First Is All That Matters?

The tendency to leap to the worst conclusions revealed in this talk almost made me abandon Twitter altogether:


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The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy

The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin KennedyFilled with the looming horror, comedy, hope, gritty images, and soaring possibilities of its inspiration, Kennedy has created a novel that encompasses several genres without sacrificing the depth of any.

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The End Is In Sight

Today’s article on Live to Write – Write to Live is about not finishing books. Which, as such discussion always do, reminded me that I can name all the books I haven’t finished since I was fifteen; which sounds like a harder feat than it actually is.

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Rarely Pure and Never Simple.

While a significant proportion of books fail Immerse Or Die on usage, punctuation, or other technical issues, reader disbelief has tripped more than one. Often it is the actually implausible, but sometimes the issue is reality seeming impossible. So, assuming Aristotle is right that fiction should put the plausible impossible before the implausible possible, how might one do it?

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Nonlocal Science Fiction, Issue #2 by Daniel J. Dombrowski (ed.)

Nonlocal Science Fiction, Issue #2 by Daniel J. DombrowskiPrioritising stories that are well-written over any particular definition of science-fiction, Dombrowski successfully collects dystopia, noir, post-apocalyptic and space opera in one magazine.

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Retrospective Failure

In my first report card, my form master described me as, inter alia, having a “dry wit”. As might be expected of someone whose education involved report cards, form masters, and the casual use of Latin in sentences, the following several years of education amplified rather than removed this trait. And it persists to this day: Steve Turnbull has taken it as one of his missions to gloss my social media comments with a metaphor comparing my wit to wine so dry it is dust in the glass. So, it will come as no surprise I am fond of irony. However, for the same span of time, one irony has irritated me: divine irony.

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Una the Explorer

After two years of sharing a house with Jasper and Una, I assumed that – while they would continue to investigate changes and carry out frequent continuity checks – they had defined their territories. However, last week Una decided to explore further up one of the bookcases.

Una climbing a bookcase

Day 919: we have established a new base camp. I consider pressing on for the summit, but Jasper is unsure.
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Jasper staked out his claim on the second shelf soon after they moved in, and often sits there to watch us clean the litter tray or bat at the telephone cord, but that was the highest they have been until now.

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Moon Facts by Bob Schofield

Moon Facts by Bob SchofieldLike his muse, Schofield offers potential solidity, hidden by shadows and distance. Revealing where bees go to die, but not why, he offers this solidity to the reader as a basis for exploring further.

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Countdown to Continuance

July 15th 2015. The last day before Comet Gijalva doesn’t hit the Earth, wiping out humanity. With only a few hours to go until the central prediction of Fauxpocalypse is proved true, I and the other contributors go about our normal lives as if tomorrow will come.

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A Dream Within a Dream

Ever since I did my first witness-quality test at University, I have strongly believed human perception is open to surprising inaccuracy; however, I never expected that inaccurate perceptions would be an evolutionary advantage:


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