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June 21, 2017

In fiction, details convey credibility -- but can there be TOO much detail? Personally -- as both a reader and writer -- I say yes. Not all details are created equal.

Take MOBY DICK (please!). Like most of us, I read “The Great American Novel” in school. Like most of us, I recall little be...

June 7, 2017

Sez who? Sez me. OK, so you’re a science fiction fan, and maybe you’re giving me the stinkeye. Maybe you never gave much thought to reading historical novels. But I think if you enjoy SF, you might get a kick out of historical fiction, too -- because there are more similarities than reade...

May 21, 2017

When asked where his story ideas came from, Harlan Ellison (the vivid, visceral master of speculative fiction with the heart of a Catskills comedian) would quip: "Schenectady. There’s this 'idea service' in Schenectady and every week like clockwork they send me a fresh six-pack of ideas f...

May 7, 2017

A story's a story, of course -- any good one needs strong characters, structure, dialog, plot, themes, etc. But different types of stories have their own extra requirements.

Writing science fiction, the trick is to make it plausible. It has to feel real. Even fantasy -- like GAME OF THRO...

April 28, 2017

Pretty good question. I've asked myself, and myself says there's a 3-part answer.

PART 1: I'm best known (if I'm known at all) as a STAR TREK writer. The original TV show is what inspired

me to try writing in the first place. When I sold a script to NBC's animated Saturday morning revival...

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