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An Office Life 8: Intermission


1) Learning the work. Work is easy – find the pattern and fit in. Do the job better, faster, more effectively and cover all the bases; create space to do more. Everything that goes without saying. There are barriers to … Continue reading

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Writing Theory: Aristotle and Plato’s Contribution


In a few days’ time I get to do a bit of a talk; that is, in the absence of group members (holidays) and given the no show of Bury Borough Council plus writing course, I elected to provide a … Continue reading

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Meeting of the British Science Fiction & British Fantasy Associations York Pubmeet 9th May


York Pubmeet 9th May 2015: British Science Fiction Association, British Fantasy Association the Elmbank Hotel, York Midnight 09/05/15 (last Saturday) I was woken by my eldest son texting a reply to my earlier message – – he said – – I … Continue reading

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On Philosophy


Subject On Philosophy Created 10/24/2010 7:29:00 AM Posted 10/24/2010 7:19:00 AM Blog Philosophy is the art of appraising different belief systems and, if you’re up to it, of pulling them apart (think ‘vivisection’) to see what makes them tick.

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Eckhart von Hochheim


685 years ago today… On 27 March 1329, Pope John XXII issued a bull (in agro dominico) concerning the works of Eckhart von Hochheim – a German theologian, philosopher and mystic. By the time this bull was issued, Eckhart was … Continue reading

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Philosophy in Science Fiction


Do you have anything to say? I was always struck by the pithy aphorisms that littered the works of writers such as Zelazny and Heinlein. In a few words they could show what made the protagonist tick, or even the … Continue reading

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Isn’t quite what we’re looking for


Your story isn’t quite what we’re looking for right now. Seen that before? Perhaps, if you’re a writer trying to sell your stuff. It’s an ever present reminder that the editor / publisher takes a gamble each time a new … Continue reading

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Appendix II – the Quest for Meaning


Six months ago I finished work on A Guide to First Contact. I write fiction to explore ideas; in the case of Guide, I wanted to provide the backdrop to the workings of non-human intelligences. Fairly hefty stuff, huh? My … Continue reading

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My Notes on Aristotle’s Poetics


Note; this post is largely superceded; its content is incorporated in Writing Theory which also includes further consideration by Plato on writing. Aristotle – Poetics Penguin Classics 978-0-14-044636-4 £8.99 Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Malcolm Heath Mimesis (imitation) Hamartia … Continue reading

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Plato’s ‘Republic’ – The Good as Ultimate Object of Knowledge


Notes on Plato’s ‘Republic’ –  The Good as Ultimate Object of Knowledge 23/11/2010 P300 (Om!) The viccissitudes of life do the job and refine the good from the bad (possible, philosophers) semantics but aren’t the attractions of life the ‘big’ … Continue reading

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