Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites? Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor. I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
Please recommend novels that deal with Uplifting sentient species, bootstrapping technology, a la David Brin's Upllift novels and Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series. [more inside]
Looking for good short stories or essays about abusive relationships [more inside]
Please recommend to me some good workplace fiction. [more inside]
Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
What are some contemporary coming of age novels? I am in a reading group and our current theme is "the adolescent experience." But most novels we have read thus far speak to the experiences of past generations. What are some novels, written for adult audiences, that might describe the experience of a modern adolescent in our society? [more inside]
Please help give my fictional character child care advice. [more inside]
Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
I'm looking for a website I found years ago that combined prose and pictures to create a series of puzzles, but I do not remember what it was called. The notable thing about it was that it had 12 puzzles, and they are dispensed to you weekly, with a story and master puzzle arcing across all twelve, leaving you with a 3 month interactive experience. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories? [more inside]
Please tell me that the book described below actually exists, and is not a hallucination resulting from my troubled childhood. [more inside]
Any advice on how to switch from writing in second person to writing from a first- or third-person viewpoint? [more inside]
Trying to remember a novel I read that sort of had Betty Page and HP Lovecraft in it [more inside]
Reccommend me some fiction with unusual narrators! [more inside]
Please recommend sci-fi featuring “noble” androids. [more inside]
Help me find a funky "speculative archeology" picture book from the mid-nineties in which archeologists discover 20th century items and ponder what they may have been used for. [more inside]
I'm interested in fiction books reminiscent of The Wicker Man and Harvest Home. Horror or mystery stories of strange nature cults/paganism/mystery religions...Not so much stories of Da Vince Code or Name of the Rose but more the former two titles.
Looking for the title of a book I saw last year. [more inside]
Is there a science fiction book club with really good (nebula, hugo, clarke award quality) books? I love Stross, Schroeder, Vinge, Bacigalupi, Chiang, Stephenson, Reynolds & Mieville ...but I've already read everything they've written. How can I separate the wheat from the chaff with new or unknown authors?
Please help me identify this young adult novel (comatose teen explores afterlife with long-dead caveman). [more inside]
Please suggest the most riveting, distracting, absorbing fiction! [more inside]
Who are the best prose stylists in science fiction? [more inside]
Writing a story... What is a malady or health issue that is 1) hereditary, 2) difficult to diagnose in an unborn child, 3) makes life particularly difficult (mentally or physically) for someone who has it? [more inside]
Can anyone identify a short story I heard on the radio involving a college professor? [more inside]
Help one of my colleagues identify a short story (we think) for a patron! [more inside]
To writers: how do you consider questions of which form in which to express your ideas - short story, essay, novel, poem, even unconventional forms like very short fiction or experimental plotless fiction or aphorism collection or blog posts (to the extent they're their own thing)? Are there any good articles or books that wrestle with this dilemma?
My fiction writing group is wondering if there's a better way to critique each others' pieces. How does your writing group do it? [more inside]
i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program of choice! help me do it right. [more inside]
What is the name of this SciFi book? [more inside]
Help me remember a young adult novel I read as a kid. The main character was a teenage girl and there was an upsetting incident involving a kitten and a doormat. [more inside]
Help me find some quality books that would be easy reads for my 15-year old female cousin. [more inside]
Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading?
Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
What exactly does one do in a "desk job" for a covert organization? [more inside]
What are the best books, articles, or websites that act as a kind of "writing coach" for fiction, which walk you through, like an encouraging but demanding mentor, the psychological, technical, and purely logistical issues of writing and then publishing short stories or novels?
Trying to find a Young Adult Fantasy Trilogy--Can't Remember the Name [more inside]
You all did such a great job of helping with my Black History Month question, that I am returning with another similar question about African American authors of fiction--specifically SF Bay Area-based, "classic", not controversial... [more inside]
I remember a science fiction movie (or maybe a TV show?) that took place... in a space ship or very futuristic setting. There were aliens (I think, or man-created approximations of human beings?) that, when parts of their bodies were cut off, they would not only regenerate the limb but the spare limbs would regenerate BODIES. The atmosphere of the movie was very... orange? Dark? The details are all very fuzzy. I believe I saw it on cable TV, and I was definitely older than five but younger than twelve. So, 1989 to 1996. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and gave me nightmares for years. Help! [more inside]
I'm looking for what are (probably) Science Fiction or Dystopian stories/novels based on the premise that a person's value in society is based on how profitable he/she is to a bank. I.e., a person who didn't live his/her life in such a manner as to be profitable for a bank would suffer negative consequences as a result. It sounds uncomfortably close to reality, nowadays, so I figure someone wrote the stories I'm thinking of years ago. Any ideas?
Please help me identify a Science Fiction short story about a dream world taking over from the waking world. It was very Philip.K.Dick ish. [more inside]
[StoryFilter] I'm looking for a printed or electronic copy of the full text of a story titled simply "Red." [more inside]
What should I read next? [more inside]
Please give examples of good use of epigraphs in fiction. [more inside]
I'm looking for more fiction that features detailed or frequent mentions of food. For example Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea with its talk of "fresh hot buttered toast, with or without the addition of bloater paste". Bonus points if they're set in the UK, but I'd love any suggestions!
Trying to recall the names of two books I read about 15 years ago. Books from the public library about a butterfly girl and cartographers. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for (translated to English) non-English Science Fiction/Fantasy/Odd fiction. [more inside]
If I make a software implementation of a fictional religion described in a book published in the '70s, can I be subject to valid intellectual property lawsuits? YANML - understood. [more inside]
What Sherlock Holmes books should I read, and in what order should I read them? [more inside]
Looking for novels with first-person narrators, in the style of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (specifically Marlow), E.L. Doctorow's Homer & Langley, Sandor Marai's Embers, etc. [more inside]
Recommend good short stories for starting moral or ethical debates! [more inside]
Dear Metafilter: can you suggest any short stories that fit a general theme of post-apocalyptic stories, but which are out of copyright/public domain? [more inside]