Tag Archives: science fiction

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 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

Questions 287: Short Novels–Are They Worth It?

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“James Patterson’s Book Shots has me thinking about writing short novels. What are your thoughts on short fantasy novels?”

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
The Final Formula by Becca Andre
Ideas, Inc. by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Professor Challenger Books by Arthur Conan Doyle
Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do! by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 169: Politics in Fiction

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Robert asks:
“Should authors be bold or reticent when it comes to politics in fiction? How does this relate to Military SF?”

Extreme Science Fiction

In July of this year, Luke Atkins stepped through a door 25,000 feet in the air over the New Mexico desert without a parachute. He fell all the way to the ground and landed in a net so small he couldn’t see it from where he started, and he walked away without any injuries.

He’s the latest in a new generation of daredevils who are harnessing new technologies to push the limits of human thrill-seeking and exploration.

Whether it’s the lone crazies that use squirrel suits to glide through mountain ranges at a hundred miles an hour, or people like Atkins with their top-notch support teams, or astronauts and test pilots who risk their lives to prove the soundness of entire armies of engineers, these explorers push the boundaries of what’s possible for humanity.

And we need that, especially in this most acrimonious of political seasons.

So, in the spirit of exuberance and exploration (and in honor of all the men and women who put their lives on the line in the name of fun, daring, and grand adventure) I’m curating a selection of Extreme Science Fiction for storybundle.com.

These ten books are chock-full of tales from veterans and up-and-comers from all corners of the vast science fictional universe.

We’ve got genre giants and such as Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Resnick, and Dean Wesley Smith, who between them have produced more bestsellers and won more awards than I can shake a Saturn V rocket at.

Romantic suspense legend ML Buchman is along for the ride too, making a special foray into science fiction with a boatload of fun that only he could provide.

Joining them are up-and-comers Blaze Ward, JR Murdock, and me, bringing in extra doses of high-energy adventure to keep things hopping, along with an anthology of sixteen other high-risk stories by authors like Marvel comics legend Lee Allred, urban fantasy maven Anthea Sharp, and master of the bizarre Robert T. Jeschonek.

Here’s how it works:
For three weeks only, from September 14 through October 6, you can get five or ten DRM-free ebooks (your choice) ready for loading on any e-reading device you like. You decide what you want to pay. After that, this bundle will disappear forever.

The initial titles in the Extreme Sci-Fi Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

The Me and Elsie Chronicles by M. L. Buchman
Climbing Olympus by Kevin J. Anderson
Orphan – Giant Robot Planetary Competition: Book 1 by J.R. Murdock
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do by J. Daniel Sawyer
Star Fall by Dean Wesley Smith

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus five more:

Away Games by Mike Resnick
Extremes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer
Risk Takers by Fiction River
Fairchild by Blaze Ward

We’ve got a classics, best-sellers, and four brand new books written especially for this bundle celebrating the human spirit. Inside, you’ll find dark tales of murder and intrigue, high-comic farce, young adult adventure, awe and wonder, rapture and redemption.

Looking for a way to spend the ever-lengthening autumn evenings? Join me now among the stars. If you want something to remind you of the limitless potentials of the human spirit during a time when so much of our world is looking inward and feeling small, grab it now. Even better, if you have a friend, a child, or a parent who needs a good, solid dose of adrenaline, StoryBundle allows you to give the bundle, and time the delivery to birthdays or other special occasions.

Come on over and take a gander. It won’t last long, and you don’t want to miss these visions of our limitless future!

Extreme SF Bundle

YA Adventure Special 5: Hadrian’s Flight, Opening

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Now that we’ve tackled the formula, I get into the actual blow-by-blow of writing Hadrian’s Flight in 34 days. I talk about false starts, plot derailments, and finding some kind of groove.