Magical Words Link Roundup 4-11-2017


According to a 2014 survey, 54 percent of traditionally published authors and almost 80 percent of self-published authors make less than $1,000 per year.

Taking the time to choose the right setting for each scene is one of the best ways to ensure our writing has impact. Why? Because the setting touches everything.

China vowed Tuesday to speed up the development of its space industry as it set out its plans to become the first country to soft land a probe on the far side of the moon, around 2018, and launch its first Mars probe by 2020.

I love Disney World, but this might be the thing that finally keeps me away for good.

Almost everyone has one in their family: a closet. And a jinn encounter.

A Best Series award makes perfect sense: when a book is part of a larger story, no matter how mind-blowing, it can be tough to judge it on its own merits—so why not take a look at series as a whole?

If all things go well, we’re about to finally see what a black hole looks like, as the Event Horizon Telescope connects six telescopes sprawled across the world and makes them work in tandem to image the supermassive black hole at the center our very own Milky Way galaxy.

For every time your stupid thumbs missed a key…somebody out there skipped a digit and damn near ended the world.

Let’s talk about muggles.

There is only one thing worse than being served a terrible meal: being served a terrible meal by earnest waiters who have no idea just how awful the things they are doing to you are. (Editor’s note: nope, this has nothing to do with speculative fiction. It’s just funny. Although some of the food does look like what they’d serve in a space station from a sci-fi B-movie…)


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