Archives for Genre Writing

World Building

I’m gonna talk about two things here: Cosmogony and World Creation Cosmogony Any theory concerning the coming into existence (or origin) of either the cosmos (or universe), or the so-called reality of sentient beings. World Creation Essentially a process of defining a sandbox and populating it. The Cosmogony of a story is a core concept I have to address at its start. In a sense I have to do it before things start. World Creation is something rather different. This is all about the design of the author. Both are ripe for speculation; particularly in SF & Fantasy. My starting point on these is back
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Why Is Futuristic Fiction Overwhelmingly Negative?

Have you ever wondered, why is it that so many books about the future assume extreme negativity as the most dominant characteristic of the future (think 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451)? This is on some level understandable. The future is an unknown, and for all we know it could turn out to be awful. Everything may go wrong and get worse. We may lose many of our cherished freedoms, our government may revert to worse and worse tyranny. See this story for thoughts on this: Why Are We So Obsessed With YA Dystopias But while it’s always possible that everything will
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Trends In Writing Beget A Trend In Reading

Something unexpected has developed in my reading patterns. Perhaps it’s happened to you, too. Back when I first became an avid reader, I’d read whatever I could get my hands on. That was particularly true when it came to science fiction; all the SF there was in the world wasn’t nearly enough for me. Anderson, Asimov, Bester, Blish, Bloch, Bradbury, Budrys, Clarke, Del Rey, Dickson, Heinlein, Kuttner, McCaffrey, Russell, Simak, and all their colleagues could barely keep me supplied. But that was a long time ago. Things have changed. One of the most visible changes has been the rise of
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The Character Is Not The Author…Or Is He?

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form] Of late — i.e., since the publication of Freedom’s Scion and Freedom’s Fury — I’ve been getting a lot of email questioning whether I endorse the actions of various of my characters. Really! My correspondents demand to know which of my fictional imaginings “represents me” — and to what extent I approve of his behavior. The question leaves me utterly baffled. I know there are writers who “write themselves” into their narratives, in the guise of a prominent character. Some of them admit to it, while with others
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Playing with Conventions

Every genre comes with its own conventions, ideas writers over the years have riffed on and embellished to suit their purposes. As a longtime lover of space operas, I was perfectly happy to join the tradition of fast starships, laser guns, and holographic videos. I wasn’t concerned with the science behind such things, for they are merely props to be used in advancing the story, and well-known ones at that. I embraced many of the conventions beloved to sci-fi readers—chases through space, robotic technology, interstellar civilizations. And I threw others out the window. For instance, even though Artificial Absolutes takes
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Reconciling Science Fiction and My Faith

This was originally on my personal blog, but I wanted to share it with you all as well! http://authorallenwatson.wordpress.com/ Dr. David Powers, who I mention in this post, is continuing the other half of this discussion on his blog. Here is the link to his page. Dr. David Powers – http://coffeescholar.wordpress.com/ I’m a sci-fi nut. Seriously, if I didn’t have to ever work again, I would likely spend my time watching sci-fi on TV, reading sci-fi, and writing more sci-fi novels. I’d be lucky to get out of bed. Why do I love science fiction? We all have our reasons, but I love
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Ground your sci-fi

Science fiction is fun. You can do all sorts of wondrous things that aren’t yet possible in real life and might never be. Want to teleport? Build a sentient robot? Journey to the center of a molecule? Go for it! But let’s not get too carried away. To paraphrase a theme of The Incredibles, if everything’s special, then nothing is. Contrasts are key. Avoid the “anything goes” mentality. Give your world or universe rules, and establish those expectations early. Otherwise, you’ll wind up like 1950s Superman — constantly gaining new powers as the plot demands. Your unique rules will distinguish
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Bringing My Writing to a Boyle

  Bringing My Writing to a Boyle I love literature that bends, distorts, twists, or otherwise rips reality apart. But ultimately, I just love great writing. And even though what I write normally has some kind of paranormal or science fiction element to it, one of my biggest, if not the biggest influence on my writing is TC Boyle. Since I play and record music, my desk is cluttered with speakers, a mixer, and a digital audio workstation. But despite the lack of space, I have two books that I always find room for: a pocket dictionary, and a collection
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Valentine’s Day Special: Science Fiction Romance, the Ultimate Fusion!

If science fiction is supposed to be uber-macho, and romance ultra-feminine, then would you not say they make a perfect couple?  “Male and female created He them.”  The Bible gave us this duality.  Yet must the world forever run with gender as definitive, me vs. you, extremes of the genetic spectrum, as if there will never be viewpoints upon which we can agree?  Or are we, indeed, two separate species?  I believe this is why so many publishers and readers fail to see the power available in the fusion of the science fiction and romance genres.  We are not two
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George Orwell: The Gateway Drug

George Orwell: The Gateway Drug In high school, none of my English classes required me to read 1984. We did read Animal Farm my senior year and I secretly loved it, but never once did I consider picking up anything that wasn’t assigned unless it was about rock n’ roll or some Star Was adventure. The truth of the matter was that I loved English class, but the thought to read this stuff outside of class never once crossed my mind. And I made it all the way to the end of my undergraduate degree before this changed. I think
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