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28 October 2017
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Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin) the 2013 anime was adapted from the eponymous manga, created by Hajime Isayama. The series began in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine on September 9, 2009 and has been collected into 17 tankoban volumes as...
28 October 2017
Anime & Manga
Mushishi is the title of an anime that I watched sometime ago.The anime is derived from the eponymous manga by Yuki Urushibara. This transporting story has spawned two anime series and a live-action movie.Mushishi occupies an imaginary timeline set s...
28 October 2017
Anime & Manga
Red Data Girl is the brain child of Noriko Ogiwara. The fantasy novel series was adapted into an anime which aired from April through June of 2013.As the story goes, Izumiko Suzuhara is a 15-year-old girl who was raised at Tamakura Shrine, part of th...
27 October 2017
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Genesis Science Fiction Magazine touts itself as the conduit for unapologetic Black expression, and rightfully so. Genesis Science Fiction Magazine highlights, celebrates, and develops science fiction, speculative fiction, sword and soul, fantasy, ho...
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:25

ABOUT US

Spec Fics is the brainchild of Tonya R. Moore, a speculative fiction writer from Florida.

Spec Fics is a budding community for fans and creators of speculative fiction.

The Spec Fics community was designed around the idea that creators and fans need to interact and collaborate. We have made it very easy to promote yourself and your work or interests in several ways.

Authors, artists, and bloggers can create pages with links to their homepages or blogs. Authors can create pages for their books. Bloggers can create pages for their blogs or podcasts. Members can create groups. The community is basically a social network that gives each page and group a wall that owners and audiences can posts to and deliver updates or carry on a conversation.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:23

WHAT IS SPECULATIVE FICTION?

When I tell people that I write speculative fiction, one of the first questions that they normally ask is what is speculative fiction?

My stock answer: speculative fiction is an umbrella term for all the subgenres within science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Simple right? Except, it’s not perhaps not quite as simple as that.

The word “speculative” means conjecture about what might happen. Speculative fiction aims to make us contemplate possibilities or rather, the implications of the improbable, I’d like to think.

Several writers have tackled the business of defining speculative fiction. The following are a couple of posts and articles on the subject that I found particularly insightful.

In her very insightful post “What is Speculative Fiction?” Annie Neugebauer describes the oversimplification of speculative fiction as merely fantasy, science fiction, and horror as problematic. She further breaks these genres down into twelve subgenres and explains that while these genres may have speculative elements, not all fantasy, science fiction and horror can be classified as speculative fiction.

In SpecFic 101: What is Speculative Fiction? Shaheen of Speculating on SpecFic credits Robert Heinlein as the father of speculative fiction and highlights several popular SF books that engender the allure of speculative fiction.

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction provides a history of the usage of the term “speculative fiction.” I have included an excerpt below but I suggest reading the original entry for a more comprehensive overview of the history of speculative fiction.”

Of course, a many a great debate has raged over what is considered speculative fiction versus what is not. In a 2010 i09 article, Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin debate science fiction vs. “realism” and Margaret Atwood further shares her thoughts on the matter in a 2013 Wired.com article.

She defines speculative fiction thus:

Stories set on Earth and employing elements that already exist in some form, like genetic engineering, as opposed to more wildly hypothetical science fiction ideas like time travel, faster-than-light drives, and transporters.

While we may argue about which specific works may or may not constitute speculative fiction, at the end of the day, there is one big takeaway.

Speculative fiction asks “What if?”

Speculative fiction seeks to inspire flights of fantasy and make us ask all sorts of questions about ourselves, our world, and our universe.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 09:16

PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their 'Personally Identifiable Information' (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, Birthday or other details to help you with your experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to a newsletter or enter information on our site.
How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
• To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
• To improve our website in order to better serve you.
• To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
• To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
• To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products
• To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)

How do we protect your information?

We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.
We only provide articles and information. We never ask for credit card numbers.
We use regular Malware Scanning.
Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.

All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

Do we use 'cookies'?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the site's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart. They are also used to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current site activity, which enables us to provide you with improved services. We also use cookies to help us compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

We use cookies to:
• Understand and save user's preferences for future visits.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser's Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If users disable cookies in their browser:

If you turn cookies off, Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.
Third-party disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless we provide users with advance notice. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when it's release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property or safety.
However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

 

Third-party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Google

Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.

California Online Privacy Protection Act

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. - See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.
Our Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy' and can easily be found on the page specified above.

You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:
• On our Privacy Policy Page
Can change your personal information:
• By logging in to your account

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It's also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States' consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online.
We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.

Fair Information Practices

The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email
• Within 1 business day

We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act

The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
• Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions

To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
• Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
• Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
• Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
• Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
• Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
• Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at
• Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.
and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.
www.specfics.com
Bradenton, FL 34207
United States
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Last Edited on 2017-10-18

Sunday, 16 October 2016 16:05

COOKIE POLICY

Cookies

A Cookie file is – according to Wikipedia - a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago. More information on that topic can be find on Wikipedia.

Purposes of storage and gaining access to cookies:

  • Website personalisation (for example: saving font size, sight challenged version of website or template version)
  • Saving data or user’s decisions (for example: no need to enter login and password on every website, remembering login during the next visit, keeping information on products added to cart)
  • Social websites integration (for example: displaying your friends, fans or post publishing on Facebook or Google+ directly from the website)
  • Adjusting adverts that are display on the website
  • Creating website’s statistics and flow statistics between different websites

Below one can find links to sources showing how to set the conditions of storage and gaining access to cookies already stored in user’s device for the most popular internet browsers.

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Opera
  • Safari

Due to vast number of technological solutions it is not possible to publish clear guidelines how to set the conditions of storage and gaining access to cookies using settings of all available devices and software installed on them. However, in most cases, select "Tools" or "Settings" and there find the section that corresponds to the configuration settings for cookies or for the management of privacy. Detailed information is usually provided by the manufacturer of the device or browser in a manual or on their website.

Monday, 17 October 2016 15:50

FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Flash Fiction

We currently only accept Flash Fiction entries automatically from Registered Members who have been given Author status.

To become a Spec Fics Author, request posting access in the forum.

Once you have been given posting access, use the Submit Fiction link to post your fiction entry.

Post Images must be 600px by 227px.

 

Case by Case
 
We accept short stories and web serials on a case by case basis.
 
Authors wanting to submit short stories or web serials must be registered members of the Spec Fics community. 
 

 

CONDITIONS FOR POSTING FICTION ON THIS SITE

  • Authors are not allowed to post obscene, illegal, or hateful material.
  • Authors must only post work whose copyright they control.
  • Authors retain ownership of their work.
  • Authors grant us a license to display their work on this site.

LATEST FLASH FICTION

  • The Head
    Written by
    The Head

    Penny, the new kid on the block, stood in front of an old, rickety house along with two new-found friends.

    She swallowed hard as she stepped up to the front door.

    “Don’t be a scaredy cat and go in!” Darla called out.

    Inside the dank-smelling entryway, cobwebs littered every nook and cranny.  Dark and not a living soul present as the young girl walked down a hallway.

    A movement on her right caused Penny to pause.

    On the long, narrow table sat a huge glass platter with a steel cover.

    The cover rattled ever so slightly.

    Written on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 14:44 in Flash Fiction Be the first to comment! Read 212 times Read more...
  • Twilight
    Written by
    Twilight

    Gray clouds hung low in the colorless sky as he watched a group of teenagers clambered down the street littered with rusted and mangled vehicular bodies.   Houses on both sides of the disintegrating asphalt stood in various wretched shapes.   Woods warped.  Windows smashed or missing. Vinyl sidings bent like painful hang-nails.

    Like Rome, another giant had fallen.  

    Written on Saturday, 28 October 2017 11:06 in Flash Fiction Be the first to comment! Read 202 times Read more...
  • The Pocket Watch
    Written by
    The Pocket Watch

    Rob gripped the steering wheel as he watched a brown leaf roll across the gray hood. His haggard face covered with salt and pepper beard helped conceal the white scar across his right cheek. He stared ahead as he half-listened to the car radio.

    “The President is expected to address the nation tonight for the final time.” The radio garbled. “Before leaving with his family to an undisclosed location.”

    He leaned over and changed the stations.

    Written on Friday, 27 October 2017 12:24 in Flash Fiction Be the first to comment! Read 280 times Read more...

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