4 Classic SciFi Books every SciFi Writer Should Read

June 10, 2015

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There are arguably many Sci Fi books to read, that is the joy of the genre, but here are four classics that paved the way and can help you become a better writer.Sci Fi Books to read

We don’t create in a vacuum. Everything we read and everything we watch contributes to our own fiction.  And the more we understand what was created before us, the more we can create original work – an interesting idea isn’t it?  Know what went before, it will help you right now.

Frankenstein  – Shelly 

Mary Shelly wrote the first science fiction novel.  She was influenced by peer pressure  – to prove to her future husband and his friend that she could write up a scary story – and she was influenced by the scientific discoveries at the time, like Electricity.  Experiments were being done to re-animate body partsRead More

The Future is Right Now

June 3, 2015

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How can you write a better Science Fiction story?  By avoiding some of the traps unique to the genre.
The Future is Now

The Future is Right Now

When we write a Science Fiction, or Time Travel based story, we sometimes get caught up in the whole fantastic world we imagine. We lovingly describe all this marvelous technology in long, unnecessary paragraphs. We make the characters discuss the new technology ad nauseam.  We love this new bright shiny world and are determined to describe every block of the new city on the hill, every corner of the Jetson-like abode.

Don’t do this.

It’s not just about future world.

Make the future (fantasy, time travel) part of the plot, or give technology or lack there in, a hand in the crisis point, make it a joke or an aside.  Just avoid making future technology theRead More

Episode 174 – “Poetry With Terry Lucas”

May 30, 2015

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Terry Lucas is the author of three poetry collections: In This Room (forthcoming from CW Books in February of 2016), If They Have Ears to Hear, winner of the 2012 Copperdome Chapbook Award from Southeast Missouri State University Press, and Altar Call, a prize-winning chapbook published in Diesel, the anthology of the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival.

Terry’s poems have received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and have been published in some of the nation’s top literary magazines including Best New Poets 2012, Crab Orchard Review (he won the 2014 Special Issue Feature Poet Award), Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and dozens of others. His most recent workRead More

Episode 173 – “The Business of Writing”

May 29, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special guest: Robin Sullivan

The business of books


Robin Sullivan joins us this week to discuss how she took her husbands books from self publish to traditional publish in a way that has made Michael Sullivan one of today’s most popular authors. This is a must listen episode that explores how to deal with publishers and their contracts. It is important to pay close attention to the wording!


Michael’s contact pages:  Goodreads | Amazon | Wikipedia | Riyria Website | First Empire Website | Hollow World Website | Twitter | Author Facebook | Riyria Facebook | First Empire Facebook

Here’s some information on Michael’s books:

Blog Tour – A Mathematical State of Grace

May 27, 2015

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Book tour Mathematical State of Grace

Book tour Mathematical State of GraceThe title intrigued me, so I signed up to be part of the blog tour for A Mathematical State of Grace. Because of Future Girls, I am interested in the YA dystopic, everything is changed, now what do we do? themed books. And A Mathematical State of Grace does not disappoint.  Here is the official description.

The laws of the Universe are ordered and finite. Every mathematical equation has one perfect solution. Jocks lead the high school pack, and nerdy girls go unnoticed.

But what would happen if one day, everything changed?

In one fateful moment, sixteen-year old mathematical prodigy Grace Greenway and Vincente Marino, all-around high school athlete, are unexpectedly thrown together. From that moment on, Grace and Vincente are forced to navigate a strange and wonderful new world together,Read More