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Writers Wanted for Collaboration

This is a Foil & Phaser Workshop. We are looking for writers to take part in a serial collaboration, similar to the one discussed on the Goodreads forums here. Each author would be responsible for writing a section of text

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Posted in Announcements, Collaborations, Workshops

Writers Resources: S&L Interview Quick Guide

The Sword & Laser Interview Quick Guide on Foil & Phaser, located under the menu heading Writers Resources, now has listings of every interview ever done on Sword & Laser, both in audio and video, sorted by guest. If you’re looking

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Posted in Announcements, Interviews, Writing Resources

Sword & Laser Podcast #134: An Interview with Gene Wolfe

Because Veronica Belmont is on vacation, the wrap-up for Among Others is delayed until next week. Hopefully she took some of our anthology submissions to read in her lounge chair on the beach. However there is still a podcast today

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Posted in Interviews, Writing Resources

The Dark Crystal: Author Quest

Jim Henson website is holding an author quest (i.e. competition) to select an author to write a new novel in the Dark Crystals universe. Here’s a link to the Dark Crystal’s website announcement. To submit, send a story of

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Posted in Contest, Non-Fiction

WordPlay with Nika Harper

When geek royalty and notorious speed reader Felicia Day began a new YouTube channel dedicated to vloggers, it was no surprise that one segment would be devoted to creative writing. Enter Nika Harper and her Wordplay series of videos. Every

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Politics – What Sci-Fi Writers Get Wrong

Speculative fiction is the genre of ideas, but often it isn’t clear where those ideas came from. In the case of government, our genre has an obsession with omnipresent, omnipotent, usually totalitarian governments. Two of the most famous political science

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Writing Advice

Welcome to Foil & Phaser

This is the home of the Foil & Phaser community blog, a spin-off website for fans of the Sword & Laser book club and podcast who want to develop their writing skills. In early 2013, the Sword & Laser announced

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Launch Date is Set for June 10th

Because I’m excited to get started, and it’s my birthday, Foil & Phaser will begin regular posting on Monday June 10th. We already have a great selection of authors ready to share with you, but we still need more. If

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January 2021