Reviews for Writing Speculative Fiction: A Nerd's Guide
Mal Renyolds chapter 10 . 3/28/2007
Just curious on the alien invasion chapter. Why not, when you bombard Earth, just do it with asteroids? It would be concievably cheaper and more efficent to drop a few doomsday asteroids on Earth.
Mal Renyolds chapter 6 . 3/5/2007
About post historic books, what about A Canticle for Leibowitz?
KeytoExistence chapter 38 . 2/20/2007
About aliens catching our germs: though it's common to show humans getting an alien disease (Andromeda Strain) or aliens catching a human one (War of the Worlds) I distinctly remember one sci-fi writer pointing out that interplanetary diseases would be impossible because bacteria and viruses (especially viruses) have evolved to infect certain organisms/organs/cells/whatever. Of course, there are always prions, assuming the amino acids in the aliens are similar enough.
Skye Hegyes chapter 3 . 2/7/2007
I love the PS (even though I am a girl). It adds humor and most of the time... its true. But sorry to tell you, I am one of those that would be picking up the gun as well, because sometimes, the guy isn't worth it either.

Now that that is out of my system, I can talk about this chapter. I like how you gave a list of places people can look for ideas - the websites and books and authors and stuff. It was a good idea.

Maybe I don't know much about guns or any kind of weaponry, but I like the ideas that you throw around in this chapter. Interesting viewpoint and something most people probably wouldn't have thought of.
Skye Hegyes chapter 2 . 2/7/2007
Interesting to read. "Or not." lol! Great line there. You play with it a lot and it sounds awesome! Great advice as well. People need to be original before they can be anything else.
Radio Saturday chapter 37 . 2/5/2007
In my stories, elves are fascists.

I like this a lot. Especially the mention of my favorite Bas-Lag book, "The Scar." It's hard to come up with good aliens.
Narc chapter 4 . 1/6/2007
It's funny that in your article that you mention the theory of Ether here. In my current steampunk, aether is the material used to make the ships fly (it's the alternate spelling of ether).
Edcrab chapter 37 . 1/4/2007
He's mostly kidding about it too, I'm sure: mostly in this piece he never seems to attack a theme outright, more its misuse. I must admit to harbouring a dislike for vampire fiction, but that's purely because it's a genre that's been abused so thoroughly by inexperienced authors in the past. I'm sure I could love something that was well-written: hell, I dislike romance for the exact same reason ;)

Anyway, Jave, you mentioned these species ideas in your recent forum dicussions, and I notice that HoSAM's creatures obviously draw from the kind of themes you mention here. It's a great point: *why*, exactly, do fantasy species always seem to be so much less fleshed-out than their sci-fi equivalents? And yes, my hate for the overuse (and misapplication) of "anthro" species shows no signs of abating either...
January Gray chapter 9 . 12/30/2006
Well, I'm going to read this entire thing tonight, even though I should be working on my own stories. It's very good though, even though I don't write sci-fi and read very little of it.

I must say though that I'm vaguely offended by the "shitty vampire stories" remark in this chapter though. While I do agree that most of them, especially on Fictionpress, do suck, vampire stories can be good and it obviously represents something enduring and significant to the human psyche since vampire myths and legends are quite universal. When you insult them, just try not to be too all-encompassing because some of us who write stories with vampires aren't goths and don't give into cliches and really don't have fantasies bitten and/or fucked by the undead. (Ha, I just realized that I'm indirectly plugging my own work in a review, I feel slightly sleezy, but oh well, especially since my vampire story is still in the research and draft stages. See, some of us even do research for vampire stories.)

Just so you know, I'm mostly joking about the whole vampire thing. Cheers.

~Rain
Da Vinci at Work chapter 1 . 12/22/2006
Haha. I like reason 2. :D
Skye Hegyes chapter 1 . 12/7/2006
This is actually pretty funny to read. I just started reading some sci-fi stuff myself... The reason I don't is because I am tired of little green aliens. This will be interesting to read all the way through I think.
Mbwun chapter 36 . 11/14/2006
Whatever form the revolution comes in, remember one thing: It will not be televised.
Mbwun chapter 34 . 11/14/2006
Can't believe you wrote a chapter on transhumanism and didn't mention Alastair Reynolds. He has developed a number of fascinating transhuman cultures in the universe his stories are set in.

Other than that, gut gemacht.
Caplock chapter 2 . 8/27/2006
Thank you for writing this, i'm sure it will come into use later, as i'm currently writing a fantasy peice, but plan on doinga few sci fi stories along the way
Jolly Jeff chapter 20 . 8/20/2006
If you're interested (and who wouldn't be?), there's a National Geographic television program airing today and on September 4th called "Fight Science." It's about scientists who constructed a special lab/dojo and used crash test dummies-among other things-to test expert martial artists' abilities.

If you want to know more (and trust me, you do), here's a preview: .

There's also a podcast somewhere on the site, which talks about how they were trained to make their bones harder than stone. This is not, by the way, science fiction.
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