Writers Create Fiction, They Don’t Prove Facts (redux)

I’m still wondering about the expectations and priorities of writers in general, and of science-fiction writers in particular. My sincere apologies if this seems repetitive, but I need to set a few things straight before I move on, otherwise this thingum will gnaw at me and suck much needed neuronal capacity away from my revision.Continue reading “Writers Create Fiction, They Don’t Prove Facts (redux)”

From Mainstream Science To Hackneyed Science-Fiction

Science-fiction writers have an enormous advantage over scientists, but unfortunately most of us don’t realize it, and the rest don’t exploit it to its full extent. It’s something most scientists lack, it’s the cause of their limitations, compromises and inflexibility, and the main reason today’s mainstream scientific theory about the workings and origin of theContinue reading “From Mainstream Science To Hackneyed Science-Fiction”

Crazy Writing in November and the Top 10 Most Bizzare Mental Disorders

November is the perfect month for writing and being creative, whether along with the gazillion people doing NaNoWriMo, or just because the weather has begun to suck so badly there’s just no other viable thing to do but curl up with a good book (preferably your own manuscript) and travel to another world. This yearContinue reading “Crazy Writing in November and the Top 10 Most Bizzare Mental Disorders”

Amazon’s Author Ranking And Why It Means So Little

Last week, Amazon introduced a new author ranking system based on the sales of an author’s entire portfolio, not just on the sales of individual novels. It’s supposedly intended to empower authors, and Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com says “It’s a smart feature. It recognizes that the author — not the publisher — is the brandContinue reading “Amazon’s Author Ranking And Why It Means So Little”

How Much Science in Science-Fiction?

Science is what separates sci-fi from fantasy, and its usually the nature, plausibility and degree of scientific detail that tiers the genre into several “levels”. Hard sci-fi is the one with the balls of steel in that respect, but what about the other subgenres? How important is the plausibility, and by extension the probability, ofContinue reading “How Much Science in Science-Fiction?”