Category Archive: Musings

Apr 19

A Word on Canonicity

Canonicity may be the most important thing. dictionary.com defines “canon”, as relevant to this post: 3. the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a field of study or art. The important qualification here is that in any field, in order to be canon, it has to be consistent …

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Jan 23

Suppose You’re Not You

There have been a lot of jokes based upon the old expression, “I’m not myself today”. If your questionable identity should be any more than simply an adage, you would have to ask, then, who you actually are. Likewise, the idea has been the springboard for a lot of stories. Off the top of my …

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Feb 24

Would You Recognize Your Characters?

I mean, if you were walking down the street after leaving the bank, and one of your characters was walking the other way, would you recognize him? I got thinking about that because American Graffiti was just on. I get most into the stories of Steve and Laurie and John and Carol, if you want …

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Dec 29

Why I Haven’t Written for Children

  There are a few things that people shouldn’t do unless they can’t help it. Unless they were born to do it. Two of those are writing and teaching, and I am afflicted with both. If you’ve read my profile anywhere, you know that I’ve been writing for a long, long time.  I’m not even …

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Jul 05

Seven Things Wrong with “Doc” Smith’s Bergenholm

Triplanetary

The Bergenholm remains a fascinating piece of technology. I intend to write a blog post about the various technologies that have worked their way into science fiction to allow us to reach the distant stars in more than 1000 human lifetimes. There are several of them: hyperspace, subspace, jump ships, warp bubbles, wormholes, even merely …

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