Archive for January, 2014

The Skill List Project: Diction

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 that this month we’ll look at diction and I pointed you toward the Wikipedia article as a starting point. So let’s do it. Words, […]

On the Island of Happiness, east of Cape Look Out!

On the wall of my office, I have a very large laminated poster of this map. That isn’t a very big image of it, so unless you squint, it’s probably going to just look like a map of the world, with the planets down below. The only thing all that odd-looking about it is the […]

The “real” Thing

Writer Russell Banks gave an interview to the New York Times. In it, this gem: And how would you describe the kinds of books you steer clear of? Anything described by the author or publisher as fantasy, which to me says, Don’t worry, Reader, Death will be absent here. In his brief introduction to Slow […]

January’s Theme: Stranger Than Fiction

Now that the holidays are over (for many of us, at least), it’s the return of the monthly themes! For January, our topic is “stranger than fiction” — which is to say, all the ways in which reality is far, far weirder and more implausible than even our fertile imaginations could possibly concoct. I’m not […]

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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.

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.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. 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.

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