Five Awesome Science Fiction Tropes

In each genre, there are conventions that readers expect to find. Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, General Fiction, non-fiction, and the rest each have norms that define them. This information helps readers decide whether he or she might be interested in a book, and helps the storytelling along. So, there is both a marketing … Read moreFive Awesome Science Fiction Tropes

Dune: Then, Now, and Why it Holds Up

Before there was Game of Thrones or Star Wars, there was Dune. War and the power struggles of those who wage it have been central plot devices for millennia. War is as primal as sex and love. Now, take a world with a cosmic power struggle and add man-eating sandworms, a hostile desert planet, and an addictive magical substance, and … Read moreDune: Then, Now, and Why it Holds Up

How to Get Started Writing Fiction- Five Things I Would Do Differently

It occurs to me that I have never written about how to start writing fiction. While I don’t have a completed novel under my belt (yet!), I’m halfway through a third draft. I have already sunk tons of time into my manuscript and $1K in editorial services. I think that’s something. The fact is that … Read moreHow to Get Started Writing Fiction- Five Things I Would Do Differently

Book Review- ‘2034: A Novel Of The Next World War’

Military people tucked away in high-level staff sections love to speculate on the imminent threat of China. Authors Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis have confronted that collective sense of forboding with the narrative, 2034: A Novel of The Next World War. They don’t pull punches on what war with China would mean. It’s not … Read moreBook Review- ‘2034: A Novel Of The Next World War’