Is Your Sci-fi Story Original?

I submitted a short story to Strange Horizons, an online speculative fiction magazine, and reading their thorough submission guidelines was an education. They have a great section called ‘Stories We’ve Seen Too Often‘ which details up to 37 plots which they’ve seen too many times. Some of them are blatant no-brainers such as ‘it’s all

Railroaded: Chapter 2

Here’s the second chapter of my novel, Railroaded. As with the first chapter, it’s a little over 4,000 words. You can read the first chapter here. Isaac slowly stirred and pulled the duvet over his head and revelled in the silence. Isaac had avoided the temperature controlled bed since Nicole had passed away, a guilty