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by Strycher
Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 6527

Re: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising

How long will it take for your living room window to replace your TV?
by Strycher
Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 6527

Re: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising

I've been frustrated time and time again by comments that science fiction has lost its appeal, its creative momentum. I long to see it brought back into fashion, and even made "new" again. Part of this lies in widening the scope of the genre as a publishing category. Plenty of novels aren...
by Strycher
Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 6527

Re: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising

I enjoy having a wide spectrum to read, and will be sad if all SF is at some point reduced to one flavor of SF, regardless of which flavor that is.
by Strycher
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:34 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Q2 Drafts
Replies: 0
Views: 1044

Q2 Drafts

Finally finished the first draft of my Q2 so now I'm looking for partners to swap stories with. I'll critique anything under 17K, even if it's not intended for the contest. My story's about 10K. PM if interested.
by Strycher
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Five Questions with Brad Torgersen
Replies: 10
Views: 4488

Re: Five Questions with Brad Torgersen

Probably similar.
by Strycher
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Five Questions with Brad Torgersen
Replies: 10
Views: 4488

Re: Five Questions with Brad Torgersen

. . . and Nebula nominee Brad Torgersen


wotf010 Screeee!
by Strycher
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1072239

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

that fear we all probably feel when we look back at a successful story and can't for the life of us figure out how to do it again. This very fear paralyzed me for weeks after my news. My Q1 is the story I wrote when I first unfroze, so... No news is no news. (or am I starting that too early?) D As ...
by Strycher
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Not About Read an Ebook Week Anymore
Replies: 22
Views: 7634

Re: Not About Read an Ebook Week Anymore

I was saying that if a product contains information that could be harmful to society (ie a manual with instructions or advice on how to successfully abuse a child) then it is up to society to censor itself by boycotting that product. I mentioned earlier that the implementation of the proposed censor...
by Strycher
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:00 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Not About Read an Ebook Week Anymore
Replies: 22
Views: 7634

Re: National Read an Ebook Week

However, I can't say that I would be too terribly upset if another The Pedophile’s Guide To Love And Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code Of Conduct gets banned. wotf017 If by "ban" you mean "choose not to sell," I'm 100 percent with you. Amazon is free to decline any book it doesn't ...
by Strycher
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:26 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Not About Read an Ebook Week Anymore
Replies: 22
Views: 7634

Re: National Read an Ebook Week

The point isn't about what is in the content of the books but the fact that they are trying to sensor it out. Another thing I was thinking is what if I was writing a documentary and in an interview a brave individual shared details of their rape and gave permission to publish the info to raise awar...
by Strycher
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Not About Read an Ebook Week Anymore
Replies: 22
Views: 7634

Re: National Read an Ebook Week

I'm just confused on who would object to rape and bestiality without objecting to pedophilia?
by Strycher
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Not About Read an Ebook Week Anymore
Replies: 22
Views: 7634

Re: National Read an Ebook Week

smashwords wrote:contains themes of bestiality, rape and incest.


But not pedophilia? Wha . . .?
by Strycher
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Not About Read an Ebook Week Anymore
Replies: 22
Views: 7634

Re: National Read an Ebook Week

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by Strycher
Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 38568

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

When beautiful prose draws attention to itself instead of serving the story, then it becomes something else entirely. And when you get to what can be seen in some contemporary "literary" fiction, you end up with prose that is just there to be beautiful, and the story (if it is really ther...
by Strycher
Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 38568

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

Thanks RPL! See I'm trying to wrap my head around this idea. I've noticed a trend where prose that is considered beautiful in itself is kind of like chiaroscuro. The words dance around the meaning is a descriptive way, like how with art utilizing chiaroscuro present a pictures without harsh, defined...
by Strycher
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1072239

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:
steffenwolf wrote:There is little rhyme or reason to the ordering, and you'll drive yourself mad trying to discern it.


I don't normally approve of this, but... In special cases like this...

wotf009


::Preserved for posterity.::
by Strycher
Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1072239

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I just noticed (way behind the curve, as usual) that Duotrope also tells how many users have WOTF entries with pending responses. If we use the ballpark figure of 1000 entries a quarter I've seen thrown about, that means about 10% are on Duotrope, while 5% are on the forum, according to George's ro...
by Strycher
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132857

Re: Cover Workshop

I like your concept. I think you will need an outline, a simple black line marking the end of your cover image would serve to differentiate your cover form any white backgrounds. You said this is a reprint? I think you should definitely include where it was first published. I think this will add so...
by Strycher
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132857

Re: Cover Workshop

I like your concept. I think you will need an outline, a simple black line marking the end of your cover image would serve to differentiate your cover form any white backgrounds. You said this is a reprint? I think you should definitely include where it was first published. I think this will add som...
by Strycher
Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:42 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1072239

Re: Q1 Volume 29

george nik. wrote:A tenth one just now.
I can't believe I'm actually counting rejections on Duotrope wotf005


We're a bad influence on you.
by Strycher
Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 132857

Re: Cover Workshop

Grayson Morris wrote:I don't get an urban fantasy vibe at all. In fact, I don't get any kind of fantasy/SF vibe. It screams "Middle Eastern oppression of women" to me.


Yes, this. Also, I think perhaps that you will need a higher resolution. Though I do like her eyes.
by Strycher
Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4111
Views: 908700

Re: Success!

Congrats! wotf010 Where abouts should we be looking for it?
by Strycher
Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A
Replies: 93
Views: 42039

Re: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A

An opinion: I believe it took "so long" for me to win because I always seemed to have at least one weak drawing (I'm not showing those) in each quarterly entry. It's very cool of you to share your work that placed! I'm not an artist, but I suspect showing the "weak" pieces would...
by Strycher
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame
Replies: 13
Views: 6545

Re: The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame

It's true, my whole community is really a day care.
by Strycher
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame
Replies: 13
Views: 6545

Re: The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame

I wrote the publisher. Asking to speak to a manger while you have a two-year old in tow, when you're literally going to every store that sells novels in town, is an excellent way to get Gatorade in your hair and tiny Batmobile tracks on your face. wotf017

ETA: Clarity.
by Strycher
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1072239

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Ok, so... I was a last minute paper submitter. I marked the ms as disposable, and I included an SASE. Postage rates have gone up by a penny in the meantime, and I'm not sure if I used a forever stamp. My email addy is part of the contact info on the removable first page. Will I hear via email or sn...
by Strycher
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1072239

Re: Q1 Volume 29

Where are these results? Can someone post a link please? This is my first quarter entering so I am unfamiliar with the process. Do results usually come through Duotrope? Nothing official from the contest comes from Duotrope. Individuals post personal experiences and Duotrope tracks the statistics. ...
by Strycher
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame
Replies: 13
Views: 6545

Re: The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame

This seems like the definition of a 'first world problem.' I was mostly just irritated that although paperback copies are available the publisher has pulled the copies from retailer shelves in an effort to force people to buy the hard cover because they know with a movie coming out the demand will ...
by Strycher
Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame
Replies: 13
Views: 6545

The Hunger Games Series Paperback/Publishers Are Lame

Like any good writing monkey, I thought I'd check out the HUNGER GAMES since it's super popular right now and I read several reviews that praised its plot. The first book, HUNGER GAMES, is available in paperback. The second book CATCHING FIRE and the third book MOCKINGJAY are only available in hardb...
by Strycher
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Brad's in Analog AGAIN...
Replies: 160
Views: 74880

Re: Brad's in Analog AGAIN...

Just saw this on John Scalzi's site, not sure if someone else here already posted this, but congrats Brad on the Nebula nomination! link: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/02/20/this-years-nebula-awards-nominations/ The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees ...

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