Fabulist Staff

Wow, Our Open Call Was Insanely Epic

Just a quick note to express our astonishment at the sheer volume of manuscripts — 350! — we received through The Fabulist's Fall 2021 open call for short fantastical fiction. That's more than twice as ...

Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ is a Visual-Storytelling Triumph

This review was originally written in tweets. Check it out on Twitter. Denis Villeneuve has successfully made a great movie out of "Dune" — author Frank Herbert's pulpy, sprawling, unfilmable space-opera — by using the ...

Here is the Future You Requested • November 2021

Here we are, it’s the future now, and it kinda reads like a science-fiction novel: Global pandemic, fascistic kleptocracy on the rise in the U.S. along with a burgeoning militia movement, surveillance states, border-crossing impacts ...

Word count UPDATE for Fall 2021 short-fiction submissions window

Attention writers: We've raised the maximum word count for our submissions window closing Nov. 12. We prefer stories up to 3,000 words, but will consider up to 5,000. The main reason for the lower limit ...

Support The Fabulist on Patreon

Hey, we launched a Patreon page for The Fabulist. Check it out, and why not sign up? Our website is and always will be free, free, free — but as a Patreon subscriber you'll also ...

Opportunity for Black speculative-fiction authors

Here's an interesting writing opportunity and prompt for Black speculative-fiction authors coming from NaBeela Washington, founder and editor of Lucky Jefferson Magazine — a beautifully illustrated and well-curated digital 'zine that regularly runs theme issues. ...

Submissions Now OPEN for Short Fantastical Fiction Thru Nov. 12

The Fabulist Magazine is now open through November 12 for submissions of short fantastical and speculative fiction. • UPDATED: Submissions of up to 3,000 words are preferred — but we will consider up to 5,000 words. ...

Harvest Moon • October 2021

Already October. The year ripening, yielding, and still so much ahead. Our careful cultivation of these pages has yielded a frightfully fantastical lineup for you this October — plus some news to share that has ...

Internet snafu may block our website

We are displeased to discover that Let's Encrypt, a major Internet security provider, has an expired veeblefetzer, which means the necessary thingummy doesn't properly connect to the framistan, with the result that anyone with an ...

Ian McKellan reads Shakespeare backed by the Fleshtones on Andy Warhol’s TV show

There's so much '80s in here — and it's Sonnet No. 20, BTW. This little cluster of pop-cultural flotsam and jetsam is exactly what the Internet exists for ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP_RPe0JdQY

Oct. 23: The Fabulist at Lit Crawl 2021

The Fabulist presents: “Here is the Future You Requested” Featuring readings by Rona Fernandez, Russell Gonzaga, Claire Light, Nick Mamatas & Annalee Newitz Part of Lit Crawl, Saturday, Oct. 23, 8-9p.m., FREEAdobe Books, 3130-24th St., San ...

Open Call, Short Fiction, 10/8-11/12

Heads up — The Fabulist Words & Art will be opening a submissions window for short fiction from October 8 at 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m., November 12, 2021. Check out our Submissions Policies page for ...

Looking back at 9/11 and ‘The Bus Drawings’

It was just another day at work for Thomas Haddad. September 11, 2001. "I was on the 89th floor of WTC 1 on 9/11. My office faced north," he says, "which put me 30 feet ...

Poetry Editor Russell Gonzaga takes to the stage on Friday, September 10

Russell Gonzaga isn't just The Fabulist Magazine's poetry editor — he's also an accomplished slam poet and spoken word artist. This Friday, if you happen to be in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, stop ...

Book launch: ‘Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950-1955’

Our friends at PM Press have another socko book launch currently live on Kickstarter that we commend to your attention. "Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950-1955," edited by Andrew Nette and Iain ...

Reader Survey: Patreon vs. Kickstarter?

We're exploring Patreon and Kickstarter as income sources that will enable us to pay the writers and artists whose great works make The Fabulist come alive. (We'd also like to cover some of our own ...

Try to Remember • September 2021

We're closing in on the end of the year, and moving past a summer both sweet and sour. Here are some news and updates, as well as a few words on the science-fictional futures that ...

Video: J.G. Ballard on sex, violence, surrealism and Shanghai

James Graham Ballard, one of the most singular and bracing authors of science and speculative fiction writing in English, is the subject of a very British half-hour interview via the old BBC talk show Face ...

Call for Applicants: The Rin Kelly Scholarship for Fiction (deadline 9/1/21)

In memory of journalist and fiction writer Rin Kelly, her family is offering up to three $350 scholarships in her name to emerging fiction writers for use in enrolling in Writers Grotto fiction classes during ...

Video: Ursula K. Le Guin reads from “Lavinia”

The great author reads from one of her many masterpieces. "Lavinia" is a gorgeous, vivid, tragic and wild retelling of Virgil's "Aeneid" from the point of view of Lavinia, the otherwise marginalized wife of the ...

Video: Neil Gaiman’s “The Mushroom Hunters,” read by Amanda Palmer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak6sdSAcNkw

Video: Samuel R. Delany profile, interview and readings

Samuel R. Delany is a unique force in science fiction, fantasy and literature whose output over the decades includes early pulp adventures, epic science fiction, philosophical works of fantasy, memoir, criticism, and commentary. Here's a ...

Video: Harlan Ellison on NBC’s Today Show

In which the inimitable Mr. Ellison talks about one of his storefront storywriting marathons, this one based on a prompt from NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SREoQQ2XUh4

May 15: Book Launch, “Here Is A Game We Could Play,” by Jenny Bitner

Fabulist Magazine is excited to co-present a BOOK LAUNCH for "Here Is A Game We Could Play," by Jenny Bitner. WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, via Zoom. FEATURING: Jenny Bitner in conversation with ...