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ONLY IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS ARE THIS (IM)PRECISE

Why is it that nobody in science fiction, especially the bad guys, can shoot straight? In all my classes on writing, including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, I belabor the point that SF and fantasy are inherently … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEW XVI: ALAN DEAN FOSTER

Author and traveler Alan Dean Foster is responsible for more than a hundred published books and countless short stories since the June 1971 publication of “With Friends Like These . . .” in Analog magazine, and the 1972 publication of his original science … Continue reading

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ANOTHER MEMORIAL DAY

Yesterday was Memorial Day, a time for Americans to pause and consider the sacrifices of those who fell in war. That’s the idea anyway, but as the “unofficial start of summer,” it’s become more a day to remember how to … Continue reading

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PART III ERRATA & ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Is there such a thing as a perfect book? If there is, I haven’t read one, let alone written one. One of the things I’d hoped to accomplish with this blog was not just to promote the book but to … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S EXERCISES III: A ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS

This series of posts was inspired by an edit. Cut out of the final edition of The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction was a short appendix that began with this paragraph: We’ve learned a lot over the last … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEWS VII: KEVIN J. ANDERSON

As part of the process of writing The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, I interviewed a few key players in the SF/fantasy community. Their wisdom and generosity is liberally sprinkled throughout the book, but I couldn’t use every … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEWS III: PAUL S. KEMP

As part of the process of writing The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, I interviewed a few key players in the SF/fantasy community. Their wisdom and generosity is liberally sprinkled throughout the book, but I couldn’t use every … Continue reading

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