Of the many sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy, I’ve to say that planetary romance is one of my favorite since the first time I read the Barsoom stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was far younger back then, less prone to analyze plot and development of such works, but the “magic” of that novels still works for me, even after many years. Planetary romance is little more than a label, applied to a variety of very different works. That said, it will be pretentious to craft an absolute definition of this sub-genre. I will use this post to state some of the ideas that I get about the main tropes, hoping to raise some question and sparkle a bit of interest in it.
Words are important, so choosing the right word for the current situation in Syria is a way to anticipate my position. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a simple definition of deadlock is:
a situation in which an agreement cannot be made : a situation in which ending a disagreement is impossible because neither side will give up something that it wants.
A few days ago I received a mail from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, a call for a celebration of the indie authors and their choice to use their platform to market books. Well, it’s a good idea. But not only for the sake of Amazon, it’s about something more.
You see, I know that there are a lot of differences between a full-time author and a part-time writer. I also know that being published in a traditional way could bring much more money to an author, not to mention that part of the potential audience that will not read the electronic-oriented book formats.
There’s a recurrent theory in the mainstream, a bold speculation fueled by decades of science fiction tropes and not-so-good movies: what if we are living inside a simulated reality? Big names like Elon Musk promised to finance research on this subject, the media published a lot about it. It’s like a soap bubble that, every now and then, pops up and shine for a while.
Before starting my little adventure as a writer, I took a bit of time looking around, trying to get the feeling of the market as a whole and to take a more detailed look in some magazines. One of the first things that I realized was about my personal reactions to the submission specs.
The political pendulum is swinging to the right side in Europe, the real deal now is to understand to what extent and to what consequences.
In the last ten years, the far right-wing parties in the Old-and-not-so-merry continent are booming and it’s quite likely that we will see one or more of the biggest countries in Europe going full throttle in that direction in a matter of five or fewer years. Bookmark the next round of presidential elections in France (2017) and the general political elections in Germany (also 2017) to check out what will become the European future.
Ops, I did it again. I’ve just completed a fairly good MOOC from the FutureLearn platform about Cyber Security, following the golden rule “you don’t know enough”.