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Spec Fic Writers Spring Newsletter. Follow along with our members who publish in many of the speculative fiction sub-genres including: science fiction, fantasy, horror, dystopian, weird west, fairy tales and more. Get to know our writers and our works. Visit https://specficwriters.com/spring-2022-newsletter/ to read the Winter 2011 issue and sign up to get it regularly. Highlights include:

  • “A Word with Spec Fic Writer Paul Martz,” new member liaison, long-time fan
  • Our two new anthologies released in winter: Second Law and Joy to the Worlds
  • SPEC FIC IS MORE THAN WRITING, news from artist Lauren Curtis
  • Inaugural Self-Published Science Fiction Competition helps writers.
  • Interview with editor/publisher/author Juliana Rew ofThird Flatiron, publishing anthologies, open regularly for submissions.

READERS’ CORNER, March 2022. Read up a storm with these temptations. English winner of the Nobel Prize Kazuo Ishiguro introduces Kathy, a young girl at a boarding school, in Never Let Me Go. She and her classmates have no family or contacts outside school. Their unquestioning acceptance of their eventual fates makes us struggle with questions in our own reality. Lorna Landvik’s Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, follows friendship through decades with insights, humor, and affections women find together. Told from different viewpoints, the friends surf rapid social changes to grow into people you’d like to know. So We Read On (Maureen Corrigan) evaluates the enduring popularity of The Great Gatsby, one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. Corrigan, book critic for NPR and Gatsby devotee, explores the book’s origins and the reasons for its success. See https://www.myprimetimenews.com/category/books/ #womenreaders  #womenfiction  #bookreview  #seniors  #Coauthor

NEW SHORT STORY PUBLICATION: “The Girl Who Loves the Boy Who Loves the Girl Who Plays the Cello,” describing the circuitous path romance can take, has been published by The Sunlight Press. Feel free to enjoy and leave comments. https://www.thesunlightpress.com/2021/05/20/the-girl-who-loves-the-boy-who-loves-the-girl-who-plays-the-cello/

SHORT STORY PUBLICATION: My speculative fiction short story, “Final Report from the Land of Red-Headed Children,” was published late last year by a new local publishing house, Third Flatiron. The anthology, Things With Feathers: Stories of Hope, features 24 stories that range from future science fiction to ancient myth to mysterious bird lore, all demonstrating different speculative takes on hope. See https://thirdflatiron.com/2021_TF_WP/?page_id=11

ANTHOLOGIES RELEASED: The Speculative Fiction Writers have released several anthologies recently. Joy to the Worlds, a holiday anthology, lets you take your pick of maniacal Christmas bots, unexpected visitors from other worlds, omnipotent in-laws over for dinner, or a time travel mission gone terribly wrong. Buy one to pass the time this winter or store for next holiday season. Second Law Anthology features those laws less important than primary decrees but often imperative for social stability, morality, or survival. Ten original speculative fiction stories in several subgenres. For information on these and other specfiction news, visit the website for the fourth quarter newsletter. https://specficwriters.com/https://specficwriters.com/newsletter-2021-fourth-quarter/#more-1942

COLORADO WOMEN IN HISTORIC SPOTLIGHT: Mary Coyle Chase, whose Harvey became a raving success when first performed, then translated for the screen with Jimmie Stewart, was a Denverite. Her life story has been produced for Rocky Mountain PBS, Mary Chase, From Housewife to Pulitzer Prize, available at various times and on DVD. Other films in the series include Josie Heath, A Voice for the Voiceless; Rachel Noel, Champion for Equal Education Opportunity; Joy Burns, A True Pioneer for Excellence; Frances Wisebart Jacobs – Mother of Charities. Denver Woman’s Press Club supported production of the Chase program. Member Mimi Pockross wrote the book, Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase, from which the video developed.

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