Being Indie: Why You Should Produce an Audiobook

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Authors dream of writing books. Well, they actually dream of selling books, but I won’t split hairs. I am no different, and accomplishing the goal of publishing “From Here to Nearly There” last year was a huge tick on the old bucket list. If I am honest, however, I have to admit that writing the book was not exactly my dream. My dream was to create an audiobook. A bit of background. When I was a child, I received a collection of tape recordings of “Golden Age” radio programs. My grandmother and I went through the collection, and she pointed …

Being Indie: A Discouraging Observation

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I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar. In fact, during a time in my life wherein I get to the theater about once a year, I saw it twice. You won’t be very surprised, then, to learn that I have been visiting Amazon.com once a day for some time trying to pre-order the film.   For day after day, I performed a text search with that one word: Interstellar. The results included many things, but none of them were the movie. Soon, I began to scroll down the list to see what items were presented to me …

What the Future Used to Look Like

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Earlier this week, I tweeted a video of legendary science fiction writer (and genius) Arthur C. Clarke. In the video, Clarke describes with surprising accuracy what the future will look like from an information technology perspective. The tweet was part of my on-going #scienceforscifi campaign wherein I tweet topics that might be inspirational to science fiction writers. You can read more about #scienceforscifi here. In the same spirit, I wanted to share some videos that feature visions of the future as imagined by people of the past. I hope the futurists of our day will enjoy seeing what the future used to look …

Science for Sci-Fi

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I hate to sound repetitive, but I am going to repeat myself. Writing science fiction is tough work. Among the many hurdles facing genre authors is the issue of inspiration. Every author needs inspiration, to be sure.  There is, however, a particular species of muse that needs to speak with authors working in science fiction. Her name is, predictably, science. Science can be the very heart of a story (viz. Neuromancer or Snow Crash) or it can be the framework around which a story is constructed (viz. the Expanse novels by James S.A. Corey). Reading any of these works means delving into a world of …

Going Soft on Science Fiction

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Writing science fiction is an odd task. Never mind that you already have to come up with incidental details like story and character. Those represent the fiction, and they are difficult enough to manage. On top of that comes the science, and science is arguably more difficult to come to terms with than narrative. A science fiction writer has some options, and these can be illustrated by their extremes.  In the first, the writer can simply ignore or neglect considerations of how science actually dictates that the universe works. That might sound lazy, but is really isn’t. Consider a science fiction masterpiece like Dune. …