Hot Links: A Weekly Round-Up of SFF Articles and Fiction

fireI ain’t talking about sausages.

It’s been a long, hot month, with more life-sapping heat to come. Today, think about staying inside and reading the SFF articles and fiction that caught my eye this week.

There’s not much fiction in the bunch because I’m playing catch-up, but Sofia Samatar does have a piece, titled “Tender“, in OmniVerse. I haven’t read it yet, but you should.

Of course, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season dropped this week. Are any of you reading it yet?

By far, the best article that I read this week is Suni Patel’s “Anatomy of a Sale” over at Aidan Moher’s A Dribble of Ink:

“I want to be a knowledge conduit… I hope that my experience can be both inspiring and comforting: a bibliography does not tell you how many times a story was rejected, how long a story took to sell from its inception (either idea or first draft), how many submissions the writer made. If you are a new writer, if you are about to begin submitting to magazines, you should be aware of these things.”

I’m going to be reading this one a lot.

My SFF recommendation list, “9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction,” originally published over at Book Riot, was re-posted by Black Gate Magazine.

Shoutout to @EH_Kern on twitter for linking to two posts–one on “Earthy Magic” at Book Riot and the other on “soft” magic systems at Mythic Scribes–that discuss the workings of magic in fantasy fiction. Analysis of magic and magic taxonomies are always good reading to me.

Over at Fantasy Faction, Adrian Faulkner has a good piece comparing the attempt to establish oneself as a fantasy writer to the slog of playing a MMORPG— it’s an apt comparison that works on a lot of levels:

“At its core, an MMO is about gaining experience so that you can level up. That’s not very different to a writing career where you write lots, gaining experience so that your writing improves.”

Speaking of RPGs, the Dark Souls 3 gameplay trailer dropped:

Now, Dark Souls isn’t fantasy literature, but it still remains one of my all-time favorite immersive experiences with a fantasy world. Even if you don’t care about the game, I still urge you to watch the trailer. Maybe it’ll spark an idea or two!

And since you’re already on youtube, go ahead and check out the Legend of the Mantamaji short film! I really dig Mantamaji. It’s just he kind of superhero comic that I want to be reading right now. Peep the film:

That’s it from me for today, and these are the links to content that I enjoyed the most this week. Got something that you think I’d enjoy? Drop any recommendations in the comments!

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One thought on “Hot Links: A Weekly Round-Up of SFF Articles and Fiction

  1. Started reading The Fifth Season. Barely into it really, but I’m liking it a lot so far. The world-building is over the top. I’d say my biggest take-away at this early point is that this is a book that shows what can happen when a very skilled writer has the confidence to write as boldly as they dare. Granted, I can only know the first half of that statement for a fact (there is no reasonable argument to be made that N.K. Jemisin is not a top writing talent), but that’s what I’m seeing so far – this is not regurgitated fantasy, it is something new and wild, both in content and form. Between Jemisin, Kameron Hurley, and Ken Liu epic fantasy is really taking off in new and wonderful directions.

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