Short form speculative fiction and where to find it

To follow up on our recent podcast about short fiction in SF&F (Episode 15),  we’ve put together a list of some of the sources of speculative fiction that we have encountered. This is not a list of authors of short fiction, but rather the places where one might look to get a feel for genre (short) fiction. Some were mentioned in the episode and several listeners told us that they would like some more information. We have added details for both specific magazines we follow,  and publishers whose catalogue covers an array of formats or perhaps publish genre fiction as part of a broader catalogue. There is occasionally overlap between entries. Click the names of each item to jump to their website and find out more.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather the sources we have followed for some time to get the ball rolling. We constantly are looking for new things so we will continually update this post. Maybe you’ve got some recommendations for a magazine we haven’t listed or a publisher you’ve seen consistently produce speculative short fiction. Maybe you’ve been published somewhere and want to give them a plug! We’ve only put a few things on the list so far but we would be especially keen to get some recommendations and a short blurb (not just names!) for magazines, online fiction, flash fiction, and resources for specialist subgenres. If you have comments or suggestions for additions to this list, please get in touch via Twitter or in the comments below. … Continue reading

Episode 15 – a long chat about short fiction

We’ve just returned from Eastercon 2017 where we caught up with author Chris Butler to talk about all aspects of writing, editing and publishing short fiction in the science fiction and fantasy genre. With so much SF&F out there, short stories, anthologies and novellas are a great way to get a flavour of genre fiction. As the convention is home to the British Science Fiction Awards, we also gave our thoughts on the stories nominated for the BSFA Short Fiction award:

  • Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266, TTA Press)
  • Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)
  • Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)
  • Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)
  • Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266, TTA Press)
  • Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)

Direct download: Episode 15

Chris has published numerous short stories in magazines (e.g. Interzone, Asimov’s) and anthologies, (e.g. The Best British Fantasy 2014) as well as the novel Any Time Now and the novella The Flight of the Ravens. He recently edited the anthology The World and the Stars. Find out more about Chris and his work, by visiting his website here.

Episode 14 – Welcome back, Team Z!

iZombie returns! We’re looking forward to seeing Team Z back on our screens any day now, making it the perfect opportunity to look back on the first two years of the show, talk about what makes it one of the best things on TV, and speculate on what surprises the new season has up its lab coat sleeve. Plus we review the latest Netflix/MCU series Iron Fist.

Direct download: Episode 14

Episode 13 – John Constantine on screen

John Constantine has been around for a long time. Beginning as a supporting character in Alan Moore’s run in DC’s Swamp Thing, he later became the star of his own series, Hellblazer from Vertigo. After 300 issues, he joined the current DC continuity in four different series. However, despite his popularity on the page, he hasn’t had the best of luck on screen. With the release of Justice League Dark as part of the DC animated universe, we look back on his screen portrayals on film and TV. Keanu Reeves had one go in the 2005 film “Constantine” and Matt Ryan has had three attempts (with more to come?) in the 2015 TV series “Constantine”, as part of the CW DC TV universe in “Arrow”, and most recently in JLD. All these appearances and still no Funko Pop.

At the top of the episode, we also review a fantastic genre movie double bill, Kong Skull Island and Logan.

Direct download: Episode 13

Episode 12 – Buffy turns 20!

It’s the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! We celebrate by choosing 10 episodes of the show which we think made Buffy great. Some obvious picks and some more unusual choices that we think represent the essence of this groundbreaking show.

And we also address the big question – should it ever come back?

Direct download: Episode 12

 

Episode 11 – Return to Hyrule

The Nintendo Switch is finally here! We chat about our first impressions of the new console, plus musings on 1-2 Switch and the long awaited Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which arrives slap bang in the middle of Becks’ odyssey to 100% Wind Waker HD. That’s a whole lotta Hyrule…

Direct download: Episode 11

Episode 10 – that’s what it is!

We wax nostalgic about a lost TV show from late ’90s, an irreverent sci-fi action comedy about the eternal battle between good and evil. Agents of the Almighty Corps fight back against the demonic morlock tide on the streets of LA. With a ’70s retro vibe, terrific cast, and always willing to play with its format, it gave us two seasons of classic TV. ‘GvsE’, that’s what it is!

If ever a show deserved a DVD release – or better yet, a reunion episode – it’s GvsE, otherwise known as Good vs Evil. After being shuffled between networks and cancelled before its time, we reckon that GvsE deserves to find a bigger audience. The current problem is that the audience can’t find it!

Direct download: Episode 10