Questions 558: Can We Talk About The Weather?

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Robert asks: Should descriptions of weather be overt or subtle? Is bad weather in a dystopia a cliche? If the weather is the antagonist, how do I keep the characters from thinking only of survival?

Resources Mentioned
Dune by Frank Herbert
1491 by Charles C. Mann
1493 by Charles C. Mann
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall
American Nations by Colin Woodard
The Accidental Superpower by Peter Zeihan
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan

Questions 556: Avoiding Being Preachy or Dated

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Kristine asks: How can a writer engage with current events while being neither preachy or dated?

Resources Mentioned
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
True Blood
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
1984 by George Orwell

Feedback: Value Added Audiobooks?

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Caine says: I think it makes sense to an extra layer of production (music, effects) to audiobooks so the electronic voice of an e-reader can’t compete. What do you think?

Resources Mentioned
Q-In-Law, by Peter David. Audiobook read by John DeLancie and Majel Barrett

Questions 552: Culture, Economy, and How it Affects the Writing Business

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Ed asks: In a recent episode, you alluded to cultural and economic trends that could contract the ebook marketplace. To what were you referring?

Resources Mentioned:
The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower by Peter Zeihan
2017 MN AgriGrowth Annual Meeting – keynote presentation by Peter Zeihan
Panel Discussion: The Future of American Power and Influence(council on Foreign Relations)
World Poverty Falls
Population Pyramid
Good news from around the world
The Past 70 Years, and The Next Century (lecture by George Friedman)

Questions 550: The Tech Before The Fall

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Ed asks: Would the level of technology before an apocalypse affect the aftermath? In what ways?

Resources Mentioned
Mad Max (film)
The Science of Gassification lecture, Jim Mason of All Power Labs
Jericho: TV series and comic books
Jeremiah TV series and comics

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