing who is actually on the other side unless someone else tells them.  Inevitably, after that short description, the person I was talking to would look up at me and ask, “So it’s science fiction?”  My response was always the same, “Kind of, except without the science.”

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Guest Post: Keith Donohue, Author, ‘Centuries of June’


Guest Post: Keith Donohue, Author, ‘Centuries of June’

Keith Donohue is the author of Centuries of June, a novel of the fantastic featuring a talking cat, time travel and more, recently praised as a “tour de force” by Library Journal:
“Donohue’s tour de force blends aspects of time travel and reincarnation genres into a witty whole. With a touch of David Mitchell and [...]

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Guest Post: Author Minister Faust on ‘The Alchemists of Kush’


Minister Faust’s novels first two novels, The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad and From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain, established his reputation as an author of genre-crossing, socially aware fiction. His newest novel, The Alchemists of Kush, is a heady mix of hip hop culture, ancient mysticism and modern conflict. Here he [...]

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Guest Post: Paul Di Filippo, Author, “How to Write Science Fiction”


How to Write Science FictionWriter, critic and essayist Paul Di Filippo is the author of many short stories, novels and novellas, including Ribofunk, the Steampunk Trilogy, A Year in the Linear City and, most recently, “How to Write Science Fiction”, currently available from 40K Books.

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