Saturday, 3 December 2016

Early Science Fiction Films

In my History of Science Fiction series, I think we should pause to look at early films. The first science fiction film of all was Le Voyage dans la Lune in 1902, which I devoted a whole post to in October.
Le Voyage dans la Lune
Of course, science fiction posed a lot of problems for early film makers who didn’t have the technology or the techniques to create fantastic creatures and machines. Le Voyage dans la Lune was created using stop-motion. Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was made into a film in 1916.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Book Finished!

I talked about NaNoWriMo at the beginning of the month and what my plans were. National Novel Writing Month is an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

In the past I have written a new novel, but this time I added to a novel I had already started. Well, it's the end of November and I've finished, but not won the challenge. Not won, because I only wrote 37,398 words. Finished, because I finished the story.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Brian Aldiss (History of Science Fiction)

Brian Wilson Aldiss, (born 18 August 1925 and still living) is an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H G Wells, Aldiss is a vice-president of the international H G Wells Society. He is also (with the late Harry Harrison) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.

Brian Aldiss

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Strategic Planning for Writers


C S Lakin is a novelist, copywriter and writing coach with a website called Live, Write, Thrive full of brilliant advice. If you follow the link to her website a popup will invite you to join her mailing list, and offer you an ebook, Strategic Planning for Writers, as a reward for joining. Or you can find it in the sidebar. I recommend the site, and it’s worth joining, not just to get the book, but I want to tell you about the book.


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Lester del Ray (History of Science Fiction)

Lester del Rey (June 2, 1915 – May 10, 1993) was an American science fiction author and editor. He was the author of many books in the juvenile Winston Science Fiction series, and the editor at Del Rey Books, the fantasy and science fiction imprint of Ballantine Books, along with his fourth wife Judy-Lynn del Rey.
Judy-Lynn & Lester del Rey

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

How to Write Your Non Fiction Book

Here’s some good advice from Writing Magazine December 2009, with some comments from me for self publishers:


Identify a topic and audience
‘If you know your subject well and you are passionate about it, this will shine through your work and proposal.’
‘Each book needs a clear target audience and it’s important to be able to quantify the size of that audience to your target publisher.’

[You also need to be clear about this for yourself, even if you’re going to self publish]

Saturday, 12 November 2016

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who I wrote about last week) concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals still survive. It was serialised in the popular Strand Magazine April–November 1912. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. The novel also describes a war between indigenous people and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edward Malone, a reporter for the Daily Gazette, asks his news editor, McArdle, for a dangerous and adventurous mission in order to impress the woman he loves, Gladys Hungerton. He is sent to interview the cantankerous Professor Challenger, who has become notorious for claims made about his recent expedition to South America.