31 August 2010
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24 August 2010
And, oh yeah, the new Anna Strong novel Chosen also comes out on August 31, 2010. Congratulations, Jeanne! Awesome!
Check out Jeanne's webpage: www.jeannestein.com.
Check out Jeanne's blog with fellow Urban Fantasy author Mario Acevedo: biting-edge.blogspot.com.
22 August 2010
17 August 2010
- The artist deals with what cannot be said in words.
- The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words.
- The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words.
- Words can be used thus paradoxically because they have, along with a semiotic usage, a symbolic or metaphoric usage.
- All fiction is metaphor.
- ...the truth is a matter of the imagination.
Wow. My mind is blown. Is she saying the entity an artist creates is greater than the individual elements used to create it? Or maybe, art is also like humanity in that human beings are greater than the sum of their atoms/blood cells/neurons? So, art is a metaphor for humanity? Hhm. I'll have to think about this some more.
What do you think she's getting at?
We Electric Spec Editors have been hard at work on the new issue. Will there be art created with words? Check it out on August 31, 2010!
06 August 2010
So, anyway, by now, all hold-for-voting authors should be contacted with a yea or nay. Thank you for submitting, we appreciate it.
Check out the new issue coming on August 31, 2010 to e-newstands near you! It promises to be our best issue yet! (And, yes, I always say that.)
Incidentally, this time, we also had a discussion of what makes a story "great". I think a great story has a concentrated story jewel at its core. To illustrate, Connie Willis' story "The Last of the Winnebagos" is about many things, the last of the Winnebagos, the extinction of dogs, the decline of print media, etc., but at its ultimate core, it's about a man who sacrifices his most prized possession/goal to save a human being. Awesome! Does your story have a core?
What do you think makes a story great?
04 August 2010
Anyway, last week Scalzi wrote a very provocative article entitled: Does Your Favorite Sci-fi Movie Do Right by Its Female Characters? in which he applied The Bechdel Test. This test asks three questions:
- Are there at least two women characters in the film?
- Who talk to each other?
- About something other than a man?
Suffice to say, he conclues recent movies do not do too well with this test. Curious, I rushed to apply the test to the last movie I saw: Inception. There are two main female characters and one of them is <...SPOILER ALERT...> dead. Thus, initially, I assumed they never converse, but then I seemed to recall some crazy stuff going on in those dream levels, so I'm not sure... If anyone recalls better, I'd enjoy hearing about it.
Today, Scalzi's article is entitled Pondering Inception's Sequel Odds and Revisiting the Bechdel Test, so I thought I'd get the answer to the question. Alas, I was wrong. It's still an interesting article examining what the Bechdel Tests Fails imply. Hint: men are the perceived SF audience.
So, how do your favorite SF movies stack up? How about your fave fantasies? :)
We will have some announcements about the Electric Spec Aug 31, 2010 issue by the end of this week. Keep sending in those stories!