Tag Archives: narrative technique

Questions 290: Balancing Science and Story

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Rebecca and Robert both ask:
“How do I do good hard science fiction without overloading on the science and tech?”

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Resources:
Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The Open Source Woman by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 289: First Person, Present Tense

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DC asks:
“What tips can you offer for achieving depth in first person, present tense?”

Resources:
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
The Quiet Game by Greg Iles
Mortal Fear by Greg Iles
24 Hours by Greg Iles
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block

Questions 283: All About Pulp

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Charles asks:
“What’s the big deal about pulp? What did the pulp writers do right? What did they do wrong? What can we learn?”

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Resources:
The Rocketeer
The Knife Slipped by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Case of the Backward Mule by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Pulp Jungle The Definitive History of the Pulp Era
The Invaders Plan by L. Ron Hubbard
The Robert Silverberg Science Fiction Megapack
Doc Savage: The Sinster Shadow by Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent)
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Alaska by James Michner
Exodus by Leon Uris

Questions 271: All About Flash Fiction

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Celine asks:
“What’s the deal with flash fiction? I love it, but can’t imagine how to write it.”

Resources Mentioned:
Wasted Youth by Jim Steinman (from Bat Out of Hell 2)
The Best of Robert Service by Robert Service
The Next Ten Thousand Hours
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
Knock by Frederic Brown