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News and Views: A Random Smattering

There were a few publishing stories in the news this week, but nothing which I had any strong opinions about. Although some of the readership may feel more strongly about things than me so I’ll briefly discuss them up here

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Publishing

NPR’s top 100 Sci-fi and Fantasy Books

This is a new undertaking I’m starting on my personal blog. I wanted to share it with the Foil & Phaser community as well.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Non-Fiction

News and Views: Barnes and Noble

I was bite by the “I’m too busy” bug the last couple of weeks and haven’t had time to put up a News and Views article, but hopefully you’ll all forgive me as I attempt to get back into the

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Publishing

Short Story: Sojourner

This was one of my submissions to the Sword and Laser anthology. It didn’t get accepted, but I hope you all enjoy it anyway. Once mission control gave us the okay, Q and I fumbled our way out of confinement and stared

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Posted in Renegade Anthology, Science Fiction, Short Story (<7500 words)

Apple Found Guilty of Price Fixing

On Wednesday morning, Judge Denise Cote issued her ruling against Apple in the ebook price fixing trial. Deciding that Apple acted in violation of United States antitrust laws when it entered into agreements with five of the biggest book publishers

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Publishing

Short fiction markets and small press links

Paying Short Fiction and Small/Indie Press Markets These links are going to be added to the resources menu sometime in the not too distant future, but until then enjoy. This list does not represent a complete list of paying short

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Posted in Non-Fiction

News and Views: Penguin Random House merger and Google Books Trial

This week will be a double-dip for news and views with two big news stories in the book world: The merger of Penguin and Random House and the ruling in favor of Google in the Google Books case. First, Penguin

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Posted in Non-Fiction

Dead Story: Space Cowboy Trail

This will be the first inauguration of Dead Story Day here on Foil and Phaser. What is dead story day? A day to post a story in any condition. Got an outline you want to write the story for, but

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Posted in Abandoned Story, Fiction

Kindle Worlds went live this week

Kindle Worlds, Amazon’s self-publishing market for fan fiction went live earlier this week. The idea is to allow authors of fan fiction to publish their stories via the existing epublishing model established on Amazon for original works of fiction. However,

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Tips and Tricks for Using Science in Fiction

When writing fiction, an author will often wish to include science, scientific concepts, or other facts and ideas drawn from the real world. Sometimes this works to the author’s advantage, sometimes it falls flat. In this article I will discuss

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January 2021