- Producer04/10/2017Review of Joseph Hunter's Back Door To MarsAuthor: Joseph Hunter Publisher: Outskirts Press ISBN: 978-1-4787-8404-3 Planet Mars is our closest neighbour and hence it has become the least difficult truly alien place to imagine ourselves living on or for that matter other creatures. This...
- ProducerOpportunityA short story very loosely based on reality...The big chick with the 'birthday girl' button pinned on her ample bosom holding the glass of sparkling wine, opened her mouth and let a high pitch melody emanate. It wobbled as her intoxicated body...
Comments28/07/2017 #4 Sheena Brunzlik#1 Again thank you Deb. It is truly like a refreshing rain to have folk actually 'get' what I write...quite speechless, let me enjoy this moment. Wow, you got my point. Our modern world teaches through it's media that 'things' are more important than self. Yet I vaguely remember a childhood cartoon where the guy gets a toaster and then needs the kettle, then the fridge, then the stove and then....until he is living to pay for things. Debt is definitively our youth's worst enemy. This said, I believe that success follows a clear open passion. Do what you love and things have a way of working out right.28/07/2017 #3 Sheena BrunzlikHi Dr Ian, so glad to meet up with you again...and since it was you who introduced this website to us, thank you...I have spent a great deal of time reading yours firstly and then others and have discovered that there really are a great bunch of humans on this planet. Loving it!26/07/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichRiveting story, @Sheena Brunzlik!
"But we do it because it’s an opportunity to do what fills our soul, what gives meaning to our existence and what enables us to be who we want to be. It does not come for free, the cost is great from one point of view, but more than worth it, from another."
This is the crux of the human condition. Do we do what we were meant to do, or do we do what we have to based on assumptions about the game of life. Every single one of us, rotates between these two poles, depending on a lot of factors.
In those activities where we can be a soulful whole, being naturally, there is always an opportunity to ripple far.
- ProducerThe first day of the rest of my life I’ve created this blog for two reasons, both selfish but you are more than welcome to read, comment and post. My first reason is to address my fear of writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write, I just don’t let anyone read it. My...
Comments26/07/2017 #8 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#4 You really have started something with this, @Sheena Brunzlik. Try not to define 'this' for as long as possible, as there is immense freedom in the discipline of committing to show up to the keyboard, in order to let your important voice out into the world. I'm glad to have you on beBee!
Here's to sharing all the stuff that lights you up!25/07/2017 #4 Sheena Brunzlik#3 Thank yo Gert for your suggestions.. and have done just that. To say I'm just a tad intimidated would be an understatement... and normally this is where I would exit. But. I know someone great who vouches for BeBee and says there are no hidden agendas just pure conscientiousness so I'll sojourn awhile longer.
- ProducerThere’s Beauty in Imperfection The landscape scene before me portrayed a vista which was refreshing to my eyes and which restored my soul but have you ever really looked closely? Bet you, there’s a broken branch or some old leaves lying around. There are loose stones...
- 22/07/2017Galaxy Science Fiction is now available on the Internet Archive!
Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980. It was founded by an Italian company, World Editions, which was looking to break in to the American market. World Editions hired as editor H. L. Gold, who rapidly made Galaxy the leading science fiction (sf) magazine of its time, focusing on stories about social issues rather than technology.
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- Producer23/04/2017Writing Prompt: Session 1 My take on Writing Prompt #1He remembered that day as if it were yesterday. To say that everything changed was a colossal understatement. After all, he was now dead.It's been 20 minutes now and the rain was continually drumming on his head. The...
- 08/03/2017It's always at this time of night that I wake up and think about everything that has happened today, yesterday, a week, month, year ago. It's exhausting. I want to think about the future that I've put on hold for so long. I want to look forwards and not look backward into the abyss that I used to call existence.
I'm moody today.
Anyone else feeling a little crazy tonight or this morning rather?
- 04/03/2017My mind won't let me sleep tonight.....and these are the shenanigans that ensue....I love me some Anita Blake. Where are my Laurell K. Hamilton fans?
- Producer02/03/2017Deleted...What happened to me yesterday was pretty depressing, and I'm sure this has happened to a lot of you guys out there. I have a blog. I was writing a blog post for said blog. And then everything was just gone, caput, vamoose (did I spell that right?)...
Comments13/03/2017 #2 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar GoddessYears ago, @Rosemary Roman, I remember a coworker suddenly yelling out very loudly "SHIT"!!!!! He hadn't saved his work (this was before computers automatically did, or at least some programs did/do that), and he had spent hours on some report. Gone. Not findable. It taught me to routinely save my stuff, sometimes paragraph by paragraph. Sorry you lost your work -- I do feel your pain!
- Producer12/01/2017Shakriyl : Seeking UtopiaMy name is Shakriyl IV tomorrow I will be Shakriyl V. Tomorrow is the 23rd of March 3245. I am the governor of the confederation of Aika comprising Earth, Moon North & South, Mars, Venus and Planets Erkis and Dois. This will be my fifth term as...
Comments13/01/2017 #19 Ken Boddie#18 Let the smarties philosophise, Pascal, but, either way, neither you nor I will be around for long enough to find out if their predictions are correct. If I'm wrong then we'd better have that drink some time soon. Meanwhile, please keep on writing these enticing tales.13/01/2017 #18 Pascal Derrien#17 thanks @Ken Boddie for translating my broken prose, this duality on ideals has been with us for a while I guess.
As a mankind in the end we are maybe just some unstructured organic creatures who have the illusion they can control outcomes when they merely influence events of their own evolution. I am just regular guy and some ssmart people may probably have some theories about it :-)13/01/2017 #17 Ken BoddieBrilliantly conceived, Pascal, and Interesting how this post dangles a hook of fictional improbabilities for us to bite upon with our eternity seeking incisors.
BUT!!!!!! - If prolonged human existence requires adoption of artificial intelligence to 'stabilise' us, along with a total lack of disagreement and argument, and if the price of peace and a pollution free environment is "100% adhesion to the new system" and a "Lipped sync" existence, then let's go out with a big bang now and I'll bring the Scotch to kill off our remaining 30% re-generated brains and livers.
I believe that the price of peace is eternal vigilance and not eternal servitude.
Sheep follow wherever the flock is guided by the watch dogs, but humans test, adapt, re-invent, learn by our mistakes (with a greater than 50:50 probability) and will ultimately evolve to survive. The only real problem is that we may end up killing our planet in the process of managing our survival. Perhaps, by then, some us may have hitched a ride to Mars and beyond?
There are less obvious parallels to consider adopting - the LinkedIn Big Brother algorithm of submissive solitary existence, or the beBee path of endless possibilities and affinities?13/01/2017 #14 Lisa VanderburgShakriyl's servant Ardi brought him the contraband book. Both the 70% AI and the full human recognise the concept of trust as having a element of risk - quite high (I would think) in this case. Both understand that something is rotten in Utopia; the 30% of human that Shakriyl is has realized this order is a type of death. The human instincts are beginning to stir in both of them - can't find the word to describe what has been awoken. This ambivalence is the beginning of awareness that will lead to freedom for both. War will come again. Sad bunch, ain't we @Pascal Derrien13/01/2017 #13 Alan CullerHello @Pascal Derrien
Thanks for your story. I am currently reading "The Mandibles 2029-2045", by Lionel Shriver. In it the author describes science fiction as the "projection of today's fears through the device of changed science and technology."
Using that rubric to make sense of your story - we fear war and discord to such a degree that we might be willing to give up personal passion -God, I hope not!
No one likes pain, but the absence of pain is not Utopia -it's death.
A fun read that started me thinking and feeling -or over-thinking and over -feeling. :-)
Alan12/01/2017 #10 Pascal Derrien#9 indeed and that's why utopia whatever it is to whoever has never been within grasp, in my very dumb and short story the Elders created a worsening dynamic in response to what they were trying to solve in the first place , I actually made up Aika in my head I did not even know it was Japanese I actually quite like that :-) @Dean Owen12/01/2017 #9 Dean OwenGlad to see the Japanese have some influence in your future world (Aika being a Japanese girl's name). I think of future world's as envisioned by others, like Logan's Run, where mandatory death is set at age 21. Utopia to me sounds dull. Isn't there a case to be made for the existence of good vs evil. Hasn't war inspired incredible art and literature? Doesn't the possibility of cataclysmic event such as global warming or pandemics result in innovations in science and tech? Would you want to live in a risk free world?
- Producer15/11/2016Is Tolkien Really All That Bad? Alexa Steele's buzz: How to be a better writer by ignoring writing advice confessed: Years before the movies came out someone gifted me a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Intrigued, I sat down to read it that same day.I never finished the first...
Comments16/11/2016 #6 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood"If you're expecting The Greatest Epic Fantasies Ever Written" - When I first read it I was not.. but then I read it, and read it again and again and read the Silmarillian and have come to realize that Tolkien is not only an amazing writer and genius - but has created English Mythology on his own, has inspired everything Fantasy for almost 75 years now and in fact did write "The Greatest Epic Fantasies Ever Written." In my mind he change my life and is the greatest ever. But then again I was a math major. Buzz On! @Virag🐝 G. @Javier 🐝 beBee @Dean Owen @John White, MBA15/11/2016 #3 Alexa SteeleHi Paul. I happened upon your post in my feed just now and intend to read it in further detail tomorrow. Are you aware that currently tags within posts don't generate a notification? You have to use the comments section to alert someone to your post (and I wouldn't have wanted to miss this 😃)15/11/2016 #2 Paul Kemner#1 I read them back in the late 60's, and again before the movies came out. I liked them, but I was reading a lot of SF and fantasy so they fit in a larger context for me. Some of the imitation Tolkien that came out at the time was really dreadful- taking up any faults that JRRT had, but losing his redeeming qualities. On the plus side, the success in the US at the time helped a lot of forgotten early fantasy to be republished, like the Ballantine Adult Fantasy line of books edited by Lin Carter.
One of the interesting things about LOTR- I think it's the first Hazardous Material Quest. Instead of being a quest to find the Sword of Power or the Sacred Badger Pelt, it was a quest to get rid of something dangerous.15/11/2016 #1 Phillip HubbellI think it was after the third or fourth reading of them that I moved on to his other tales and histories. I had decided I liked them long before the movies. Not a lot of ambiguity about who the good guys are, for the most part. Even the slips in character turn out redeemed in their passing ..save the Stewart of Gondor.
- 27/10/20162 + 2 = 5Orwell - Keeping An Eye On You (Announcement Trailer) Big Brother has arrived - and it’s you. Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the...
- 25/09/2016Food for thoughts ....Today it is 7212.gohumans.news I opened my eyes and looked at the number. 7212. It seemed like only yesterday that yesterday had happened, and yet I had been reliving this day for almost 20 years.I got up and got changed, made...
- Producer08/09/201690% of Science Fiction is CrapThere are a few obvious stereotypes of science fiction readers: Lonely men and sad teenage boys, geeks and nerds, sweating in their anoraks. Yet I find it hard to comprehend that so many will write off a whole genre on the basis of a number of...
Comments08/10/2016 #25 Nathan LowellMiéville is one of the more interesting Weird writers. I read Perdido Street Station years ago. Good book, but haven't gone back to that well for a long time.
I swore off trad pubs about 2011. I'll sometimes pick up a book on sale when the publisher runs a promo but I'm not paying $15 for an ebook and I have no use for paper.07/10/2016 #23 Nathan Lowell"But this seems to be an opinion that won’t budge."
Narrow minded generalizations - and every genre has them - seem to say less about the genre than the people offering the criticism.
Why does it matter? Clearly - as an author - I don't buy into the stereotypes. As a long time SF fan I understand what Sturgeon's Revelation actually means and I happen to agree with it.
I also think that it's a rule that needs to be applied unilaterally - that is - I get to say which 10% is not-crap for me and you get to say which 10% is not-crap for you. Sometimes we'll overlap and sometimes we won't.
Isn't that a good thing?10/09/2016 #21 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI have not indulged science fiction novels, I prefer science fiction as a film genre, but I did get into William Gibson. Gibson has become a bit of a cult figure for technologists despite the reality that he barely uses technologies in his actual writing, he writes using that old technology called a typewriter and an manual one at that. The Paris Review interview did a good job of why I think Gibson is a compelling thinker and author http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6089/the-art-of-fiction-no-211-william-gibson10/09/2016 #17 Paul KemnerYou also might want to check out Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (she was Guest of Honor at Penguicon). That book won the 2014 Hugo award for best novel, the Nebula Award for best novel, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the British Science Fiction Association award for best novel, and the Locus Award for best first novel. It's also won awards for best translated novel in Japan and France. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancillary_Justice09/09/2016 #16 Lauren Juzl#14 I mentioned both 1984 and Brave New World in the article if you read it, and yes I agree I should have mentioned 2001 a Space Odyssey. As for Atwood, I would class The Handmaid's Tale, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, Madaddam and The Heart Goes Last all as scifi, but of course as the post proves, it's completely subjective. As for the title, I believed it was the most important point of the article.09/09/2016 #14 Jim MurrayI noticed that conspicuous by their absence are '1984', '2001 A Space Odyssey' and 'Brave New World' which as a sci fi buff, defines the genre pretty completely for me. What's up with that? Re Margaret Atwood. She's really only written one work that could be called sci-fi. She's a literary writer and I can understand completely her not wanting to be typecast in a genre in which show only made one contribution.09/09/2016 #13 Robert CormackQuite possibly, Lauren. Margaret has some pretty definite ideas about fiction, especially science fiction. Should we allow for greater latitude, imagining what could be instead of what will be? Sure, why not? None of us will probably be here to know the true answer, anyway, so let's imagine any possibility. The more the mind wanders, the more we discover. Would we have gotten to the moon if it wasn't for Jules Verne? Who knows. He's certainly made us think. That's always healthy.09/09/2016 #12 Lauren Juzl#10 And that's what annoys me so much about Atwood @Robert Cormack, what I love about science fiction is how possible most of the content is, and when its not so believable, how exciting it is to imagine if it was. My only problem with Atwood's remarks is that she's trying to use them as a reason to separate her work from science fiction, when really she's just highlighting one of the many complexities of the genre.09/09/2016 #11 Lauren Juzl@Aurorasa Sima I think perhaps that would be the 90% that you are referring to, or as @Nick Mlatchkov more kindly put it, the 60%. I don't know if you've read many of the authors I listed or @Paul Kemner View more@Aurorasa Sima I think perhaps that would be the 90% that you are referring to, or as @Nick Mlatchkov more kindly put it, the 60%. I don't know if you've read many of the authors I listed or @Paul Kemner and Nick put forward but perhaps that's where you may find the new and innovative ideas you're looking for. Close09/09/2016 #10 Robert CormackI think Atwood makes a good point. Somewhere in science fiction, it's good to find that strand that says, "This could very well happen." In many respects, I think that's what happened with the whole Star Trek phenomenon. On one hand, it's certainly "out there." On the other hand, we feel Gene has prophetic moments that we are seeing in modern reality. If he was a "seeing some future realities," perhaps the rest will be reality, too. That's the joy of the concept for most Trekers. and I think that's the joy for a lot of science fiction readers. Having that thread of prophetic possibility (as with Verne) makes the genre more intriguing and therefore more readable.09/09/2016 #8 Paul KemnerI'd recommend Tim Powers (esp. Last Call, Expiration Date, and Earthquake Weather) and some of his weird history books. Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and The Diamond Age (worthwhile cyberpunk!) . Connie Willis (esp Doomsday Book). Kage Baker's "The Company" novels. Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga books.09/09/2016 #7 Paul KemnerThere is so much being written today, so it's difficult to find "the good stuff". And mass media (movies/tv) favors space opera and repetitive quest fantasy. I've found that being involved with the "literary" SF cons has helped me find much better stuff. Hearing what impresses authors I'm impressed with (and why they like it) has opened up a lot of vistas.08/09/2016 #2 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianI don't think an author pushing away from the SF genre has as much to do with literary conviction as it does with marketing. This is precisely because SF is linked with nerdy teens and lonely men.
The SF genre itself is vast and can range from pure fantasy to probable future speculation. The best ones have at least some scientific logic to them IMHO
I've read your entire list. In fact, The Day of The Triffids was the first novel I read that was not assigned to me by a teacher. I found a dog-eared copy on the bus.
The story is everything whether it is set on a starship, and alien world, modern day, or even the past.
- Producer04/09/2016The PetI have been on my own for 3 days now, it was brilliant in a way as I got the entire duplex for me, Lex my master left me food for 5 days in case his assignment was to take more time than planned. What I understood from him is that he is a Unit...
Comments05/09/2016 #10 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#4 LOL @Ken Boddie! Incidentally, that last sentence of yours swept my attention away from black holes and worm holes to another variety of holes...not far from Uranus...I had to fire a few quick bursts from the aux engine to veer clear of the probes heading for them...whew! Close shave again! Back on trajectory now! Destination Endor-II ;)05/09/2016 #9 Pascal Derrien#4 I am surprised your smart devices have not told you there are actually a few 'articifcial'' planets around Uranus made of debris in 2759 but well you may have to wait for the upgrade :-) Free humans from the machines!! how do you do coffee without a percolator again :-) @Ken Boddie05/09/2016 #6 Praveen Raj GullepalliAnother engaging scifi story @Pascal Derrien! So we are gonna be pets with our own vets and Robocop like man-machine interface critters controlling us! Seems likely...we are suckers for tech and have no idea where to draw the line when it comes to using tech anyway ;)05/09/2016 #4 Ken BoddieI knew it, Pascal, and your buzz confirms it, except you have your dates wrong. I am a mere pet in the world controlled by my smart phone, Macbook, washing machine, dishwasher, etc. In fact anything with 'smart' circuitry appears to be brighter than I am and impossible to deal with when they decide to 'go on vacation' (i.e. stop working). I know for a fact that these devices gang up on me from time to time and I'm sure they take delight in 'going on vacation' together without warning. Incidentally, I haven't noticed any satellite planets hovering around my anus? 🙃04/09/2016 #1 Pascal DerrienWhile looking for a visual for this short story I bumped into Fantastic Planet, a strange filmy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgCxCZNkQ9E
with some kind of strange and interesting surrealist-style imagery It is said to be influenced by Dali's paintings .
As Dali himself said, "Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."
- Producer26/08/2016Magic in the Middle Ages (free Coursera course)Fantasy authors and history lovers may be interested in this free course on Magic in the Middle Ages from the Universitat de Barcelona. About this course: Magical thought has always attracted human imagination. In this course we will introduce you...
- Producer22/08/2016Mithila Review - A Speculative Arts & Culture Magazine (Calls for Submissions)Mithila Review is a speculative arts and culture magazine. We are open to original submissions as well as translations from around the world. Along with original speculative fiction and poetry, we will host reviews, discussions and appreciations...
- Producer24/07/2016Between Worlds - Autumn-themed issue - Calls for SubmissionsThe veil between worlds is intrinsic to the very nature of autumn. On the celtic feast of Samhain, otherwise known as Halloween, the veil grows thin and the dead can pass through for one night. If they can pass through, then what else can? And if...
Comments24/07/2016 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorNice work here Paul. Samhain (pronounced /ˈsɑːwɪn/ SAH-win or /ˈsaʊ.ɪn/ SOW-in, Irish pronunciation: [sˠaunʲ]) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. regards, BILL STANKIEWICZ , HAVE A GREAT DAY & KEEP PROMOTING beBEE.COM :~))
- Producer23/07/2016Issues of Tomorrow: a SF anthology (multiple calls for submissions)"Indie Authors Press is proud to announce the upcoming anthology, ISSUES OF TOMORROW , a SF anthology for print and electronic publication. We are seeking short stories written by established and upcoming writers from around the world with the...
- Producer21/07/2016Immanence - The Journal of Applied Mythology, Legend, and Folktale (calls for submissions)If you would like to be advised of the themes of upcoming journals and submission dates please sign up to receive our newsletter. Immanence accepts well-written articles, anecdotes, poems, book reviews, and film reviews illuminating the ongoing...
- Producer20/07/2016Lorelei Signal - Call for SubmissionsSubmission Guidelines Welcome to The Lorelei SignalThe Lorelei Signal is a quarterly Fantasy electronic magazine - one that will feature strong / complex female characters. This does not mean your female character has to be the main hero or villain...
- Producer19/07/2016PodCastle Submission GuidelinesPodCastle is currently OPEN to submissions. PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it.Word count: up to 6,000...