Reviews for Writing Speculative Fiction: A Nerd's Guide
Drive by editor chapter 2 . 9/2/2015
In the last sentence of the cyberpunk section you mention a distinction being "semitic". This is probably a spell checker error since the word that fits most closely is semantic.

At the end of the first sentence of the concepts sub-section of the singulatarian section the word "there" is used where "their" would be more appropriate.

In the third paragraph of the example setting you refer to their "dominate" aesthetic sense, but that is likely a spell checker error from "dominant".
Guest chapter 26 . 7/17/2014
Honestly, you're ragging on space battles now? Honestly? Space battles are THE BOMB. They spice up the story in so many ways. Realism? Fuck that shit, just keep your readers interested! That's possibly the most important rule of writing: if you just go, "Hey guys, sorry, there's no space battle here even though you've been waiting for it, because fuck you, we've got physics," then that ain't exactly gonna fly with most casual readers.
When you get right down to it, writing is an escape. Sure, a lot of people get overly detailed and nitpicky and... mind-screwily scientific about this stuff, but readers on the whole don't read fiction for the science. They read it because they want to enter a different world.
Realists like you are the reason I've lost faith.
Wickedforlife chapter 34 . 6/19/2014
You do realize "emo kid unit" was the core infrastructure of the cultural revelution and Hitler Jugen.
Wickedforlife chapter 32 . 6/19/2014
Lord of the rings is the way it is because it acts an an allegory for WW2 ( even though Tolkien claimed to hate allegory, but what else do you expect from the bff of CS Lewis. So technically danger was come from the east from a rapidly industrial. The misty mountains were based off mountain passed he went i. While fighting WW1.
Wickedforlife chapter 29 . 6/19/2014
Actual thats not magical realism. Many genres of urban fantasy comment on the modern world. Magical realism is like - a guy gets up, drinks some coffee, and gets stuck in dragon traffic on the way to work, and once at work he he finds the cleaning gnomes had moved his stack of papers again.
Wickedforlife chapter 25 . 6/19/2014
SHITTER MOTHERFUCK! Fuck you, I know emo kids who are "faking it" who have cut their wrists, told me that they wanted to die, and given up on life, and have not been able to do anything about it. I wasn't able to do anything even when I started cutting. Maybe those kids want attention because they feel depressed and unloved and horrible about themselves. Or maybe even ( gasp) they just LIKE that style of music or fashion or movies or whatever. "Emo " music actually critiques society and says that there can be bigger and more serious pains than yet another one of Adele's or Taylor swifts breakup. FUCKING, I thought you were smart , if a little pretencious, i still do: But really? Fucking i could rant about this all day and still haven't said half of the reasons why you're wrong in deciding that our pain isnt real. The worst part is that you're encouraging this. Things like your judgement make me want to recede from mainstream society because my pain isn't "real".
Wickedforlife chapter 15 . 6/19/2014
Ummm excuse me? Star Trek was responsible for the first inter-racial kiss in history to be shown on television.
Fanfic Alone in the blight chapter 2 . 9/17/2013
Excellent learning material right here. I am writing a fantasy novel in which two main alliances struggle for existence. one being the incarnation of the seven sins and the other is its counter part... soo any help?
Dagonmaster chapter 13 . 3/20/2013
Quite an interesting chapter. It's been a while since I've been on this site, but this article has been very helpful to an extent on what I wish to do. Specifically, I am writing a story, where energy-based weapons are used, but more in a fantasy setting.

What I have so far is that these weapons are mana-powered. Specifically, they utilize a crystal core which is supercharged with mana(kind of like a battery) to which fuels these weapons. However, as for specifics as to how they kill, that is where I am stuck. A part of me wishes make it where the shots, depending on the intensity, they superheat and incinerate whatever part they hit, like the heart or muscles in the calf.
TorgoTheWhite chapter 48 . 8/19/2012
One of the best pieces on early firearms I've seen in a while... Where did you find the sources?
Anon chapter 19 . 6/19/2011
The desktop computer you wrote this on did not have the power of a human brain. It didn't have the processing power of the average insect, in fact. Before you write about computers, you should probably learn a little about them yourself.
Moldavite Owlet chapter 1 . 6/1/2011
... Yes.
Garuda01 chapter 34 . 4/11/2011
PM me at above name. My account's acting up.

In Chapter 34, Mechanical Jams. I was wondering about satellite weapons. For example. What if the Nuke warhead is not removed. It will be launched at such high speed to penetrate about 5-6 km into the ground. The nuke itself is located in the middle of the projectile for protection against the impact with the ground. After 5 minutes or so, the warhead explodes, creating an earthquake and decimating bunkers underground.
Alooooooo chapter 47 . 10/8/2010
Hello. I have read quite a bit of your guide and it has honestly, helped me a lot. I know in some places you have talked about "Techno-Babble" as a way for writers to explain their "Faster than light drives" and "Laza Guns" and things along those lines. I just thought, if a writer manages to create an entirely new universe, almost identical to our but changes a few things (Ability to travel speed of light, ability to make laza guns etc.) is it still considered techno-babble, and even then, what if they are using this universe and their non-human species has managed to find a way to bend the laws of physics so they are not COMPLETELY constrained by them (for example say somehow a race find a way to bend the rules and create something that let's they're ships travel at the speed of light, but it gives bad side effects like maybe 1. It could severely weaken the pilot or craft when they live "hyperpsace" or "slipspace" or whatever their chosen term is 2. It could be a one shot type things, like one of those cell phones you only use once 3. You could only use it for a limited amount of time before being "lost" or "destroyed" in hyperspace/slipspace or whatever 4. finally if they want to get somewhere quick they would have to travel there first via "normal space" to set up a teleporter or a reciever of some kind.) other than those issues I find with this guide I really liked it, if you are still updating this (I didn't read first or last chapter) do you think you could look into "Energy Shields" and "Cryo sleep". Anyway this was really comprehensive and all in all I would give it a 9/10
dreamshell chapter 47 . 5/21/2010
“…the difference is often semitic…”

What do Jews have to do with the differences in the -punk derivatives? Jave, for the love of God, edit before you post. XD

Pretty good essay otherwise, though, and thanks for the forum plug.
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