Category Archives: science fiction technology

WHEN CHARACTERS MEET TECHNOLOGY

I like to define science fiction as stories in which the impossible is made possible by the use of some imaginary technology or scientific discovery. In other words, if the hero gets to a distant planet via a starship it’s … Continue reading

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A RANDOM SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: THE WORLDS OF ROBERT A. HEINLEIN

Near the end of 2014 I described the step-by-step process of creating a random SF/fantasy paperback grab-bag, and I have continued to draw books from the box, one after another. I’ve already outed myself as someone who makes notes in … Continue reading

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ANSIBLES, BLASTERS, AND CREDITS, OH MY!

I tackled the complex subject of genre clichés, archetypes, and originality in The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: Certain key components, like dragons in fantasy or robots in science fiction, are free for the taking. No one, even … Continue reading

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FANTASY WORLDBUILDING, MONEY, MONSTERS, AND FOOD

Recently I’ve been sort of absentmindedly thinking about a Dungeons & Dragons world—and not for the first time, either. I have notebooks full of D&D worlds, a few of which even saw some play time. But what inspired this post … Continue reading

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WINGS OF POWER: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 13

This week we’ll hop back into my series of posts looking in detail at a single issue of Weird Tales, a classic pulp fiction magazine from 1925 that can be read online. If you haven’t been following along, feel free … Continue reading

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SOME THOUGHTS ON RESEARCH

This is another subject too big to cover completely in a single blog post, but let’s look, at least, at a few basic ideas around the subject of research. I think authors of fiction can be easily separated into two … Continue reading

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ON THE ACCIDENTAL GENIUS OF ETERNAL PESSIMIST H.P. LOVECRAFT

“Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family,” first published in The Wolverine in 1921, is a story often held up as an example of Lovecraft’s overt racism since it plays on the “terror” of racial or genetic impurity—a horror … Continue reading

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