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FOR READERS: How Long is Too Long?

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Scott: I’m reading an epic sci-fi cli-fi tale, and while I’m enjoying it, it’s taking forever to get through it at 656 pages. So how long is too long for you in a novel, and what’s just about right? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Chat on FacebookChat on MeWe

ANNOUNCEMENT: Goddess of Limbo – Lea Falls

Goddess Of Limbo - Lea Falls

QSFer Lea Falls has a new queer dark epic fantasy out, The Forgotten Splinters Chronicles book 1: Goddess of Limbo. Free will is a relic of the past. Souls have a prewritten path to heaven. If they miss it, they are doomed to roam the lost realm of limbo as splinters of their former selves or worse—as demons. Their only hope is the reaper Alames, whose own soul shattered when her celestial lover, Balthos, usurped their creators to make them gods. In her absence, he builds a pantheon of monsters and tricks the mortals, whom he blames for his grief, … Read more

REVIEW: Travelers – V.S. Holmes

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Title: Travelers Series: Nel Bently Book 1 Author: V.S. Holmes Genre: Sci Fi LGBTQ+ Category: Lesbian Publisher: Amphibian Press Pages: 235 Reviewer: CC Get It On Amazon About The Book No one fights dirtier than an archaeologist. Foul-mouthed Dr. Nel Bently has every archaeologist’s dream: a pristine site, new crew, and a private patron to fund her passion for dirt. With her trowel barely into the dry earth of Chile’s coast, however, Nel learns their work is being sabotaged. The local activists Los Pobladores take issue with anyone brave or stubborn enough to set boots on their land. Nel refuses … Read more

FOR WRITERS: Book Size Queens

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Trevor Barton: Who’s a size queen? Does anyone stop at a thousand pages and think, no, this book is too big? Or are door stops more enticing because the heavier they are, the more effective? Do you think the author has to have struck creative gold to write so much for one story? Or is it more, ‘man, they should seriously have found a better editor or publisher or spent more time at their desk making friends with the mouse and delete button’? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Stark Divide, by J. Scott Coatsworth

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J. Scott Coatsworth has a new queer sci fi book out: Some stories are epic. The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed. Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her. … Read more

Announcement: King of the Storm, by B.A. Brock

I am BEYOND THRILLED to present the first published book by my dear friend and our QSF reviewer BA Brock. You can see my interview with BA here. No one can outrun destiny or the gods. In Epiro, a kingdom in Greece, Perseus is prophesied to be a great demigod hero and king, with a legacy that will shape the world of Gaia. When he was born, his grandfather exiled him, and his mother brought them to Seriphos, where she created an academy for demigod youth. Perseus trains there and waits for the day when he will be able to … Read more