Monthly Archives: September 2014

WHERE DID THIS DUMB IDEA COME FROM?

I don’t know, I’m asking you! I always have a legal pad next to me at my desk when I’m working so I can take notes, etc. and from time to time these pads (and any other bits and scraps … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

In the introduction to an episode of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling said: “It’s been said that science fiction and fantasy are two different things. Science fiction—the improbable made possible. Fantasy—the impossible made probable.” I wrote that down a couple … Continue reading

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ARE YOU KEEPING UP?

In my classes on writing fantasy and science fiction I spend some time, for the benefit of the science fiction authors, talking about technology. I’m certainly not the first person to point out that good science fiction isn’t really about … Continue reading

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DON’T LET THIS BE THE LAST NATIONAL BUY A BOOK DAY!

It started on August 19, 2010 with a post at John Ottinger’s Grasping for the Wind. I made the case that we needed a National Buy a Book Day—and in the handful of years that followed I tried to walk … Continue reading

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A WORLDBUILDING EXAMPLE EXPLAINED AT LAST

n my online and in-person worldbuilding classes I often say that a lot of fantasy and science fiction worldbuilding is done as you’re writing. At certain points our stories will dictate what we need to know about the world. This … Continue reading

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