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SF/F Group

This sub-group focuses on Science Fiction and Fantasy, so if you have anything that falls under that category — be it short story, poem or novel-in-progress — then come! We'd love to hear from you.

Our format allows each reader 15 minutes to present their work... followed by approximately 20 minutes of feedback from the other attendees. To ensure a fair opportunity to respond, each attendee is limited to 1 minute of feedback time. (Using this structure, we are usually able to get through four readers in any given night.)

If a reader elects to post their work in advance (NOT a requirement!), members will be able to access that work under the "More" > "Files" section from the drop-down menu, above.

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  • James P.

    I was wondering if anyone had an opinion about doing unsolicited submissions at major publishers vs. query letters to agents? From what I've heard the latter way is the easier route to getting published, but is there a good reason not to do both (assuming the publisher allows it)? Also, what about simultaneous submissions? I've heard publishers will tell you not to do it, but I've also heard that there isn't much they can do about it if you do (after all, if someone picks you up, you're good to go then right?).

    1 · August 8, 2014

    • Maggie R.

      One such agent's post like Rebekkah mentioned is here: http://jetreidliterar...­

      2 · August 13, 2014

    • James P.

      Ok cool, thanks for all the advice!

      1 · August 14, 2014

  • Ann A.

    Sorry I did not make it last night, I haven't slept well lately so I took a nap before leaving and didn't wake up until almost 6 30.

    August 13, 2014

  • Courtney

    Thanks for all the great feedback! I'm going to be busy. :)

    August 13, 2014

  • James P.

    I'm not going to make it tonight either, just completely exhausted after a long day at work. If y'all need a backup reader for next time if like to volunteer, but I completely understand if preference is given to someone actually at the meeting. See everyone next time!

    August 12, 2014

  • Dara

    Hey guys. I'm coming up for air to give an update from Tehran. I have been recording video for a vlog, but my connection here is so crappy that video uploads are all but impossible. I'm spending the day in to get some writing done. Thinking in English, which is my best language, is like walking into a familiar daylit room after navigating a darkened maze of unfinished corridors.
    Language immersion makes your brain hurt the way muscles hurt after a workout. The body repairs the stress damage and tightens the mechanism. Rest lets the mind reset and purge itself of the toxins the build up from mental stress; like breaking down anaerobic acid crystals in your muscles by stretching, or forging the edge of a carbon steel blade for a keen edge. It's labor that pays off with something beautiful, in this case, the language of Khayyam and Mowlana (Rumi).

    3 · August 6, 2014

    • Margaret C.

      Good to hear from you, Dara! Take care!

      August 12, 2014

    • Rebekkah N.

      Glad to hear from you! What a lovely description of language immersion. Clearly, you can't take the writer from the writer's group... even across oceans or spotty internet connections.

      August 12, 2014

  • William L S.

    I'm unable to attend tonight's meeting due to continued illness. I've written a short story I'd like to read (since it's been a year). If I may please be put into backup so I can be in the queue to read in the next month.

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Allegra

      I'm sorry you're still sick, Bill. Take care and get well soon.

      1 · August 12, 2014

  • Fraser

    I may be 10-15 minutes late, but I will be there. Just a slight scheduling issue.

    August 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nettie, here. Jeff generously cancelled going to tonight's meetup to help me with a project, so I've come up with a brilliant solution, to which he's agreed. He will see you at Bailey's. ~N

    1 · August 12, 2014

  • F Hampton C.

    I have had a short piece accepted by Bewildering Stories for an online publication in a few weeks. I'll let you know exactly when I can.

    9 · July 30, 2014

  • F Hampton C.

    Just a self-serving reminder of my book signing/reading coming up[masked] in Wake Forest at the Story Tellers Book Store at 7:00pm. That's a Friday night. I'll have printed reminders with me tonight as well as some books.

    1 · August 12, 2014

  • Courtney

    I just posted my piece for today's meeting. Sorry it's so late.

    August 12, 2014

  • M. David B.

    My wife needed to pick up a night shift tomorrow evening, so I'll have to miss this week. (Play nice though, because if you don't I still might reach across cyberspace and smack someone.)

    1 · August 11, 2014

  • Gary

    Other than nanobots run amok (a la the TV show Revolution), does anyone have any ideas they'd be willing to share about what might permanently prevent (or at least severely limit) radio and other wireless data transmission in a real-world future?

    August 5, 2014

    • Gary

      This world is a "reality-based"­ imagining, so I don't want to just gloss it over -- but I don't like the thought of having to recreate my whole world at this point. There's also the problem that, with sci-fi, you don't want to introduce too many unrelated weirdnesses into one story. It comes across as too much impossible coincidence. (Aliens came, and then a guy invented time travel, and then there was a supernova close to earth, and computers became sentient, and we discovered advanced artifacts on Mars… Not a good idea without clear causal links between them!) So I think I'm going to be very surgical with my approach: figure out the specific small reasons why I had wanted to do this in the first place, and then see if I can create those same effects with other, more limited causes.

      1 · August 7, 2014

    • Larian

      Wow i go on vacation and you guys finally start a conversation i could help with... so i miss it :P its all a plot... I know it. and for the record Alegra i give the same advice to fantasy writers... if so for instance, you magic doesn’t work underwater in one scene it sure as hell better not work underwater in the next scene without a damn good reason, and you need to explain that to your readers or they will call bull shit in a heart beat. the only difference is there are a lot more real world examples of science to draw on than there are magical ones

      1 · August 7, 2014

  • Cheryl Mott S.

    Hate to miss but I'll be in Atlanta on business. See you next time!!

    August 4, 2014

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