Reposted: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical

Check out this fantastic piece by Kit Sun Cheah, readers: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical Today when people think of science fiction and fantasy, chances are, they think of two separate genres. Science fiction, the genre of starships and computers and technology. Fantasy, the genre of knights and dragons and castles. Two distinct genres, … Continue reading Reposted: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical

Reposted: On Business and Politics

Take a look at this fantastic piece by Mr. Benjamin Cheah, readers: Where Politics and Business Collide April 20, 2020 In cyberpunk fiction, megacorps rule the world. But in our world, why would they? Old-school cyberpunk fiction was framed as a critique of hypercapitalism. Megacorporations have the same political clout as governments, if not more … Continue reading Reposted: On Business and Politics

Reposted: Keeping Fantasy Fantastic

Check out this excellent post by Cheah Kit Sun, readers: Fantasy Without Fantasy Modernity has ruined fantasy. At one end of the scale, there is the slice-of-life tale, with ordinary people doing ordinary things, just with some counterfactual elements. At the other end, there is a setting that appears totally foreign to our reality–and yet … Continue reading Reposted: Keeping Fantasy Fantastic

A Review of the Heroine Archetype

It is almost impossible these days to avoid discussing the presentation of heroines in modern fiction. Many common misunderstandings of this archetype populate present stories, giving aspiring writers headaches as they try to figure out what they should do with the female characters in their tales. Should their heroine be better than the man in … Continue reading A Review of the Heroine Archetype

Reposted: How to Create Believable Character Flaws

Check out the latest great piece by Benjamin Cheah, readers! How to Create Believable Character Flaws Conventional wisdom states that characters should be flawed. Nobody can relate to perfect people. Flawed characters are more believable, more likely to gain the reader’s sympathies. But the conventional wisdom doesn’t teach how. In the hands of lesser writers, … Continue reading Reposted: How to Create Believable Character Flaws

Show, Don’t Tell: The Proper Use of Psychology in Fiction

You can’t study men, you can only get to know them. – from C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength Among the many items professional writers suggest aspiring authors read in order to refine their craft, psychology likely ranks somewhere in the top ten. The reason for this is simple: men are a product of their environment, … Continue reading Show, Don’t Tell: The Proper Use of Psychology in Fiction

Worldbuilding: Or, the Mind-set Necessary to Make Medieval Fiction Realistic

To fight effectively requires the proper state of mind. Any martial arts or firearm instructor will tell his students this fact. If you are not aware of your environment and prepared to defend your life and/or the lives of those close to you, then you look like prey. And prey only exists to feed the … Continue reading Worldbuilding: Or, the Mind-set Necessary to Make Medieval Fiction Realistic