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Science Fiction Novelist

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Writer's Workshop

Welcome to the Writer's Workshop. Each month we publish articles dealing with matters of concern to writers, with an emphasis on the technical problems specific to science fiction writing. No matter what sort of a writer you are or wish to be, you will find something of interest here.

The Art of Writing

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Writing About Race
Less than one lifetime ago (mine) discrimination was institutionalized and leaders like Martin Luther King lamented that people should be "judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin."  That seems almost quaint in the current hyper-charged "Woke World."  What is a writer to do when faced with the need to flesh out characters in a multi-ethnic story?  Do you keep to the safe stereotypes or do you make your characters living, breathing human beings, describing them as they are, warts and all?

Previous Month's Articles

Writing to Persuade Point of View

The Art of Science Fiction

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The Sky is Falling: Part Three
Having discovered that the world may end at any minute due to a jumbo rock falling from the sky, we look at what we know about Potentially Hazardous Asteroids.  In addition, we review a modest proposal for determining whether the danger is sufficiently real to stir ourselves from our current lethargy.  The good news is that people may be waking up to the danger... then again, maybe not!

Previous Month's Articles

The Sky is Falling: Part Two The Sky is Falling: Part One