Nonfiction Archive

The Story Doctor is (In) by James Patrick Kelly

The incomparable Jim Kelly is back, story-doctoring the equally incomparable Maurice Broaddus’s “At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia)” for your delight. Learn how Maurice works his magic in this original story. The Story Doctor is (In) by James Patrick Kelly Not every story needs to be told in the same way. In my experience,

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Story Ideas from the Oxford English Dictionary by Karen Bovenmyer

MZ’s nonfiction editor is back with more story-idea-generating words from the Oxford English Dictionary. Discover new words, story concepts, and reflections on how English evolves (or some say, steals words shamelessly and makes up the rest). Story Ideas from the Oxford English Dictionary by Karen Bovenmyer I’ve been working with my editor on my first

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Game Review: Have You Met My New Birdie? He’s a Lawyer by Rachael Acks

Rachael is back again to amuse us all with zir adventures. This time we assigned zir the game Aviary Attorney (to continue the theme we started with Hatoful Boyfriend) and giggled behind our hands. Check out Rachael’s take and then, in the spirit of MZ, try out this fun game. Game Review: Have You Met

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Interview: Jackson Lanzing and Company Take Us All on a Joyride by Adam Gallardo

Nice guy and industry insider Adam Gallardo secured this interview with one of Joyride’s creators and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this new graphic title! Have some fun IN SPAAAACE… Interview: Jackson Lanzing and Company Take Us All on a Joyride by Adam Gallardo Joyride, volume 1 (BOOM! Studios / Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly,

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NaNoWriMo: Pro or Con? by Mur Lafferty

Our editor-in-chief reminds us why many of us write novels in November and some dos and don’ts to keep in mind.   NaNoWriMo: Pro or Con? by Mur Lafferty   I have been an odd fan of NaNoWriMo for the past several years. I’m a fan because I’m fully in support of it. I’m odd

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Inside the Matrix by Pamela L Gay

We are pleased Dr. Gay consented to speculate in this article about the science behind creating a permanent singularity like the possible future presented in “For the Children” by Jamie Wahls. Well, science and space pirates.   Inside the Matrix by Dr. Pamela L. Gay   Since the beginning of the computer era, people have

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The Story Doctor Is (In) by James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly is back with another Story Doctor article, this time about Jamie Wahls’s “For the Children.” This is a special treat because JPK has edited an anthology on the Singularity and readily shares some of his expert knowledge on the subject. The Story Doctor Is (In) by James Patrick Kelly In a 1993

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The Absence of Being Alone: Companions in McCaffrey’s Pern, Lackey’s Valdemar, Hobb’s Farseer

The feelings Sean shares with us in this article brought me back to my own middle school experiences with teasing, bullies, and loneliness and how deeply I bonded with the science fiction and fantasy books I was reading at the time. If I could, I would save every child from experiencing the pain of alienation,

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Lasting Fiction Review: Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl by Karen Bovenmyer

Lasting Fiction Review: Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl by Karen Bovenmyer Lasting fiction, or books on the New York Times bestseller with staying power, teach the reader specialist knowledge they would have not otherwise have access too. This issue, I’d like to take a close look at Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (2009), winner of

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Interview: Finder’s Carla Speed McNeil by Adam Gallardo

Interview: Finder’s Carla Speed McNeil by Adam Gallardo Described as “aboriginal science fiction” when it was first released in 1996, Finder is the brain child of cartoonist Carla Speed McNeil. The comic is set in a world which may be our own in the far future, or it may be something else entirely. Regardless, the

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