A setting or a universe?

"Do you create an entire universe for your characters to live in and how much of that do you use in the actual story?" This is a question often posed, most recently by Mirjam Maclean of the LinkedIn Group: Science Fiction readers, writers, collectors, and artists. In my case...I began writing a human-based "far-future" novel (which is …

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A Beginner’s Tale #2

So it's 2012 and I am trying to write a novel, despite characters seeking independence, stories inflating to epic proportions and the looming specter of SF's accursed "infodump". How to keep it lean and clean but coherent and credible? With a bound, our aspiring author was free! (New readers go back and start here) Solution …

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A Beginner’s Tale #1

At time of writing, my Book Summaries page indicates that I am working on two books at once. But it's much worse than that. Grab a coffee, pull up a chair and listen to the salutary tale of a beginner... In late 2011, I had sold my consultancy and was looking forward to a retirement of …

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