Science Fiction Today – Libraries (The Sunday Re-Blog)

Comparative Geeks

LLast week we lined up Health Care and Immunization, and this week it’s Knowledge and Libraries. A couple of sets of things that go hand-in-hand as we look at the future. And while Holly and I might be outsiders looking in at the world of health care, there’s an inside-track when it comes to libraries: I am a librarian. So I have to try to make this post not about that…

What this post is about is the fact that libraries don’t always appear prominently in Science Fiction – though they feature prominently in Fantasy. Often there are other ways the information is kept or passed on in Science Fiction – the sorts of things Holly talked about yesterday with Knowledge. In  a world where all of human knowledge is at our fingertips… what does the future of libraries look like?

Libraries in Fantasy

“Libraries really are wonderful. They’re…

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Introducing Flash Fiction Friday!

I mentioned on Monday that I had been thinking about rearranging some of my Features here on DBCII. One that I have been working on is Six Word Story Saturday, which, while fun, is not the easiest thing to write. And, given I wasn’t getting a lot of interaction on these, I feel no problem with shifting that project to a slightly different one: Flash Fiction Friday.

Because blogging Features need alliteration.

So this is this week’s little story. I am, for now, going to keep doing the stories on Twitter, as an interesting forced limit to them. However, working within 140 characters is still a lot more than six words, so it’s some room to breathe. And, as I discussed last week, trying to create any sort of genre story in six words is very difficult – but I think that with 140 characters, there’s a shot!

So it’s a big improvement over a story like this:

Let me know what you think, and if you have any experience with Flash Fiction!

Six Word Saturday 8

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I’m thinking about a bit of a shift in my Six Word Saturday posts. I feel like I’ve played this out as an exercise where I’m learning anything. And I’m not really getting feedback from others to help enhance it any more, so I may be doing something similar and soon. Read more of this post

Six Word Saturday 7

Last week I tried my hand at some Science Fiction six word stories, and explored some of the idea of how to get the story across. In particular, about answering some of the fundamental questions, the 5 W’s – Who, What, Where, When, and Why. So I thought for this week I would try my hand at doing the same for Fantasy.

Except, Fantasy seems harder! To really seem like a Fantasy, I was trying to figure out working in Elves, or Dwarves, or something. However, while this might answer the “Who” question, it doesn’t necessarily provide direct relationship or meaning if you talk about two of them. As opposed to last week, where “two lovers” says a lot, saying “the Elves and Dwarves” takes a lot more words and accomplishes far less.

So I went back to basics, tapping into some fundamentals on Fantasy, or at least of Fairy Tales. The classic ending, above, or how about the classic beginning, below…

It doesn’t end up saying much, though. Some great stories have been built on, for instance, taking apart the idea of “happily ever after.” But in six words, that’s harder to do! And what two words can you add, after “Once upon a time,” which tell a story all on their own?

I’m still thinking my way through this one, so let me know your thoughts on telling a Fantasy story in short order!

My Writing Process (Alex Hurst)

When I tagged Alex Hurst for the Writing Process Blog Tour, I had failed to notice she had already answered it! Here are her answers and nominations for this – good stuff! Enjoy!

Memoirs of a Time Here-After

Today is part of a blog hop, likely the last one I’ll do this year. I don’t usually participate in blog hops, but the topic of this one is very relevant to this blog’s content, so I decided to join in.

This tour shares an author’s writing process and you can follow it back or forward, wherever your heart takes you. Marlene Moss, a fellow writer and devout equestrian, tagged me last month during the April Blogging A to Z Challenge, which is where we met. You can visit her blog and Writing Process post here.

What am I working on?

I am currently in the midst of several projects, though I only have one full-length novel in progress. This WIP is a desert-based realistic fantasy. It is about a 14-year-old slave bride and her journey to save herself mentally and bodily as civil war breaks out around her. Despite the age of the main character, I…

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Discrimination against Science Fiction and Fantasy – The Sunday Re-Blog

Yesterday was my new best day for likes on Comparative Geeks… nice to get WordPress feedback like that, to help you realize that things are growing for the blog, and people are reading and interacting more.

The main reason was this post, which I think is a nice addition to my series on Science Fiction and Fantasy and genre fiction in general, about how they get discriminated against for no good reason. Also got some very encouraging comments, but definitely feel free to weigh in as well!

Comparative Geeks

One of my favorite things I’ve written on the blog is my series on the definition and importance of Science Fiction and Fantasy – of fictions that might be called Speculative, or Romantic. And when asked, I said that one of the things that I would most like to change in the world is people’s opinions about these genres, or maybe about genre fiction in general. However, through all of this, I lacked a solid, concrete example. An example of prejudice against Science Fiction or Fantasy.

There are a lot of things in this world that we shouldn’t discriminate against. Things you can’t control, things that aren’t a choice, things that should have no bearing on life. But then, there are things that are opinions, that are a choice, that I can go right ahead and be upset about. And for me, the one that takes the…

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The Writing Process Blog Tour

Recently I was tagged (nominated?) by Gene’O of The Writing Catalog for the Writing Process Blog Tour. The idea is that you get a bunch of bloggers or writers talking about how they write, and everyone gets something out of the experience! So, to quote what Gene’O said about the award:

The rules are very simple and, if I may say so, designed to not require a lot of work, which I truly appreciate:

  1. Link to the blogger before,

  2. answer 4 questions,

  3. and nominate 3 bloggers to keep the hop going.

I can do all of that, so I think it’s time for some writing about writing! But first: let me nominate my three bloggers to keep this train moving:

  1. First, I’d like to nominate Leah of The Lobster Dance and I’ll Make It Myself. She is actually possibly my oldest friend I am still in contact with, which is in some ways a bit sad because I’ve only known her a little over a decade. We were in college together, and I got to experience her writing process a number of times, in classes together, editing, and such. I know she liked her work polished and spotless for classes, so I wonder about her approach to blogging and would be fascinated for her responses. She is also responsible for the single most popular post on Comparative Geeks, when her guest post got Freshly Pressed!
  2. Second, I’d like to nominate a far newer friend: Hannah Givens of Things Matter. Her tagline is that hers is a blog about History, Pop Culture, and the Sci-Fi novel she’s working on. So, it’s kind of like you take my two blogs, much them together… yeah, pretty much what I would be up to. From writing, to libraries and museums, to comics… she is a great blogger and I would love to read up on some of her approach as well!
  3. Third, I’d like to nominate one of my favorite blogs I found (who found me?) during the A to Z Challenge, Alex Hurst and her eponymous blog. As the tagline reads, Alex is a Fantasy Writer in Kyoto, which is awesome. However, during the challenge I got to see also that she helps with matching up cover illustrators with authors. I have yet to showcase my favorite post from the challenge, but it would have to be Alex’s Jargon post. Laughed at basically every one, individually. This shows both great understanding of the writing profession and just of writing and humor in general. Definitely worth checking out, for any of you writers out there like me!

Alright, question time! I think I’m going to have to hit both blogging and writing, so it’s a little complicated, I suppose, but it’ll work. Read more of this post

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