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Posts that should interest other writers in science fiction and fantasy, as well as other genres

Thermodynamics of Magic Systems 0 (0)

When I was at a writer’s conference in Denver, I pitched to a science fiction and fantasy (SF/F) editor for a NY publisher. After expressing disappointment that I wasn’t pitching an SF manuscript, he brightened and said, “But I usually like Fantasy written by SF authors.” “Because their magic systems make sense?” Being an avid […]

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QQ: 2B R N2B? 0 (0)

As a purveyor, buyer, and all-around user of the English language, my attention was caught by The Telegraph article “Ralph Fiennes blames Twitter for ‘eroding’ language.” The headline pointed at Twitter but Mr. Fiennes, an English actor, blamed social networking and our society, as a whole, for dumbing down the English language. Speaking at the […]

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The Bone Palace, by Amanda Downum 0 (0)

I loved the first book in Downum’s Necromancer Chronicles, called The Drowning City, which I covered in this post. This second book was just as impressive, set in a detailed and lush society, with multi-dimensional characters. As with the first book, there are multiple subplots and “games” being played, for very high stakes. All of […]

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What’s the current state of the SF/F genre? 0 (0)

What’s the current state of the SF/F genre? Where’s it going? My answer: nobody knows. However, I hope to get some insight into this next week at Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention. Lately, I’ve been feeling my genre “presents” like a case of Multiple Personality Disorder (to use House diagnosis-speak). The publishers appear […]

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SF Signal’s Mind Meld: What’s your favorite big dumb object in SF? 0 (0)

Join me and other (much more esteemed) SF authors as we answer the question, “What’s Your Favorite ‘Big Dumb Object’ in SF?” over at SF Signal. The SF trope “Big Dumb Object” was coined for any mysterious, large, and often powerful object discovered near the beginning of a novel and used as plot device. Originally, […]

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