Writing Report for 16 October 2017

Writing Report for 16 October 2017

by Quick update for the previous week. I’m not as far along on anything listed below as I might have been if I hadn’t gone to Ottawa to attend CanCon (about which more tomorrow) and visit my parents this past weekend, but I’m still happy with the progress I made where I made it. I …

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Book Review: The World Inside

Book Review: The World Inside

by This is an odd little book, less a novel and more a series of interlinked shorts designed to present a strange thought-experiment society. This is a kind of social SF you don’t often see anymore, but the presentation is very “New Wave” which Silverberg drifted in and out of. (My favourite book of his, …

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Another Child Driving

Another Child Driving

by It seems like I enter a new era every few weeks lately. Last month, my oldest daughter (who turned 16 in May) finally wrote and passed her exam to achieve a G1 license in Ontario. She’s held off for the timing to be convenient and she was mentally prepared rather than wanting to rush …

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Book Review: The Snow Queen

Book Review: The Snow Queen

by The world and universe being constructed here are interesting. We have clones, an immortality drug, a computer accessible directly by humans who possess the correct gene sequences, faster than light travel, and a galactic empire that fell a thousand years ago taking a lot of secrets with it. But we also have planetary monocultures, …

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A Little Verse for a Friday

A Little Verse for a Friday

by Thought maybe we’d try a sonnet this week. Shakespearean, more or less, but the subject is a little less traditional.   There is a place for each of you, and more In the depth of my ever-growing heart Away from prying eyes, I’ll keep you for My memories. Nostalgic, and apart From living life, …

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Book Review: Seveneves

Book Review: Seveneves

by Seveneves is actually two stories. The first is a sort of end of the world, death by raining moon fragments and saving of the human race by going into space kind of tale. Saving is relative, and by dint of a technology not quite indistinguishable from magic. The second picks up 5000 years later, …

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The Stages of Writing a Novel… For Me

The Stages of Writing a Novel… For Me

by No jokes, no bad puns or exaggerations. This is the basic process of writing a novel for me. Basic Concept. I’ve got too many of these. Really. There are around three dozen novels I want to write at the moment. Actually, probably closer to twice that, but three-ish dozen where I’ve got a basic, …

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Book Review: Existence

Book Review: Existence

by I haven’t read much by David Brin in the past decade or so, which is weird. In my 20s, I loved the Uplift books and pretty much everything else of his I could get my hands on, at least until Earth which I needed two attempts to get through, but did enjoy the second. …

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