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August 4, 2014
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Pacing Doesn’t Just Mean Wearing a Groove in the Floor The Cool Idea On the Road: Author Events in August More Stories...

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Pacing Doesn’t Just Mean Wearing a Groove in the Floor
by John Scalzi

I write novels. And with just about every novel I write, I try to do something new or different that I haven’t done before, in order to challenge myself as a writer, and to keep developing my skills. In The Android’s Dream, for example, I wrote in the third person for the first time; in Zoe’s Tale, I had a main character—a sixteen year old girl—whose life experience was substantially different from my own; with The Human Division, I wrote a novel comprised of thirteen stand-alone “episodes.”

And now? With Lock In? What new thing have I done to stretch myself as a writer and teller of tales?

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The Cool Idea
by Patrick Swenson

I’m supposed to avoid “how I got my idea” topics for this post, but I’m still going to mention ideas. I’m mentioning ideas because the heart of science fiction is the idea. Science fiction is the genre of cool ideas. It’s all about the awe and sense of wonder.

That’s what brought me into science fiction. As a young boy, it was Victor Appleton’s Tom Swift and His [Insert Cool Idea Here], and it was Star Trek and Twilight Zone. In junior high, it was Frank Herbert’s Dune. In high school it was Ursula K. LeGuin, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein.

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On the Road: Author Events in August

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in August! Once a month, we’re collecting all the info about our upcoming author events in one handy place. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you.

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