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Romance for Speculative Fiction Readers

Over at her Earl Grey Editing blog, Elizabeth Fitzgerald is providing a few recommendations for introductory reading in speculative works that double as a gateway to the romance genre (or vice versa). As anyone who has attended the multidimensional GenreCon convention in recent years can attest, there’s a lot for speculative readers and writers to learn from the romance genre. For anyone looking for ideas on great entry points, Elizabeth has you covered:

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the romance genre and, like any genre, there’s a lot of less than stellar material. If you’re a speculative fiction reader new to romance or looking to get started, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Part One of Elizabeth’s recommended reading list offers some reliable works. In the second part of the discussion, Elizabeth throws the floor open to a few friends for their opinions.


Protocol“, the first of Simon Petrie’s seven drabbles at SpekLit.

Mappa Tuesdi“, David Walker’s latest flash fiction at AntiSF.

Issue #1 of Dimension 6 is out now!


CSFG is acting as a “distribution affiliate” for D6, the new FREE (and DRM free) spec fic e-zine from Coeur de Lion Publishing.

Issue #1 features stories by Richard Harland, Charlotte Nash and Jason Nahrung. You can download it in epub format here and mobi format here.

New Pages – free stories and everything we know about storytelling

We’ve added a couple of new pages to the website, which you can see in the menu above.

Short stories – for free! Brings together in one place links to members’ short stories that are available to download or read online for free.

Everything We Know About Storytelling We Learned From… A haphazard and irregular blog series on the lessons we learned from our favourite stories.

Free Fiction!

CSFG member Mike Pieloor has a story out in the Dark Hall Press Cosmic Horror Anthology, which is free on Kindle (with tentacles!)

Free Stories

Ian McHugh has been posting more of his print fiction publications to read for free on his website:

“Grey Snow in the Shadows” (from issue #58 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine)

“Vandiemensland” (from the 2013 CSFG anthology Next)

“From Sorrow’s Gate” (from issue #1 of Crowded Magazine)

“The Godbreaker and Unggubudh the Mountain”(from the 2012 Peggy Bright Books anthology Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear)

New Fiction!

Alan Baxter has a new story, “All the Wealth in the World”, free to read online at Lakeside Circus.

The Time-Maker’s expression is serious. I can’t stop looking at her translucent skin. She must be a thousand years old. Her eyes are almost lost in folds, but dark brown irises glisten, bright and sharp, in the tiny gap. “Nothing without a cost,” she says again, voice heavily accented. Eastern European, maybe Russian.

“I know,” I say.

Read more…

Victimless Merchandising from Simon Petrie

Peggy Bright Books have put together a free sampler of CSFG member and Sir Julius Vogel Award winner Simon Petrie’s work, titled ‘Needs More Dinosaurs‘: five complete short stories (‘Downdraft’, ‘To Arms’, ‘@Bearhouse’, ‘Storm in a T-Suit’, and ‘Three-Horned Dilemma’) available as a free ebook, in pdf, epub, and mobi forms, free of charge.

The ebook is available from the PBB website here, or you can also get the pdf off Simon’s website or the epub off Goodreads.

Some things our members are up to

Chris Andrews has posted his Next Big Thing thing.

Ross Hamilton has started putting his published stories up on Smashwords to read for free, beginning with the story “Triumph of the Scientific Mind”.

Simon Petrie has passed on news from two of the publishing projects he’s involved in. Peggy Bright Books now have their titles available for purchase through Amazon. Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine have a 33.333333% discount on 4-issue e-subscriptions ($12AUD, instead of the usual $18AUD) until 31 January 2013.

To mark the passage of yet an(other) underwhelming pretend apocalypse, Ian McHugh has published a write-up of a talk he did at the Conflux 8 convention on making use of historical apocalypses when writing fictional ones.

Sequel to Dream of Asarlai (free until the end of July!)

CSFG member Nicole R Murphy has released her e-book The Festival, a novella-length sequel to her Dream of Asarlai trilogy – and she’s made it free at Smashwords until the end of July!

Of Dream of Asarlai, reviewers said:

“Murphy’s ability to create a new world within the familiar setting of our own is spectacular.” (The Fringe Magazine)

“a rollicking romp” (Courier Mail)

“Murphy has an easygoing prose style that quickly engages readers and makes it very easy to keep reading the novel. It was quite easy to get absorbed and read for longer than intended.” (Australian Spec Fiction in Focus)