Questions 567: Research and Worldview Shifts

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Jeanne asks: “Do you have any examples of people changing their minds because of their writing?”

Resources Mentioned
Question 556: Avoiding Being Preachy or Dated
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams
Is There an Artificial God, speech by Douglas Adams
State of Fear by Michael Crichton

Questions 564: Disaster Flicks

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Robert asks: “What social phenomena drive interest in disaster fiction?”

Resources Mentioned
Titanic
Poseiden Adventure
Towering Inferno
Resident Evil
28 Days Later
The Blob
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Question 562: Runaway Shorts

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Ian asks: “I have a private eye novella that’s trying to turn into an immense crime soap opera. How do I shape the material?”

Resources Mentioned
Questions 540: Serials In Disguise
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
Babylon 5
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Black Jack Justice by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and novel
Red Panda Adventures by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and graphic novel
2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
The Big Lebowski
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
Lost

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