Interview with Djibril al-Ayad of The Future Fire

The Future Fire, a magazine of speculative fiction, is celebrating ten years of publishing! Take a moment to tremble in awe, won’t you? It’s hard out there for any small publisher, but TFF carved out a niche by embracing social and political themes in the stories they publish. Read on to learn from editor Djibril al-Ayad how the magazine operates, what TFF is looking for in terms of new content, and what future fires will be sparked.


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A Tale of Two Nigels

A play in one teeny, tiny act.

Scene: A living room. JOCELYN and NICK sit on a couch, watching Foyle's War on the screen. The end credits are rolling.

JOCELYN: Ha! Look at that! That one actor was totally doing a fake American accent!

He has to be British. His name is Nigel. No American in the history of the world was ever named Nigel!

NICK: (instantly) Nigel Hayes.


JOCELYN: You win this round, sir.


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The Fable of the Month Club

Hey, friends. I’ve been working on an idea for quite a while. I’m calling it the Fable of the Month Club, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

Once a month for a year, supporters will get to read a brand new fable-style story written by me. It’s not going to be free or publicly available. I’m using the Patreon site, which has a pay wall, so only those who’ve pledged to

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A Momento for Your Mori

A gentle reminder to the human readers. We are all hurtling towards death. It's inevitable. That fact should not frighten you, but keep it in mind. Today is a great day to do something awesome.

  • Write something
  • Make something
  • Sign up to take a class
  • Call a friend you keep thinking about
  • Stop hating yourself for two minutes

Be awesome before you become just a skull.

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Song of the Squee

I’ve been anticipating the movie Song of the Sea. (Trailer: iTunes, YouTube)

That’s a risky move, I know. Movies are by and large an exercise in disappointment. As one franchise after another manages to crush all originality and quirkiness out of stories in favor of the safe bet, the result is a bland mash of interchangeable characters, plot lines, and Heartwarming Messages that drip out from your brain as soon as you leave the dark theater for the

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Simultaneously Dangerous

Simultaneous submission restrictions may be my least favorite aspect of the traditional writing process. Few steps embody the “submission" bit of writing more than meekly acceding to the arbitrary whims of particular markets.

OMG, did I just say arbitrary whims?

You bet yer sweet bippy I did.

The restrictions against simultaneous subs have little to do with fairness or efficiency and everything to do with the convenience of the market considering a story. By prohibiting simultaneous submissions, the magazine editors

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