“Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds” at The Writers Studio!

I am so excited to announce that my proposal for a workshop on writing speculative fiction and poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, was recently approved, and the class is now listed and available for registration! This new 6-week workshop is titled "Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds" and it uses The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. It begins Saturday, July 27, 2019.

Recommended: “What’s Done Can’t Be Undone” by Reneé Bibby and “CARBORUNDORUM > /DEV/NULL” by Annalee Flower Horne

How does the writer of genre fiction approach difficult subject matter like sexual assault? Two excellent and potentially triggering recent short stories by two fearless writers suggest two effective approaches. January 2019 issue of Five on the Fifth "What's Done Can't Be Undone" by Tucson writer Reneé Bibby in the January 2019 issue of Five … Continue reading Recommended: “What’s Done Can’t Be Undone” by Reneé Bibby and “CARBORUNDORUM > /DEV/NULL” by Annalee Flower Horne

Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies #206

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #206 by Scott H. Andrews My rating: 4 of 5 stars The stories in issue #206 are about long, painful journeys, but one leads home and the other does not. "The Patchwork Procedure" by Claude Lalumière is a science fiction element in an alternate history story that also features airships, steam-powered … Continue reading Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies #206

Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #205

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #205 by Raphael Ordoñez My rating: 2 of 5 stars I have enjoyed several recent issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, but this was a rare issue with stories that didn't quite work for me. The stories in issue #205 are about women coming to better understand and make use of their … Continue reading Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #205

Book Review: The Year’s Best Fantasy First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy First Annual Collection by Ellen Datlow My rating: 5 of 5 stars It took me over a year to read this 1988 collection of short stories selected by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, but it wasn't because of any problems I had with the anthology. I'm rating this 5 stars for … Continue reading Book Review: The Year’s Best Fantasy First Annual Collection

Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #202

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #202 by Scott H. Andrews My rating: 4 of 5 stars Although I found these two stories somewhat opaque (especially the second one), they feature strong writing, memorable characters, and vivid world building. I was left after reading both wanting to know much more about their worlds. In "Mortal Eyes" by … Continue reading Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #202

Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue 200

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #200 by Scott H. Andrews My rating: 5 of 5 stars The four vividly imagined worlds in these four fantasy stories are populated by characters on journeys through time and space, their loyalty to existing systems sorely tested, similar in their resolve to see their way through, but different in the … Continue reading Review: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue 200