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.

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The Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series

Reading no. 2 — 13 January 2018 from 7pm to 9pm

Join me for an evening with authors K.B. Wagers and Davyne DeSye. K.B. will read from Behind the Throne, the first in her Indranan series; Davyne DeSye, from her novel Carapace. As always, BookBar will offer tasty treats and excellent drinks. Learn more!

Pushcart Prize 2017

Nomination for Best Short Story

This year, I’m honored to have been nominated for best short story for the Pushcart Prize. The story, “Lampblack and Dust”, appeared first in Principia Ponderosa by Third Flatiron, edited by Juliana Rew. Nominations close on 1 December. Stay tuned.

The Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series

Reading no. 2 — 13 January 2018 from 7pm to 9pm

Join me for an evening with authors K.B. Wagers and Davyne DeSye. K.B. will read from Behind the Throne, the first in her Indranan series; Davyne DeSye, from her novel Carapace. As always, BookBar will offer tasty treats and excellent drinks. Learn more!

Pushcart Prize 2017

Nomination for Best Short Story

This year, I’m honored to have been nominated for best short story for the Pushcart Prize. The story, “Lampblack and Dust”, appeared first in Principia Ponderosa by Third Flatiron, edited by Juliana Rew. Nominations close on 1 December. Stay tuned.

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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.

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Reading No. 1—Carrie Vaughn & Laurence MacNaughton

Reading No. 1—Carrie Vaughn & Laurence MacNaughton

The inaugural installment of Denver’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Series was a resounding success, bringing a great crowd to Denver’s own BookBar. New York Times bestselling author Carrie Vaughn read from her newest novel, Bannerless, and Laurence MacNaughton read from his outrageously funny A Kiss Before Doomsday.

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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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