FictionMe eZine

I’ve edited and polished to the point where I am as happy as I can be without tarnishing the shine. So now I’m releasing my short story anthology, the FictionMe eZine, out into the reading public with the hope that not only will you enjoy the free read, but be kind in your comments. If you do spot an error, mistake or typo (and yes, they do happen even after extensive edits) they are my fault and not that of my Beta Readers, who have helped in putting this issue together. My sincere thanks go to them for all their diligent comments and observations. Your nitpicking was heroic.

Now, go download yourself a free copy of the FictionMe eZine!

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Serial Commas

And here is why you should care about the serial or Oxford comma. The New Yorker’s resident punctuation expert explains:

Comma Queen: The Strippers, J.F.K. and Stalin—or, the Importan…Our resident punctuation expert explains why you should care about the Oxford comma. Watch:

Posted by The New Yorker on Wednesday, 3 February 2016

On Defining Genre

A Guest Post by comic-book writer and SF author, Mark J. Howard

THIS WOULD SEEM TO BE A THORNY SUBJECT. I think that, historically, when one attempts to begin categorizing fiction one finds oneself on a rather slippery and treacherous slope. I would say it is best to keep it simple and so suggest the following three basic categories.

Stories set in our reality, one very similar to it or a possible future. If your protagonist is a clone, an alien or a hologram then you’re writing science fiction. Science fiction deals with rational possibilities; things that can be built or achieved through science and/or engineering of some sort with at least a tenuous basis in real life. You can have as many elves, orcs, unicorns, dragons, werewolves and mermaids as you want in science fiction, so long as they’re artificially created or naturally occurring aliens.

The best science fiction writers are the ones who take a keen interest in the scientific achievements and advances, of the day, and use this as a springboard for speculation as to how a particular advance or discovery might develop in the future and how it might affect society or even a single protagonist.  Continue reading

Alan Rickman, RIP

ALAN RICKMAN, 1947-2016

I have no words. But Daniel Radcliffe says it most eloquently.

Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most …

Posted by Daniel Jacob Radcliffe on Thursday, 14 January 2016