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Structural engineering for fiction

There are many ways to be innovative in fiction writing, but the method which appeals to me the most is in looking at the different ways in which narratives can be structured – not simply in order to tell a story, but also in order to direct how the reader experiences that story. 886 more words


SF Classics - The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

The Player of Games (1988) by Iain M. Banks is a SF novel belonging to the Culture series. It features the most skilful and celebrate player in the Culture society, Jernau Morat Gurgeh, who travels from his world to a far-away galactic Empire and challenges their champions in a complex game called Azad. 51 more words


My Own Science Fiction Universe? To build or not to build, that is the question!

The drive to get more science in my science fiction has lead me down a related path. I started pondering the fictitious universes which become synonymous with the author. 320 more words


Review: Iain M. Banks - The Player of Games (1988)

This is one of the top books that I have read this year! Really, it’s so good, it shares the top spot for best books read by me in 2014 with… 481 more words


9 Science Fiction Novels You Must Absolutely Read, As Recommended By 6 People

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (1) by Robert A. Heinlein. With the help of an artificial superintelligence, a culturally anarchist society on the moon wages war for independence against the oppressive, statist earth nations.

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Reading update: New books and reading progress 10-05-2014

This is the first post of a new, probably irregularly occurring, feature where I tell you about new books I got and how my reading is getting along. 243 more words


Indie Author Tips & Tricks: Make sure your writing heroes inspire you rather than depress you!

I’ve just finished reading what must be the best science fiction book I’ve read in a long time; Surface Detail, by Iain M. Banks. … 640 more words