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Thursday, May 01, 2003
Just got done perusing the website of Orson Scott Card: hatrack.com. If you're intensely political or religious, you might want to stay away from his essays, but he does have something that I've never seen an author's website have before -- online writing tips! For free! The first one is incredible -- write your story on index cards. No dialogue, no character, just what happens and why. Expand from there. WOW!
For those of you who don't know, Orson Scott Card wrote Ender's Game and its sequels. He's the first author to win back-to-back Hugo and Nebula awards. (The Hugo and The Nebula are two seperate awards given to sci-fi novels. Dune won both. Another sci-fi award to watch for is the Philip K. Dick) He's also the only Mormon author that I'm aware of, although I'm sure that there are others.
Just got done reading Destiny's Way, one of MANY novels in the "New Jedi Order" series, which takes place 25 years after Return of the Jedi. For SW geeks, it's kinda tough going through this series. First of all, Chewbacca is dead. Secondly, if you're a fan of the Jedi, you learn that perhaps there is more to the Force than light and dark. What if there is no division? The galaxy is being brutalized by the Yuuzhan Vong, a race from another galaxy. They are not affected by and are not "visible" in the Force. Now, it's clear that the Vong are alive. If there is no life without the Force, and no Force without life, what does this mean? Is the Force inadequate, or is the Jedi perception of the Force lacking something? Is it wrong to kill? Is it wrong to kill for food? Is it wrong to be proud of your ability to provide for your family by killing for food? Very interesting soft sci-fi.
Do any sci-fi fans read this? Can you give me some suggestions on what to read? I just picked up Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo, and, while I like it, I don't know that it's memorable. IF there are sci-fi fans reading this, here are things I've liked previously:
Dune -- the whole series, including the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson books (although I've not read The Butlerian Jihad)
Greg Bear's Queen of Angels and / (slant)
Everythiing by Philip K. Dick I've read (which really isn't much. Galactic Pot Healer, The Man in The High Castle, The Divine Invasion, and that's pretty much it. I've read Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but it's been awhile, so I can count them as being unread)
Clarke's 2001 series, Clarke's Childhood's End and Clarke/Lee's Rama series
All the Vonnegut I've read, which is darned near everything apart from his short stories (yeah, yeah, I know, it ain't really sci-fi, even though it is) Personal favorite: a toss-up between Slaugherhouse-Five: or The Children's Crusade and Breakfast of Champions.
Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land and Job: A Comedy of Errors.
That's what I can recall reading right of the top of my head.
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