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Stuff of interest to a libertarian fan, critic, and aspiring writer of science fiction and fantasy.
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Neil Gaiman on Writing: From The Nerdist Podcast


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Science Fiction Investing, Part 1

Science Fiction Investing, Part 1 | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

For this article, I'd like to talk to you about what investors can learn from reading the work of one of the most important modern science fiction writers: William Gibson.

I can already see your incredulous looks. Can we actually invest based on science fiction? Well, before we get to that, let's start by looking at how science fiction is already influencing some prominent technology companies.

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8 Words to Seek and Destroy in Your Writing

8 Words to Seek and Destroy in Your Writing | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
8 frequently abused words or phrases that gum up your content.
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Storytelling to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Storytelling to the Beat of a Different Drummer | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Introducing My Very Favorite Creative Writing Tool Whether you’re a plotter or a plodder, a planner or a pantser, organized or organic … at the end of the writing day we are all faced with the very same daunting question:...
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Plotting the Mystery Novel

"The classic mystery is popular fiction which follows a specific formula. Clever writers may try to change the formula, but the most clever will cling to it for a very good reason. They work within the bounds of the formula because it works!

The following outline serves the modern mystery novel, as defined by editors and publishers. A typical story will contain 60,000 to 65,000 words (205 manuscript pages) and will be divided into 12 chapters, each approximately 17 pages in length."

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Jump from space? Not quite :: WRAL.com

Jump from space? Not quite :: WRAL.com | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Felix Baumgartner jumped Sunday from 24 miles in altitude, an incredible accomplishment for sure, but less than halfway to any technical definition of the "edge of space."...
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Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

"In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman:"

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NEWS | A Brave New Writing and Marketing Experiment: Writing in Public with Google Docs

NEWS | A Brave New Writing and Marketing Experiment: Writing in Public with Google Docs | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Apropos to my recent post on Google Docs, novelist Silvia Hartmann is embarking on a brave new experiment using Google's office suite. She's letting anyone and everyone watch her write a new fantasy novel in a public Google document.
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NEWS | Is NASA Positioning Itself to Become a Regulatory Agency?

NEWS | Is NASA Positioning Itself to Become a Regulatory Agency? | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
It sure seems like that's what NASA is doing. NASA has to do something in order to maintain its relevance as the space age dawns in the era of commercial space flight.
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The Philosophical Roots of Science Fiction

The Philosophical Roots of Science Fiction | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
People often use science fiction to illustrate philosophy all the time. From ethical quandaries to the very nature of existence, science fiction's most famous texts are tailor-made for exploring philosophical ideas.

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The ‘Chosen Ones’ in SF and fantasy: sending the wrong messages

The ‘Chosen Ones’ in SF and fantasy: sending the wrong messages | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
I watched a TED video the other day about political activism by Dave Meslin called 'The antidote to apathy.' In it, he showed a list of scifi and fantasy films that all have ‘the chosen one’ as a...

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NEWS | Copyright Ruined the Hugo Awards Livestream

NEWS | Copyright Ruined the Hugo Awards Livestream | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

"If you tried to watch the livestream of the Hugo Awards event at Chicon 7 (Worldcon) last night, you were in for a rude surprise. The feed cut off, never to be restored, just as Neil Gaiman was giving his acceptance speech. Why? i09 has the scoop, but fingers the wrong culprit."

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Tom Sawyer And Huck Finn Go Steampunk In New TV Series

Tom Sawyer And Huck Finn Go Steampunk In New TV Series | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Where fairy tales were the trend last year, it looks like reworkings of classic literary works are the rage when it comes to developing new TV shows this time around.
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Investing In Science Fiction Tech: Artificial Intelligence

Investing In Science Fiction Tech: Artificial Intelligence | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

Throughout the course of this article, we will discuss how technology companies are creating products that were once thought of as science fiction and show that a familiarity with the work of Philip K Dick...

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7 Reasons to Partner on Someone Else’s Book Launch NOW :: Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

7 Reasons to Partner on Someone Else’s Book Launch NOW :: Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Book promotion coach Lynn Serafinn on things you might not have considered about being a partner on a book launch even before your own book is finished.
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Free Beat Sheet Template – Simple Story Development Tool

Free Beat Sheet Template – Simple Story Development Tool | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Here’s Your Beat Sheet Template There are many ways to create a “beat sheet.”  On a computer.  On a sheet of typing paper.  On the back of an envelope.  3 by 5 cards.  A string of yellow sticky notes.
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Writing Excuses 7.41: Seven-Point Story Structure » Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses 7.41: Seven-Point Story Structure » Writing Excuses | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

Here, without any flavor text, are the seven points:

Hook
Plot Turn I
Pinch I
Midpoint
Pinch II
Plot Turn II
Resolution

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Why do some traumatized people get PTSD while others don't?

Why do some traumatized people get PTSD while others don't? | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
A fascinating new article by Virginia Hughes in Nature explores the most recent discoveries that neuroscientists have made about the mechanisms that cause post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
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3D Printer DRM Patent To Stop People Downloading a Car

3D Printer DRM Patent To Stop People Downloading a Car | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

DRM systems in the digital media world are nothing new and are utilized extensively in the music, movie and video games industries. Now, after applying four years ago, a company has this week obtained a patent for a DRM system that aims to stop future owners of 3D printers from printing whatever they like. The dream of downloading a new pair of sneakers or even a car might already be in jeopardy, before it’s even begun.


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Alongside Night Book Giveaway

Alongside Night Book Giveaway | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Receive this classic work of dystopian science fiction for free in epub format when you sign up for our free email newsletter. You'll also be entered to win a signed paperback copy of the novel (see below for more details).

 

The setting could be next week. But this Prometheus Hall of Fame Award–winning novel was written over three decades ago. And now it is being adapted into a film starring Kevin Sorbo as Dr. Martin Vreeland.

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THE WRITE TIP | How to Use Google Drive with Scrivener in Your Writing Critique Group

THE WRITE TIP | How to Use Google Drive with Scrivener in Your Writing Critique Group | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

On September 11th, the document editor in Google Docs (now part of Google Drive) finally became useful to me for use in writing groups. The web app has long had a feature that enables users to create, reply to, and resolve comments in a Google document, much like the commenting system in Microsoft Word. But the Android app lacked these features until now.

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YA sci-fi is supposed to make us question society - Orlando Weekly

[...] Confession: I'm a huge fan of dystopian YA. But lately, some of the more popular emerging titles seem to be disrupting the basic pillars of dystopia and distracting from the main mission of any dystopian novel: to caution against current societal practices that could lead to such a society's existence. Consider this genre's purpose as innocently as you would the purpose of Smokey the Bear, only with a more complex directive: Only you can prevent the future. [...]

by Ashley Belanger


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The conservatism of ‘save the world’ narratives in science fiction and fantasy | sfauthoralliance.com

The conservatism of ‘save the world’ narratives in science fiction and fantasy | sfauthoralliance.com | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it

I’ve had a long-standing dissatisfaction with save the world narratives, which appear in many kinds of stories but particularly in SF and fantasy … superhero/chosen one stories.

I’ve talked about how the ‘chosen one’ narratives in science fiction and fantasy aren’t really sending the right message, or at least the message that “I can choose to do it too,’ which is required for activism and self-starting more generally…


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How To Write Science Fiction with... Joe Haldeman

How To Write Science Fiction with... Joe Haldeman | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
 
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How to Write Science Fiction With... Joe Haldeman





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Don't be mistaken: this isn't your parents' "how to" lecture!
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NEWS | David Brin, Wrong Again

NEWS | David Brin, Wrong Again | Science Fiction and Fantasy: Reading, Writing, Publishing | Scoop.it
Oops, he did it again. David Brin, whom some think of as a libertarian science fiction author, and who styles himself as such, but who really isn't even close to being libertarian, and who seems to spend an inordinate amount of time these days...
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