The Fantasy Novelist's Exam:
"Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis created the worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia, it seems like every windbag off the street thinks he can write great, original fantasy, too. The problem is that most of this "great, original fantasy" is actually poor, derivative fantasy. Frankly, we're sick of it, so we've compiled a list of rip-off tip-offs in the form of an exam. We think anybody considering writing a fantasy novel should be required to take this exam first. Answering "yes" to any one question results in failure and means that the prospective novel should be abandoned at once."
posted by Fizz
on Jan 10, 2012 -
"In the making of character, I feel completely happy. [...] I get two innocent people into a Hitchcockian muddle and make them fight their way out. But from scene to scene, they have to lead me. [...] To me, that is the whole of life. I can’t put it differently." Today's Democracy Now!
features an extended interview with John le Carré
on topics from Tony Blair, geopolitics, and money laundering to the novelist's life and work.
posted by RogerB
on Oct 11, 2010 -
Think you get a lot done?
Isaac Asimov (pronounced like "has, him, of" without the h's
) , who would have turned 87 today, wrote or edited over 500 books
, including science-fiction novels
, introductions to organic chemistry
(a field in which he held a professorship at B.U.) , indispensable anthologies
of early science fiction, jokebooks
, guides to Shakespeare
, and collections of lively essays on science
that have introduced thousands of people to the pleasures of thinking hard about the universe. He also found the time to write a few essays
and write postcards to his fans.
His story "Runaround"
, from his 1950 collection I, Robot
, is the only piece of fiction I know centered on the properties of a differential equation. His Foundation Trilogy
was given a special Hugo award
in 1966 as the best science fiction series of all time; a movie version
, to be written by Jeff Vintar and directed by Shekhar Kapur, is currently in development. Previous AsimovFilter: here
Feel like a slacker yet? Stop reading MetaFilter and get to work!
posted by escabeche
on Jan 2, 2007 -
"Without any particular training or background, this patient, just prior to his enlistment, enthusiastically embarked upon the writing of novels. He sees nothing unusual in this activity
." Who was the patient? A 21-year-old seaman named Jack Kerouac
, who would become the author of On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Dr. Sax, Visions of Cody
and many other great novels that you should be reading instead of these gaddam websites. (The diagnosis from the Navy doctors, "schizoid personality," earned Kerouac a discharge.) A hilarious and poignant find from The Smoking Gun
posted by digaman
on Oct 2, 2005 -
an established author is giving away his latest novel "The Tie and The Crest", for free on the internet, here
he explains why. It's all very noble and I applaud it.
While we are on the subject, has anyone mentioned the Big Read
posted by Fat Buddha
on Apr 13, 2003 -