Sci-Fi Reacquainting Us With Our Own Sexuality
Science fiction authors employ humans characters as well as aliens and intelligent machines in their stories. Kyle Munkittrick discusses the wide acceptance of interracial and interspecies love and sexual relationships found in science fiction and how it will break down the sexual barriers in our own lives in the future.
Do you believe fiction will break down the sexual barriers in our world?
Neil Gaiman Called a Thief by Congressman
Republican Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Matt Dean, urged by his mother, apologized to Neil Gaiman for name-calling. Gaiman received $45,000 for a speaking engagement. Dean felt the payment of $45,000 to Gaiman for a speaking engagement was exorbitant and labeled him a thief.
Do you think $45,000 is an excessive amount to pay a superstar author for a speaking engagement?
Mermaids Splashing Onto the Paranormal Scene
Between the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie and the 2011 MerCon in Las Vegas, mermaids emerge on the paranormal scene, overshadowing vampires. Even Stephanie Meyer, Twilight author, plans to write mermaids into her new novels.
What other trends do you foresee in the future?
Glimmer Train Literary Journal
- Short Story Award for New Writers
- First Place Prize: $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue
- Deadline: May 31, 2011
- Details here
- Spring 2011 Story Contest: Fiction and Nonfiction of 15,000 words or less
- First Place Prize: $3,250, considered for publication
- Deadline: July 31, 2011
- Details here
Writer’s Digest Magazine
- 5-Minute Memoir, “Tales From the Writing Life”
o Personal Essay (600 words or less)
o Prize: Publication in Writer’s Digest magazine
o Deadline: Rolling submissions
o Details here
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