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At Last, the VampSov ’38 Launch!

Published a few months ago, Daniel Ribot’s debut novel never had an official launch party at the time. We were sad.

As the first novel published by a Speculator, the occasion must be marked. And marked it shall be. With Monster Munch, no less.

Saturday 17th October 2015 at Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG. Kick-off is at 7:30pm. Open to all-comers.

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Online Member Publications

A selection of stories for your delectation:


Phillip Irving

Chapter Eight Short-Story.Net (2008)

Where I Choose to Wake Body Parts

Those Things We Cannot Change (2013)


James Worrad

+1 Daily Science Fiction

Eye-High Flurb #13 (2013)


Will Ellwood

Walls Between Worlds Flurb #12 (2011)


Jay Eales

Little Victories Amadeus (2014)

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States of Independence 14th March 2015

The Speculators are pleased to be part of this year’s States of Independence day.

States of Independence

Free of charge | 10.30am – 4.30pm | Open to all

Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Oxford Street, Leicester LE1 5XY

As part of the day members of the group will be giving a talk:

The Speculators – A Model for Tea Drinking and Writing
The Speculators is (are?) a writing group which meets once a week on Queens Road, Leicester. They have no formal membership structure and are organized on the basis of free association. In this session members of the group will talk about the reasons they write science fiction and fantasy, the reasons why they’re members, and a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of groups like The Speculators with advice on forming similar groups.

There are also lots of other fab talks during the day including ones on “poetry, politics, Doctor Who, history, films, vinyl, steampunk, future fiction, zines, murder…

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Writing Tips

Come up with by the group at the pub, put together by Dan, some tips on writing.

“There are three rules of good writing. Trouble is, no-one can agree what they are.” Somerset Maugham

Suggestions for improving your writing.

1) Take out all adverbs and adjectives.

2) Once you have done that, strengthen the verbs (i.e. He ran quicky is much better expressed as; he raced, he careered, he pelted etc.)

3) Replace only the essential adverbs and adjectives

4) Turn all passive sentences into active ones

5) Remove AND, BUT, HOWEVER, SO and MEANWHILE from the beginning of sentences.

6) Dialogue should be clear about who is speaking without constant use of attribution (he or she said, he exclaimed, she retorted etc). Kill most of it.

7) Avoid tautology, cliche and solecism.

8) Don’t trust your spell-checker.

The Literature Network also have 7 tips for being a Great Writer.


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