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.

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. “What’s Done Can’t Be Undone” by Tucson writer Reneé Bibby in the January 2019 issue of Five on the Fifth weaves ugly revelations with witches […]

Neil Gaiman’s “The Mushroom Hunters” was my personal favorite in the collection, along with Mary Soon Lee’s “Advice to a Six-Year-Old” and all her other poems, Linda D. Addison’s “Sycorax’s Daughters Unveiled”, Cislyn Smith’s “Hot”, and Shannon Connor Winward’s “The Raven’s Hallowe’en.”

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 […]

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 […]

Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 117 by Neil Clarke My rating: 4 of 5 stars Brief descriptions I read about “And Then, One Day, the Air was Full of Voices” by Margaret Ronald and “Things With Beards” by Sam J. Miller convinced me to subscribe right then to a year of Clarkesworld Magazine, and I’m so glad […]

Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #201 by Gwendolyn Clare My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another great issue. In “Nothing But the Sky” by Gwendolyn Clare, a vivid world of floating cities and airships and friendly dragon-like pterathers waits to be explored, and I would love to see even more stories set here. The adventure and […]

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 […]

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 5 of 5 stars All the praise. Let’s start with the characters: I loved the protagonists and companions and many others along the way as they struggled in a fallen world full of dangerous mountain-moving magic. Caring about these characters made the awfulness even more awful, but […]

The Year's Best Fantasy, First and Second Annual Collections

I remember fondly buying a few editions of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling in the 1990s. I was in my twenties and while many of the stories and their level of craft were opaque to me at the time, I felt I had stumbled onto a magical tradition.