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What Technology Can’t SF Writers Live Without?

by Julie Nováková   SF authors are accustomed to creating intelligent spaceships, spinning space stations, flying cars or super-advanced robots, but what real-world technology can’t they live without in their everyday life, especially with relation to their writing process? Authors from the upcoming Life Beyond Us anthology answer this question. When I started editing an […]

Author Advances: An Update for Your Expectations

by Alice Speilburg Nearly every summer, I bring on an intern for the agency, and each week we cover a different publishing topic, focusing on traditional publishing paths in the US. When we get to author payment structures—advances and royalties—I start with a theoretical explanation. An advance is intended to cover an author’s expenses while […]

Call for Submissions—”Magic and Mayhem” SFWA StoryBundle

The SFWA Self-Publishing Committee is happy to announce that we are open for submissions for the next SFWA Fantasy StoryBundle. This is a great chance for our independent and small press authors to sell more books! The theme for this bundle will be “Magic and Mayhem.” While we welcome full-length fantasy novels that involve either […]

In Memoriam – Don Sakers

Don Sakers (b.1958) died from a heart attack on May 17.  Sakers began publishing short fiction in 1983 and published two novels in the PsiScouts series with Phil Meade as well as the stand alone novel The Curse of the Zwilling. As an editor, he worked on the anthologies Carmen Miranda’s Ghost is Haunting Space […]

In Memoriam – Marvin Kaye

Anthologist Marvin Kaye (b.1938) died on May 13.  After working as a journalist, Kaye became a senior editor at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich before going freelance in 1970. His anthologies included the World Fantasy Award winning The Fair Folk, The Dragon Quintet, Witches and Warlocks, and Forbidden Planets. From 2004-2009 he edited H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror and he edited Weird Tales from 2011 to 2014.  He wrote […]

Final Hours of SFWA Silent Auction

May 17, 2021 — Monday, May 17, at Noon PST, will bring a close to The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., (SFWA) 2021 Silent Auction. Final bids may be placed at bitly.com/sfwaauction. The auction opened on May 10. In the past week, over 1,100 bids have been placed, with at least $9,500 raised for […]

In Memoriam – Jan Stirling

Jan Stirling (b.1950) died on May 8.  Stirling published her first story, “Were-Wench” in 1995 in the anthology Chicks in Chainmail and went on to publish stories in three additional volumes of the series.  She published a total of five solo short stories and an additional six stories written in collaboration with her husband, S.M. Stirling. […]

SFWA Market Report For May

Welcome to the May edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. New Markets Friends Journal: Quaker Speculative Fiction Special Issue Inclusive Future Magazine The Deadlands Uncharted Magazine Currently Open Africa Risen Analog Science Fiction & Fact(Recently Opened) Apex […]

SFWA to Host Silent Auction

SFWA is launching an online auction to support its expanding membership base of over 2,000 members, advocacy efforts for all writers, and initiatives to better serve marginalized communities within the larger speculative fiction writing world. This silent auction will open May 10, 2021, at 12:00pm Pacific Time and close May 17, 2021, at 12:00pm Pacific […]