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Questions 698: Heinlein, Humor, and the Death of Irony

Ian asks: Satire and humor is subjective, so how can we signal to the audience that we are joking?

Questions 646: Writing Believable Geniuses
Forest Gump by Winston Groom
Starship Stormtroopers essay by Michael Moorcock
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A Heinlein
The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers by Robert A Heinlein (book and film)/
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
The Doctrine of Fascism by Benito Mussolini
The History of the Pelopennesian War by Thucydides
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
Das Kapital by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels
Slaugherhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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Feedback: Backstory & Process

Today we have listener feedback on backstory and process.

Resources Mentioned
The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The History of Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
The History of the Lord of the Rings (4 volume set nested within the History of Middle Earth) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman

Feedback: Character Names and Writer Movies

Ed has feedback on naming characters and writer movies.

Resources Mentioned
US SSA’s baby name lookup
Barton Fink
Black Butterfly
Gothic
Henry and June
Quills
Hemingway and Gellhorn

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Feedback: Heroine’s Journey

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Resources Mentioned:
Virgin’s Promise, by Kim Hudson
Heroine’s Journey, by Maureen Murdock

Feedback: Stress Testing Checklist

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Ed has feedback and shares tips on stress testing a premise…

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Resources Mentioned
Ed’s Stress Test Questions
  • Where do the raw materials required for this premise?
  • What are the maintenance requirements?
  • How long will it take to make this happen?
  • Has something like this ever been tried before?
  • How could this premise be intentionally abused?
  • What could go wrong?