Top Story: Tips for Writers or Don't Try This At Home

 

Here's an interesting tip for writers from Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos - a hugely popular online shoe store in the USA, which currently means very little to UK readers. When he was writing his best-selling book Delivering Happiness, he ate coffee beans drenched in vodka to help him write faster. He finished the book in two weeks. Possibly file under Don't Try This At Home ?

 

Flash Fiction Competition - NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

Calling all Flash Fiction Writers... It is time for the annual Urban Fantasist SCI-FI-LONDON 48 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge which is open to all writers - entry is FREE - and offers a great prize of sci-fi related movies goodies. And of course the winning entries will be published on the SCI-FI-LONDON and Urban Fantasist websites and promoted via social media. This year there is also the additional prize that one story will be narrated by a professional actor and incorporated in an upcoming Late Night Tales album. AND if you fancy making a Jackanory-style YouTube video of someone reading your story, you can also enter the 48 Hour YouTube Storytelling Challenge.

 

How does it work and why the 48 hours bit? Read on... On Saturday 12 April (between 10am & 1pm) we will send you the Title for your story AND a Line of Dialogue that must be incorporated into the story PLUS an optional science theme. You have until 1pm on Monday 14 April to submit your story (max 1500 words) via email - NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONShttp://www.sci-fi-london.com/flashfiction

 

Formal Stuff: The judges this year are Charles Christian of Urban Fantasist (that's me) author Simon Guerrier SCI-FI-LONDON literary editor Robert Grant. The winner will be announced on Thursday 1 May (which is midway through this year's SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival, 24 April - 4 May). If you want to learn more about the other 48 Hour Challenges or the Festival generally visit http://www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2014 AND look out for #SFL14 #SFL48hr hashtags on Twitter at @ChristianUncut (that's also me) and @scifilondon

 

 

 

 

The Chronicles Rolling News

Murder Most Foul

Murder Most Foul
Interesting data for crime writers... a graphic showing global "homicide mechanisms" aka choice of murder weapons. It would seem it was Colonel Mustard who dunnit in the library with poison or a candlestick but only if he was living in the UK.

Another Great 5 Star Review on Amazon

Another Great 5 Star Review on Amazon
Secret Cargo: A great read - I am looking forward to the sequel!

Disruption starts with customers

Disruption starts with customers
The Bookseller magazine had an interesting leader column last week talking about disruption within the publishing industry however it overlooks one key factor: namely that disruption comes not from the industry but from the customers.

Cthulhu Wants You - And Me !

Cthulhu Wants You - And Me !
More great news from Brian Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass who have been heading up a crowd-sourcing project to fund World War War Cthulhu - a collection of Lovecraft war stories with illustrations.

Meanwhile on Game of Thrones series 4

Meanwhile on Game of Thrones series 4
Meanwhile in Westeros, a new challenger for The Iron Throne emerges. A Game of Thrones spoiler? Or is it?

Calling All Poets

Calling All Poets
It's that time again when I rally the troops to submit science fiction poetry for the BSFA Focus magazine.

What do 2 billion book sales look like?

What do 2 billion book sales look like?
Here's a neat infographic depicting top selling authors as stacks of books. And "yes" Enid Blyton still outsells Dan Brown.

Grumpy Cat & Lolcats Ahoy!

Grumpy Cat & Lolcats Ahoy!
So I'm conducting the Q&A session with Sir Tim Berners-Lee at a tech show in London on Tuesday and I ask him "If you could go back to the early days of the World Wide Web and redesign just one thing, what would it be?"

This List Don't Impress Me Much!

This List Don't Impress Me Much!
This is priceless... Fortune magazine has published its list of people it deems to be the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders". The compilers of the list say "In an era that feels starved for leadership, we've found men and women who will inspire you." Or not!

Flying thru the Universe in 3D

Flying thru the Universe in 3D
Astronomers at Durham University have created a simulated 3D fly-through of the Universe, using the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) galaxy catalogue. It shows the real positions and images of the galaxies that have been mapped so far.

Official Poster for SCI-FI-LONDON 2014 revealed

Official Poster for SCI-FI-LONDON 2014 revealed
The official poster and main image for this year's SCI-FI-LONDON festival science fiction and fantastic film has just been published. We like the Where WHAT IF meets WTF slogan.

First Trailer for Sin City Sequel

First Trailer for Sin City Sequel
It is nearly ten years since the original Sin City moving came out in 2005. Now Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are back with a sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For with Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke returning.

Art with a Sense of Humour

Art with a Sense of Humour
Here's a great site we found featuring artist Dave Pollot who takes old prints of classical paintings - in this case Constable's The Hay Wain - and then adds a suitably sci-fi/fantasy image in a comedic way.

An Alternative Map for the London Tube network

An Alternative Map for the London Tube network
Mind the Gap at the Crossrail Apocalypse - leave your Shattered Dreams at the Barbican - and avoid the Roundabout of Doom aka Old Street!

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What the reviews say...

 

"The twists had me both cheering and crying"

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"Boom. And there it is. The Secret."

"marvellous mental imagery"

 

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