Tag Archives: short stories

Questions 608: Working to the Payoff

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Caine asks: “Do great payoffs come from setting it up in the first place, or working back from the ending?”
Resources Mentioned:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Babylon 5
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein (from the collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag)/
Predestination
The Usual Suspects

Question 562: Runaway Shorts

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Ian asks: “I have a private eye novella that’s trying to turn into an immense crime soap opera. How do I shape the material?”

Resources Mentioned
Questions 540: Serials In Disguise
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
Babylon 5
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Black Jack Justice by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and novel
Red Panda Adventures by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and graphic novel
2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
The Big Lebowski
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
Lost