This year we introduce The DreamForge Channel on YouTube. We’ll have four playlists: DreamForge Anvil (about the magazine), On Writing (writing challenges and lessons), Interviews (talks with writers, scientists, and more), and Obiter Dictum (commentary on a variety of interesting subjects).
We start off with The Fermi Future, a look at the Drake Equation and the Fermi Paradox. When the math says there should be many technical civilizations out there among the stars, why haven’t we detected any yet? More importantly, why haven’t they stopped by? Watch our short video to gain an overview of the problem and our take on it. Watch The Fermi Future.
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Our First Writing Challenge of the year is the Great DreamCaster Bake-Off. DreamCasters will be competing for the next few months in a step-by-step competition to build a story in the pattern of our “Conflict Template.” with eliminations, helpful beta readers, and a path toward publication. All DreamCaster participants will also be able to submit a story for consideration during a special submission period at the end of the challenge.
*Stories submitted must be no more than 5,000 words and to be considered for publication must show some mastery of the materials covered in the Great DreamCaster Bake-Off Challenge.
PARSEC, Pittsburgh’s premier Science Fiction & Fantasy Organization, welcomes guest author Bruce McAllister to our February 19th meeting on ZOOM at 1:00 pm. Open to the public. Register at https://bit.ly/Parsec-Meeting
Bruce’s short stories have appeared in many fantasy and science fiction magazines, including Analog and Asimov’s, college readers, and “year’s best” anthologies, including Best American Short Stories 2007, guest-edited by Stephen King.
His second novel, Dream Baby, was called a “stunning tour de force” by Publishers Weekly. Bruce will engage us with anecdotes of interest to fans, as well as people and events that have affected his fifty+ year career.
We’ll also hear poetry selections from Parsec’s resident poet Mary Soon Lee and from Bruce McAllister too!
Our Special Guest at our February 6th DreamCaster Meeting is fantasy and science fiction novelist Jane Lindskold.
Jane is going to talk about her latest novels in the new Over Where Series: Library of the Sapphire Wind (out now) and Aurora Borealis Bridge (coming out on April 5th) in relation to writing as well as talk to our DreamCasters and take questions.
From Jane’s listing on encyclopedia.com:
“Author Jane Lindskold is known for her literate science fiction and fantasy novels that blend meticulous research, compelling plots, and convincing characterization to create works that live in the imagination long after the final page has been turned.
For Lindskold, “succeeding at the challenge of making the unreal real is one of the most enjoyable things about writing in this genre.”
Whether writing in collaboration, as she did with Roger Zelazny in Donnerjack, in stand-alone sci-fi and fantasy tales such as her early Brother to Dragons, in companion volumes such as Changer and Legends Walking, or in a multi-volume saga like “Firekeeper,” Lindskold treats her readers to that self-imposed precept of making the “unreal real.”
As the author notes on her website, “I like the freedom of building believable societies and characters. It’s the closest to creating myths and legends—the road that led me to SF and fantasy a long time ago—that I’ll ever have.”