Question 561: Space Opera

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Simon asks: “What are the genre rules for space opera?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Ring Cycle by Wagner
The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles
King Lear by Shakespeare
I, Claudius by Robert Graves, and miniseries
The Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Mistress by Danielle Steele
The Ender Quartet Orson Scott Card
A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Mote in God’s Eye by Niven and Pournelle
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
Methuselah’s Children by Robert A. Heinlein
Earth Search by James Follet
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Doomsday Doctor Who episode
Trader’s Tales, Smuggler’s Tales, and Seeker’s Tales series by Nathan Lowell
Blake’s Seven
Babylon 5

Questions 560: Matter of Conscious

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Robert asks: “How would an intelligence without a body differ from a human character, and how would a lack of a body affect a character’s perspective?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Mystery of Consciousness by John Searle
Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett
The Republic by Plato
Minority Report and Other Short Stories by Philip K. Dick

Questions 559: Work For Hire

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Caine asks: “What can a content creator expect from the content producer/owner in a work-for-hire arrangement?”

Resources Mentioned:
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton II
Manhunt by James Patterson with James O. Born
Tom Clancy Power and Empire by Marc Cameron
The Patriot Attack by Robert Ludlum (sort of)

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

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