Tag Archives: Fiction

The success of John Scalzi’s descriptive minimalism

One of the categories here on the blog is Science Fiction, mainly because I read and watch a lot of it.  Occasionally, someone wanting to get into the literary version of the genre asks me for recommendations on good initial books to … Continue reading

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The Expanse: Intelligent space opera you should check out

Last night, I watched the pilot episode to the new science fiction TV series, ‘The Expanse‘.  It’s based on a series of novels by a writing team that goes by the pseudonym James S.A. Corey, the first of which I … Continue reading

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The odd animosity toward ebooks

Someone called my attention to an Aeon article by Craig Mod describing his abandonment of digital books, returning to the traditional paper variety. From 2009 to 2013, every book I read, I read on a screen. And then I stopped. … Continue reading

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When to give up on a story

I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction short stories lately.  Many have been excellent.  But some have not been my cup of tea.  I’ve run into a fair amount of melancholic ambiance pieces where nothing much happens.  But the stories I tend to … Continue reading

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Black Sails and the dynamics of power

I recently discovered  the TV series ‘Black Sails‘.  Its a show on Starz about pirates in the Bahamas during the golden age of piracy.  It’s a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson‘s classic novel ‘Treasure Island‘.  If you’ve read that book … Continue reading

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Writing Excuses: New season, a writing course by podcast

Many of my readers and fellow bloggers are aspiring (or practicing) writers.  If you haven’t caught it before, ‘Writing Excuses‘ is a podcast about writing in the science fiction and fantasy genre.  If you’ve ever contemplated doing that kind of … Continue reading

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Ancillary Justice: an excellent read

I just finished reading Ann Leckie’s new novel, Ancillary Justice, after reading about it on John Scalzi’s site.  I found it one of the most absorbing books I’ve read in a while.  If you enjoy space opera science fiction, with … Continue reading

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