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Questions 651: He Said, Historically

Roland asks: “Can you elaborate on changes in conversational style and dialog tags then (1960s and earlier) vs. now? Are these changes linear or cyclical?”

Resources Mentioned
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert E Howard
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The Red Wind by Raymond Chandler
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Tom Swift and His Jetmarine by Victor Appleton II
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Every Day Novelist Deep Characterization Series
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Reave the Just by Stephen R. Donaldson
Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

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Questions 622: Slapstick

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Robert asks: “How would one convey slapstick in writing?”
Resources Mentioned
Phule’s Company, by Robert Aspirin
Lamb to the Slaughter and Pig, by Roald Dahl in collection Kiss, Kiss
Home Alone
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Questions 609: Sides Fleshed Out With Capers

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Robert asks: “I want to learn to flesh out side characters by writing heists/capers. What do I need to know?”
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Questions 569: Stealth Genre

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Simon asks: “Dr. Who uses time travel as an excuse for other stories, rather than a focus. What other stories bait-and-switch the audience like this?”

Resources Mentioned
Q. 561: Space Opera
Voyagers! TV series
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Grimm
Lucifer
Person of Interest
Star Trek
Star Wars
Firefly
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Julius Caesar
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Doctor Who

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 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 544: Genre and Pacing

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Robert asks: “How would you go about subverting the expected pacing of a genre and still make it work?”

Resources Mentioned:
One Shot by Lee Child
Trevayne: A Novel by Robert Ludlum
The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy
Coma by Robin Cook
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
24 Hours by Greg Iles
Code to Zero by Ken Follett
Breaking Bad
Lost
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Leonard Bernstein: Grammar of Classical Music