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I just wanted to throw out a link to a good article dealing with a question that plagues writers of secondary-world fantasies: how to deal with units of measurement? http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2012/03/measurement-questions-in-sff-and.html



Flip the Story

14Mar12

Yesterday at SpecTechnique we looked at cases when a cliche is deformed or expanded. When you’re going into a deformed cliche, you think you’ve seen this line before. Then when the cliche flips around on you, you’re taken by surprise. This is a technique writers can use to breach their readers’ defenses. Today we’re leaving […]


A few editing hints from The Last Blade 2…


One of the most powerful ways to generate delight for your reader while writing SF/F, or maybe just writing period, is the device of the unexpected explanation. To do this, begin with an expected, ordinary line, followed by an explanation rooted in your SFnal milieu. In M. John Harrison’s brilliant Nova Swing, a character enters […]