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Kill Your Darlings… but only if they don’t fit.

When writing there’s always a sense of “let’s see where this takes me”. At the same time, however, there are also lighthouses that we tack towards across the dark and choppy waters of unwritten fiction. In many cases, these are … Continue reading

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Future Proofing your Fictional World

Have recently been re-reading an old favourite, Harry Harrison‘s To the Stars Trilogy. Best known for tongue-in-cheek sci-fi parodies like, The Stainless Steel Rat or (best name ever) Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers, Harrison also did some “harder” sci-fi. … Continue reading

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Constructive Incomprehension: Conveying the Alien

Recently finished Ann Leckie‘s celebrated Ancillary Justice. It’s well-crafted space opera with what feels like both a familiar and original setting. It’s well written to the extent that when you read the post-epilogue interview and see that she deliberately modelled it … Continue reading

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Arctic Characters and Character Arcs

Last night finished watching the final episode of Fortitude. The series is set in an Arctic Island and borrows a lot from long-form crime dramas like Broadchurch or The Killing (The Killing’s  Sofie Gråbøl has a supporting role). There is a lot of … Continue reading

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Where did I come from: Superhero edition

* This post is Very Different from my usual output. It’s based on a series of Tweets I made after a discussion with the author April Daniels about the morality of superheroes doing superheroic things. It is, consequently half-arsed, extremely … Continue reading

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Disinterest and Conviction: Personal politics and Creation

“So much for Objective Literature. Don’t bother to look for it here — not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market … Continue reading

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No tea, please: Pace and Plot in Throne of the Crescent Moon

The long break is over…ish. And it’s thus entirely appropriate that this newest post covers a matter that weighs heavily on my mind. Pacing. Recently finished (quickly) Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. It’s an engaging read, not only because … Continue reading

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