Tag Archives: Human Beings

The Goth Phase

Whenever I hear “It’s realistic” as defense for some element of a story, it’s never used to justify a happy ending.  If a character is raped or murdered or simply dies tragically and pointlessly, the “That’s life” argument is often used.  And certainly, that is life. But sometimes people don’t die tragically.  Sometimes, people grow […]
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Fanciful Liars

Human beings are extremely gullible. I know this because I make a living trading on that gullibility. Technically, I’m a fiction novelologist, but that’s just a fancy way of saying I lie for a living.  I make stuff up, create characters that have never existed, invent situations that are purely fantasy, and if I do […]
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Q & A Time

Bob Bob had a few questions concerning my last post about Chasing the Moon.  I thought about answering them by replying to comment itself, but then figured it might be better to answer them in their own featured post. Bob Bob asks: What inspired a) a Lovecraftian story, b) about the nihilism and absurdities of […]
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The Genre Pit

Most science fiction is fantasy.  Pure fantastic nonsense.  Maybe our heroes ride around in space ships or fight mutants or have amazing psychic powers, but almost all of this stuff is no more realistic or believable than elves, dragons, and magic. One of the criticisms I’ve heard of Skyline, for instance, is that the premise of […]
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