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There Are Doors, by Gene Wolfe

The snow clouds parted for an instant, and the moon touched the ocean. He, seeing that fragment of it tossing in the silver light, knew it and knew that in some previous life he had sailed there for decades; and that this previous life was returning to him. He remained poised upon the ice, but…

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Women of Wonder

One of my hobbyhorses is collecting SF paperbacks from the 60s, 70s, early 80s. Lately I found and have been reading with delight the three Women of Wonder anthologies, edited by Sargent. They’re a lot of fun, for at least three reasons:

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Advice on writing fiction

Develop an interesting story that your readers will like, and that you will enjoy telling.

Have at least one likeable character, and preferably several.

Villains can be likeable.

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lazy words

amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, and so on let me decide for myself if something is astonishing or astounding amazing means you stand and stare at something, not necessarily because it’s neato breathtaking brilliant chilling effervescent egregious . . . this word means “out of the flock”, or outstanding, which can be good or bad; it…

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Contraction it’s given over to possessive case

“The hell with it,” say nation’s top grammarians CHICAGO IL — A consortium of the nation’s top grammarians has revised the rules of grammar to permit the use of the word it’s as a possessive nominative pronoun. The revision was announced at a press conference today at the University of Chicago. “Most people write it’s…

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