Tag: science fiction

The first sentence I wrote today…

“Maybe you do,” said the girl behind Richard, and pushed him forward.Current word count: 64,740New words this session: 776Percentage of novel completed: 64.7 A short session today (and none yesterday). We spent yesterday on the road to Calgary, and today we went on to Banff for the International Wine and Food Festival at the Banff …

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The first sentence I wrote today…

In what had once been the administrator’s office, surrounded by vidscreens glowing the pale green that indicated no signal, they found the man who must have been commander of the Holy Warriors, dead in his chair, head thrown back, red eyes staring at the ceiling, the front of his once-white uniform stiff with dried blood …

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Starship Troopers closer to reality:

Robotic powered exoskeletons for soldiers will be delivered to the U.S. Army for testing in 2008. What’s it like to wear one? Main tried it out himself recently. “It makes you feel really, really strong. You get the sensation that you have a lot of strength. I sort of felt like The Hulk and I’m …

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The first sentence I wrote today…

…was technically: “Have you checked the basement?” Which is not only a very boring sentence, but one that will not appear in the finished book–because shortly after I wrote it, I realized I had taken a seriously wrong turn in my plot about four scenes back. So instead of writing new material today, I was …

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The first sentence I wrote today (Monday)…

The Selkies descended into the streets of Hansen’s Harbor at first light.Current word count: 62, 556New words this session: 984Percentage of novel completed: 62.5

Unreal science

My wife and I spent the weekend at ConVersion, Calgary’s annual science fiction convention. Featured this year were David Weber as Guest of Honor, Larry Niven as Special Guest of Honor, and R. Scott Bakker as Canadian Guest of Honor and Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, as Media …

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TorCon3: The 2003 World Science Fiction Convention

See my photos of TorCon3 here. I was sitting at a table at the front of an ordinary room in the Toronto Convention Centre a few days ago, along with three other writers of children’s books. We had just begun a panel discussion on “Writing For Children” when in strolled a massive troll, gray as …

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Happy birthday, HAL

Last month a very important celebrity marked his birthday. He wasn’t an actor, though he was in a movie; he wasn’t an author, though he appeared in a book. And strangest of all, he died almost 30 years before he was born. He was HAL, the artificial intelligence that guided the spacecraft Discovery to its rendezvous with …

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Are bananas doomed?

Canadians eat approximately three billion bananas a year; it’s our favorite fruit. But a recent news story suggests the bananas we enjoy so much could be extinct within 10 years. The villain is a fungus by the ominous name of Black Sigatoka that’s spreading out of control through the banana-growing countries of the world, threatening …

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ConJose: The 2002 World Science Fiction Convention

Every Labour Day weekend, somewhere in the world, thousands of peopld gather for the World Science Fiction Convention. This year they gathered in San Jose, California, for the 60th WorldCon, as fans call it, and I was there. WorldCon covers the whole world of science fiction and fantasy, with particular emphasis, not on TV and …

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Invading Mars

One of the prototypical science fiction novels is H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds, in which invaders from the Red Planet successfully conquer the Earth, only to succumb in the end, not to humanity’s feeble efforts, but to the attacks of Earth’s microbes, against which they have no defense. Wells may have been the first SF …

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How to become a science fiction writer

Hello, my name is Ed, and I’m a science fiction writer. I’m the author of four young adult fantasy and science fiction titles, Soulworm, The Dark Unicorn, Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star, and Spirit Singer (all available at Book & Brier Patch as paperbacks; Spirit Singer is also available as an e-book from Awe-Struck E-Books). …

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