Open Writing Class : Day 2

Stephen King describes writing a story as digging up a fossil from the desert. Maybe we don’t create stories, maybe we find them buried deep within our psyche. Day Two of the Open Writing Course, open to everyone but especially anyone locked down because of covid19 / coronavirus, continues by fanning the flames of inspiration.Continue reading “Open Writing Class : Day 2”

Open Writing Class : Day One

With millions of us stuck at home in lockdown, self-isolation or quarantine as covid19 / coronavirus sweeps around the world, lots of us are asking, how can I best use this time? If your answer is “I can finally write that book” then this open writing class is for you. I’ll be recording a newContinue reading “Open Writing Class : Day One”

Learn the form, master the form, break the form.

“Learn the form, master the form, break the form.” Study a martial art of any kind and you’ll likely learn this lesson. First you learn a form – a kick, block or grapple. Then you master the form form – you practice it thousands of times, in different variations, and put it into practice againstContinue reading “Learn the form, master the form, break the form.”

Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century

A Scanner Darkly is one of Philip K Dick’s most famous but also most divisive novels. Written in 1973 but not published until 1977, it marks the boundary between PKD’s mid-career novels that were clearly works of science fiction, including The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and hisContinue reading “Transrealism: the first major literary movement of the 21st century”

The 8 Tribes of SciFi

Calling sci-fi a genre in 2016 is about as accurate as calling the United States one nation. In principle it’s true, but in practice things don’t work that way. While crime, romance and thrillers all remain as coherent genres of fiction, it’s been decades since sci-fi could be comfortably understood by any shared generic criteria.Continue reading “The 8 Tribes of SciFi”