New Original Fiction in May and June

Upcoming Fiction

At the beginning of each month, we here at will post the next two months of our schedule of original short fiction. Check back monthly to get excited for upcoming short stories, novelettes, and novellas on! Below the cut you’ll find information on stories in May and June by Kameron Hurley, Daniel José Older, Sherwood Smith, and more.

May and June’s fiction contains ghost kids, copse capers, and the other deadly shenanigans.

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Support the Annual Con or Bust Auction!

Con or Bust logo

It’s time for Con or Bust! The auction is administered by Kate Nepveu under the umbrella of the Carl Brandon Society, a not-for-profit organization named after fictional African-American fan author Carl Brandon. The Society is dedicated to increasing ethnic diversity in the SFF community, and holds this annual online auction to help fans of color attend the SFF con of their choosing. This year they're offering a wide range of fabulous prizes, including rare Wheel of Time art, signed first editions, and handmade gifts.

The auction closes at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 3rd, so get your bids in soon!

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Announcing the 2015 European Science Fiction Society Award Winners

European Science Fiction Society Awards 2015 winnersThe European Science Fiction Society announced the winners of the 2015 ESFS Awards on April 26 at Eurocon in St. Petersburg, Russia. Eugene Lukin was named European Grandmaster at the ceremony, which honored those who have made an impact outside of their country. Among the honorees were author China Miéville and contributor Liz Bourke!

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Dress Up in Books: Maria Dahvana Headley’s Pop Quiz Interview

Maria Dahvana Headley

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Maria Dahvana Headley, author of the young adult fantasy novel Magonia, available from HarperCollins. With Neil Gaiman, she is the New York Times-bestselling co-editor of the anthology Unnatural Creatures, and with Kat Howard, she is the author of the novella The End of the Sentence—one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014. She lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and a collection of star charts from the 1700s.

Join us to find out which classic monster fuels Maria’s creative fires, and which bizarre sandwiches help get her through the long nights of endless writing.

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To Be a Ghost-Fly on the Wall: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Mike Johnson

Mike JohnsonWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Mike Johnson, a comics author who has worked on DC’s Supergirl and the current run of IDW’s Star Trek. He also works with co-creator and illustrator Rafael Albuquerque on the original series EI8HT, published by Dark Horse. Issues 1-3 are available now, with a collected edition forthcoming in October 2015.

Join us as we uncover the strange, alchemical secret to Mike’s writing, and he reveals his thoughts on who’s really the most Force-sensitive character in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, check out some preview pages below from the upcoming issue of EI8HT!

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Shakespeare Died 399 Years Ago Today and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Still Can’t Get Enough of Him

Shakespeare roundup

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, began featuring them regularly on the site...

[What are we saying 'bout Shakespeare?]

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