My 2 Cents on: Science Fiction

my 2 cts onMy 2 Cents on:
Science Fiction

zur deutschen ÜbersetzungLet me say this, in my own clumsy way.

I haven't been reading a lot of science fiction lately, and I've skipped a lot of movies too. And it finally hit me after seeing Cloud Atlas what was bothering me.

I grew up in an age when science fiction movies were about vision and courage. Things To Come was about humanity triumphing over ignorance and leaping into space. Destination Moon and Conquest for Space were vivid predictions of what was possible.

Lots of zombies - A chainsaw sword - Helldriver

Zee Zaks ZombiesLots of zombies - A chainsaw sword
Helldriver

First:  "Everything is mine for the taking."
Second: "The infected still have human rights."
Third: "They show a predilection to attack and devour people."

More:
"Damn, more blood; kind of slippery."
"Zombie World welcomes you."
"If she's still alive, there's only one place she'd be … The zombie bar."

Pedrosa, Cyril - Three Shadows

1Three Shadows
by Cyril Pedrosa

Writing "this is a story about love and devotion" would make some you yawn and turn away. Mentioning phrases such as "readiness to sacrifice", "parental love" or "death of a child" make some refuse the book with a certain scare. Calling it a "supernatural adventure" would fit, but only in some small way.

In his graphic novel Cyril Pedrosa deal with a subject that is to some extent unmentionable, and tries to find ways to adress a subject one would love to avoid.

... Richard Lindberg on writing about Chicago, History and Serial killers

Richard Lintberg... Richard Lindberg ...
... on writing about Chicago, History and Serial killers

zur deutschen ÜbersetzungIt is fascinating to read a book or bits of stories by Richard - you get more than you expect.

With passion and great expertise he writes about historical facts, people and fates.  His book "Heartland - Serial Killers" was particulary interesting ... telling the story of two emigrants from Europe, male and female, whose deeds are an intriguing picture of the gaslight-era in the USA.

So: How Do You Learn To Write Commercial Fiction?

Jacqueline LichtenbergSo:
How Do You Learn To Write Commercial Fiction?

zur deutschen ÜbersetzungThe classic advice to new writers is to expect to write a million words for the garbage pail.

The first stuff that almost every new fiction writer produces contains the same un-readable, anti-entertaining, dis-enchanting elements that makes the material unusable for publication.

Phobiastories PHOBOPHOBIA - anthology by Dean M Drinkel

PhobophobiaPhobiastories
PHOBOPHOBIA - anthology by Dean M Drinkel

Description:
There is nothing to fear but fear itself... Twenty six original tales of horror by established masters of terror and talented new voices lie within this Lexicon of Fear. Beware the dark power of words in BIBLIOPHOBIA...a carnival double act made in Hell can be found in the clown cemetery in COULROPHOBIA...an artist loses his power to create ice sculptures because of his fear of cold in FRIGOPHOBIA, but that is the least of his problems as his therapist suffers the same phobia...

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