In early 2013, the Sword & Laser book club and podcast announced that they were taking submissions for a short story anthology. On the group’s Goodreads forums, a discussion began about what could be done with all the entries which wouldn't make the cut. This community blog, where authors could submit their writing and have it read and critiqued by their peers, was suggested as a solution for at least some those stories. The site is intended to be an opportunity for developing artists to hone their skills and network with other writers and readers. The primary focus is on the genres of science fiction and fantasy and their various subcategories.
This collection of short stories is the product of a Foil & Phaser workshop where a group of authors collectively tried to complete the 2013 National Novel Writing Month challenge of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. The goal was to have the group submit their stories, and then they would peer edit to critique and offer suggestions to improve their writing. (38,000 words approx.)