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Popped Starship up there. Hey, can't hurt, right? ;)

Thanks for the link.
 

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Quiss said:
Interesting.
I'm a bit puzzled why he, in several places, refers to sci-fi as "weird".
Me, too. He describes "science fiction" as "science fiction, fantasy, and horror", of which it is most certainly not. :)

I always wonder about what ppl mean when they say "speculative". I don't consider myself a speculative writer as I equate speculative with "weird". Weird is ok with me, but I don't think I write it. I think some ppl think of it as anything that isn't mainstream, though. Confusing.
 

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Technically, he's right, Scott. Speculative fiction definitely includes all science fiction AND fantasy. It's also generally used to describe stories from other genres which include elements of those genres (so supernatural horror or a romance on a spaceship would probably be spec fic).
 

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I bit.
 

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I posted mine. Right now it's free in the UK and it's listed under:

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,507 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#63 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Horror

So I figure it can't hurt. I did post a warning that is for "young" age 12 -16 year-old -girls. I get really sick of the complaints that there is no sex in it or adult level relationships. Why is it adults want to sexualize children? (Rhetorical. ) Do they forget it's illegal to have sex with kids? (Rhetorical again.)
 

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I added Sounds of Soldiers and then it had its first sale in a month or two the same day.  It's unlikely these things aren't connected.
 

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Quiss said:
Interesting.
I'm a bit puzzled why he, in several places, refers to sci-fi as "weird".
Damien Walter is referring to "weird fiction", a sort of movement/subgenre within the wider field of SF, fantasy and horror. Here is a website about weird fiction, which should have more info and maybe even a definition (somewhere).

I've been following Damien Walter's columns in the Guardian for a while and also used to read his blog. His tastes run to the more literary type of speculative fiction or at least they used to.
 

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Looks like Damien is giving some updates on Twitter. Might be worth a look.

https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23SciFiHunt&src=hash

Damien Walter ‏@damiengwalter
So far the general quality of both writing and cover design is notably higher than last year. #SciFiHunt Indie writers raising their game?
 
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