Archive for August, 2012

The Skill List Project: Characterization Skills and Sources

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Last time, I said we’d begin looking at the skills associated with characterization. (Gulp!) It’s a huge topic, and one on which there are wide differences of opinion. […]

A Writer’s Belated Tribute to FIREFLY

I have recently, finally, mercifully learned why people loved Firefly so much.  I am a longtime fan of Buffy and Angel, and I think that Joss Whedon is a genius.  But somehow I missed the beginning of the series, and by the time it found its way onto my radar as something I should have […]

Broccoli Books

Tell me why, exactly, somebody thought a bunch of sixteen-year-olds in 1996 needed to read a play about a guy in a job that doesn’t much exist anymore, having a mid-life crisis? What exactly was the relevance of that play to anything in our lives? Actually, I can answer that one. Death of a Salesman […]

History’s First Geek – H.G. Wells

This isn’t much of a post about writing, or reading, for that matter. But it is a post about H.G. Wells, and would there be an SFNovelists without H.G. Wells? Especially since, were Wells alive today, he would certainly be one of us, going to cons, writing books. And playing RPGs. That’s right, H.G. Wells […]

I Know It When I See It

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote about pornography, “I know it when I see it.”  Similarly, I know a fantasy novel when I see one.  And yet, how broad a range does “fantasy” cover? My first published novel, The Glasswrights’ Apprentice, was set in an imaginary world that vaguely corresponded to medieval Europe (minus […]

Author Information

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. Visit site.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.



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