Tag Archives: literary fiction

5 Hints about Explosive Decompression

Explosive Decompression, a new novel by John L. Sheppard, will be published on Sept. 4, 2016 by Paragraph Line Books.

1. Why we’re on the brink of mass extinction (The Daily Beast).

2. A molecule of water can exist in six places at once (Vice). 

3. Bio coding language makes it easier to hack living cells (New Scientist).

4. Frankie Yankovic, “Pennsylvania Polka.”

5. Dalai Lama: Religion without quantum physics is an incomplete picture of reality (Vice).

Writers’ notebooks: ‘A junkyard of the mind’

I’m a big paper user for my notes, experiments, and doodles. An army of dust mites are happily enjoying decades of my work I need to scan in.

The British Library has been doing this with a bunch of famous writers’ notebooks, putting them online. I generally do not give a shit about Charles Dickens, but I do love to see stuff like Blake’s notebooks.

Here’s an overview via the BBC, or check out the library’s site for more.

(from the BBC

How to make a living as a writer

Over at the Guardian, Damien Walter makes the case for reading franchise novels in a specific sci fi canon

What franchise novels can certainly do well is compelling storytelling. And at their best, they can do it much better than the franchises that spawned them. Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire introduces the malevolent Grand Admiral Thrawn to the extended Star Wars universe, where he remains hands-down its best antagonist.

while simultaneously making the case for writing them…

The big names of franchise writing such as Peter David and Alan Dean Foster may struggle to command much literary respect, but with more than 20 million books sold worldwide, Kevin J Anderson can respond to critics of his Dune prequels while sucking on a stogie rolled from thousand-dollar bills.

More at the Guardian.

Sci-Fi vs. Lit Fic

A genre fiction writer, in this case a science fiction writer, takes a stand and says that science fiction is better than literary fiction… at least as a way for us to think about the big issues of the day.

Speculative fiction may not mimic real life but it uses its magic mirror to reflect on the world around us. It’s a fundamentally outward-looking genre, in direct contrast to literary fiction, which looks inward to explore the human condition.

Pew-pew! Pew-pew! Take that John Updike!

More at The Guardianhttp://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/18/genre-debate-science-fiction-speculative-literary