Tag Archives: Plato

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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Kulturá at Kavá 2


[* edited 06/08/2016] To blog or not to blog. I shuck off thoughts of Grant Morrison’s Invisibles (Vertigo Comics) and retellings of The Fisher King. Once more I am at Kulturá at the Kavá in Todmorden. In another life, things … Continue reading

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My Fantasy Influences


I sometimes reflect on the circumstances surrounding Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds. It was the premier British SF periodical and at the time had a reach that, though it didn’t rival that of the American offerings, was substantial. Under his stewardship, a significant … 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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Notes to World Building and Cosmogonies


I’m gonna talk about two things here: Cosmogony and World Creation Cosmogony Any theory concerning the coming into existence (or origin) of either the cosmos (or universe), or the so-called reality of sentient beings. World Creation Essentially a process of defining a sandbox … Continue reading

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Recovering your My Space Blog


For some years I ran a blog on the My Space platform. My Space was an iffy proposition but it had other features that recommended themselves to me. Why blog? The thing that propelled me was the onset of the … 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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The Roots of Originality


There is a burgeoning industry of formulaic fiction. Some is easy to pick out; fiction I wrote because I’m a fan and fiction pretty much like another book but just different enough come to mind. With experience you see it … Continue reading

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