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See also Writing-World.com's links to: Horror Writing Resources · Critique and Discussion Groups

General Resources
Critters - Resources
http://critters.org/resources.ht
Lots of links of interest to writers of SF/Fantasy, and critiquers.

Forward Motion Random Idea Generator
http://www.fmwriters.com/community/dc/Random_Zettercise.php
Excellent story prompts for speculative fiction writers.

Index to Science Fiction Anthologies & Collections
http://www.philsp.com/
Database of SF short stories, searchable by author, title, magazine, date.

JVJ's SF Links
http://jvj.com/jjsflink.html
Good links to articles on writing SF, market guidelines, and manuscript preparation.

LOCUS Index to Science Fiction Awards
http://www.locusmag.com/SFAwards/index.html
This site lists all the major SF awards, as well as regional, academic, fan, reader, and genre awards. Each listing provides such information as winners, nominees, categories, and an award overview.

Ralan Conley's Webstravaganza
http://www.ralan.com
Markets, links, articles, and more.

SF Site
http://www.sfsite.com
News, reviews, interviews with SF authors, and links to related sites. This site also offers the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, a database of speculative fiction novels and short stories that can be searched by author, title, year, award, and other criteria.

Organizations
Carl Brandon Society
http://www.carlbrandon.org
"The mission of the Carl Brandon Society is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction."

Horror Writers Association
http://www.horror.org/blog/
Criteria for full membership: a novel or three short stories sold to professional markets. Member benefits: monthly market newsletter, member only anthologies, meetings at World Horror Conventions, regional meetings, chat rooms, newsgroups, etc.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
http://www.sfwa.org/

SF Canada
http://www.sfcanada.org/
"SF Canada is a bilingual association of Canadian writers, artists and other professionals working in the fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Speculative fiction."

Articles
A Way with Worlds: World Creation Column, by Steven Savage
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/www/wwwfull.html

The Long Hard Odds: A Few Hints on Getting that First Horror Novel Published
http://www.mindspring.com/~profmike/sellbook.htm
Don't be fooled by the title; has useful tips on publishing F/SF as well.

On Thud and Blunder, by Poul Anderson
http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/on-thud-and-blunder/
One of the classics, pointing out the difference between fantasy and reality (e.g., can you really hack off heads with a 50-pound sword?)

SFWA Articles on Writing
http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/information-center/

Uncle Orson's Writing Class
http://www.hatrack.com/writingclass/index.shtml
It's difficult to categorize this "Hatrack River" site from Orson Scott Card. In addition to chat, forums, links, and other resources, it offers a "writing class" in which Card answers various questions from readers; the result is a series of useful articles on writing fiction.

World Building
http://www.fictionfactor.com/worlds.html
Several excellent articles from FictionFactor authors/editors.

Worldbuilding Tips from the UK Editor of The Martian
https://blog.reedsy.com/live/worldbuilding-tips-editor-martian
Lengthy article drawing mainly on movies and TV with excellent tips on worldbuilding and pitfalls to avoid.

Author Sites
SFF Net
http://www.sff.net/people.asp
This site hosts SF/fantasy author webpages, and offers links to others off-site.

SF SITE Links to Author and Fan sites
http://www.sfsite.com/scribe/scribe01.htm
Links to a number of SF author sites.

Writer's Net
http://www.writers.net/writers/browse/cat.php
Browse for authors by category, or alphabetically under "published writers."

Critique and Discussion Groups, Workshops
Children's F&SF Writers
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Childrens-FandSF-Writers/info
For writers of middle grade and young adult fantasy and science fiction.

Clarion East Writer's Workshop
http://literature.ucsd.edu/affiliated-programs/clarion/index.html
The first in the highly regarded Clarion family of workshops for sf/fantasy writers.

Clarion West Writer's Workshop
http://www.clarionwest.org/
The descendant of Clarion East.

Critters Workshop
http://www.critters.org
This highly recommended workshop focuses primarily on speculative fiction (though it offers other workshops as well). The site offers sample critiques, tips on critiquing and participating in a group, and market information (including the "Black Hole" page that lists response times for speculative fiction markets). Considered a "high-intensity" group with high workload demands.

Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop
http://www.sff.net/odyssey/
A residential workshop that offers instruction and guest lectures from well-known speculative fiction authors. Website also offers a variety of writing tips, articles and resources.

Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/
Online critique workshop; charges annual fee.

Quantum Muse
http://www.quantummuse.com
A SF/fantasy zine and online writer's group; stories selected from the group are published in the zine. Members must critique to earn submission credits to be critiqued. Includes messaging system to discuss critiques and a forum for general discussion.

SFNovelist Workshop
http://www.sfnovelist.com/index.htm
A critique group for writers of "hard sf" novels. Unclear if this is still active.

See also Writing-World.com's links to:
Critique and Discussion Groups

Market Guides
Aswiebe's Market List
http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html
A regularly updated market list of speculative fiction markets - with a wonderful list of pending anthologies, something hard to find in other market resources.

Market List
http://www.marketlist.com
Guidelines and market information for speculative fiction.

Mary Soon Lee's Market List
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/mag.html
Not updated since 2012.

Ralan Conley's SpecFic Webstravaganza
http://www.ralan.com

Writers Markets for Speculative Fiction: SF/F/H's Journal
http://specficmarkets.livejournal.com/
Calls for SF/H anthologies and other markets

Miscellaneous
3-D StarMaps
http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/starmaps/index.php
Find out where different star systems are located, their distances from one another, and more -- or create maps of your own systems. (Maps of Star Trek systems also included.) Very technical, but fun.

Chronos: The Future of Time Travel
http://Chronos.ws
Billed as "the ultimate guide to time travel, teleportation, temporal phasing, and other applications of nine-dimensional theory," this site apparently takes itself seriously -- but does offer a wealth of information on time travel theory.

SciFaiku
http://www.scifaiku.com
All about science fiction haiku.

Publications
Locus
http://www.locusmag.com/
Online version of the major trade publication for the SF publishing industry.

Vision for Writers
http://visionforwriters.com/vision/
Formerly "Holly Lisle's Vision"; a massive e-zine offering a collection of excellent articles on sf/fantasy and other genres.
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Recommended Reading


The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, Vol. I

The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy, Vol. II

Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth

The Guide to Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

On Writing Science Fiction: The Editors Strike Back

Science Fiction Writer's Workshop

The Science of Science Fiction Writing

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Worldbuilding

The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference

Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

 

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