Structuring a novel

. . . . . . . A book that touches on many different topics can be called eclectic. Every true writer’s lived a varied and interesting life; his eyes contain dual worlds of belief and suspension-of-belief. . . . . . . . Eclectic novels can do well if there is a solid core […]

False language

. . . . . . . Today’s entry is about language. Not so much language in its proper usage, but as a corruption, a degradation of language, the way the new version of English in Orwell’s novel was eliminating free thought. Some analysts feel that language is being killed slowly but steadily by politicians, […]

Stephen King’s The Stand

. . . . . . . The Stand is Stephen King’s masterpiece, a 1000-page book that begins with a slither and ends with a thud. Yes, the ending was that desperate. Let’s start at the end instead of the beginning. As with so much Stephen King, you need to reverse things in order to […]

The future isn’t what it used to be

“Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.” — J. G. Ballard . . . . . . . In North America, the future is always greater than the sum of the past, because we live with one foot in the […]

Fantasy novels and fantasy worlds

“I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery.” — Luis Barragan . . . . . . . A world war in a fantasy world would be a funny thing. The catapults would hurl fireballs, the front line soldiers would be skeletons in leather armor, and the prize […]