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Working girls on the page

Looking for fiction about women and work. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Sep 27, 2011 - 22 answers

 

FBSAS – Federal Bureau of Scary-Ass Shit

I'm trying to find a website. It was a collection of short horror fiction pieces, organized as a bestiary maintained by a secret government organization. It had entries for, I think, a giant preternaturally intelligent and malicious fish-like thing, a haunted subway train, and an orb that acted as a portable black hole or something like that. What was it?
posted by invitapriore on Sep 21, 2011 - 3 answers

It's not just "our" thing...

What's the best mobster movie for every country (other than America) that's ever made a mobster movie? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 21, 2011 - 31 answers

Graphic Novels for Writers, not Artists

How do I go about getting some of my stories made into comics? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Sep 20, 2011 - 10 answers

NEED NAME OF A BOOK

Need name of a book of fiction reviewed several months ago (NYT, WSJ or LA Times) about memory loss. A woman in her 30's wakes up (next to her husband she does not recognize) and remembers nothing about her current life.
posted by TRAVIS'MOM on Sep 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Help an editor keep their cool

I've been asked to type up and edit a work of fiction for a friend / relative / neighbor, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me consider Ted Chiang's distinction between SF and Fantasy

Ask whether the universe of the story recognizes the existence of persons. Is this distinction between SF and Fantasy original with Ted Chiang? Can you think of any counter-examples that don't fit? [more inside]
posted by straight on Sep 14, 2011 - 30 answers

Dragons? Really?

So what's up with dragons? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 10, 2011 - 49 answers

Books about sibling rivaly for a dyslexic?

Books about sibling rivalry and being the youngest? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Bargain Lit for the Kindle

Please recommend books you enjoyed that are 99 cents or less for the Kindle. Bonus: blogs that cover the same. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Sep 9, 2011 - 37 answers

Juvenile Science Fiction Title

I am looking for a juvenile science fiction series I read as a child in the 70s. The books were written in either the 1960s or 70s. I vaguely remember a book that may have been called "Rebel Planet" or "Rebel Prince" and it featured talking battle horses. I remember one passage where a horse turned back to its rider and asked "Kill?" when confronted with an unfriendly.
posted by zzazazz on Sep 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me ID this SF story?

Can the hive mind help me remember a science fiction short story where people grow roots and become...plant-like? [more inside]
posted by blurker on Sep 6, 2011 - 20 answers

How close could a satellite get to the sun, and how much energy could it harvest?

If some future civilization decided that they should tap solar energy at the source for industrial purposes, how close to the Sun could they site their energy collection facilities without having them burst into flames/die from radiation degradation, and how much energy could they harvest? Just to keep things simple, say they use photovoltaics or some other technology we have access to. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Sep 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Novels, Stories, or Movies Like Planescape: Torment

Which novels, short stories, or movies have the same "feel" as the CRPG Planescape: Torment? I loved that game when it was released, played it through multiple times, and I'm jonesing for a more-of-the-same experience. [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Whither a space opera wilt not wither?

What's the best venue to submit a politically tinged left-leaning science-fiction short story? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Aug 24, 2011 - 14 answers

That's not who you think it is

I'm writing a novel that's based on an event very, very similar to something that actually happened to a real person in my local area. Will I be in trouble if anyone actually reads it? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Aug 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Beyond Bradbury.

SciFi for middle schoolers. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Aug 20, 2011 - 42 answers

Help me find happiness! Literally!

I'm looking for fiction that is short(ish) and has happiness as a theme. By happiness, I mean any of the following: factors influencing happiness, someone gaining/losing happiness, pondering the meaning of happiness, money causing/preventing happiness, thinking something will make you happier and it does or doesn't, etc. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Fiction book about generational suicides?

Looking for the title of a book that I read in the mid 90's. It is a "fanciful" fictional book about a family (generations of family) end up committing suicide in very strange ways. [more inside]
posted by futz on Aug 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me identify a radio comedy about drunk children at a holiday party.

Help me identify a radio comedy about drunk children at a holiday party. About three or four years ago, I was listening to the radio during the holiday season (Nov-Dec), and I heard the funniest (fictional) story I've ever heard, and have never been able to locate the source. [more inside]
posted by firstcity_thirdcoast on Aug 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Long Lost Stories

Trying to remember two books: one YA fiction from the 80's, the other a chapter book for 7-9 year olds, from the 60's, maybe. [more inside]
posted by noxetlux on Aug 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for queer science fiction.

So I need more science fiction by and/or about queer folks. Special snowflake request details follow. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 4, 2011 - 28 answers

Rabbit Redone?

Copyright question: Can I publish "Portnoy's Little Brother"? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Jul 31, 2011 - 20 answers

Trying to remember a story

I am trying to remember a short story I read in a fiction collection over 10 years ago. The author may have been British. It was written in a Kingsley Amis-like voice and featured a guest who offends his hosts by peeing in a vase. This is my only memory of the story, and it is hazy enough that the details may be quite off. Any help recovering this (hopefully not false) literary memory would be most appreciated.
posted by Morpeth on Jul 29, 2011 - 2 answers

What would Galileo think?

Would it be possible to make a telescope from two contact lenses? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jul 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Book ID Request, Again

Please help me ID a book about a dark-haired woman set during the westward expansion. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Non-Genre Fiction Magazine Recs Wanted

I'm looking for fiction journal or magazine recommendations, and I don't know where to start other than what I don't want: 'Genre' or McSweeney's. [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine on Jul 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Who are the interesting independent ebook publishers?

Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Please jog my memory...

Please help me identify this all but forgotten children's book. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jul 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Books that will make me weep?

Help me be sad. Recommend to me depressing, sad, mournful fiction. Books that made you sad and a tad tearful. I just want to access these emotions and be taken away in good writing and wonderful characters. Any genre is acceptable except YA (unless you can prove it is real exceptional YA I suppose). Less cliched angst situations as well.
posted by kanata on Jul 21, 2011 - 88 answers

Help me find this children's book about a girl and her hamster

Help me find a half-remembered children's book about a little girl and her pet, and what they say when they get the chance to speak one sentence to each other. [more inside]
posted by Encipher on Jul 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Confirmed bachelors with more female friends than male?

What fictional male characters are confirmed bachelors with many female friends and few male friends? I'm especially interested in stories set before 1950. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Jul 18, 2011 - 6 answers

What was that crime novel that used carmageddon as a plot point

What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Hello, Slush Pile! I've kinda missed you

What is it like editing a literary magazine in the age of the internet? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jul 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Page turning sci-fi for non-sci-fi buffs

I am seeking recommendations for classic science fiction that will be entertaining and enjoyable for my book club . [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Jul 11, 2011 - 52 answers

Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!

Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jul 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Thrillers about money?

What are some examples of fictional thrillers that revolve around some kind of currency manipulation or other arcane financial shenanigans? Spy novels, murder mysteries, police procedurals, action movies, doesn't matter what genre. Not interested in crimes like bank robberies, just white collar crimes. (Non-fiction about these kinds of capers is also acceptable.) The more arcane and complicated the scheme, the better.
posted by empath on Jul 4, 2011 - 51 answers

Memo to central casting

Help me construct a typology of fictional (but familiar) technological epochs -- along with the genre-conventions and stock-elements that characterize each. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jun 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Pig gods, fire goddesses, and Mark Twain

Trying to remember the name of a book about Hawaii, golf course development, Mark Twain, Pele, and some supernatural happenings. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jun 27, 2011 - 1 answer

What hollywood doesn't know about computers...

What are some of the cheesiest on-screen 'hacking' scenes? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jun 23, 2011 - 48 answers

The name of the book is: ?

Fiction filter: A science fiction book I recall reading in my youth involved a cabin or shed in which time goes by several times faster inside rather than outside. [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Jun 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Horror anthology recommendations

I'm looking for various horror anthologies -- numerous writers with no overarching subject such as "Zombies!" or "Vampires!". I have enjoyed a few such as Foundation of Fear, Prime Evil, Revelations, and 999.
posted by snap_dragon on Jun 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Writers similar to Salinger?

Please recommend writers similar to J.D. Salinger. [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jun 14, 2011 - 23 answers

I need audiobook recommendations!

I need some new audiobooks! I'm a screen printer and find that listening to an audiobook helps me to focus and get more done during the day and consequently, I get through 3-4 books a week. I'll listen to just about anything (science fiction, biographies, western, you name it), as long as it's engaging but doesn't require too much concentration. I've listed my favorites below. Tell me what you've enjoyed listening to and what I've been missing! [more inside]
posted by emilygraves05 on Jun 11, 2011 - 39 answers

toke-lit

What are some contemporary novels about potheads or that feature weed-smoking? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 answers

LIBERTARIAN ENGINEER SAVES THE WORLD

Give your best examples of the SF/ Survivalist/ Wish Fullfillment sub-genre "libertarian engineers do everything better" or "objectivist superman saves history". More specifically ones where someone is the last man on earth/sendt back in time and constructs a free market utopia through sheer smarts and rationality ( with himself on the top of it, of course). [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 9, 2011 - 28 answers

Epic Bromance?

Summer reading list filter: Looking for books about romantic friendships (psychologically, or as a literary device, I'm not picky) and novels contianing examples. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Jun 7, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me plot a novel I don't even have an idea for!

Novel plotting filter: how do YOU do it? Do you think of a character first, devise the end and work backward from that, have a world/location in mind and try to discover what stories would occur there, what? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jun 2, 2011 - 19 answers

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