J.L. Forrest is a writer of science fiction and fantasy. His stories have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Crossed Genres, Third Flatiron, Robot Cowgirl Press, the Story of the Month Club, and elsewhere. His works include the short-story collections Delicate Ministrations and Minuscule Truths, along with the novel Requies Dawn. Most of his published fiction can be purchased here. Active SFWA.

Upcoming Events

Sci-Fi Reading with Carrie Vaughn and Laurence MacNaughton

Hosted by yours truly, Carrie Vaughn and Laurence MacNaughton will be reading from Bannerless and A Kiss Before Doomsday, respectively. This will be at the BookBar in Denver, Colorado on 11 November from 7pm to 9pm. Words will be read, books will be signed, much fun will be had! Join us!

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MileHiCon 49

Moderating Panels with Paolo Bacigalupi, Angie Hodapp, and others.

From 27–29 October, I’ll be at MileHiCon 49, in Denver, Colorado. Among other things, I’ll be moderating panel discussions on Friday evening at 5pm, and then again on Saturday at 3pm. Join me there with Paolo Bacigalupi, Angie Hodapp, Marie DesJardin, and others. It’ll be a fantastic time.

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Minuscule Truths collects ten stories of speculative literature—from hard-science fiction to mythopoetic fantasy—and weaves them into an experience which will haunt you long after you’ve read the last word. Many of these tales appear in print for the first time, while others clawed their way into existence through the likes of Analog Science Fiction and Fact or Crossed Genres. Available digitally, in paperback, or hardcover.

Delicate Ministrations includes eleven tales of science fiction and fantasy. Honest Indie writes, “Forrest’s stories put Faulkner’s ‘eternal verities’ of love, honor, courage and compassion on bold display, gems in ring settings of the bizarre, dramatic and even frightening. These are great stories from a writer who knows the techniques of good writing and infuses them with heart, soul, insight and a fearful imagination.”

Requies Dawn is the first installment of the Eternal Requiem. It is the tale of a terrifying and perfect future, one which ultimately shatters, leaving the world to begin again. In this far future, Nyahri hunts with her tribe and tends her horses—dreaming of Old Gods. When one Goddess arises, hell bent on righting old wrongs and exacting her own justice, Nyahri follows, and she discovers both horrors and an ancient love which cannot die.

Minuscule Truths collects ten stories of speculative literature—from hard-science fiction to mythopoetic fantasy—and weaves them into an experience which will haunt you long after you’ve read the last word. Many of these tales appear in print for the first time, while others clawed their way into existence through the likes of Analog Science Fiction and Fact or Crossed Genres. Available digitally, in paperback, or hardcover.

Delicate Ministrations includes eleven tales of science fiction and fantasy. Honest Indie writes, “Forrest’s stories put Faulkner’s ‘eternal verities’ of love, honor, courage and compassion on bold display, gems in ring settings of the bizarre, dramatic and even frightening. These are great stories from a writer who knows the techniques of good writing and infuses them with heart, soul, insight and a fearful imagination.”

Requies Dawn is the first installment of the Eternal Requiem. It is the tale of a terrifying and perfect future, one which ultimately shatters, leaving the world to begin again. In this far future, Nyahri hunts with her tribe and tends her horses—dreaming of Old Gods. When one Goddess arises, hell bent on righting old wrongs and exacting her own justice, Nyahri follows, and she discovers both horrors and an ancient love which cannot die.

Fervent Musings + Writings on Writing.

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Recommend What’s Good, Never Mind the Stars

Recommend What’s Good, Never Mind the Stars

How is it one of the greatest science-fiction novels of the twentieth century earns the same rating as a badly informed masturbation fantasy filled with dangerous BDSM advice? Let’s find out, and then do something about it. Recommend worthy books, and be wary of the five-star rating system.

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Pet Peeves of Style: Quotation & Punctuation

Pet Peeves of Style: Quotation & Punctuation

Do you know when punctuation should appear inside quotation marks? Do you know when it shouldn't? For quotation marks, usages differ between American and British standards. These differences are not limited to the employment of single versus double quotations, and...

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