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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
24
Leonard Bernstein: Grammar of Classical Music

Questions 531: Learning Cover Art

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Brian asks:

What’s a good straightforward tutorial for doing cover art?

Resources Mentioned:
Joel Friedlander’s Monthly eBook Cover Design Awards 
Becoming an Every Day Novelist by J. Daniel Sawyer
Createspace Cover Design Resources
Questions Ep. 176: When Your Ideas Show Up on TV
Scream
Taken By The T-Rex

Questions 528: How Has Science Fiction Changed?

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Chuck asks: How has science fiction changed since the puppies came on the scene?

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Resources Mentioned:
Traders Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper by Nathan Lowell
The Martian, by Andy Weir
Empire of Bones Saga, by Terry Mixon
Rex Nihilo Series by Robert Kroesse
Mercury Falls by Robert Kroesse