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The Power of Fandom: Enable Fiction When You Can’t Write It


I love fiction, and I know a lot of novelists. Some of them are very good friends of mine. I’ve known them for years, and watched a handful of them them go from part-time scribblers to highly successful authors with multiple book deals and movie options with big Hollywood studios.
At one time, I thought I’d [...]

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What’s In A Name? Thirteen Writers On How They Name Their Characters


What’s In A Name? Thirteen Writers On How They Name Their Characters

If you’re a major science fiction or fantasy fan looking for a baby name, I’ve got the resource for you: Sci-Fi Baby Names by Robert Schnackenberg:
Boldly Go Where No Parent Has Gone Before!
Here are 500 out-of-this-world baby names from classic science-fiction movies, books, and television shows. Choose James to honor the captain of [...]

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Get Ready for The Dystopian World of Pierce Brown’s ‘Red Rising’


Get Ready for The Dystopian World of Pierce Brown’s ‘Red Rising’

You may not know too much about Pierce Brown’s debut novel Red Rising right now, but get ready: You will very soon. This is one of those novels that you just know is going to blow up and become a pop culture phenomenon. Think Hunger Games or Ender’s Game or Divergent – That kind of [...]

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What Would Conan Do? What Fictional Characters Would You Look to For Advice?


What Would Conan Do? What Fictional Characters Would You Look to For Advice?

Success guru Napoleon Hill once wrote about something he called his “Cabinet of Invisible Counselors”: a creative problem solving technique in which Hill imagined how nine of his favorite historical figures would advise him on his life’s problems. It’s a a great way to examine an issue from multiple perspectives, even if all of these [...]

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On Fighting, Or, Maybe That Elf Needs a Black Eye


kickass002 (1)I have  always liked movies and books that track the rise of a hero. I find the transformation from regular guy to warrior inspirational. Having been that regular guy for forty years, I can completely relate – at least to the feeling of powerlessness. Isn’t there a part of us all that secretly hopes to stumble upon a catalyst of some sort that will empower us to become the best we can be? Who doesn’t hope to meet a wise old sage who will set us upon the path to Jedi-hood, for example?

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NYCC 2012: Chuck Palahniuk on Transgression, Boundaries and His New Book


NYCC 2012: Chuck Palahniuk on Transgression, Boundaries and His New Book

Chuck Palahniuk’s fans showed up hours early to meet their favorite writer during his signing at NYCC 2012. The line was enormous, and those lucky enough to get there in time got a free(!) signed copy of Palahniuk’s most recent book Damned and a few moments to have a few words with the author. This [...]

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Climate Change in Science Fiction and Fantasy


Climate Change in Science Fiction and Fantasy

I’ve been going through a bit of a non-fiction reading spree as of late, and one of the books that has caught my attention is Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas, and the Weather of the Future. It’s from the staff of Climate Central, a non-profit organization whose mission is [...]

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Zoe E. Whitten on Writing Trans Characters and YA Fiction


sandy_marketingFirst, I should thank Matt for inviting me to make a post about my book YA fantasy adventure, Sandy Morrison and the Pack of P*ssies

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Guest Essay: Lisa L. Hannett on the Weird West in Fiction


bluegrass-symphony-web Thinking of the American mid-West conjures up images of cowboys and desperadoes, dusty plains and wild mountain ranges, Stetsons and sheriffs and shoot-outs. Usually, calling a story a ‘Western’ leads our imaginations back to the past: we visualise the O.K. Corral, the Alamo, and Billy the Kid. But call it a ‘Weird Western’ and this picture changes.

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Guest Essay: Rob Ziegler: ‘The Challenges of Blending Genres’


Seed_DUSTJACKET_FINAL_05.inddIt’s the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. Decades of war and resource depletion have toppled governments. The ecosystem has collapsed. A new dust bowl sweeps the American West. The United States has become a nation of migrants–starving masses of nomads roaming across wastelands and encamped outside government seed distribution warehouses.

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