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by Alex Kane
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4969
Views: 968711

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

I haven't heard yet either:

Tina (gower21)
Corbin
Francis Bruno
Amanda McCarter
Martin Shoemaker
Izanobu
Grayson
Marina
Kary
Dustin
Jennifer
Justin Key
Alex Kane
by Alex Kane
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 64427

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Alex, Personally, I preferred Scalzi's Old Man's War to Forever War. However, Forever War is probably a better book. Might be worth reading both, if you have time. Scalzi's writing style is such that you will read three pages in a blink. His words are more invisible than any other I've ever read. H...
by Alex Kane
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 64427

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

I really need to pick up The Forever War next time I get paid. I've read a couple short stories by Haldeman, which were fantastic, but I keep seeing The Forever War being mentioned all over the place, often touted as the greatest example of military SF ever. Hard to ignore a reputation like that. I'...
by Alex Kane
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4969
Views: 968711

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Anyone seen the BBC contemporary adaptation of Taming of the Shrew? Shirley Henderson hisses every line she has in the whole film. It's terrifying. But of course there's no need for dialogue tags in a TV film script.
by Alex Kane
Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Science Fiction short story (3,000 words)
Replies: 0
Views: 1840

Science Fiction short story (3,000 words)

If anyone is interested in trading Q2 stories for quick last-minute feedback, I'd be happy to look at anything under 6,000 words and offer my thoughts. My entry came out at an even 3,000 words -- my shortest entry yet, but potentially my best, if I can avoid sending it out with its pants around its ...
by Alex Kane
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Critiques Exchanges for Q2?
Replies: 1
Views: 1786

Re: Critiques Exchanges for Q2?

I've got a science fiction story almost finished -- one more scene to wrap it up, which I'll be doing tonight -- for Q2 that looks to be about 2,800 words or so. Anyone that wants to swap (preferably under 4,000 words, as I'll be quite busy after this weekend), just shoot me an email or PM. Go ahead...
by Alex Kane
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Story Critique Exchange
Topic: Crit Got
Replies: 3
Views: 1778

Re: Crit Wanted: Fantasy <4000

Anyone interested in story swapping? Got a fantasy piece <4000 words that needs a read. Anything under 10K I'm willing to read in return. If its really good, I could be persuaded to read more. PM/email if you have time/inclination. Hey, I've got a science fiction piece almost done, probably about 2...
by Alex Kane
Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

izanobu wrote:Sold an SF novelette to GiGaNotoSaurus, it'll be appearing in June I'm told.

WOOT! Congrats. wotf010
by Alex Kane
Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 6091

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

Strycher wrote:How long will it take for your living room window to replace your TV?

Dude, Minority Report is my favorite movie.
by Alex Kane
Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2511
Views: 464272

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome new members. Btw, if you're wondering why I'm really late, it's because I'm in the middle of my last semester at UT while in the next round of resubmissions for most of my works. Ay ya! PS: To Martin's Mom: Get Well Soon. You graduate this semester too, Michael? You ought to add me on Faceb...
by Alex Kane
Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2511
Views: 464272

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi everyone, My name is Kevin Ikenberry and I'm a science fiction writer. I've been fortunate enough to actually sell a short story last year and I've finished my first novel and trying to find a home for it now. In Q4 of last year I entered the contest for the first time and received an Honorable ...
by Alex Kane
Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 6091

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

Yeah, one of William Gibson's major techno-cultural theses in his essay collection Distrust That Particular Flavor is that, despite whatever specific purposes a particular device or technology was intended for, human behavior and cultural change will dictate its true functions through usage over a c...
by Alex Kane
Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 6091

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. I'm not advocating homogeneity. I'm just saying that an increased emphasis on the foreseeable future (which is what Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, a...
by Alex Kane
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Mundane SF, Near-Future SF, Buckell's Arctic Rising
Replies: 14
Views: 6091

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

Anyone read this essay/speech by Geoff Ryman ? I gotta say, I really dig his argument and the direction he'd like to see science fiction take. I just finished Tobias S. Buckell's new book Arctic Rising , and reading this speech transcription a day later really hit home for me as a big fan of science...
by Alex Kane
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2511
Views: 464272

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

hazlett wrote:...I am originally from Wilmington, Delaware...

wotf015 ...Do you know about Tyler Durden?
by Alex Kane
Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

WriteToLive wrote:Well, it's been 168 times around, but I finally hit the mark.

I've sold my first story! wotf007

Congratulations, Michael! No better feeling in the world! But yes: Details?
by Alex Kane
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 10539

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

Becoming a serious writer (i.e., someone paying attention to craft and working to get better and get sold) has ruined my reading. My writer-critiquer is almost always in my way -- even on really good stories. I'm told this is a phase and it will pass. I sure hope so. Yeah, I think it's something yo...
by Alex Kane
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 10539

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

s_c_baker wrote:Since you started writing at such an early age, I suspect you're the exception to the rule. I didn't start writing (well, anything worthy of the name) in my mid 20s.

Trust me, nothing I wrote prior to the last two years is worthy of my name either. But we all have to go through that stage. wotf001
by Alex Kane
Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 10539

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

In what way do you think being a writer alters your reading habits? I suppose that I read more widely and more analytically than I once did, but really I can't recall a time when I was reading novels regularly that I didn't consider myself a writer -- I wrote my first novel at age 13, and wrote a gr...
by Alex Kane
Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 10539

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

Well, I have to assume that folks like Cat Rambo, Kelly Link, or Paolo Bacigalupi would qualify as experienced readers to the same degree that they're respected as writers. Different skills, but you can hardly have the latter without the former. But yeah, hopefully magazines seek editors based on th...
by Alex Kane
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 10539

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

Thanks, everyone! Yeah, I'd absolutely love to nab the position. But let's not kid ourselves -- there will be at least a hundred or so applicants, and I'm sure some of them will be folks vastly more qualified from a proof-in-the-pudding standpoint. I've got a handful of sales I'm proud of, sure, but...
by Alex Kane
Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 10539

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

Grayson Morris wrote:Oooh, good luck, Alex!

Thanks, Grayson!
by Alex Kane
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors
Replies: 28
Views: 10539

Re: Strange Horizons seeking (volunteer) fiction editors

I applied. It has the potential to be a really interesting and educational experience, to say nothing of the prestige and credentials that accompany an editor or former editor of such a publication. That said, I have no intention of getting my hopes up. I imagine there are hundreds of applicants, an...
by Alex Kane
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Patty Jansen: On Finishing What You Start
Replies: 1
Views: 2422

Patty Jansen: On Finishing What You Start

Over at my blog, WOTF winner Patty Jansen offers up a guest post on the importance of finishing what you start, and knowing when to abandon a manuscript that's going nowhere: http://kanearts.net/wordpress/2012/02/09/on-finishing-what-you-start-a-guest-post-by-patty-jansen/ [...] It is all too easy, ...
by Alex Kane
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 232420

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Looks great, Annie! I may have to give this one a read. Can they be read out of order, or would it be best to read Witch Hunt instead? I'm dragon-crazy at the moment; been playing a lot of Skyrim, and recently saw How to Train Your Dragon for the first time (brilliant, fun little film).
by Alex Kane
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: "Beautiful" Prose
Replies: 74
Views: 34779

Re: "Beautiful" Prose

I'd also recommend later Stephen King. "After the Sunset" and "Full Dark, No Stars" are brilliantly written. The man has an amazing mastery of his craft. He does things that I can barely recognize as deliberate (and some I didn't until I'd taken a bunch of craft workshops and ha...
by Alex Kane
Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:03 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

Congratulations, Patty! It doesn't get any better than ANALOG. wotf010
by Alex Kane
Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 232420

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

^ That... IS. AWESOME. wotf022
by Alex Kane
Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4006
Views: 807660

Re: Success!

w00t, Strycher! Very impressive first sale. Congratulations -- let us know when it's going to be arriving in our inboxes.
by Alex Kane
Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:20 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: From First Draft to Year's Best: A Talk with Dave Hutchinson
Replies: 2
Views: 1976

Re: From First Draft to Year's Best: A Talk with Dave Hutchi

Okay, here's the full interview, now that it's been on the blog for a few days: Dave Hutchinson was born in Sheffield in 1960. After reading American Studies at the University of Nottingham, he became a journalist and is now currently unemployed. He’s the author of five collections of short stories ...

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