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  • Commented on Dead plots
    Heteromeles @733 wiki - Fire on the Mountain (Bisson novel) Fire on the Mountain is a 1988 novel by the American author Terry Bisson. It is an alternate history describing the world as it would have been had John Brown...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Bill Arnold @835 said: They cite an abstract in the parachute-experiment genre Well played. You caught my attention with the "parachute-experiment", it slipped past my defenses. My "immune system" did not kick in until I read all of the links...
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    Heteromeles @830 said: (I think King got there first-ish with the White Plague) White Plague is by Frank Herbert I have it on my to-be-read pile right now, once I finish The Stand....
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    mdlve @504 said: key point, mainly for American but for anyone with elections in the next year or so - get registered and get set up for a absentee / mail in ballot so that you don't have to go...
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    Straight Black Hair @220 Thanks for the DuneQuoteBot link. Deeply satisfying. I stumbled across a game a few days ago that is similar to the Borges, Garden Of Forking Paths. The trailer hit me with instant longing to buy it....
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    Just read the post. Sorry to hear that we won't see the book. I don't understand why you let events here on our copy Earth prevent you from writing about events on another copy Earth, but I digress. At times...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Mark, No matter how often I do something, I don't know what I know until I teach it, so thanks for letting me kibitz. - I always learn far more when I teach. Look at the article on editing War...
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    Mark, Looking at the "sample" from Knight's book, I saw mention of the essay "Journey With a Little Man" by Richard McKenna and that led me to buying Knight's, Turning Points, so that worked out well. Along the way I...
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    whitroth @175 said: Most of what you had to say, I do already know. That's good. I've been a bit loquacious the past few days. I'm between projects and need to start the next WIP. It has been fun to...
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    Greg, Watch the first few minutes of the first episode and you will see the lie that we live under. You will see why Trump was elected. BBC Rebels and Redcoats Episode 1: The Shot Heard Around The World BBC...
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    whitroth @130 said: HOWEVER, I don't know if you go to cons, or attend panels by authors and editors, or read, say, from Ralan.com the submission guidelines of magazines. THOSE are what I'm dealing with. Mark, You have an editor...
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    The SIDH reminds me of the group Rare Air. Basically fusion bag pipes. Thanks... Rare Air - Death Of A Space Piper Rare Air - Topic...
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    Troutwaxer @113 said: It's not just a matter of compressing prose either. . . These days I prefer to write 20-30 percent over the size I'm aiming for then cut. Exactly. Each form(short/novelette/novella/novel) has it's own purpose and structure. Read...
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    To paraphrase Pascal, if I had more time I would have written a shorter post. whitroth @82 said: And the other problem is that to tell the story, too often, it runs overlength. Mark, You are looking at the "word...
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    Heteromeles @76 said: I'd also suggest (although Carse does not) that evil within an infinite game comes from playing the infinite game of life like a finite game. Yes. I like that. Thanks... That describes most of my stuff, and...
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    AdrianD @ 73 I'm working my way through Modesitt. I like the way he presents concepts that can only be shown in story. In one story, he has one person act, without seeking permission from society, because by the time...
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    Troutwaxer @66 said: And the Unicorn story, no clue about the word-count. Equoid is about 33k....
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    JHomes @56: That's the point they make in the Wiki page, That once the english version stopped being published, the complexity of the story increased, so we've never seen what it has evolved into. I read all the english editions...
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    Charlie @47 said: (Do not ask me about the word count for the Laundry Files, okay? It's huuuuuge, even without counting "Dead Lies Dreaming" and any stories in that spin-off series as part of the main event.) Laundry Files word...
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    LOTR word count. LOTR is a "series" of six books and an appendix, not a "trilogy" (My numbers are usually 10% high because I don't subtract blank pages when I do a word count.) Book 1 - 128k Book 2...
  • Commented on A serious question
    I have a SF novel question. Decades ago, in the 1990s, there was a novel where the starship left Earth using a "Light Speed" drive. The ship literally moved at the speed of light by acting like a photon. Time...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Graydon @178 said:Book layout really is an art; having someone do a skilled job is consequently not cheap. It's something I've thought about for when the Commonweal is finished and there might be enough readers that such a project could...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Charlie, Remember, The Laundry Files is about the "Files" not the characters. There are literally miles of shelves filled with files that you can draw from for stories. You do not have to keep moving forward in the timeline to...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Speaking of the Mandela Effect. I like the Moon blowing up at 2:19. THE MANDELA EFFECT Trailer (2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfYw6hSTgE0 I collect images and movies with the shattered Moon like that. This one is from the Moon's viewpoint of a shattered...
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    LAvery @61 said: Here's the Cohen indictment. Wow! That is scary. Truth is stranger than fiction. HA! That does help with the Rudy section. I knew that it should be transcript style rather than normal prose. Thanks... BTW, the business...
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    Yes! That drives me nuts. I had the answer, but couldn't google the right question. Thanks......
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    I'm having trouble with the Rudy part of the story. I can remember when they released some of the indictments about Trump, but they wouldn't name the people under consideration. The would label them with person one, person two, etc..,...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    LAvery @47 said: state-dependent learning Oh, that is deeply fun. When I was a kid I would often shut down, fall asleep, during stressful tests. When I could retake the test, in a room by myself, able to get up,...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    LAvery @45 said: Henry Kuttner? Yes! The Proud Robot The story is about a fancy narcissistic robot which turned out to be "a bigger and better can opener" created by a drunk inventor,[12] described by a reviewer as "the most...
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    Charlie Stross @43 said: Folks, the idea was to come up with a story that fits in a tweet, not post your novel-in-development in the comments here! You said at the top of the page that: This is a challenge!...
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