Wish List / Hard Sells

The following is an ever-changing wish list and list of hard sells written by JW Stebner, editor in chief of Hexagon SF Magazine. This is not meant to discourage writers, but to give more guidance beyond our standard guidelines. Examples have been included on the wish list to help demonstrate the items.

Wish List

-Retrofuturism (ex: Bioshock, Brazil)

Art Deco metropolises, Crumbling mega-cities

-Urban Fantasy (ex: The Unsleeping City, The City We Became)

Secret societies, Powerful cities

-Science-fiction adventures (ex: Starship Troopers, Saga)

Space pirates, Abandoned star cruisers, Alien life-forms

-Romance (ex: The Minute, Memory Momentum)

Star-crossed lovers, Love triangles

-First Nations, Métis, and Inuit speculative fiction (ex: The Marrow Thieves, The Björkan Sagas)

-High Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery (ex: The Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian)

Ancient magic, Powerful relics, Bands of adventurers

-Climate Fiction (ex: The Annual Migration of Clouds, Undersea Lightning)

-Technoir (ex: Terminator, Blade Runner, Samson Opens His Eye)

-Vivid settings (ex: The Haunting of Tram Car 015, Memories Taste Best When Marinated with Sadness)

Hard Sells

-Stories with suicide endings…or suicide beginnings

-Gratuitous violence, including towards animals

-Time travel stories where the protagonist travels to the past to correct a mistake

-Stories that seem as though they are setting up a sequel or have too many loose ends

-Cryofrozen space colonies

-Fairy tale retellings