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Speculative Death: Death on Hold

I planned to culminate my series on the topic of death in speculative fiction this week with a discussion of the various approaches to life after death, but for a variety of reasons, I don’t have it in me to write that […]
| Mar 20, 2012 | No comments |

I planned to culminate my series on the topic of death in speculative fiction this week with a discussion of the various approaches to life after death, but for a variety of reasons, I don’t have it in me to write that piece right now.

Instead, I’ll refer you to an excellent article by science fiction writer John C. Wright on the mechanics of writing fiction, within which is embedded the beginning of what could be a rather amusing story involving the Inklings, the Nazis, and the contents of a small, oblong box…if the author ever gets around to finishing it.

My apologies,

Fred

Fred was born in Tacoma, Washington, but spent most of his formative years in California, where his parents pastored a couple of small churches. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983, and spent 24 years in the Air Force as a bomber navigator, flight-test navigator, and military educator. He retired from the Air Force in 2007, and now works as a government contractor in eastern Kansas, providing computer simulation support for Army training.Fred has been married for 25 years to the girl who should have been his high school sweetheart, and has three kids, three dogs, and a mortgage. When he's not writing or reading, he enjoys running, hiking, birdwatching, stargazing, and playing around with computers.Writing has always been a big part of his life, but he kept it mostly private until a few years ago, when it occurred to him that if he was ever going to get published, he needed to get serious about it. Since then, he's written more than twenty short stories that have been published in a variety of print and online magazines, and a novel, The Muse, that debuted in November 2009 from Splashdown Books, which was a finalist for the 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for book of the year in the speculative genre. Speculative fiction is his first love, but he writes the occasional bit of non-fiction or poetry, just to keep things interesting.

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Galadriel
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I really enjoyed what he had to say, and how it especially applied to speculative writers. And his proposed imaginary novel is such a good idea I’d love to read it.

Bethany A. Jennings
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Thank you for the link, Fred!  I really enjoyed that.  There were a lot of good tips in there, especially in regards to showing vs. telling.  I’ll be referring to that article again!  (And I really wish his hypothetical novel was a real novel…)