Magical Words Link Roundup 4-25-2017


Fantasy Cafe features Fran Wilde, author of Updraft, Cloudbound and Horizon, for their Women In SF&F Month series.

The reason we don’t write more disabled characters is because disability frightens us: it can spring out of the woodwork, surprise us around a corner or suddenly strike and flip our lives upside down.

When you write scenes with physical conflict, the injuries need to be realistic.

There are a number of reasons why someone would choose to defend a specific location: to protect property or the lives of inhabitants; to secure a strategic location; to offset an opponent’s superior advantage; or because they have no other choice.

A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve.

The end of the world seems bound to be a big event, and it’s tempting to assume that the cause will be appropriately large—perhaps a nuclear exchange, maybe, or a giant asteroid. But some of science fiction’s most terrifying and fascinating apocalypse stories take things in just the opposite direction. What if the end of the world, they ask, was caused by the smallest possible thing: An alien bacteria, or a strange new type of virus?

Noah Michelson says, “I first began writing poetry when I was in high school to escape the constant and merciless torture inflicted on me by the homophobic monsters I called my classmates.”


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