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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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SFWA Market Report For December
by David Steffen on December 5, 2019 at 4:45 pm
Welcome to the December edition of the SFWA Market Report. The post SFWA Market Report For December appeared first on SFWA.
Writing The Other Rechristens Financial Aid...
by Editor on December 2, 2019 at 8:54 pm
News from Writing the Other: Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford, administrators of Writing the Other online classes, are pleased to announce that their scholarship program, launched in 2016, is now retitled the Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarship. This name change, in honor of the award-winning and beloved science fiction and fantasy novelist who passed away in April of this year, comes about not only because Vonda was a friend and mentor to both Shawl and Bradford, but also because […]
Old Women in SF—the List
by Editor on November 29, 2019 at 2:18 am
by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley When we think about women in speculative fiction, it seems to be fantasy figures that quickly come to mind: Lady Olenna, the Queen of Thorns, Professor McGonnagal and Sir Terry Pratchett's wonderful witches. When it comes to science fiction, however, the landscape seems to change. The post Old Women in SF—the List appeared first on SFWA.
Defining Roles: Agents & Editors
by Editor on November 26, 2019 at 6:03 pm
by Alice Speilburg At the pre-publication stage, as you’re drafting queries and sending off sample pages, an editor at a publishing house and a literary agent seem to serve the same purpose: to legitimize your claim as a professional author, and to set you on the path to publication. The post Defining Roles: Agents & Editors appeared first on SFWA.
New Life and Old Deadlines
by Editor on November 21, 2019 at 7:49 pm
by Noah K. Sturdevant So you went and had a kid (or another one). Congratulations! Now you’re in the special club, where you may need to write to support your little bundle of joy, but don’t have any time to do so. The post New Life and Old Deadlines appeared first on SFWA.