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Today’s market of the week, the aptly named Probing Uranus. Sci fi with a funny bone. I don’t know anything about these guys, I just know that I couldn’t pass up a title this good. Also, they pay a little bit, which is always a good thing!

I have a hard time writing funny (unless it’s inadvertent or it’s self-deprecating humor) so I probably won’t submit. But I’d love to read a collection like this! Deadline is coming up: April 23.

Good luck!


Library of Science Fiction and Fantasy Press is proud to announce Probing Uranus. An anthology of humorous science fiction stories. Science Fiction is a pretty broad term so I turned to Wiki for a definition. Keep in mind that while it has to be funny and it has to be Science Fiction it can also contain elements of bizarro.

Science fiction is a genre of fiction. It differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation). Exploring the consequences of such differences is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a “literature of ideas”. Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities.[2] The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality.

These may include:

* A setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in a historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record

* A setting in outer space, on other worlds, or involving aliens

* Stories that involve technology or scientific principles that contradict known laws of nature

* Stories that involve discovery or application of new scientific principles, such as time travel or psionics, or new technology, such as nanotechnology, faster-than-light travel or robots, or of new and different political or social systems (e.g., a dystopia, or a situation where organized society has collapsed)

Humor- do I need to explain this one?

The Anthology will be open to submissions for approximately 10 weeks from February 12th to April 23rd. I picked these dates by staring into a nanoscopic-future-engine powered by Gillette eclectic shavers and pineapple juice, not by downing a glass of wine and staring at a calendar for five minutes.

Read all the goodies and details here…


PS — Cool image by this artist.