From a master

Without doubt, at least in my mind, Ray Bradbury is one of the best writers ever. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles  and more — all amazed me as a young reader. In this snippet from an old interview, I learned something about his life and his writing. Ray Bradbury onContinue reading “From a master”

Scifi for me, please

If you asked me, I’d have to admit to wanting my scifi free of fantasy elements. Can’t help it. While I don’t mind dragons in movies, I’m not so willing to read about them. I want my “Ship who Sang.” You can have those “dragons of Perth.” This post explains the differences, the fusions, andContinue reading “Scifi for me, please”

Read the good stuff

I wish I had more time to read. I know I’m a writer because I loved the worlds I found in books. Books that are award-quality generate ideas and demonstrate craft. So these nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Award are on my “sci-fi to read” list. 2015 Shortlist Announced | Arthur C. Clarke AwardContinue reading “Read the good stuff”

Small packages

I’ve said it before. I love science fiction. And, much as I love scifi novels, I think I love short stories more. I used to buy every short story collection as soon as it came out in paperback. If you don’t think you like or could learn anything from scifi, this collection might convince youContinue reading “Small packages”

Varied learning

Adding both authors and genres we don’t ordinarily read is a great way to learn as writers. I found Sunili Govinnage’s article from The Guardian intriguing. I read only non-white authors for 12 months. What I learned surprised me | Sunili Govinnage | Comment is free | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/20/i-only-read-non-white-authors-for-12-months-what-i-learned-surprised-me For another list of blackContinue reading “Varied learning”