Blood Red Road by Moira Young My rating: 3 of 5 stars Read for the Women of Genre Fiction Challenge and the Apocalypse Now! Challenge. Method of the world’s destruction: ??? (not a clue) I ended up with this book because I bought it (and its two sequels) for my stepdaughter, who gave it back […]Read more "Book Review: Blood Red Road by Moira Young"
A series of posts about firearms by William R. Bartlett: A Writer’s Guide to Firearms: Assault Rifles Mar 13, 2018 | My friends’ Guest Posts, Writing This is a guest post by my author friend, William R. Bartlett. It continues his discussion of all things firearms. Assault rifles have featured prominently in the horrific events in Florida, Las […]Read more "A Writer’s Guide to Firearms"
This essay details the history of various cultural groups in the Wyrd West, and how and why they developed the way that they did. With the fluctuating, and often regional, changes in physics after the Cataclysm, a lot of modern technology that we take for granted in today’s world were rendered useless; or, worse, dangerously […]Read more "The History of Cultural Groups in the Wyrd West"
Science fiction and fantasy mashups are popular right now. They give us an excuse to abandon typical SFF tropes for elements we’re familiar with in other genre fiction. Here’s some tips and tricks for successful plotting and worldbuilding in a mashup genre: Familiarize Yourself with the Blended Genre Okay, so you’re writing a space opera […]Read more "Successful Worldbuilding in SFF Mashups"
Science fiction and fantasy, in my experience, are rarely all one thing. Sometimes – often! – SFF blends elements of other genres of fiction into it. For instance, I think just about every Philip K. Dick novel I’ve read is either transgressive fiction or a detective/crime novel. Sometimes those elements seem so weird that not […]Read more "Science Fiction & Fantasy Mashups"
I am a fan of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King (clearly it’s a love or hate relationship with sci-fi and fantasy fans.) I thought this video was an excellent analysis of the character of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, an unforgettable character that, love or hate the series, lingers in one’s mind. But I […]Read more "Roland Deschain: PTSD and Redemption"
By Alex Acks I’ve been reading science fiction and fantasy almost as long as I’ve been able to read, and I’m normally very good at suspending my disbelief. Unfortunately, seven years of university schooling and two degrees have now placed some suspension limits on certain areas—namely geology, landforms, and maps. I tend to notice little things like […]Read more "The Science of Desert Planets"