literature

Science fiction's most popular literary writers from Isaac Asimov to Stephen King and Frank Herbert, and the rising stars of today.

Paul Levinsona year ago
The Best Novel You Likely Never Heard Of
Right, it's not one of my mine. And I do this every few years — blog about a novel that's not only one of the best you likely never heard of, but, for what it's worth, is one of the best I've ever rea...
A Lunch Meeting With Death
Death was late again for lunch. Or, it had already happened for him. Skipping as he did along time like it was an elastic band stretching and contracting to his amused will. He laughed at the linear c...
Extract from Tied Love
There would be many rumours about what had happened that night in the small town of Betley, but none of them would be true. Looking into his eyes one last time, tears started to trickle down her pasty...
Krow Fischera year ago
Apollo's Creed
Hello out there. It’s me again. I have been thinking about our last conversation, where you said nothing. Sometimes it feels like I am communicating through a Bliss Board, one of those devices with li...
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Danni Phantoma year ago
Eternally Immortal
In the forest, its dark, hardly anything can be seen, there's something dark lurking, but I cannot tell what. My white dress flows in the moon's pale light dancing across my skin, almost making me glo...
Joshua Skya year ago
Where X Marks the Spot: An Interview with Steve Barnes
Steve Barnes is a writer, lecturer, personal performance coach and a killer philosopher. He has published more than 25 science fiction, fantasy and horror novels, including New York Times bestsellers....
Matthew Kresala year ago
White Knight
Everything was in motion at once. The vibration came from the fuel pumps below kicking into life, sending the rocket's lifeblood in motion. Those pumps would have to help the engines to produce enough...
Novel Samples
A sample of Chapter 1 for Smile of a Broken King. A knock sounded at the door, prompting the servant to stand and allow a large, dark man with crow’s wings in. His sharp, yellow eyes looked the girl o...
Kevin Chasea year ago
The Ink Ranger
Jayden Howles is a nineteen-year-old Computer Science student, and hobbyist writer, attending Riverton College. One night, he stumbles across an injured beggar who offers him a mysterious book in exch...
Matt Catesa year ago
Are These The Most Underrated Science Fiction Books or Not?
We always root for the underdog, if we ever see one. But how can you cheer them on if you've never heard of 'em? That's why--voilà!--our latest list of underrated sci-fi-related things--in this case, ...
Jide Okonjoa year ago
10 Crazy Nigerian Myths - Part 1
I hail from Nigeria and the magic in Nigeria is something that goes deeper than what the eyes can see...it's a kind of magic you can feel. My hope is that with my content here on Vocal, I will be able...
Brutalist Stories #24
“But I choose to walk a different path,” she looks up to me and says, those deep blue eyes heavy with the world that she creates for herself, needlessly. Closed and yet not quite alone. Apart yet not ...
History of Science Fiction Part III
At the dawn of the 1960s, the history of science fiction took a huge turn from its past. In two decades, the whole genre of sci-fi would change in ways that would alter mainstream perspectives of the ...
Outrun Storiesa year ago
Outrun Stories #24
“15 seconds and WE. ARE. GO,” Rhamshot shouts holding up a black gloved hand in the air, five fingers spread, until they are pulled in one by one and fuck, that single second before the explosion. Tha...
Riley Reesea year ago
Realistic Sci-Fi Dystopias
Sci-fi always has had an obsession with dystopian worlds. There's something about the genre that makes people ask what would happen if history took a "wrong turn," and the future turned out to be less...
History of Science Fiction Part II
At the start of the 20th century, the history of science fiction took a great turn thanks to the emergence of motion pictures and the proliferation of pulp magazines. It is thanks to these two enterta...
History of Science Fiction Part I
When chronicling the history of science fiction, you need to think about the history of sci-fi as it pertains to the history of mankind. Throughout its span, sci-fi asks where we are as a species, whe...
K.E. Lanninga year ago
In the Author’s Universe: Interview with Sci-Fi Author Cixin Liu
Liu Cixin [writing in English under the name, Cixin Liu] is a science fiction writer from China; a nine-time winner of the Chinese Galaxy Award (Chinese Hugo) and the Xing Yun Award (Chinese Nebula), ...