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#SpeculativeFiction

thedrellum
53 minutes ago

Now that the heat is in the slow process of dying, it's time to take a vacation!

#FlashFiction #SpeculativeFiction #Postcard https://www.patreon.com/posts/mid-month-item-88700806

Alexander Corby
4 hours ago

#WordWeavers 9/29 : who’s good at pep talks?

Not Jib! He might try but it will be a disaster.

Kyla can give a good pep talk in a life or death situation, so pretty often.

Jemmon is probably the best. He’s trapped in a Cedan youth center (army recruitment camp) and bonds with his fellow prisoners by telling them they’ll get out of there and find their families again one day. It wins him friends but the person most in need of his optimism is himself.

#SpeculativeFiction

Bogi Takács
21 hours ago

HAVE YOU SEEN MY NEW COVER

Power to Yield and Other Stories, coming very soon from Broken Eye Books. Cover art by the inimitable Galen Dara!

Preorders (paperback and hardcover!) - https://www.brokeneyebooks.com/store/c59/Power_to_Yield_and_Other_Stories.html#/

#Bookstodon #BookCovers #CoverArt @bookstodon #ScienceFiction #SpeculativeFiction #GalenDara #BogiTakács #ShortStories @shortsff @shortstory #Fantasy #Queer #TransLit #QueerBooks #LGBTQIA #Trans #Intersex #JewishBooks #Mazeldon

Cover art with bright and striking colors: A turquoise person in a purple robe in front of a bright green background, among red paper airplanes pointing downward. Power to Yield and Other Stories by Bogi Takács, cover art by Galen Dara.
Alexander Corby
23 hours ago

#WordWeavers 9/28 SC POV: MC's sense of humor.

KYLA: Well, I'm sure he's real funny back in the Ivy patches. I...uh...well...I don't really understand his type of humor. That joke he told me about the mantis whose wife made him lose his head...I dunno. I don't think he even understood his own innuendo! I mean, he's a immature, meathead teen! He barely has enough common sense, let alone a sense of humor! It's absolutely awful!

...But I did like that one knock-knock joke.

#SpeculativeFiction

Inkican
1 day ago

Success brings me closer to the triangle of ‘Author Success’: Sustainability, Generosity, and Hospitality. So that’s why I want to tell you a story, science fiction short stories are how I’m rebuilding my life. Thanks very much in advance … https://inkican.com/braintacos-science-fiction-audio-books-and-short-stories/ #FreeReads #SciFi #ShortStory #ScienceFiction #SpeculativeFiction #SciFiReads #StoryTime #AmWritingSciFi

Gregory B Sadler
1 day ago

Just went in and updated this page of links to all of the now-73 Worlds of Speculative Fiction series videos with the latest session focused on Thomas Ligotti's works!

https://medium.com/gregory-b-sadler-ph-d/the-worlds-of-speculative-fiction-series-32b197a65410
#SpeculativeFiction #Scifi #Horror #Fantasy #Literature #Videos #Resources #Philosophy

Michael Shotter
1 day ago

We're just a day away from the start of my latest book giveaway, so I wanted to share the following image, which shows how the stories in "Shards" relate to the other works from "The Nod/Wells Timelines." Hopefully, this will give everyone some useful context, and some ideas about which other books of mine to explore if they enjoy their time with "Shards."

Note that you can always find the most up-to-date version of "The Nod/Wells Timelines" via my official web site:

http://michaelshotter.com

#speculativefiction #speculative #fiction #book #giveaway #bookgiveaway #comingsoon #scifi #sciencefiction #horror #paranormal #thriller #shortfiction #collection #anthology #spookyseason #read #reads #reading #readingcommunity #NodWellsTimelines #TheNodWellsTimelines #booksofmastodon #bookstodon #booktodon @bookstodon @scifi @horror

Lydia Schoch
1 day ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after September 28, 2023, I do not know if they are free or available for you.

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

A man is reading a book in a mostly-dark room. There is a beam of light shining directly on his face. He has black hair, olive skin, and is wearing glasses and a loose linen shirt. The peculiar thing about this photo is that there is almost no light hitting his book. So how is he reading it in such a dark room?
Michael Shotter
2 days ago

We're less than a week away from the start of season 2, so now's a great time to catch up on any episodes you might have missed.

EPISODE 15 - OCTOBER 3RD, 2023!

YouTube:
http://youtube.com/@ThePostMortemReport

Official Site:
http://postmortemreport.com

#speculativefiction #podcast #authorcast #speculative #fiction #talkshow #horror #scifi #sciencefiction #paranormal #fantasy #bookstodon #booktodon @bookstodon @horror @scifi@a.gup.pe @scifi@kbin.social

Stelliform Press
2 days ago

Octavia Cade is in conversation with Laura Jean McKay tomorrow! Grab free tickets or a ticket plus discounted book and join us for a virtual discussion of two incredible short story collections: https://www.stelliform.press/index.php/product/cade-mckay-tickets/ @octaviacade @laurajeanmckay

#nzauthor #australianauthor #shortstories #shortstorycollection #speculativefiction #literaryfiction #animals #climatefiction #smallpress

Octavia Cade in conversation with Laura Jean McKay online via Zoom TOMORROW. Thursday Sept 28, 8pm EST / Friday September 29 12pm NZST
The Future Fire
3 days ago

We’re joined for a quick chat by Toeken, artist of “Between the Shadow and the Soul” and cover artist in TFF #66 http://press.futurefire.net/2023/09/micro-interview-with-toeken.html

#microinterview #speculativefiction #scifiart #virtualworlds

Michael Shotter
3 days ago

I recently posted about the upcoming season of "The Post Mortem Report" and the first of two new show segments, AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS!

So, what's our second new segment, you might ask?

Well, let me tell you, it's a doozie. Introducing...

THE WHEEL OF DEATH!

What is it? What does it do? Who does it do it to? 🙂

Subscribe today to find out!

YouTube:
http://youtube.com/@ThePostMortemReport

Official Site:
http://postmortemreport.com

#podcast #authorcast #newseason #soon #comingsoon #subscribe #subscribenow #writersofmastodon #authorsofmastodon #readersofmastodon #read #reads #readers #reading #readingcommunity #speculativefiction #talkshow @bookstodon @horror

Shantell Powell
3 days ago

Working Class Writers Grant now open
This $1,000 grant is awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers. Apply by Sept. 30, 2023. Winner announced Nov. 15, 2023 https://speculativeliterature.org/?nltr=MTEyOzE4O2h0dHBzOi8vc3BlY3VsYXRpdmVsaXRlcmF0dXJlLm9yZy9ncmFudHMtMy90aGUtc2xmLXdvcmtpbmctY2xhc3MtZ3JhbnQvOztjN2RiMzA3NDQ0ZmQ1OWQ1N2FjYTRiMGYxNmM5NzdlOQ%3D%3D #WritingCommunity #WritingGrants #SpeculativeFiction

C. L. Nichols
4 days ago

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0C7CZPHHP

Random TellTales - 33: "Extinction"

Fast Reads! This is a collection of #flashfiction #stories told quickly . Most are #speculativefiction, and all are to be #read in one sitting.

The #rainforest pulsed with life, a symphony of vibrant greens and hidden wonders. Avion Prime soared above, a world untouched by #extinction.

CSFG
4 days ago

Pre-Order Body of Work now!

You can now pre-order Body of Work here! We have an incredible line-up of authors from across Australia and gorgeous cover art by local artist Red Saunders. We’ll be officially launching at Conflux on Saturday, so make sure to grab tickets and we’ll see you there!

Body of Work front cover
JacquiG
4 days ago

Heading to #ConFlux17 in Canberra on Friday. I'll be on 3 panels and part of the Remains to be Told launch.
I'm really looking forward to it.
#Writing
#WritingConference
#SpeculativeFiction

https://conflux.org.au/

Michael Shotter
5 days ago

A little reminder that the Kindle edition of "Shards" will be free for five days starting this Friday, September 29th.

In the meantime, be sure to give me a follow on Amazon so you don't miss any of my upcoming releases, such as my next book, which will be of particular interest for fans of my previous works.

http://amazon.com/author/michaelshotter

#speculative #fiction #speculativefiction #scifi #sciencefiction #horror #paranormal #thriller #author #writer #MichaelShotter #bookdeal #bookgiveaway #comingsoon #FYI #ICYMI #reminder #read #reads #readers #reading #readingcommunity #booksofmastodon #readersofmastodon #NodWellsTimelines #TheNodWellsTimelines

Alexander Corby
5 days ago

#WordWeavers 9/24: Unusual animals?

My peeps fly around on dragonflys and use bugs for farm work. What's unusual?

There is an unusual type of beetle with a symbiotic relationship with a species of mites. Through hypersonic frequencies, the beetle communicates with mites as they infest the brain of an attacker in order to disarm them. Something like the zombie ant fungus. The beetle is usually harmless, unless some bad actors kidnap one and use it to control an entire army.

#SpeculativeFiction

C. L. Nichols
6 days ago

https://specstories.substack.com/p/rise-of-ai-overlords
Rise of the #AI #Overlords

Explore #speculative #scenarios where A.I. rises to dominance & exerts control over human #civilization, and examine the intricacies, potential outcomes, and possible safeguards against such a scenario.

#speculativefiction #chaos
#speculativeencounters #writingcommunity #substack #writersofinstagram #writers

The Future Fire
6 days ago

We’re joined today by Anna Ziegelhof, author of “Out of Bounds” in The Future Fire #66, for a brief chat about virtual worlds, aliens and exhibition spaces http://press.futurefire.net/2023/09/micro-interview-with-anna-ziegelhof.html

#microinterview #speculativefiction #virtualworlds #dystopian

J.A. Jablonski (Jude) ✒
1 week ago

While I am essentially a solitary writer, it's good to have a traveling companion versed in the process. Ali Bacon (https://alibacon.com/) & I met during the pandemic via an online webinar. ✍️

Longer post about it over on my IG:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CxfoNI5L1e8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

#AmWriting #WritingFriends #WritingCommunity #HistoricalFiction #AcademicMurderMystery #MurderMystery #SpeculativeFiction

Small author portraits of Bacon & Jablonski (white, middle-aged women, both with short white hair & glasses) superimposed on a larger image of an old notebook handwritten with fountain or dip pen. Many entries have been crossed out. An overlay text with the words "Speed the Pen" is presented vertically at the right.

Photo Credits:
Author photos provided by Ali Bacon & J.A. Jablonski
Background notebook page image by Dim Hou via Unsplash
Alexander Corby
1 week ago

#WordWeavers 9/21 MC POV: One thing you would change about your best friend?

JIB: Who? You mean Jemm? Well, assuming he's still alive, I wish he was just a little more of a coward. Maybe then, he wouldn't have gotten captured by the YellowJackets. Also, it's pretty humiliating always being the scared one. Just once, I want to have the crazy, brave idea and he can bite his nails over it for a change!

#SpeculativeFiction

Lydia Schoch
1 week ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after September 21, 2023, I do not know if they are free or available for you.

It’s a short list this week.

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

A white woman with long, straight blond hair is lying on a forest floor reading a book and smiling. Autumn leaves are strewn everywhere around her.  She is wearing a red dress, black, boots, and three silver bracelets on her left wrist.
Cordillera
1 week ago

#SFT & THE SFF AWARDS: AN ESSAY by Rachel Cordasco

https://www.sfintranslation.com/?page_id=11468

- Interesting essay on why there should be an awards category for translated #SFF
- The #HugoAwards / World Science Fiction Convention / do not represent world SFF, it only represents Anglophone SFF. Maybe it should stop calling itself a world award. Same with World Fantasy Awards, etc.

#translation #speculativefiction

1/2

Alexander Corby
1 week ago

#WordWeavers 9/20: How charismatic are your characters?

Jib is likeable, but I'd stop short of calling him charismatic. He can be a pest sometimes.

Princess Faldra is probably the most charismatic. It's her job after all. She was chosen to be leader of Lilatia when she was a toddler, separated from her family, and rigorously tutored for her position as the royal leader. This made her very charming and diplomatic, but probably a little out of touch with her subjects.

#SpeculativeFiction

Michael Shotter
1 week ago

Season one of "The Post Mortem Report" was something rather unique and special as we worked to redefine the #authorcast concept, culminating in our "season finale" featuring the rest of our StokerCon adventure.

As fun and cool as all that was, trust me, you haven't seen anything yet. 😉

YouTube:
http://youtube.com/@thepostmortemreport

Official Site:
http://postmortemreport.com

#podcast #booktube #authortube #speculativefiction #speculative #fiction #read #readers #reading #readingcommunity

Bogi Takács
1 week ago

Today is LAUNCH DAY for an anthology I edited!

#RosalindsSiblings: Fiction and Poetry Celebrating Scientists of Marginalized Genders.

The Rosalind Franklin memorial anthology!

ToC + direct purchase from publisher:
https://www.atthisarts.com/product/rosalinds-siblings/

#SFF #ScienceFiction #Fantasy #Anthology #Science #SciComm #RosalindFranklin #QueerBooks #Feminism #AtthisArts @bookstodon @shortsff @shortstory #Bookstodon #Books #SpeculativeFiction #SpeculativePoetry #PoetryCommunity #WritingCommunity

Cover art by Mia Carnevale: a sepia-toned drawing of Rosalind Franklin looking into her microscope.
The Future Fire
1 week ago

We're joined by Sebastian Timpe, artist of “One Day” in TFF #66, for a quick chat about illustrating, technique and problem solving http://press.futurefire.net/2023/09/micro-interview-with-sebastian-timpe.html

#microinterview #speculativefiction #scifiart #illustrating

C. L. Nichols
1 week ago

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0C7CZPHHP

Random TellTales - 31: "Memory Lane"

The year was 2035, and the city of neon dreams pulsed with an electric heartbeat. Towers of glass and steel loomed over crowded streets, their reflections shimmering in the perpetual drizzle.

#TellTales #speculativeencounters #readingcommunity #readers #supernatural #fantasy #scifi #horror #vella #reader #readersofinstagram #speculativefiction #serial #flashfiction

Alexander Corby
1 week ago

#WordWeavers 9/19 Side POV: Have you been treated unfairly?

Jemmon (Jib's cousin): Look, I know that life's unfair. Is it fair that our dung beetle plows our fields everyday until he dies? No, but that's the way it is.

But man! Even livestock gets treated fairer than the Czar and his soldiers treat us! I was dragged away from my home in a net before they burned it to the ground! I have no idea what they're going to do to us now, but I'm beginning to envy my dung beetle.

#SpeculativeFiction

Hearth Stories
2 weeks ago

We are excited to announce the list of stories/authors that will be in our first issue!

It will be out on the 21st of December, so there is still a bit of time left to get really really excited 😀

https://hearthstories.org/issues/1.html

#speculativefiction #fantasy #scienceFiction

@sarahijackson @aphowell @alicia @JenniferShelby @emily_writes @cjyeates

Damien Lawless
2 weeks ago

3 upcoming works!! (Aside from #Ladies2_0

Left- a collection from the #EldenTree universe

Center- a collection of Original stories centered on Celtic Goddess "the Morrigan"

Right- a chronicle of the main female lead of the #EldenTree universe

#sciencefantasybooks #sciencefantasy #books #BookStadon #fantasybook #fantasybookstodon @fantasybookstodon #ScienceFantasy #speculativefiction

Cover designs in a collage
Michael Shotter
2 weeks ago
The Future Fire
2 weeks ago

We welcome back Davian Aw , author of “Between the Shadow and the Soul” in TFF #66 for a brief chat about virtual worlds and escapism http://press.futurefire.net/2023/09/micro-interview-with-davian-aw.html

#speculativefiction #virtualworlds #virtualreality #microinterview

Alexander Corby
2 weeks ago

#WordWeavers 9/15: Is the MC messy or neat?

Jib might be the messiest character that I've written to date, and that includes the short story about a family of opossums.

Jib is lazy, unmotivated, unorganized, and, worst of all, a teenager. He couldn't keep his room clean to save his life. A very good thing that he escaped forcible recruitment by the Czar's army. The poor drill sergeant would have gone insane.

#SpeculativeFiction

JacquiG
2 weeks ago
Hand holding a book. Book title is Letters From Elsewhere, written by Jacqui Greaves (me). Book cover is blue with planets and stars.
In the background, ShadowCat is staring out a window into a lush green and yellow garden.
Lydia Schoch
2 weeks ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after September 14, 2023, I do not know if they are free or available for you.

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

A photo of an opened book and some apples and pears lying on a blanket in a forest. There are several trees with white trunks growing nearby that provide beautiful dappled shade for the scene.
Alexander Corby
2 weeks ago

#WordWeavers 9/14 Does your antagonist have any likeable/redeemable qualities?

Not really. He's a despotic, iron-fisted tyrant to most of the world. Some people from the elite class in his own nation might like his policies, but personally he's pretty cold and ruthless.

#SpeculativeFiction

JacquiG
2 weeks ago

Launch Day!
Letters From Elsewhere is a collection of speculative short stories, ranging from SciFi to Fantasy to Horror, with sprinkles of spice.
Ebooks: https://books2read.com/LettersFromElsewhere
For print version, check out your local Amazon or Barnes & Noble site.
#bookstodon #LettersFromElsewhere #Book #ShortStories #SpeculativeFiction

Book Cover. Letters From Elsewhere by Jacqui Greaves.

“Jacqui Greaves titillates with this outstanding collection of speculative encounters, visits and ventures by otherworldly beings, each tale sharpening our understanding of the human condition and the tiny role we play in the universe. Cosmic, cautionary, and compelling, served up with a sprinkle of humour and a good dose of sauce, Letters from Elsewhere is a satisfyingly good read.” —Lee Murray, five-time Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of Grotesque: Monster Stories.
Alexander Corby
2 weeks ago

#WordWeavers 9/12 Side character POV: What do you find most difficult to say to other people?

KYLA: What? Well, nothing! I'm responsible for the security of an entire nation! If an army of wasps or Cedan soldiers is on its way, I need to report it! There's no question of how difficult it is for me to say so!

JIB: Wow! And you're not scared? I mean, about having to go against an army of wasps?

KYLA:....

JIB: uh, Kyla?

KYLA: I said no!

#SpeculativeFiction

killdang :verified_mastodon:
2 weeks ago

I have never read anything by China Miéville, but after suggestion I want to add him to my reading list. What's a good first book of Mieville's to try out? #reading #sff #speculativefiction

Alexander Corby
3 weeks ago

#WordWeavers 9/11 What would you do if you met your antagonist?

Ok. First, let's assume he's the antagonist at the beginning of the book and I am myself as is. Well, I would have to take great care not to step on him since he'd be maybe a few millimeters tall (that's just the scale of his world)

If I was also a few mm's tall, I would probably salute him and praise him to his face, like a coward, so that I don't get scalded to death with bombardier beetle's spray.

#SpeculativeFiction

This week I've been mainly reading, no 91.

Taking the form of an extended mission message to earth from an intergalactic exploratory mission, Becky Chambers' #scifi novella, To be Taught if Fortunate (2019), is a quick read. While lacking narrative fireworks its a pleasing matter-of-fact description of space exploration & the ethical dilemmas it will encounter. While ultimately rather melancholy, it is an interesting afternoon's read if you like procedural #speculativefiction
@bookstodon

Elis Rowlands
3 weeks ago

Has anyone listened to #TheMagnusArchives? It's a #horror #anthology #AudioDrama from Rusty Quill. Every episode is excellently written, and I think the overarching story is one of the best pieces of long-form #storytelling on the internet.

I listened to every #podcast episode on #Youtube and it's stayed with me ever since. They're working on a sequel series called #TheMagnusProtocol which I'm really looking forward to.

#SpeculativeFiction #TMA #Lovecraft

https://rustyquill.com/show/the-magnus-archives/

Lydia Schoch
3 weeks ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after September 7, 2023, I do not know if they are free or available for you.

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

A black-haired man lying in a tent on a sleeping bag. He’s grinning and holding open a book as if he were just distracted from reading it. It’s a summer scene. You can see a lake in the background, and he’s wearing cargo shorts, a white tshirt, and a thin blue button-down shirt.
Bogi Takács
1 month ago

Super happy to announce that I will be translating two stories by Hungarian Ukrainian authors for this awesome Ukrainian SFF anthology!!

Go back the project -

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atthisarts/embroidered-worlds

#Ukraine #EmbroideredWorlds #Anthology #SFF #SpeculativeFiction #ScienceFiction #Fantasy #Hungarian #Translation #ShortStories @shortsff @shortstory @bookstodon #Kickstarter #Preorders

Zira Phema ☆ she/they
1 month ago

🪷New Substack Post🪷

Monthly Review and Three Haiku: What I've Published in August 2023!

https://ziraphema.substack.com/p/monthly-review-and-three-haiku

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Please subscribe to my Substack newsletter for short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and author updates mailed to your email inbox! 🥰 I'm an emerging author of speculative fiction inspired by folklore, fantasy, horror, and more!

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#WritingCommunity #AmWriting #AuthorsofMastodon #SpeculativeFiction #Horror #Fantasy #AdultFiction

A sparkly pink graphic promoting my most recent Substack post with the following text:
ziraphema.substack.com 
Monthly Review and Three Haiku
What I've Published in August 2023
August 2023
Author Updates
Lydia Schoch
1 month ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after August 31, 2023, I do not know if they are free or available for you.

There’s a lot of fantasy and vampire content this week. 🧛‍♀️

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

An Asian man is standing next to a beautiful trellis that has a large, healthy plant growing on it. The man is wearing black pans and a green t-shirt. He’s holding a book opened but looking off to his left instead of reading it. There is a thoughtful expression on his face as if he is trying to digest what he just read.
Elis Rowlands
1 month ago

Here's a new video from the Spacedock #Youtube channel about the Orion Drive. I love all the #SpaceShip designs they talk about, and I want to find ways of using them in my #SciFi #writing.

It also has a link to the #ScienceFiction #AudioDrama The Sojourn, which I'll start when I have the time.

#inspiration #WritingInspiration #WritingCommunity #CreativeWriting #WritingSciFi #SF #SpeculativeFiction #WritersOfMastodon #SpaceShips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ntizB4Uc_0

Zira Phema ☆ she/they
1 month ago

#Introduction

Hi! I'm Zira (she/they), a #Queer #Biracial #EmergingAuthor from #Massachusetts

I primarily write literary #SpeculativeFiction inspired by #Horror #Fantasy #Surrealism #Folklore and #Mythology featuring diverse casts and genre-bending storylines.

Currently, I #AmWriting the first draft of my debut novel, Book I of THE ODYSSEY OF PENELOPE WILLOWS series.

I'm excited to meet other folks from the #WritingCommunity!

Learn more about me on my WordPress: ziraphema.wordpress.com!

Thank you so much to @DrBonesMD for this review of my book, #TheAlgorithmWillSeeYouNow, in Maryland Medicine magazine!!

I couldn’t have written a better synopsis of my book myself! Love how Dr. Rockower frames the discussion and ties the novel to current events in our world

(Btw, someone I connected with here on mastodon!)

#MedMastodon #bookstodon #bookreview #algorithms #AI #AIethics #SpeculativeFiction

Pic of the cover of Maryland Medicine, the Magazine of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society VOLUME 24 ISSUE 5

Lower right hand caption reads: “Debut Novel Is Prophet Thriller About Dangers Al in Health Care”
Photo of the article: A speculative Thriller Explores the Perils of Using Al inHealth Care: The Algorithm Will See You Now, by IL Lycette, MD Reviewed by Stephen Rockower, MD 

The year is 2035. At PRIMA, short for "Prognostic Intelligent Medical Algorithms in Seattle, all is well in the hospital. Or is it? PRIMA is the foremost in diagnosis and prognosis. According to the algorithm, all patients who are accepted to the program will survive their illness. But, sometimes, patients fail the algorithm. They're "non-responders" to the precision care offered by PRIMA. The protagonist of the book, Dr. Hope Kestrel, is dealing with one of those non-responders. Such is the setup for The Algorithm Will See You Now, a fast-paced speculative thriller that explores the use of AI in health care. Dr. Hope Kestrel, the protagonist, holds the position of High Resident (what would be called the Chief Resident in any other hospital). Rather than a yearly position, her position is constantly fluctuating , depending on the points awarded or removed by the Online Speech and Language Recognition system (OSLR). As such, her career nemesis, Dr. Leach, finds every opportunity to make her look bad so that he can replace her as High Resident. Medical technology has come a long way by 2035, as diagnosis and treatment is performed at PRIMA entirely with AI and a voice-powered chart assistant called Osler. The PRIMA health system's AI determines upfront whether [character limit for ALT text reached]
Lydia Schoch
1 month ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after August 24, 2023, I do not know if they are free or available for you.

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

Photo of a Hispanic man lying in a tent next to a lake and reading a book. He has a contemplative expression on his face.
MikeDunnAuthor
1 month ago

Today in Labor History August 15, 1906: W.E.B. DuBois demanded equal citizenship rights for African-Americans during the second meeting of the Niagara Movement, saying, "We will not be satisfied to take one jot or little less than our full manhood." Founders of the movement named it for the “mighty current” of change they hoped to achieve. DuBois made his famous statement at Harper’s Ferry, sight of the failed insurrection led by John Brown, in 1859. For a wonderful speculative fiction story based on the premise that John Brown had succeeded in his raid, with the help of Harriet Tubman, read Terry Bisson’s “Fire on the Mountain” (1988).

In addition to cofounding the Niagara Movement, DuBois also cofounded the NAACP. He devoted his life to fighting racism, segregation, Jim Crow and lynchings. DuBois opposed capitalism and blamed it for much of the racism in America. He was also a prolific writer, an anti-nuclear and peace activist, and a proponent of Pan-Africanism.

#WorkingClass #LaborHistory #naacp #niagara #WEBDubois #racism #panafricanism #antinuke #antiwar #BlackMastadon #anticapitalist #HarpersFerry #JohnBrown #writer #author #books #fiction #SpeculativeFiction @bookstadon

A photo illustration of some of the attendees at the first Niagara Conference posing with the waterfalls in the background. Top row, left to right: H.A. Thompson, New York; Alonzo F. Herndon, Georgia; John Hope, Georgia, (possibly James R.L. Diggs). Second row, left to right: Fred McGhee, Minnesota; Norris B. Herndon;[1] J. Max Barber, Illinois; W.E.B. Du Bois, Atlanta; Robert Bonner, Massachusetts, (bottom row: left to right) Henry L. Baily, Washington, D.C.; Clement G. Morgan, Massachusetts; W.H.H. Hart, Washington, D.C.; and B.S. Smith, Kansas.[2][3] (1905 silver gelatin print.)
Merja Polvinen
2 months ago

PhD toot!
#SF #ScienceFiction #SpeculativeFiction @litstudies #cognition #affordance

Esko Suoranta will defend his dissertation "The Sky Above the Port Was the Color of Capitalism: Literary Affordance and Technonaturalist Speculative Fiction" in a public examination at the #UniversityOfHelsinki on Saturday, August 26, 14:00 (Helsinki time).

Professor emeritus #BrianMcHale acts as opponent and Dr #MerjaPolvinen as custos (chair).

Everyone can attend the event on Zoom at https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/62861691846,
or, should you find yourself in Helsinki at the time, you can join us at Porthania, room PIII, Yliopistonkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki.

The dissertation is available by request from esko.suoranta@helsinki.fi or open access from August 16 at the following address: https://helda.helsinki.fi/items/d5576644-26e8-4f10-b622-0fc3a7acd4ff

Dissertation cover image copyright by Faris Alsuhail.

Cover Image copyright Faris Alsuhail
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Elise (they/ them)
2 months ago

Having not been around much and tweaked how I'll use this account, a new intro seems fitting.

Hi! I'm Elise (they/them), Aussie author of epic YA Fantasy with lots of #queer and some #neurodiverse rep.

I'm also a full time #teacher and a #poet, so I tend to write and toot #poetry of an evening and write on fiction on weekends.

I love reading/viewing #Fantasy, #SpeculativeFiction, thrillers & historicals.

What do you read/ write and where are you based?

#Writing #Author

Bogi Takács
2 months ago
Lydia Schoch
2 months ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after July 27, 2023, I do not know if they are free or available for you.

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

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Bogi Takács
2 months ago

Today is Rosalind Franklin's birthday, and our memorial anthology Rosalind's Siblings with @atthisarts is coming soon! This project was a delight to edit & I am so glad one of the Franklins reached out to me.

Preorders available here:
https://www.atthisarts.com/product/rosalinds-siblings/

#SFF #ScienceFiction #SpeculativeFiction #RosalindFranklin #RosalindsSiblings #Anthologies #ShortStories #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #Bookstodon @bookstodon @sffshorts @shortstory #SciComm

Until the end of the month, you can download the Tor.com 15th anniversary short fiction bundle for free. https://www.tor.com/2023/07/17/download-the-tor-com-15th-anniversary-short-fiction-bundle/ #ShortStories #Anthology #Bookstodon #SpeculativeFiction

Kostyn
3 months ago

Hi fellow book nerds! I'm trying to put together a Utopian Book Club (focused on novels and novellas). I want to include LeGuin's The Dispossessed and @pluralistic 's Walkaway, but from there I've got an endless list of mostly white dudes.

What cool utopian fiction by BIPOC writers have I missed out on?

#BookWorm #books #utopia #BIPOCLit #literature #UtopianFiction #utopian #solarpunk #novels #novella #BIPOCwriters #fiction #ImagineUtopia #eutopia #SpeculativeFiction #scifi #fantasy #BookWyrm

Bogi Takács
3 months ago

Extremely excited that Spouseperson @rblemberg is a Le Guin prize finalist!!

https://electricliterature.com/announcing-the-2023-shortlist-for-the-ursula-k-le-guin-prize-for-fiction/?fbclid=IwAR2t6FwOtgdnJPa5wpwM8BY7SUFb8It-OrVrogzPsaHcoeOJhGKXNNTtdNw

Doubly so that it is the Birdverse short story collection from Fairwood, I feel like this book has gone a bit underappreciated with RB's other books being out this year, BUT IT IS SO GOOD and I am so happy.

#Fantasy #SFF #SpeculativeFiction #LeGuin #LeGuinPrize #RBLemberg #Birdverse #ShortStories #Bookstodon @bookstodon @shortsff #ShortSFF #Fairwood #Mazeldon #JewishAuthors #TransLit

July 9 is Nunavut Day. You can celebrate Inuit sovereignty by purchasing Inuit books from Inhabit Media books. 30% off right now. I have a pretty big collection. They have all sorts, including kids’ books, horror, speculative fiction, Inuit mythology, and more. https://inhabitbooks.com/ @indigenousauthors #Inuit #IndigenousLiterature #IndigenousBooks #NunavutDay #Bookstodon #SpeculativeFiction #Horror #Indigedon

Lydia Schoch
3 months ago

The books I’m sharing are free as of today in Canada and usually the United States of America, too. If you do not live in those countries or are reading this after July 6, I do not know if they are free or available for you. Once again, this is a short but sweet list.

Please tag me if you want a boost for your lists of free speculative fiction books from other parts of the world. 💜

#SpeculativeFiction #Horror, #Paranormal #ScienceFiction, #Fantasy #FreeBooks

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Merja Polvinen
3 months ago

The latest issue of Fafnir: The Nordic Journal for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is out!

Check out the editorial for a quick introduction to the contents, and the interviews with outgoing and incoming editors Laura Goodin and Merve Tabur for a backstage glimpse to the journal's workings: http://journal.finfar.org/fafnir-1-2023/

#SpeculativeFiction #ScienceFiction #Fantasy #Research #Academic #Nordic #Fafnir #Finfar #Postcolonial #Literature #LiteraryStudies #NKJEmisin

Prof Kemi FG
3 months ago

@pearlbear

Yo, there is so much #SciFi #ScienceFiction #SpeculativeFiction content on here. I recommend just posting with those hashtags, and people will find you.

Blake Smith
3 months ago

#Introduction post!

I am a #goth #nursing student by day, and a #skrunkly writer of #horror and #speculativefiction by night. I have a background in #zooarchaeology, #visualart, and, unfortunately, marketing. As a #casualgamer, I can promise you that I’m a fully-optimized floor tank.

Other Things I Find Shiny: #running #urbandance #LGBTQIA #abandonedplaces #naturalhistory #historicalfashion #histmed #techhistory #classicalmusic #metalmusic #RPG #solarpunk #offgridliving #vegan #inkdrawing

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Cavar
3 months ago

New intro for new people!

I'm Cavar (they/them). I'm a phd candidate in #culturalstudies / #sts at UC Davis, and a #transMad writer/editor/reader. I'm EIC of Stone of Madness Press; my debut novel, FAILURE TO COMPLY, is forthcoming in 2024 from featherproof books.

I'm interested in #transstudies / #disabilitystudies / #madstudies ++ #WritingCommunity things.

More tags: #vegan #veganism #experimentalpoetry #solotravel #judaism #hiking #antipsychiatry #actuallyautistic #speculativefiction