Party Talk!

Today we’re diving into that most dangerous of places, the writer’s mind. Tell us, writers, what wanders through your head when you’re alone in your car?

Diana Pharoah Francis Honestly? I’m usually trying to work out thorny plot problems, or coming up with fun scenarios for characters. Occasionally I’ll think about how I would write somebody else’s stuff differently, or what I’d write next in their worlds. Or if I’m reading a book, what I might write going forward for those characters.

John Hartness My Golden Globe Acceptance Speech. No, I don’t act anymore, and have never had aspirations to do film.

Faith Hunter Politics. Which I try to *not* think about because it ticks me off so badly.

Misty Massey Oh, lord, my mind wanders in wild directions when I drive. I might start with something reasonable, like where I’m headed, but soon I’m distracted by what […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 2-16-2017

I want someone to write a science fiction novel featuring these people. Because they’re awesome and I need to read about them running the show.

John Joseph Adams’ Nightmare magazine is open to submissions!

Myke Cole wants to talk to you for a moment about fear.

On March 1, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, Penguin Young Readers, and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, alongside Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions, are kicking off Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge, an idea contest that encourages U.S. kids and their teachers not to imagine small, but “imaginormous,” and come up with their most inventive story ideas.

Editors are not as evil as you might think.

How can you ever get writers’ block when there’s history? History is the ultimate reality show. It’s the best gossip in the world.

Before a book is published and released to the public, it’s passed through the […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 2-15-2017

Fairies might not seem like the first choice when it comes to “most terrifying” creatures in speculative fiction, but consider: vampires and werewolves, while horrifying, are at heart human. Fairies are completely other.

While some science fiction offers terrifying visions of the future, it’s not all foreboding doom and gloom. Some books can be downright hilarious.

The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry, available now, is a must-read for cult movie fans. Want to know what you might not have known about the movie?

Cracked presents five insane historical theories that actually make sense.

English author Philip Pullman has announced he will soon be releasing a trilogy of new novels set in the same universe as his wildly successful His Dark Materials series.

Wil Wheaton says, “For a few weeks (months?) I’ve been doing this silly and fun thing on […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 2-14-2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! And if you didn’t already know, love can be pretty great, but mostly it’s complicated and gross.

At times of global threat, a team of scholars working to protect the planet from existential threats meet to assess the biggest threats facing Earth and what can be done to save civilization from the impending apocalypse.

Science fiction movies have been fascinated with Mars for decades—giving rise to big-screen portrayals of the Red Planet that are often fantastic, insane, and sometimes ridiculously fun. And so, so wrong.

Jaym Gates is gauging interest in a speculative fiction anthology titled Nevertheless, She Persisted.

The BBC takes a look at early space program history, when the shrinks had some bizarre ideas about what would make a great astronaut.

If you think little old ladies are made of sweetness and light, clearly you never watched even one minute of The Golden Girls.


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Magical Words Link Roundup 2-9-2017

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Anya Martin says, “The easy response is to say horror is especially suited to these times—think of the horror boom which mirrored American hardcore punk in the Reagan ’80s. Or that we need more apocalyptic fiction—make it epic like Stephen King’s The Stand—and more zombies.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that Pandora: The World of Avatar will open May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. It, of course, it based on the James Cameron series of films. He also revealed the company plans to open both its yet-to-be-named Star Wars-themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2019.

If you’re on the agent hunt, the Knight Agency is looking for writers!

John Hartness, author, publisher and friend – joins the Guardians of the Geekery to talk about his latest projects and upcoming appearances.

Sue Duff thought it would […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 2-8-2017

Cooking the Books podcast welcomes Laura Anne Gilman (The Cold Eye) and Mur Lafferty (Six Wakes) for their first episode of 2017.

I Smell Sheep presents The Story Behind the Story: Shadows in the Water by Kory M. Shrum.

If you’re a book lover, changes are you’re a word lover too – or as it’s known, a logophile.

The Huffington Post asked a range of science fiction authors ― some of them new to the genre, others prolific editors of anthologies ― to discuss speculative or fictional solutions to how climate change is discussed (and in some cases ignored) today.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast features Drew Hayes, the author of The Spells, Swords, and Stealth Trilogy, the Super Powereds, and several stand-alone adventures, and host of the Authors & Dragons podcast.

Christopher Robin Milne inspired the young boy of the same name in A A […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 2-7-2017

So what can you learn about storytelling through a tabletop game? Lots. Here are 5 things author Andrea Judy learned over the years.

Sometimes you want to read a book that’s like a sumptuous feast, rich and decadent, a lengthy, immersive experience. Sometimes you just want a book that goes down like tossing back a bowl of popcorn, handful after handful, until you’re startled to find it gone.

In the second half of the 1920s, swashbuckler films only got grander and more epic. If you can’t give an audience sound, you might as well give them spectacle, and that’s what filmmakers in America and Europe set out to do.

There are few genres in all of entertainment that are more sculpted by the times they are written in than science fiction.

When it was announced that a Black Lightning television series was in development at Fox with Greg Berlanti […]

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