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Data-Mining in One's Own Head - Sifting Thoughts as Evidence

Rather than discard old ideas that don't work, one can treat them as flawed evidence. One can sift these pieces of evidence, solemnly treating them as if they were unreliable manuscripts which ..
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Voluntary Constraints - Setting Yourself Boundaries in Science .

You may have seen old film footage of Harry Houdini in straight jacket hanging upside down from the top window-ledge of a multi-storey building, doing his escape-act. The interest aroused by some ..
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Love Interest in Science Fiction

Mention the subject of “love interest" in connection with the sf genre and you might get various plausibly dismissive reactions from those who do not know it very well. SF, they might say, is ..
(March 25, 2008)
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Putting Time Into Your Invented World - Timekeeping and SF ..

If you invent a world on which to set your stories, you will have to think about its “day" and “year"; and you may find that these details are more than details - they can become a great ..
(March 31, 2008)
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The Far Future and the Deepened Culture Layer

Severian, the narrator of Gene Wolfe's The Sword of the Lictor, describes his descent of a cliff: The past stood at my shoulder, naked and defenceless as all dead things, as though it were time ..
(January 11, 2008)
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Science Fiction Future Histories - Criteria for Success

Introduction: Within the field of science fiction, a special source of addictive fascination can be found in the sub-genre “Future History", a series of interconnected stories set in a common ..
(October 28, 2007)
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H P Lovecraft - Unrecognized Master of Science Fiction

Some quite well known writers are extraordinarily mis-represented. I, as a reader, have at times been put off trying an author for decades, only to find, when I did try, that what you get is nothing ..
(October 30, 2007)
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Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Secret of Storytelling

Browsing the Lit. Crit. section of any library, you probably won't gain the impression that the critics are making any great effort to plumb the central mystery of story-telling. To isolate the X ..
(October 30, 2007)
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Edgar Rice Burroughs And His Imitators - The Case Of Lin Carter

The genre of Planetary Romance is perhaps best represented by the Barsoom series of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs (1875-1950), best known as the author of Tarzan, wrote ten volumes of Martian ..
(October 30, 2007)
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Intelligent Plants in the Science Fiction of Olaf Stapledon

The theme of vegetable intelligence has occurred from time to time in science fiction, but for the most part it has been vulnerable to the charge that such a notion is hopelessly unrealistic, ..
(November 01, 2007)
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American History and the Science Fiction Addict

It may often happen, as it has happened to me, that you run out of books by your favourite SF author of the moment, and you feel bereft, knowing that so-and-so is such a hard act to follow. May I ..
(November 07, 2007)
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The Good Haunting - Comfort from Reading Dante

I write in the spirit of one who offers to compare notes with other readers. This is therefore a personal essay. If you have ever been rejected or misunderstood (and who hasn't?), you may find as I ..
(November 11, 2007)
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Solar System Development Area - Planetary Romance

First the rhapsody, then the grumble. We live in a fantastic age of astronomical discovery. No one is a greater fan of space-probe epics than I. As Voyager 2 passed no less than four giant worlds ..
(November 15, 2007)
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Humane Measures - Miles not Metric in Science Fiction

Apart from the United States, which to its great honour has preserved its heritage of English-language measurements, we in the rest of the English-speaking world live in a style-deaf age in which the .
(November 15, 2007)
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Inventors of Words - Neologisms in Science Fiction

Surely the most famous new word coined in science fiction is “robot", in the 1920 play by the Czech writer Karel Capek': R. U. R. ("Rossum's Universal Robots"). I don't know any Czech but I ..
(November 19, 2007)
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The Chequered Board - Filling in the Gaps in a Series

The title of this essay is a tribute to Nevil Shute's fine novel The Chequered Board. It is as much an array of stories as a novel; the subplots are linked by the story of a man who has only a few ..
(November 22, 2007)
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Help for the Science-Fiction Addict - Try the History of Earth

In between favourite authors, when you have finished with one and are feeling bereft and haven't yet latched onto another, you might find it useful to compare notes with someone who has been in the ..
(November 22, 2007)
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