Posts Tagged "nonfiction"

Building Book Events to Build Community in SFF

by on Jun 2, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Like almost everyone else who moves to New York City, I came here to live out a dream. I am a long-time fan of fantasy and science fiction, and it was my dream to work in genre publishing. When I moved here to attend the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, I didn’t know a soul. One of the first people I connected with at NYU was also a fan and shared this dream, and together we would venture out into the city in search of others like us, and we would find them at genre themed book events. It was this kind of networking that ultimately and indirectly led to my job in the publicity department at a major publisher of science fiction and fantasy. Since then, nearly two...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on Jun 2, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

One of my driving tenets when it comes to selecting work for publications is to find stories that make you think about the world we live in. The three original works we have for you this month all address a similar subject in three different ways: interconnectivity and privacy. In Alex Livingston’s “Proximity”, in what I would call a ‘data caper’ in the mold of Ocean’s Eleven, we follow a group of metadata thieves as they face a life or death situation in a major information heist. Mari Ness explores the danger of becoming so reliant on an ‘internet of things’ that we lose control of our lives. Finally, DJ Cockburn writes a cautionary tale of the dangers of living in a...

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Eye-based Paternity Testing & Other Human Genetics Myths

by on May 5, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

In 2001, scientists announced an incredible accomplishment: they had completed the sequence of the human genome. The complete instruction book for making a human being spans 24 chromosomes and is 3.2 billion letters long. That’s about 1,000 times the length of the first ten Wheel of Time books put together. Sequencing the whole thing had taken ten years and something like eight billion dollars. That’s a considerable investment for the taxpayers, but the scientists made incredible promises. They said it would be the scientific breakthrough of the century. With the sequence of the genome in hand, they promised to dramatically improve the prevention, diagnosis, and...

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Words from the Editor-in-Chief

by on May 5, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to issue 72! My first order of business is to congratulate this year’s Hugo Award nominees in the category of Best Semiprozine: Abyss & Apex, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed Magazine, and Strange Horizons. While other Hugo Award categories have been unfortunate victims of slate block voting, Best Semiprozine is one that has maintained its dignity. All five publications are worthy nominees and I wish them the best of luck at Sasquan. This year, Memorial Day is on May 25th. It is one of our most important holidays, the day we remember all those we have lost during their service to our country. Sometimes losing...

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Never Enough Farmers! Class and Writing Fantasy Novels

by on Apr 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 5 comments

It always starts in a bar. The barmaid (always buxom) has been serving beer since the church bells rang, precisely at five. Inside, the minstrel has been playing his lute, and the blacksmith drinking one stein after another. The door opens—in enters the mysterious, cloaked thief they’ve been waiting for. And now, the quest can begin! And here’s where I start thinking, Not this again! As a literary agent, one of my most common tasks is reading manuscripts from the slush pile. I’m also a historian who writes about the history of the middle class. Because of these two occupations, I’m very aware of historical errors in fantasy literature—not so much getting the facts...

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