Category: Thoughts on Writing

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The Subconscious of Orson Scott Card

I just attended LTUE 2014 (Life, the Universe, and Everything), a science fiction conference where the keynote speaker was Orson Scott Card. Card detailed some interesting things about the recent Ender’s Game movie and some upcoming adaptations of the story, which is a favorite of mine. The Subconscious Origins of a Character What impressed me most about his keynote address was his recent realization … Read More The Subconscious of Orson Scott Card

Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

I have been as entertained by princess and prince stories as anyone, but I am fundamentally at odds with these stories and wonder what the world might be like without so many of them. What-if-ing is always a tricky game to play, because who’s to say what subtle benefits I’ve reaped from being raised in a princess culture? But trying to think of what some of … Read More Why I’m Pretty Much Anti-Princess These Days

Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.

Try to define steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other genres of fiction, and you’ll likely find yourself growling, “Arrrrgh.” They can be tough to differentiate. Here’s my definition: Science Fiction – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by technology and science. Fantasy – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by supernatural powers or conditions such as magic. Steampunk – Works … Read More Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.