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“Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
Barbara Kingsolver


sunglasses_a_1April 29, 2013
Shades of the Father
by M. Adrian Sellers
I liked this story! Aubrey’s father passed away, but in his dad’s will, the only thing left to him was his pair of shades. And Aubrey didn’t understand why, until one day he put them on. Now, although the story does present a few questions (like: what father would actually leave his son only a pair of shades?) it didn’t ruin the story. It reminded me of a small video short a lady named Shalini Kantayya had done on a reality TV show called On the Lot (not very popular; lasted one season, haha). This is Mr. Sellers’ first sale, so a huge congratulations goes out to him for that! You can read Shades of the Father by clicking here.

April 30, 2013
It’s Good to See You
by Douglas Rudoff
This story was definitively character-driven. The conflict here was an internal one, which I give two thumbs up to! The backdrop is 3,000 people take a voyage to join a new Earth. However, the space journey being so long, they would only allow 100 people alive at any given time. And each person has 100 days of being alive, then they are dead for eight years, and brought back to life for another 100 days to heal. And repeated. It’s not as weird as it sounds, nor is it disturbing. The main character is a man named Brad who has given up on many things throughout his life and eventually gave up on Earth. Then he finds out that his ex-wife is also on this voyage. I would have liked to actually see their past play out in scenes as opposed to summary, but it’s still a good story. You can read It’s Good to See You by clicking here.

May 1, 2013
Persephone at Arm’s Length
by Bridget A. Natale
I can’t say I’m a fan of this one. The writing was good, but I’m not entirely sure what I’m supposed to come away with after getting to the end of this story. I can’t even properly say what it was about. I know I don’t condone the adulterous actions of the characters, but I didn’t really see the theme to this story. If you would like to read Persephone at Arm’s Length, click here.

May 2, 2013
by Jez Patterson
Amusing little story about a couple, Geoff and Moira, adopting an alien baby. The inadequacy that Moira felt actually hit home with something I was feeling very recently. My situation had nothing to do with a child, but the principle is still the same. It was nice to see Geoff’s responses to Moira’s doubts; it’s nice to have someone like that in your life. I thought Mr. Patterson did a good job with their relationship, as I thought it was a good dynamic. That said, Geoff did feel a bit “perfect” but it’s still a nice story. You can read Lyam here.

bookcaseMay 3, 2013
Things We Leave Behind
by Alex Shvartsman (his website)
This is a great story, with a very slight speculative bit. But it is autobiographical in a lot of ways, and you can get that by how rich the characters were and their situation. I am so glad Daily Science Fiction published this story even though the science fiction aspect is just hardly there. It’s about a family in the Soviet Union who wants to move to America, but the father has a bookshelf full of books that he claims keeps their neighborhood safe, and he is hesitant to uproot. The relationship between father and son is done so well. This story is definitely recommended. Kudos to Mr. Shvartsman! You can read Things We Leave Behind here.


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“Shut up and write.”
K.A. Laity


Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday is…a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres. I am just one author in the midst of awesome authors. To read other snippets, or learn how to join us, visit scififansat.blogspot.com!

The last five weeks I shared snippets from one of my short stories, Acts, published in The Glass Parachute. The response I received was phenomenal; I’m glad some of you enjoyed the snippets well enough to want to check out the book!

This week (and maybe successive weeks) I will be sharing snippets of a Work In Progress titled April 11, 1978 (tentative title). It’s actually a random date. When I was scrolling through a story, I thought I saw that date and decided to make it a focal point to a story, lol…

This is how the story begins (this is all early draft, remember that).

Marc stood in front of his bathroom mirror and stared at himself with a gaze that had no intention of release. His dimming blue eyes, his round nose, his graying brown hair that accentuated his receding hairline. He pushed in closer to perceive the wrinkles blossoming around the corners of his eyes.

Although he kept in great physical shape – he glanced at the toned arms protruding from his tank top – he was getting spiritually crushed from the deceptions and betrayals he doled out. Emotionally it was tough, but he pressed on because he had to make a living.

He noticed the bathroom door was cracked open, giving a slight view into the darkened bedroom. With a guided prod of his hand, he shut the door, and then opened the door to the vanity.

Most of the contents inside was storage for cleaning supplies. He purposely put an overabundance of extra products to dissuade any curious eyes.

Marc reached behind all of the packaging, pushed aside a sixty-four ounce bottle of hand soap, and retrieved a small, silver cylinder the size of a battery.

I hope you enjoyed this snippet! And be sure to check out other snippets by the other authors at scififansat.blogspot.com.

“Good writers indulge their audience; great writers know better.”
Tom Heehler


Villipede Publications — the company that published the anthology where my short stories “Acts” & “For Zanna” can be found — has just recently opened villipede horror anthologysubmissions to a brand new anthology! They are accepting submissions for their horror anthology, currently titled Darkness ad Infinitum. The submission period is from April 15 – June 15, so you have just under two months to get a good story in. And just for your information, blood and guts splattering is not the focal point for this anthology. They want sophistication. Subtle, psychological horror. It can have violence but not needlessly.

But don’t let this blog post be your guide. Go to Villipede.com/Submissions and check out the complete list of guidelines and everything. I’m privileged to have worked with Matt Edginton for the first sci-fi anthology. I look forward to working with him again, although I doubt it will be by submitting anything to this anthology. I don’t write horror — psychological or otherwise. Then again, I haven’t exactly tried…

Secondly, Villipede has a brand new Featured Flash photo through April 30. They provide the original artwork, you submit the short piece of fiction to match! The winner receives a free copy of one of the books they’ve published. You can check that out here.