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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
9:19 pm
[cgmod]
Crossed Genres - Calls for submissions & announcement
Just a couple calls for submissions and an announcement to share.

#1 – Crossed Genres magazine is currently accepting submissions for the sci-fi and fantasy TRAGEDY issue.

#2 – The 'Science in My Fiction' blog is also seeking short story submissions. All stories must be inspired by actual science (with submissions, please include links to relevant articles).

#3 – Crossed Genres just released 'A Festival of Skeletons' by Rachel Astruc. It's a darkly fantastic comedy that still makes me chuckle, even though I've read it several times now. Sure, I'm the editor, but if you like sass and suspense, I think you'll enjoy reading 'A Festival of Skeletons'.
Sunday, September 12th, 2010
12:21 pm
[cgmod]
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
10:18 pm
[cgmod]
The Science in My Fiction Contest!
There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether science fiction is obsolete, no longer the genre of ideas, and so on. Some people have claimed that there is no need to educate yourself in science in order to write science fiction.

We respectfully think that’s hooey, so we came up with the Science in My Fiction contest!

Here’s how it works…Collapse )
Monday, March 8th, 2010
10:20 pm
[cgmod]
Crossed Genres Now Seeking EASTERN SciFi & Fantasy submissions!
Crossed Genres Magazine is now calling for Eastern Science Fiction and Fantasy!

Last year at this time we did our Western issue; now, we’re looking for short SFF stories set in Eastern cultures. Anyone can submit, but the stories (and preferably the characters) will be set in the East. (Check the Wikipedia article on "Eastern World".)

Submissions for Issue 18 will be accepted until 11:59 pm US EST on March 31.

Take care to read our submission guidelines, first.Collapse )
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
10:53 pm
[cgmod]
Crossed Genres Now seeking SFF + STEAMPUNK submissions!
What do you know about pressure?!

Get your aviator goggles on and shine the brass on your backyard sprocket rocket, because Crossed Genres Magazine wants STEAMPUNK Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories.

Take care to read our submission guidelines, first.Collapse )
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
10:43 pm
[cgmod]
Crossed Genres Now seeking SFF + ACTION/ADVENTURE submissions!
Tag! You’re it!

It’s Action/Adventure month at Crossed Genres Magazine. Trigger our fight or flight responses, make our hearts race, raise our blood pressure, and take us on the ride of our lives!

Take care to read our submission guidelines, first.

Crossed Genres is also accepting submissions of completed novel-length fiction and novellas to be serialized on our website exclusively for subscribers, as well as "pitches" for a webcomic to run for a year in our ‘Subscribers-Only Area’. Upon completion, Crossed Genres will publish each novel/la and comic in its entirety.

Meanwhile, in our SciFi and Fantasy HORROR issue...

- Get caught in an infinite loop of your own design.
- Embrace your darker nature.
- Save the world and have your revenge, too.
- Create your heart out.
- Wonder, ‘If you have only nice things to say, then who are you and what have you done with yourself?’
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
10:03 pm
[cgmod]
Crossed Genres Issue 9 is LIVE! Now seeking SFF + HORROR submissions!
Crossed Genres Issue Nine: SciFi & Fantasy Alternate History
6 surprising SciFi & Fantasy Alternate Histories, plus a sharp and engaging article by author Walter Hunt, a charming Interview with author Dave Freer, and imaginative art by Briana Wu (with Frank Wu).

Crossed Genres is now accepting short story and black-and-white inside art submissions for the upcoming SciFi and Fantasy HORROR issue. Just a reminder: Crossed Genres is now a paying market.

Crossed Genres is also currently accepting submissions for completed novel-length fiction or novellas to be serialized on our website exclusively for our subscribers, as well as "pitches" for a webcomic to run for a year on our website, in our ‘Subscribers-Only Area’. Upon completion, each will be published by Crossed Genres in its entirety.
Friday, June 5th, 2009
8:56 pm
[cgmod]
Crossed Genres Issue Seven: URBAN is LIVE!
It’s time to paint the town in Issue Seven of Crossed Genres Magazine! Read five superb Urban SciFi & Fantasy stories, and enjoy striking cover art by Paul Davey and an insightful interview with SFF literary agent Michael Kabongo.

Crossed Genres is now accepting writing and inside art submissions for the upcoming Alternate History issue. Just a reminder: Crossed Genres is now a paying market.

NEW! Crossed Genres is having a Flash Fiction Contest! Hurry and submit your 100-500 SciFi/Fantasy story!

Crossed Genres is also still accepting submissions for completed novella or novel-length fiction to be serialized on our website exclusively for our subscribers. We are also accepting "pitches" for a webcomic to run for a year on our website, also exclusively for our Subscribers. Upon completion, each will be published by Crossed Genres in its entirety.

On July 1st, Crossed Genres will release its SciFi/Fantasy Anthropomorphism issue, with endearing cover art by Kasey Gifford and interviews with author Jennifer Brozek and scientist and author Athena Andreadis.
Friday, May 1st, 2009
10:48 pm
[cgmod]
Sunday, April 12th, 2009
3:01 pm
[cgmod]
Crossed Genres Magazine is accepting Urban SciFi/Fantasy submissions
Crossed Genres is now accepting writing submissions for the upcoming Urban SciFi and Urban Fantasy issue. Just a reminder: Crossed Genres is now a paying market.

Ever wonder…

-Who would take a job as housekeeper in a mansion where giant spiders and flying monkeys reside?
-What happens when out-of-work Fairy Godmothers get bored and drunk?
-Can Ketchup and Mustard save the day?
-What if the shape shifter of your dreams wasn’t a werewolf at all?
-In the battle between good and evil, would you have the courage to choose job security over principle?

Find the answers to those questions and more in Issue Five of Crossed Genres Magazine, along with gorgeous cover art by Alexandra Prillaman and an article by the iconic Fantasy Humor writer Piers Anthony.

On May 1st, Crossed Genres will release its SciFi/Fantasy WESTERN issue, which includes a cover by the outstanding Nicc Balce and an article about the origins of the SciFi Western in Hollywood.

Visit the Crossed Genres Store to subscribe or to buy individual issues at very reasonable prices.
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
9:42 pm
[cgmod]
New online magazine now accepting writing/art submissions!
Introducing

an online magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy with a twist


Crossed Genres is a new online magazine inspired by an altered version of the Genre Challenge (genrechallenge).

Every month, Crossed Genres posts a new genre. Writers and artists have one month to submit stories and art that combine the chosen genre with some aspect of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. All submissions are considered for publication (read the submission guidelines.) Crossed Genres will also contain interviews, and articles about the current genre, SF/F in general and the craft and business of writing. The Magazine is free! Please sign up to get the mailing list!

We also have a growing list of writer-related links (suggest a new one!), forums discussing all aspects of writing, and more!

So please visit the website, and sign up for the mailing list! The first genre has been posted and is accepting submissions for Issue #1, to be released December 1. Please consider making a submission!

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
8:32 pm
[wednesdayjones]
Announcing Aetherica 2009 A Fantasy Convention


Announcing Aetherica 2009 – A Fantasy Convention


We are proud to announce Aetherica, a new fantasy convention to take place in Chester, England on the weekend of June 19th – 21st, 2009.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in the centre of Chester will play host to a weekend of diverse fantasy-themed programming, ranging from presentations and panels to craft workshops and team building activities. Just as fantasy ranges from fairy tales to complex epics, So Aetherica will offer everything from in-depth literary analysis to whimsical games.

Guests of honour include Peter Beagle, a superb author best known for his novel, The Last Unicorn who has been described as “America’s greatest living fantasist,” and Joe Abercrombie, a critically acclaimed new talent whose books have been labelled as “edgy”, “humorous” and “compelling, with a gritty, real-life feel.”

Join us at midsummer 2009, and spend a weekend celebrating all that is magical.

Current membership rates are:
Adults: £35 (until November 16th 2008)
Juniors (5-18): £25
Infants (under 5): £5
Please see our website (Aetherica FAQ) for more details on the rates and price rises.

For more information about the convention, to join or to book a hotel room, see Aetherica.org

Media Enquires: Wednesday Jones
Publicity@aetherica.org
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
2:20 pm
[nymeth]
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
8:36 pm
[tigressflowers]
Hello All (again, lol)
I've noticed this community hasn't been very active lately, that makes me sad.

However for all those interested I have a new journal book_gobbler   

This journal is specifically all about the books I read. I will post about each book as I read it (some, preferably most, but I'm super-easily distracted, will be from my List) I will give my thoughts on the story, plot, characters, and do my best to critique/review the book without spoilers. 

So please stop by and add me as a friend :P
Monday, October 30th, 2006
6:26 am
[storytellersjem]
A Shadow in Summer: Book One of the Long Price Quartet (The Long Price Quartet)
by Daniel Abraham


When you've read fantasy for as long as I have (I started with LORD OF THE RINGS and then Zelazny's AMBER SERIES), you get tired of the fact that 90% of fantasy tales revolved around a dumb farm boy who is the missing heir to the kingdom or to long gone magical powers, he has a good heart but can't seem to get the girl, he has to leave home and help the world/nation/kingdom against some Dark Lord, who tends to be archetype and has some old mentor who gives him the sword/magical talisman to win and kick the beejesus out of the Dark Lord. Oh, and then he gets the girl usually or finds someone better than the girl because the girl wasn't a very nice person. Heh.

Back then there weren't too many variations on this tale unless you wanted to read Michael Moorcock or maybe H.P. Lovecraft, though, he's more horror than fantasy.

Nowadays, fantasy is beginning to shift to grittier/realistic tales; George R.R. Martin being at the forefront. So, now, it isn't about such tales so much and if it is the dumb farm boy might not be such a nice guy or he may lose against the enemy. Maybe, unlike traditional fantasy, someone can wear black and not be a bad person.

So, saying all that for those who have walked with the fantasy genre as long as I have, we finally get to encounter a novel that takes another spin.

A SHADOW IN SUMMER has a distinctive Asian flair to it with almost no focus on the usual medieval European setting. Moreover, there isn't some Dark Lord to defeat.

The tale focuses on politics between various factions within the city of all cities. This city has gained the powers of a powerful spirit that has the ability to give the city a major up in the cotton trade by taking the seed out of cotton plants, thus, giving them a huge advantage upon other cities that need to hand pick the seeds out of each cotton bushel.

Naturally, other cities, most notably one similar to a European one, wants to free that spirit or control that spirit so that they can then monopolize the cotton trade.

So the whole story is about various groups either trying to do this or about other people investigating this plot, not quite realizing the full details until later.

One of the world details I liked about this world and that is based on historical facts is that the people communicate very much in body language rather than words so people will be talking and then take on a pose of apology, love, joy, anger or conciliation. It's definitely a nice touch.

So read this book if you like intrigue, court politics and strong characters, who are not the usual archetypes and are actually doing something besides running the from the minions of the Dark Lord.
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
3:18 pm
[mallory_blog]
F&SF: Review of Just Do It by Heather Lindsley
F&SF: Review of Just Do It by Heather Lindsley

[cross-posting to sfandf_writers, fantasywriters, sfba_sf_fans, sfwriters, shortform, speculativefics, starmerrow]

[This Review is by request of F&SF Magazine and is cross posted to the F&SF message board http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/

Just Do It by Heather Lindsley, shoots the reader straight in the face with her chem-darts, zipper-front spandex jumpsuits and a CEO determined to get exactly what he wants without bothering to care about such minor inconveniences as individual rights. Fun and tough at the same time, this story makes your skin crawl with its pertinent day-in-the-life echoes and repugnant ramifications. Cudos to this new voice on the page!

Current Mood: amused
2:48 pm
[mallory_blog]
F&SF: Review of Memory of a Thing that Never Was by Jerry Seeger
F&SF: Review of Memory of a Thing that Never Was by Jerry Seeger

[cross-posting to sfandf_writers, fantasywriters, sfba_sf_fans, sfwriters, shortform, speculativefics, starmerrow]

[This Review is by request of F&SF Magazine and is cross posted to the F&SF message board http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/

Memory of a Thing that Never Was by Jerry Seeger, is an almost hard-boiled science fiction tale that pits the perfectly imperfect warrior/mercenary/ex-military type against the invisibly visible aliens here to “enslave our race,” in the form of an alien leader named Cain. We are pulled through snapshot cutaways from past to present and obscurity to obscurity as very little is explained and much is leaned on. It’s all smoky room and cigarettes grown up into oblique café chats with weapons rolled up in out-of-date newspapers. Yeah! Let’s get down with the secret military saving the world from the equally invisible enemy. Poof. What a drag…man.

Current Mood: cynical
12:40 pm
[mallory_blog]
F&SF: Review of Republic by Robert Onopa
F&SF: Review of Republic by Robert Onopa

[cross-posting to sfandf_writers, fantasywriters, sfba_sf_fans, sfwriters, shortform, speculativefics, starmerrow]

[This Review is by request of F&SF Magazine and is cross posted to the F&SF message board http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/

Republic by Robert Onopa, is an inverted first contact story with all the requisite armed warlike aliens who practice blood rituals on an Earth-like planet. This story is written with an indirect style that prevents an intimacy of experience in the reader and because the story is being told rather than shown, this experience is compounded with some passivity. Beyond this rather dry narrative style, the story didn’t seem to add much to similar stories I’ve read in the past. Where is the exciting, novelty adventure – the idea pushing the mind, the envelope being stretched? Haven’t we done this story enough already?

Current Mood: disappointed
11:24 am
[mallory_blog]
F&SF: Review of The Lineaments of Gratified Desire by Ysabeau S. Wilce
F&SF: Review of The Lineaments of Gratified Desire by Ysabeau S. Wilce

[cross-posting to sfandf_writers, fantasywriters, sfba_sf_fans, sfwriters, shortform, speculativefics, starmerrow]

[This Review is by request of F&SF Magazine and is cross posted to the F&SF message board http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/

In The Lineaments of Gratified Desire by Ysabeau S. Wilce, I am spun like strands of cotton candy into a madly exotic world of overdone, overblown excess. Dense. Thick. Saturated. Pummeled. There's no gentleness here and comprehension is something to be grabbed at with both hands as I follow the unwilling hero, Hardhands, as he chases after his four year old trick-or-treating wife, through the unsavory and magical streets of the city of Califa. Trickery is afoot, and that's the least of his problems. With a wife named Tiny Doom and her pink piglet underarm, Hardhand trails the girl through a whiff of pink magic all the way to Madame Rose's Flower Garden where he discovers that his wife, and piglet, are caged and being auctioned off to monsters or demons (this is never entirely clear.) Here he discovers the meaning of bait and the hard lesson of being eaten by a Goddess only to be rescued by a piglet while being forced to realize that the world isn't entirely as he thought it was. Overall, an intriguing short story but not one for easy reading. It is challenging to follow the characters, story and worldbuilding with every tiny detail so enormously overdone.

Current Mood: fizzy
Friday, May 26th, 2006
4:37 pm
[mallory_blog]
F&SF: Review of "The Meaning of Luff" by Matthew Hughes
[cross-posting to sfandf_writers, fantasywriters, sfba_sf_fans, sfwriters, shortform, speculativefics, starmerrow]

[This Review is by request of F&SF Magazine and is cross posted to the F&SF message board http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/]

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Barbara Bauer

Current Mood: busy
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