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Tips for Worldbuilding in Sci-fi and Fantasy

Here is a write-up of the worldbuilding workshop I attended at virtual Worldcon last month. Fantasy author Claire Bartlett ran a sci-fi and fantasy  worldbuilding workshop for eight writers at (virtual) ConZealand last month. This was an excellent workshop and included a great group exercise. Top down or

Taking on the Boloverse: Are giant tanks outdated?

Last week, I blogged about Keith Laumer’s The Compleat Bolo. This week’s blogpost is a discussion between Tom Kratman and I on the topic of whether giant tanks are a viable future technology. Tom and I are collaborating to turn his Hugo-nominated novella, Big Boys Don’t

Introducing ‘Taking on the Boloverse’!

If you’ve ever fancied a mash-up courtroom drama where the defendant is a giant tank, I may have EXACTLY the book for you… Everyone likes HUMUNGOUS mecha, right? And legal-suspense thrillers? Well, perhaps not everyone. I’m a huge fan of John Grisham thrillers, but may be

Building a Web Presence for SF&F

Madgeniusclub has an interesting article for SF&F writers on building web presence: 1- Be you.  Don’t try to sound educated, or professorial or anything of the kind, unless that is who you are, naturally.  Just be you.  I swear readers can smell “Phony” a mile off. 

Forbidden Thoughts, Dissident Minds

Online self-segregation gets written about a lot these days. That’s where people never encounter anyone who disagrees on Facebook and Twitter. They’ve unfriended or unfollowed dissenters on Facebook or are victims of software that tailors information to their worldview. But what happens if you leave your filter bubble? Well, about eighteen months