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Review: Ready Player One

I both loved this book and really disliked parts of it. If you haven’t read it, here’s what it’s about. The text below contains some spoilers. Key details: Author: Ernest Cline POV/Viewpoint character: First person, immersive. Wade Watts (online avatar: Parzival) – an orphaned teenager living in the ‘stacks’ in Ohio, the mid-twenty-first century equivalent …

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Contextual Distance and Exposition

This post discusses: exposition in ethnography and SFF writing contextual distance, a new concept for understanding the need for exposition the uses of exposition in fiction Exposition What does ethnography have in common with science fiction and fantasy writing? Extensive use of exposition is arguably one point of common ground. SFF authors create new imaginary …

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Guest feature: editing LGBTQ+ fiction

This week we have a guest feature about editing LGBTQ+ fiction on the blog! Those of you familiar with my background will know I have a background in LGBTQ activism and sport. I was therefore thrilled to learn of an editor, Nick Taylor, who works with the LGBTQ writing community. I asked him a few …