Sci-Fi/Fantasy, etc. Fan-Fiction Writers and Readers


Sci-Fi/Fantasy, etc. Fan-Fiction Writers and Readers

This group is for Sci-fi/Fantasy fan-fiction (any type of genre) of writers and readers.

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SciFi Readers website

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Jan 25, 2018. 1 Reply very good blog about Science Fictionhere is an except from the website: Aboutb&wWell, what is SciFi Readers? And who am I? I started this blog in April of 2011 because…Continue

An Answer to Klaatu

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 1, 2016. 11 Replies

Anyone who knows anything about science-fiction knows the following speech, probably on sight:I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly.  The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group anywhere…Continue

Tags: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Klaatu

New endorsement!

Started by Don. Last reply by Steph S. Jan 4, 2015. 1 Reply

Hey, godless fans of fantasy and sci-fi!  I want to let you all to know that my edgy new YA fantasy was launched at the Brattleboro (Vermont) Literary Festival last week before a healthy crowd of book-lovers. This one is bound to create a stir--as…Continue

Firefly Fan Film - "The Verse"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Steph S. Jan 4, 2015. 1 Reply

Serendipity strikes yet again. I was perusing my YouTube feed when something completely unexpected shows up, something called, "The Verse." Now, to those unschooled in Joss Whedon or a particular creation of 10+ years ago, poetry might come to mind.…Continue

Tags: The Verse, Joss Whedon, Firefly

Arwen's Journey: A Tale of Middle Earth

Started by Gwaithmir. Last reply by Gwaithmir Oct 21, 2014. 3 Replies

Arwen's Journey: A Tale of Middle Earth by Gwaithmir (writing as Karlmir Stonewain) Summary: During the decade following the War of the Ring, King Elessar and Queen Undómiel work tirelessly to reunify the kingdom and institute governmental reforms.…Continue


Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 27, 2014. 2 Replies

Readers and writers here at A|N who enjoy sci fi and fantasy--and the new, related genre, cli fi--will enjoy my…Continue

Hugo award winners 2014

Started by Sky God. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 27, 2014. 1 Reply

Here is an article about the Hugo award winner for best novel and the other awards are listed at the bottom.Gravity? really?…Continue

Tags: Hugo

Dr. Who Fan Fiction archive

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Sky God Aug 24, 2014. 1 Reply

A great website to read Dr. Who fan fiction

"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Started by Edward Teach. Last reply by Sky God Aug 24, 2014. 3 Replies

Burroughs wrote the original Tarzan books. The God's of Mars is the second in a series. It is a beautiful metaphor for religious absurdity. Not to give too much away, but Mars is depicted as a planet with multiple races, each having its own…Continue

Richard Matheson: 1926 - 2013

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 1, 2014. 7 Replies

My first exposure to Richard Matheson was probably back in the early 60s, and that marvelous anthology series, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.  Matheson told amazing stories … of a man recovering from a nervous breakdown and what he thought he saw…Continue

Tags: Duel, Twilight Zone, Richard Matheson

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Comment by Don on December 16, 2016 at 8:07am

Robert, I have at last checked out your novel, THE LAST BLADE OF GRASS, on Amazon.  Congratulations.  I like the cover.  It looks compelling to me, too (terrific premise)--although I have to say "those distracting little mistakes" do crop up, even as early as in the first graph.  It's a shame that more writers are not better served by astute editors who will catch such little things before a book hits the shelves. (And, in the summary, "criminals have free rein," not "reign.")  Small matters.  The problem, such as it is, lies in a reader's loss of confidence--and in a publisher's weakness in a crucial aspect of the trade.  Shouldn't happen.

I hope your sequel is selling, too.  The readers' reviews seem strong.

I wonder if you've read THE DOG STARS, by Peter Heller.  It's an excellent treatment of themes and circumstances similar, I think, to yours. 

My own futuristic fantasy continues to sell well.  Reviews have been few but very good, and the book has many fans.  I'm at work on a sequel.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 15, 2016 at 10:12pm

I'll be watching, Loren. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 15, 2016 at 8:40pm

I have heard fits and starts about this for more years than I care to guess at ... but after a very long time, someone – the SyFy Channel, in fact – is tackling what may be the most famous science-fiction novel ever written.

That's right.  I'm talking about Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 classic, Stranger in a Strange Land.

I'm not certain what to grok about this, but I WILL keep an eye out for news.

Comment by Plinius on May 11, 2015 at 2:10am

I can't remember who gave me the idea to read ´Earth abides´ by George Stewart. I'm a bit late - the book was published in 1949 - but it's still an excellent story. Thanks!

Comment by Don on May 8, 2015 at 7:18am

And today, following sci-fi, we now have cli-fi fiction--a sub-genre comprising stories that base their themes on the implications of our changing climate.  There's been a good deal of attention in the popular media given to this new category over the last year or two.

Here's an interview on the subject over at Eco-fiction: 

"Meet author Don Bredes, whose debut novel Hard Feelings was named Best Book of the Year for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Bredes is back with another YA novel, Polly and the One and Only World, a fantasy apocalyptic novel ushering in a vision of a future world that is not so impossible to believe. In the book, a young heroine named Polly Lightfoot tries to survive results of climate change: rising seas, coastal floods, drought, and social upheaval."

Comment by Don on May 8, 2015 at 7:11am

Yay!  My edgy new fantasy (in which the villains are fundamentalists and the heroes witches), POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD, has been selected as a YA finalist for the 2014 Indiefab Book of the Year Awards.  The winners will be announced in June at the ALA annual convention in San Francisco. 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 7, 2015 at 11:07pm

The term "sci-fi"

Forrest J Ackerman used the term sci-fi (analogous to the then-trendy "hi-fi") at UCLA in 1954.[44] As science fiction entered popular culture, writers and fans active in the field came to associate the term with low-budget, low-tech "B-movies" and with low-quality pulp science fiction.[45][46][47] By the 1970s, critics within the field such as Terry Carr and Damon Knight were using sci-fi to distinguish hack-work from serious science fiction,[48] and around 1978, Susan Wood and others introduced the pronunciation "skiffy." Peter Nicholls writes that "SF" (or "sf") is "the preferred abbreviation within the community of sf writers and readers."[49] David Langford's monthly fanzine Ansible includes a regular section "As Others See Us" which offers numerous examples of "sci-fi" being used in a pejorative sense by people outside the genre.[50]

Comment by Don on May 7, 2015 at 7:49pm

Looks really intriguing, Robert.  But who edited your manuscript?  The little mistakes are disconcerting and distracting, especially when a reader is rooting for the narrative to take hold.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2015 at 1:23pm
Comment by Sky God on October 9, 2014 at 1:04am

Several months ago I read Wool by Hugh Howey. It started as a short story and became so popular he turned it into a novel. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

From an internet reviewer: "the dystopian life he has imagined is, at times, truly disturbing. This is a world where the air is deadly, and where humanity has lived ever since anyone can remember, in a giant underground silo, a bunker hundreds of stories deep, creating everything people need beneath the earth. The outside world can only be seen through a blurry image projected onto a wall, "lifeless hills ... a familiar rotting skyline ... ancient glass and steel". The filth of the atmosphere gradually coats the cameras capturing the view, and the silo's capital punishment is "cleaning": the criminal is sent outside to polish the lenses before being overcome by poisonous gases."

But in this story there are people that have different levels of knowledge about how these silos or pods came to be. Who were the builders? Were they people or gods? When would it be okay to go outside? As one character becomes sheriff and investigates irregularities she finds there are different levels of knowledge about how their society works...  I was never really into dystopian novels, more of a space opera, military sci-fi type of reader, but the past few years with the popularity of The Postman, The Road,  Blindness and others, I've been reading more in this genre and have actually been enjoying it. If you have read it, I'd love to hear your comments.


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