Category Archives: science fiction technology

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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WORLDBUILDING SESSION FOUR: GEOGRAPHY

This week, how about a preview of the revised fourth session of my online course Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing, which starts up again day after tomorrow…   I might go so far as to say that fantasy … Continue reading

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SUGGESTED READING FOR 2019

Christmas fell on a Tuesday this year, but that won’t stop me from my regular weekly post! To all my Christian friends, Merry Christmas, to all my non-Christian friends, have fun at the movies. But anyway, for a “holiday edition” … Continue reading

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JUST A BIT ABOUT MAGIC SYSTEMS

Magic systems—how magic works in a fantasy setting—is a pretty big subject, and one I’m not delusional enough to think I’ll “cover” in one blog post, but let’s at least dip a toe in that water, seeing how important it … Continue reading

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INVADERS FROM OUTSIDE: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 3

Let’s jump back into that ninety-three year old issue of Weird Tales that’s available for all of us to read online and… actually read it! Or, at least, read the first story. I’m going to do that right now, and take … Continue reading

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A SERIES OF POSTS ON MOTIVATION: CONNECTION

Assuming we’re still hanging in on the “Six Human Needs” I introduced a few weeks ago, a good starting point on the subject of what drives us all, I’m pressing ahead with the fourth of the six: connection. Connection has … Continue reading

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