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Favorite Science Fiction Story
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"Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible" –Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone.

This week, we'd like you to blog about your favorite science fiction story. If your favorite is a classic by H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, or Octavia Butler, please say so; however, fans also want to hear about undiscovered gems, so please share those, too! Please tag your entry favorite science fiction blog so we can find it.

The history of science fiction, as distinct from other fantasy, can be traced back to Thomas More, Jonathan Swift, and Voltaire; in other words, when science began to capture the popular imagination, so did science fiction. The works of "literary" authors from Mary Shelley and Virginia Wolfe to Thomas Pynchon, Margaret Atwood, and David Foster Wallace aren't often called science fiction, but their plots and themes fit the description.

Browse more than two hundred works of science fiction»

A few bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:

Jonthan Maberry's military-science, anti-terror hero Joe Ledger returns in The King of Plagues. Joe must "tear down the veils of deception to uncover a vast and powerful secret society using weaponized versions of the Ten Plagues of Egypt to destabilize world economies and profit from the resulting chaos. Millions will die unless Joe Ledger meets this powerful new enemy of their own terms as he fights terror with terror."

In Geoffrey Thorne's Dreamnasium Vol. I, the author collects stories about "(a) lonely god at the end of the universe," "A scientist with a physics problem that just might be murder," and "(a) young girl with a secret bundle," facing "monsters in the dark woods."

Micahel Boatman tackles the classic "aliens-invade-the-Earth" theme in his e-book The Red Wake, giving it several twists, including a child of two worlds who emerges from the rubble of a small Midwestern town who might hold the secret to humanity's salvation.

So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week

"My Favorite Science Fiction Story"

For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term favorite science fiction blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.) 

And don't forget to check out last week's blog-topic-of-the-week entries on writing for free. From erudite discussions of the publishing business to an entertaining screed comparing writing for free to slavery, we expected a lively discussion and got one.

All of Red Room's past blog topics are listed here. Thanks as always for blogging!

Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room


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Favorite Science Fiction Story

My favorite Science Fiction Story is The Martian Chronicles.

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Favorite Science Fiction

Michael Cunningham's Specimen Days is a beautifully written and intellectually intriguing explortion of past, present and future. I'm just over half way through and enjoy the way his handling of material wakes up my synapses. Having read Cunningham's A Home At The End of The World, I just hope the ending these characters experience is as vaulting as the concept.
Sandra Gould Ford

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Oh-oh, did it again! Used the wrong tag

Darn! Thought i'd get back in the groove with the regular blog posts, and I messed up the tag on my submission! I hope you will find mine (especially since it's about a hidden gem by another Red Room author) and include it in the list.

It's here: http://www.redroom.com/blog/blair-kilpatrick/i-dont-science-fiction-the-...


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Hi Blair,

The tag is fixed, and you appear in the list of posts here. Thanks for participating! I'm burning up with curiosity about the identity of the writer of the story you loved.

Huntington Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room

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Thanks, Huntington!  Maybe

Thanks, Huntington!  Maybe I'll ask Mr. X if he'd like to show himself :-)

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Mr. X

I am Mr. X.

Thanks so much, Blair, for that vote of confidence!

And now--agents and publishers anxious to read this story ("Joe") please line up single file. And remember, if you try to cut to the front you will immediately be sent to the rear.

--Walter Rimler

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Ah-Ha!  Mr. X reveals

Ah-Ha!  Mr. X reveals himself.   Agents and publishers, take note!

Walt--does this mean I can add a comment on my original blog post and reveal your true identity?  Or do you want to?

See you soon,





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True Identity

Please feel free, Blair.