From a master

Without doubt, at least in my mind, Ray Bradbury is one of the best writers ever. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles  and more — all amazed me as a young reader. In this snippet from an old interview, I learned something about his life and his writing.

Ray Bradbury on Storytelling, Friendship, and Why He Never Learned to Drive: A Lost Vintage Interview, Found and Animated | Brain Pickings.
http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/07/ray-bradbury-blank-on-blank-interview/

Scifi for me, please

If you asked me, I’d have to admit to wanting my scifi free of fantasy elements. Can’t help it. While I don’t mind dragons in movies, I’m not so willing to read about them. I want my “Ship who Sang.” You can have those “dragons of Perth.” This post explains the differences, the fusions, and their futures well.
Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction? – Charlie’s Diary.
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2015/04/who-got-fantasy-in-my-science-.html

Small packages

I’ve said it before. I love science fiction. And, much as I love scifi novels, I think I love short stories more. I used to buy every short story collection as soon as it came out in paperback. If you don’t think you like or could learn anything from scifi, this collection might convince you otherwise.

18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels
http://io9.com/18-perfect-short-stories-that-pack-more-of-a-punch-than-1692442650

Varied learning

Adding both authors and genres we don’t ordinarily read is a great way to learn as writers. I found Sunili Govinnage’s article from The Guardian intriguing.

I read only non-white authors for 12 months. What I learned surprised me | Sunili Govinnage | Comment is free | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/20/i-only-read-non-white-authors-for-12-months-what-i-learned-surprised-me

For another list of black authors, check out http://chroniclesofharriet.com/2012/11/01/great-black-authors-of-science-fiction-fantasy/.