Tor.com - Science fiction & Fantasy Los Angeles Review of Books - The Widening Gyre: 2012 Best Of The Year Anthologies The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity. THE OVERWHELMING SENSE ONE GETS, working through so many stories that are presented as the very best that science fiction and fantasy have to offer, is exhaustion. Not so much physical exhaustion (though it is more tiring than reading a bunch of short stories really has any right to be); it is more as though the genres of the fantastic themselves have reached a state of exhaustion. In the main, there is no sense that the writers have any real conviction about what they are doing. Bear is far from alone in this, and I’ll come back to other examples later in the review. An example of how this can be done well is “Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. The problem may be, I think, that science fiction has lost confidence in the future. An example of this latter reality is “Widows in the World” by Gavin J. Of course, one might quibble with the word “best” as applied to these particular selections.
Horror Movie News, Reviews, and Interviews | The Blood Sprayer The Future is Not a Land of Enchantment: On SF’s “Exhaustion” “I do not think I could write SF if I were not disenchanted with large areas of the field. Those areas of disenchantment are precisely the interesting interfaces where I can begin to feel my imagination doing useful work. So in that sense if I would be a bit worried if everything was all right with SF. I don’t think it is – but then, I don’t think it ever has been. Rather than perceiving a particular crisis affecting SF now, I see the field as being in a constant state of stagnation and renewal, constantly exhausting itself, constantly hitting new seams.” – Alastair Reynolds “The problem may be, I think, that science fiction has lost confidence in the future. I think that Kincaid and McCalmont are correct that some stories are not perspicacious or innovative, and the field, however you define it, is filled with struggles between the familiar and the innovative. What has weakened SF is its admixture with other genres. Related Tagged with: the bellowing ogre Filed under: The Bellowing Ogre
How to Create a Unique Magic System for Your Book: 6 steps Edit Article Edited by Jonta, Maluniu, Grendle, Anonymo and 14 others Ever feel that books such as Harry Potter have taken all the good Magic set-ups in books? Despite the thousands of types of magic in books, it's still possible to make a brand new magic. Ad Steps 1Remember that magic is distinguished from science by the measure of mystery in its elements. 6Write your book and remember to follow your own guidelines! Tips Use abstract thinking. Warnings Use care when borrowing ideas from others. Things You'll Need A source of informationImagination and a lot of time
Top 100 Science Fiction Blogs | Distance Learning Net By Kelsey Allen Science fiction works tend to engender an enthusiastic following in the academic and literary world. Whether you’re interested in books, movies, TV, or a little bit of everything, you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the Internet’s many science fiction blogs. Here, we’ll take a look at 100 of the best of these blogs to satisfy your craving for all things sci fi. Whether you’re studying writing or just enjoy the genre, you’ll learn a lot about science fiction books from these blogs. : io9 offers a neverending dose of science fiction, with news, trivia, and more. : This blog covers a variety of science fiction, with books, TV and more. : Check out Suvudu for science fiction and fantasy books, movies, and games. : Forbidden Planet celebrates comics, TV, and more in sci fi and fantasy. : Check out this blog for short stories, news, reviews, and features. : This blog encourages readers to find their inner fanboy for genre films, graphic novels, and science fiction.
Brandon Sanderson: Sanderson's Second Law A few years back, I wrote an essay on creating magic systems that I titled Sanderson’s First Law. It had to do with the nature of foreshadowing as it relates to solving problems with magic. In that essay, I implied that I had other “laws” for magic systems that I’d someday talk about. I’ll start, however, by noting that none of these “laws” are absolute. These work for me. The Law Sanderson’s Second Law can be written very simply. Limitations > Powers (Or, if you want to write it in clever electrical notation, you could say it this way: though that would probably drive a scientist crazy.) Let’s do some explaining here. If I were to ask you about Superman’s magic, you’d probably talk about his ability to fly, his super strength, the lasers he can shoot from his eyes. However, is this what makes Superman interesting? I’d put forth that it is not. Think about it for a moment. But why is he weak to kryptonite? Superman is not his powers. What This Means for Writers This core is not original.
Brandon Sanderson: Sanderson's First Law Introduction I like magic systems. That’s probably evident to those of you who have read my work. For a while now, I’ve been working on various theories regarding magic systems. I’d like to approach the concept of magic in several different essays, each detailing one of the ‘laws’ I’ve developed to explain what I think makes good magic systems. The Law Sanderson’s First Law of Magics: An author’s ability to solve conflict with magic is DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL to how well the reader understands said magic. When I applied to be on the programming of my very first Worldcon (following my sale of Elantris, but before the book was actually released) I saw that they were doing a “How does the magic work?” It my very first panel at the convention. I said something I took as a GIVEN. “Well,” I said. And every other person on the panel disagreed with me violently. I was dumbfounded. Then, I thought about it for a while. I disagree with this soundly—but in Mr. Soft Magic Hard Magic The Middle Ground
Cyberpunk Studies Ecrire une saga d'Héroïc Fantasy Naturellement, il vous faudra un peu d’investissement personnel. Je présume que vous disposez déjà d’un ordinateur, puisque vous lisez cette chronique. De même, j’imagine que vous avez à votre disposition un traitement de texte (avec correcteur orthographique incorporé) et quelques après-midi libres. L’hiver approche, il n’y a rien sur TF1... Vous avez toutes les cartes en main ! Première chose, le titre : Il doit être choisi avec circonspection, mais peut n’avoir aucun rapport avec le sujet qui sera traité dans votre saga (encore que ça peut aider). Il y a quelques critères à respecter. Un exemple. Chronique des Morts Evocatrices : un titre évocateur donc, qui associe de façon incongrue un adjectif au terme porteur d’impact qui en constitue l’élément quasi « réglementaire ». Or donc, un sous-titre, pour le premier tome. « Chroniques des Morts Evocatrices : Le prince perdu de la lande noire. » « Je suis le ténébreux, le veuf, l’inconsolé, le Prince d’Aquitaine à la tour abolie. Voilà.
Écrire un roman d’héroic fantasy GNA HA HA HA HA ! JE SUIS DIEU ! Je crée des mondes fabuleux et je les détruis d’une simple pression du doigt. … Bon, je pense que vous avez compris le principe. Voici une trentaine de questions auxquelles vous devez répondre en les étoffants le plus possible (Autrement dit, faites chauffer vos neurones ! 1- Y a-t-il plusieurs peuples ? 2- Où se situe votre monde ? 3- Est-ce qu’une certaine forme de technologie existe ? 4- La science est-elle développée ? 5- Comment est la médecine ? 6- Quel genre d’arts retrouve-t-on ? 7- Est-ce qu’il y a de la magie ? 8- Où est Charlie ? 9- Y a-t-il une malédiction qui pèse sur le monde ? 10- Y a-t-il des monstres, des créatures surnaturelles ? 11- Quels animaux "naturels" pouvons-nous rencontrer? 12- Quel genre d’arbres et de plantes poussent dans votre univers ? 13- Comment est la température ? 14- Décrivez des fêtes spéciales (saisonnières ?) 15- Y a-t-il des dieux ? 16- Les habitants pratiquent-ils une religion particulière (ou plusieurs) ?