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Towards a Mormon Speculative Fiction e-Collective, Part II: Spec Lit and a Theory of Mormon Literature

In the second of three guest posts leading up to the launch of a proposed website dedicated to displaying and developing talent in Mormon speculative fiction, project instigator Mark Penny waxes analytical over the role of speculative fiction writer as … Continue reading

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Toward a Mormon Speculative Fiction e-Collective, Part I: The Charlatans of God

In the first of three guest posts leading up to the launch of a proposed website dedicated to displaying and developing talent in Mormon speculative fiction, project instigator Mark Penny waxes poetic over the role of speculative fiction writer as … Continue reading

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Three Different Mormon Futures

The three 22nd-Century finalists in the Four Centuries of Mormon Stories contest showed three radically different visions of what might be happening in the Church in the future.  The three stories correspond to some extent with three strands of science … Continue reading

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Tips for Bringing your Setting to Life

 David Farland often teaches writing workshops, and has trained a number of people who went on to become international bestselling authors—people like Brandon Sanderson in fantasy, Brandon Mull in middle-grade fiction, and Stephenie Meyer in young adult fiction.  He’s also … Continue reading

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Interview with bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick

Back before I’d sold any of my stories, I was in an online writing class and then an in-person writing group with a young woman who was writing a sort-of LDS teen romance novel.  She had a great “voice” for … Continue reading

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Vampires, Sacrifice, and Redemption

Note: there will be spoilers here. All the shows involved went off the air years ago, so if you haven’t watched them, that’s your own fault. From when I was a kid, my favorite TV show was Star Trek in … Continue reading

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The Gospel and the Church in the Future

Before I get to my topic, I just want to wish good luck to the LDS Hugo Award Nominees.  The Hugo Awards ceremony will be at 8:00pm Central time on September 2 in Chicago.  I’ll be putting the link to … Continue reading

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A Bucketload of Felgercarb

I remember loving the original Battlestar Galactica TV series back when I was a kid.  I even read Glen A. Larson’s novelization of the pilot episode.  One of the things I remembered even years later was the euphemistic expletive “felgercarb.” … Continue reading

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Reader/Writer Connection: Get the Easy Stuff Right

It’s happened to all of us. We’re reading a story and a detail leaps out and slaps us in the face because we know that it’s just not true, and that even cursory research would have shown the folly of the claim. As a reader that drives me nuts because it breaks the illusion and jars me out of the story; it makes me wonder how many other details the author got wrong and undermines my trust in the story. As a writer I know that we sometimes play a little loose with certain facts to accomplish another literary task. Continue reading

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35 Years of Ender’s Game

The August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact came out about 35 years ago. (The issues tend to come out well in advance of their cover dates — I already have the September 2012 issue — possibly because that … Continue reading

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