Fran Wilde, Tor.com

Fran Wilde

Tor.com

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent:
  • Unknown
Past:
  • Tor.com
  • Washington Post
  • Uncanny Magazine
  • Paste Magazine
  • Medium
  • SF Signal (John D.)

Past articles by Fran:

It’s All Relative: Five Books (and One Movie) That Prove Portal Narratives and Time Travel Are Connected

Time travel has long been considered science fiction, while appearing in both science fiction and fantasy. The truth is, time travel’s grandfather paradoxes, forking plotlines, and shiny, spinning … → Read More

Three children’s authors on the importance of tough topics in young people’s literature

Books for young readers that address difficult topics can provide support and adventure at the same time. → Read More

Science Fiction, Journaling, and Travels through China

Many writers keep journals. I’m one of them. I use journals to plot and plan (books, I promise, not murders), to figure out what I’m thinking about a particular topic or on a particular day, to rem… → Read More

A Catalog of Storms

The wind’s moving fast again. The weathermen lean into it, letting it wear away at them until they turn to rain and cloud. “Look there, Sila.” Mumma points as she grips my shoulder. Her arthritis-crooked hand shakes. Her cuticles are pale red from washwater. Her finger makes an arc against the sky that ends at … → Read More

5 Books That Explore the Monstrous

I’ve written previously about gravity being monstrous. Above the clouds, gravity is that unreasonable force always waiting for someone to make a mistake. When thinking about monsters for Updr… → Read More

Building a SciFi Future That Matters: Five Authors Share Their Worldbuilding Strategies

What questions do SFF authors ask themselves when creating a futurescape, and what worldbuilding considerations do they make? Tor.com has assembled a roundtable of authors with exciting new books o… → Read More

All The Voices of The Odyssey: Emily Wilson On Language, Translation, and Culture

I recently finished another great boat-centric book that contained the hallmarks of modern action-adventure fantasy: shipwrecks, monsters, intrigue, heroes, a complicated good guy, evil-smashing, r… → Read More

Teaching my daughter to always rescue herself first

She had a secret when she was young. Now she wants her daughter to learn how to avoid abusive relationships. → Read More

Fantasy Books Where Magic Turns Out to Be Math

In literature, magic is often grouped into three main categories—illusion (sleight of hand), spells and alterations of reality (paranormal), and the fantastic—and thus hidden there. Meantime, the w… → Read More

Making All Those Gears Spin: Engineering in Science Fiction and Fantasy Roundtable

A fair number of my stories feature science or technology, even when they’re fantasy. About my first novel, Updraft, my friend Max Gladstone said, “There’s no magic in this book. It’s all engineeri… → Read More

20 Books to Read If You Loved Watching Wonder Woman

Because badassery doesn’t end at the theater. → Read More

It’s All in the Rigging: 9 of the Best Boats in Fantasy

Once upon a time (cough, August 6, 2013, actually), Tor.com published “I Hate Boats,” by Carl Engle-Laird. Carl’s gone on to brilliant things, but I still want to argue with him about the post, and… → Read More

It’s All in the Rigging: My Favorite Fantasy Boats

Once upon a time (cough, August 6, 2013, actually), Tor.com published “I Hate Boats,” by Carl Engle-Laird. Carl’s gone on to brilliant things, but I still want to argue with him about the post, and… → Read More

Monsters and magic can help kids through tough times. Here’s how.

Reading about and making up monsters can help kids build real-world problem-solving skills to address fears. So can magic, by teaching about complex systems and how to use them. → Read More

Change the Language, Change the World – Fran Wilde –

(copying this over from where it first appeared at Tor.com in time for my May reading series class at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum about language and apocalyptic fiction…) “… in daily speech… → Read More

[GUEST POST] Fran Wilde on Staying Ahead of Evolving Technology

Fran Wilde is an author, programmer, and technology consultant who has worked as a science and engineering writer, a university professor, a sailing instructor, a game developer, and a jeweler&#821… → Read More