If you're reading this on April 23rd then we urge you to take a moment and consider how we sci-fi/fantasy readers and writers still can't get enough of William Shakespeare, even though he died 399 years ago today!
The classic figure provided a wealth of material in his lifetime, grounding epic tales with very human passions and packing them with dialogue that sparkles even today. Shakespeare's works are a standard that all writers yearn to achieve, and a richly rewarding experience that all readers yearn to have, regardless of form or even genre.
SFF readers and writers joyously pore through the worlds hiding in the words, and that focus produces some interesting interpretations of Shakespeare's works! A couple months ago, Tor.com began featuring them regularly on the site...
[What are we saying 'bout Shakespeare?]
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