Tag Archives: Philip Athans

ACTIVE SEARCH: HE COULD SEE

Our old friends Strunk & White advise: Use the active voice. And though I’m not a 100% devotee of The Elements of Style, this is advice that every author needs to hear and do his or her level best to … Continue reading

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AN EVIL EMPIRE, BENT ON WORLD DOMINATION (BUT WHY?)

In August of 2012 I asked you why your villain is bent on world domination. Just as villains need motivation—we need to understand why that character is doing what he, she, or it is doing—governments don’t operate in a moral, … Continue reading

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(UN)HAPPY ORGANIZE YOUR HOME OFFICE DAY

According to Days of the Year, today is Organize Your Home Office Day. As someone who works from home, I suppose I should recognize this day, add it to my calendar, embrace it, and . . . act on it? I tend … Continue reading

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FAREWELL, LEONARD NIMOY

Because the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many, I hope you’ll indulge this old Trekkie with one more sad post to note the passing of someone who, though we never met, has meant a lot to … Continue reading

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A RANDOM SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL (PART 3)

A few weeks ago I described the step-by-step process of creating a random SF/fantasy paperback grab-bag. At the end of that process, I chose the first random book and came out with The City and the Stars by Arthur C. … Continue reading

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A RANDOM SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL (PART 2)

A few weeks ago I described the step-by-step process of creating a random SF/fantasy paperback grab-bag. At the end of that process, I chose the first random book and came out with The City and the Stars by Arthur C. … Continue reading

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A RANDOM SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL (PART 1)

A few weeks ago I described the step-by-step process of creating a random SF/fantasy paperback grab-bag. At the end of that process, I chose the first random book and came out with The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke. … Continue reading

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