Science Fiction & Resistance

Science fiction has a thematic duality that has long fascinated me. The core component of many works in the speculative field focus on ways technology can and might be used against humankind. On the flip side, many genre stories highlight the use of technology as a means of resistance. Then there are the stories that feature both. Technology is wonderful. Technology is dangerous. It’s this thematic duality that I (along with co-editor Lesley Conner) wanted Read more…

Interview with Holly Heisey

We sat down recently with powerhouse creator Holly Heisey to talk about how they balance their various artistic pursuits, and their thoughts on freelancing, representation, and professionalism. Enjoy! Dream Foundry: You’re a creator who wears many, many different hats. Can you describe some of those hats for us? Holly Heisey: Hats! So, honestly, as fashion statements and labels for creative pursuits, I’ve never been that good at wearing hats.  I’m always trying to figure out Read more…

The Art of Story Mechanics

Originally published on June 13, 2017, at sfwa.org. Reprinted with permission. The late Robert M. Pirsig, in his famous book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, wrote with some anxiety about the split between “classic” culture (maintaining a motorcycle) and “romantic” culture (riding a motorcycle). He was wrong about some things, but it’s certainly true that many people are creative in one way and not in the other. I come from a long line of Read more…

Going Interactive or: How I Learned to Relax and Let the Reader Take Control

One of the things I love the most about writing is finding the rhythm of a story, whether it’s in the voice of a character, the flow of the words around them, or the (hopefully) seamless transition from one scene to the next. So when I decided a year or so ago to write a novel-length choose-your-path game with Choice of Games (and, later, to write a short interactive piece which appeared in sub-Q), I was in for Read more…

Inside the News

Industry News, May 2019

Video Game News Final Fantasy VII Trailer As announced on The Verge, the remake of Square Enix’s beloved Final Fantasy VII finally has a trailer! It’s only one minute long, and mostly cinematics, but there’s a little bit of gameplay as well, and reportedly some improvements on detail compared to the bits seen back in 2015 when we last saw a few hints of this remake. Alas, there’s still no release date attached to the Read more…

Meet the Cats!

Dream Foundry Secretary Cislyn Smith and Content Manager Jen Grogan sat down recently with Cislyn’s cats, who have recently had a day in the sun rewarding (or getting rewarded by?) Dream Foundry Kickstarter backers with pictures and fussing. Humans: First of all, would you like to each introduce yourselves to our readers? Bubbles: Hello, I’m Bubbles. I’m the oldest kitty in the house, at a stately seven years old. I have absolutely no idea what’s Read more…

Lightning on a dark sky

Flash Fiction – A Primer

(Released under a CC-BY-SA license) Flash in a Flash Flash fiction is a form of storytelling in a very short amount of space. Ta-da! Now you’re ready to go! Okay, maybe not: Structure, or Lack Thereof Structure is a blessing and a curse. It can help you stick to word limits, or force your way out of them. If you’re trying to tell a traditional three-act story it can often help to pare your structure Read more…

Old-fashioned fuzzy dice hanging from car mirror.

Worth a Thousand Words: Using Pictures to Inspire Fiction

I’m primarily a novel writer. I don’t really write short stories. But, Lin, didn’t you just put out a book of short stories? …All right, I’ll rephrase that. For me, the process of writing short stories is much harder than the same for novel-length fiction, largely because I have no sense of self-restraint when it comes to a draft. If I’m writing something interesting, I want to keep going with the story, with the worldbuilding, Read more…

Inside the News

Industry News, April 2019

Video Game News Can Some Video Games Help with Depression? As more and more people around the world face issues of depression and anxiety, some video game developers are designing games that help players cope with these issues through the medium of play. Beware the Labyrinth A player in the open world Fallout 76 has created a labyrinth into which he lures other players, particularly new and low-level players who are presumably unsuspecting and unable Read more…

We’re On Kickstarter!

Let’s be really straightforward and put the main point up front: FUND OUR KICKSTARTER. Give us your money and we’ll turn it into awesome things. Period. End. Point made. There’s more to it than that, of course. We’re still small and new and the shrink wrap is barely off our packaging. Actually, we’re more like something that comes in one of those super tough clamshell packages you have to take a pickaxe to in order Read more…