Storyworld Design: Communication Technologies

Ever since homo sapiens turned sapiens2, telecommunication has become the greatest instrument of modern evolution. From the internal structure of companies, to the grand scale of global commercial empires and the ever-present, ever-growing world of social media platforms, near-instant communication across vast distances, between vast numbers of people, has become the epitome of our era. Everything in …

BREVITY in science-fiction and its hopeless fight for survival in a world of unnecessary, gratuitous info dumps and complacent narrative depictions

Science-fiction is a genre prone to overindulgent information sharing. Sci-fi writers spend a helluva lot on worldbuilding, fact checking, researching, background building and speculating. So much information is hoarded around a story that our brains will inadvertently try and smuggle some of it past us and into our drafts. Preferably a lot of it. Ideally …

Past Tense vs. Present Tense Madness – And OMG I think I’m gonna write in Future Past Perfect Historical (Mandarin)

What is it with writers and tenses? There always seems to be some sort of debate or another about whether the good ol' past tense is still THE SHIT, or whether present tense is gaining up on it on merit. You know, some people hate present tense in novels. Like really, passionately, fervently hate it. While …