I don’t remember exactly how long ago I joined SFWA. I do know that it was shortly after my stories were published in the early issues of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, so that puts it somewhere around 1990, so this would be approximately my 25th year as a member. Therefore, as SFWA is celebrating its […]
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This year’s Campbell Conference (June 11-14) brings together teachers and scholars to discuss the current state of and future trends in science fiction education at their institutions, especially as it pertains to degree programs.
I’m a proud member of Science Fiction Writers of America. It costs me in the neighborhood of $100 a year in dues or so. And it’s more than worth it. When I was starting out, membership in SFWA was a huge goal, an indication that you had “made it”. Why? Because SFWA has publishing standards […]
When I was a teenager back in the 1990s, I regularly prowled through my mall B. Dalton. Back then, monthly publishing bulletins were set out on the store counter. The purple-banded bulletin for science fiction and fantasy is where I first learned about SFWA. I don’t remember what authors were mentioned in relation to it, […]
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America website has been selected by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the “101 Best Website for Writers.” A reminder: The SFWA Blog pays 6 cents/word for original material related to writing and/or science fiction or fantasy. Feel free to query or send articles (~1000 words or less) to […]
I set out to write science fiction and fantasy quite a number of years after having received one of the best gifts of my life. In fact, so many years had elapsed that I no longer thought much about this marvelous gift. No, I don’t mean the ability to create stories, but rather a more […]
In my mind SFWA has always been associated with Robert Silverberg. Bob was of course the second president of the organisation, and he introduced my young mind to the very conception of SFWA through his editing of the first of the1960s ‘Hall of Fame’ anthologies. My understanding now is that this project was Silverberg’s inspiration, […]
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced its Best Novel finalists for its annual Prometheus Awards. The awards will be presented during Sasquan, the 73rd annual World Science Fiction Convention August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane.
The aging writer hunches over her pen and paper in a cramped and cluttered room. The hour has grown late, daylight long since fled. The wicks of candles gutter as a cold draft of wind blows through the crevices of eternity. The writer shivers, pulls her tattered shawl closer around her thin shoulders. She has […]
As a young geek, I excelled at school and struggled in only one thing, really: making friends. Oh, I had one or two, and the occasional furtive acquaintance who was a little embarrassed to be seen with me. It’s a struggle that most adolescents face at one time or another. Thankfully, I had books. I […]