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Our Second Anthology is Out Now!

Revolutions 2: More Speculative Short Stories set in Manchester is the second anthology published by Manchester Speculative Fiction Group, following on from 2015’s Revolutions: Speculative Short Stories set in Manchester

Like Revolutions, Revolutions 2 is a collection of science-fiction, fantasy and horror stories with one thing in common – they’re all set in Manchester, England.Revolutions 2: Speculative Short Stories Set in Manchester

Who’s in it?

About half the stories are by members of Manchester Speculative Fiction and half by authors from around the world. There’s a good mix of emerging writers getting a break and established authors, because we chose the stories on merit as the best of hundreds of submissions. The authors are (in alphabetical order):

What are the stories about?

Revolutions 2 features a variety of alternate worlds, extreme graffiti, a date with a Lego figure, overly-literal squids, a plague-carrying kitten, legendary Russian birds, a praying mantis that needs a job, giant bees, a ghost bus, virtual reality, zombies and time travel.

And, of course, there’s Stockport viaduct.

Want to read Revolutions 2?

You can read the first story in Revolutions 2, Wendy V. Mann’s On The Street Where You Live for free here:

Revolutions 2 is available on Amazon US here and Amazon UK here.

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Meeting: 14th September

Lots of familiar faces at last night’s meeting. Great to see a couple of people we’ve not seen for a while.

Also: doughnuts from the Master of Cakery himself.

With eight people attending we had seven pieces of work to critique. We’re now planning for a finish time around 10pm but even with this extension we still didn’t have enough time for all the submitted pieces–so Dave, your piece of work will be the first to be discussed at next month’s meeting.

We now have four novels being discussed in addition to the various short stories we’ve always seen. I’m really enjoying the variety, but I wonder whether to cut our novel writers some slack regards the word count and increase the limit to 4000 words per meeting. What do you think? 4000 words for all pieces of work or just for novel chapters? Or not at all? I’m wondering about that late finish time . . .

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