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Heroes I like

May 20, 2011
Heroes I like

By: Philip (Norval Joe) Carroll Warning: This is a blog post. It is purely opinion and not a declaration of the submission guidelines or acceptance criteria of Flying Island Press or any of its imprints. My wife has definite criteria for the characteristics of a hero, which are quite different than my own. I would […]

How to Write a Sentence – Dramatic Pauses

  (Yet another attempt to produce writing wisdom from an almost complete dearth of professional experience.) Dramatic Pauses. Sometimes, the best thing to say is nothing at all. This may be a case of holding one’s tongue for fear of retribution. It could be an example of stunned silence, pregnant pause, bated breath, or anxious waiting. […]

Please Spay Your Tribbles – Magic Wands

By Laura Nicole Each week I will be analyzing an object from the Science Fiction and Fantasy world to project just how it would pan out in modern society. And now for something completely different. As I stated before I also have planned to take on the analysis of some elements of fantasy literature, so […]

Please Spay your Tribbles – Lasers

When I think of science fiction weapons the first thing that comes to mind is lasers. That’s right, set them to stun. Bad joke, I know. But the alternative was something about sharks with “freakin’ lasers on their heads.” Actually, the point about the lasers attached to anything and burning it to a crisp is […]

“Humor. Ar! Ar!”

May 6, 2011
“Humor. Ar! Ar!”

by Philip (Norval Joe) Carroll Science fiction has had a long history of being comic. Aliens can be funny. When I was a kid there was, “My Favorite Martian”, in black and white. Then Robin Williams got his first TV bit as the alien, Mork from Ork, who visits Ritchie Cunningham on “Happy Days”. That […]

How to Write a Sentence – Rituals

(Another in a series of  posts about the elusive art and practical process of writing, by a total novice.) Rituals. Not every writer has the luxury of having their words flow unbidden from a vast imagination through skillful hands into complete and perfect works of literature –or so I’ve heard. Most people find difficulty pulling ideas from a total vacuum against […]

Please Spay Your Tribbles – Replicators

PSYT – Please Spay Your Tribbles – is brought to you weekly by our own Laura Nicole. Each week I will be analyzing an object from the Science Fiction and Fantasy world to project just how it would pan out in modern society. Before I start this post, let me first say “thank you” to […]

In response to a message left on the bathroom wall

By Philip (Noval Joe) Carroll When I was a teenager in the 1970′s my brothers and I loved to backpack. On one trip we were hiking through the hills of Point Reyes National Seashore and came across a campground with toilet facilities. Inside the small wooden building, among the rest of the typical graffiti was […]

The Spider You Don’t See

October 26, 2010
The Spider You Don’t See

Today’s guest post is brought to us by Taylor Kent. Check out his blogging and podcasting here. The horror genre is big. Really big. Really, really big. It contains everything from ghosts to vampires to slashers to haunted houses to giant bugs to zombies to the end of the world to the Devil himself. Today, …Read the Rest

Five Cinematic Haunts

October 6, 2010
Five Cinematic Haunts

Guest blogger and podcaster Taylor Kent aka The Snarky Avenger offers us his take on five haunted movies well worth checking out. After you read this make sure to check out his podcast. He’s doing some fun things this month to celebrate the month horror fans love. As we move through October (the most wonderful …Read the Rest

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