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science fiction : fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component — Webster
Science fiction (often shortened to SF or sci-fi) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a “literature of ideas”. It usually avoids the supernatural, and unlike the related genre of fantasy, historically, science-fiction stories were intended to have a grounding in science-based fact or theory at the time the story was created, but this connection is now limited to hard science fiction. — Wikipedia
This book is not about the future. Yes, it begins by announcing that it’s set in the “Ekumenical Year 1490-97,” but surely you don’t believe that? … I’m merely observing, in the peculiar, devious, and thought-experimental manner proper to science fiction, that if you look at us at certain odd times of day in certain weathers, we already are. I am not predicting, or prescribing. I am describing. I am describing certain aspects of psychological reality in the novelist’s way, which is by inventing elaborately circumstantial lies. —
Ursula K. LeGuin, Excerpt from Introduction to the The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
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- So, you think your publication is working to...by Cherae Clark on September 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm
by Sabrina Vourvoulias First, a quick quiz: Did you read the headline, and automatically compile a mental checklist of the authors and staffers from underserved communities you’ve published or hired? Congrats, but … you were gauging diversity. Did you read the headline and start enumerating the kind of outreach you’ve done to ensure underserved The post So, you think your publication is working to advance equity in SFF? appeared first on SFWA.
- SFWA Market Report—September 2021by David Steffen on September 6, 2021 at 10:27 am
Welcome to the September edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. The markets included on this list all pay at least $0.08/word in at least one length category of fiction. New Markets Death in the Mouth: an Anthology The post SFWA Market Report—September 2021 appeared first on SFWA.
- In Memoriam – L. Neil Smithby KathrynBaker on August 31, 2021 at 1:38 pm
L. Neil Smith (b.1946) died on August 27. Smith began publishing in 1980 with the story “Grimm’s Law” that appeared in Stellar 5. That same year, he published his first novel, The Probability Broach, which launched his North American Confederacy series. In 1983, he published the Lando Calrissian series, among the earliest Star Wars tie-in novels. The post In Memoriam – L. Neil Smith appeared first on SFWA.
- Short Fiction Rejection Letters: Best practices...by Cherae Clark on August 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm
by Benjamin C. Kinney Rejection letters are an inescapable part of the writing life, especially for authors of short fiction. The internet is full of advice to build persistence in the face of rejection – which is good advice, but it’s only one side of the coin. It takes two to reject, after all. The post Short Fiction Rejection Letters: Best practices and expectations appeared first on SFWA.
- USPS Stamp Honors Ursula K. Le Guinby SFWA Communications on August 20, 2021 at 7:27 pm
The following is a SFWA Member Report. A modified version originally ran in the SFWA Singularity #71. A USPS Tribute Video to Le Guin can be viewed here on Facebook. July 27, 2021 – Downtown Portland, OR, was the perfect venue for unveiling the USPS stamp honoring Ursula K. Le Guin because the SFWA Grandmaster The post USPS Stamp Honors Ursula K. Le Guin appeared first on SFWA.