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That Difficult Second Novel by Jacey Bedford

First published on Jacey Bedford’s blog This blog post was written in November 2013, after I got my first three book deal from DAW, but before any of my books had been published. My first book, Empire of Dust, was … Continue reading

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His Majesty’s Starship, part 2: B5, bad guys and by golly, a sequel – by Ben Jeapes

Originally posted on Ben Jeapes’ blog on 10th December 2018 Like me, Babylon 5 was also on a mission to do right what Star Trek got wrong. Its key innovation was the story arc – the idea of an overall plot across the entire … Continue reading

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His Majesty’s Starship, part 1: origins by Ben Jeapes

Originally posted on Ben Jeapes’ blog His Majesty’s Starship hit the stands on 10 December 1998. I am inspired to reminisce. In the best spirit of present-day science fiction I shall do it in three parts. When I was young … Continue reading

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Science for Fiction 2020 by David Gullen

The excellent Science for Fiction (S4F) event at Imperial College, London, properly known as The Imperial College & Science Fiction Foundation workshop, is back once again. Designed specifically for SF and other writers to meet and talk to scientists presenting … Continue reading

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Writing: Art or Craft? by David Gullen

I remember a conversation in my first writing group from many years ago about whether or not writing could be taught. Some people thought no, that writing alone in all the fields of human endeavour, was somehow special and the … Continue reading

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How (Not) to Write a Steampunk Novel by Gaie Sebold

Originally posted on May 20, 2014 on Jacey Bedford’s blog To start with, I didn’t actually really intend to write what ended up as a fantasy Victorian spy adventure, with a trickster heroine, set partly in 19th century Shanghai.  It … Continue reading

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Five Kinds of Aliens by Sue Thomason

Originally posted on the Milford blog on 18th July 2017. I think there are 5 kinds of aliens. The first kind are The Enemy. Their aim is to destroy our way of life. They come over here, they don’t speak … Continue reading

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