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The Short Story, a brief survey

Not written by me!

I haven’t read all the articles (in my TO DO list), so I do not agree or disagree. I just thought to put it here for my own reference, and yours.

“A brief survey of the short story”, a series of articles published on the Guardian, written by Chris Power, organized by author.

 

 

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Secret Postcard art in Glasgow (for a good cause)

I have donated four postcard reproductions of my work to this event 🙂

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This is the website for the event: NDPartsale

And some Press attention (which is always nice) here.

Let me know what you think if you have a chance to go!

 

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About Brian Aldiss

 

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.

Brian Aldiss

I just can’t Not Love an author quoted to say things like that.

Brian Aldiss is a character, as you can see from the interviews I linked below. He likes to provoke a reaction, and has been known to openly criticise the British literary establishment and its disdain for ‘genre’  – but Aldiss also doesn’t approve of genre-only readers.

…”I [the interviewer] quote to him something he wrote in 1990: “Just as the [literary] establishment is philistine about science, the bulk of the science-fiction readership is philistine about literature.” “Ha!” he cries gleefully, “offends both parties.”…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/brian-aldiss-pioneer-of-british-sci-fi-

 

And he has always known the value of the what-ifs and speculative fiction and how vast and fruitful the scifi genre could be. It’s more than just space ships and flights of fancy, new world with new creatures: more a mirror of what could be, or should be, if norms were challenged, or refused.

…”while it [science fiction] may take place in an alternate or future world, it deals with the present.”…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/The-World-Of-Brian-Aldiss/interview/

Brian Aldiss’ website is here, with all the information you can wish for, journals extracts, blog, latest publications and snippets of past and new work.

You can also find a detailed list of his work in the ISFDB, here.

What do you think?

Suggestions for reading*:

The Moment of Eclipse – short stories collection, this one from the 70s, but any of his collections, really.

Hothouse – symbiosis! With fungi!

NonStop – familiar seen by primitive eyes…

*it’s been several years since I read his books, so I will have to have a re-read before I can be more specific 🙂

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Ursula Le Guin Gives Insightful Writing Advice in Her Free Online Workshop | Open Culture

I didn’t know about this, but Le Guin offering advice is not to miss.

I think speculative fiction is a great term: it unites genre and literary senses, the best of both worlds!

Though it’s sometimes regarded as a pretentious-sounding term for genre writers who don’t want to associate with genre, I’ve always liked the phrase ‘speculative fiction.

J.G. Ballard, Philip K.

(image by Gorthian, via Wikimedia Commons)

Source: Ursula Le Guin Gives Insightful Writing Advice in Her Free Online Workshop | Open Culture

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life

The internet is chock-full of writing resources, advice, guides and more.

I always found the website Write to Done quite informative, but there are many others on this list that may be suited to you and your writing path.

Very nicely, The Write Life has put together a list of 100 useful websites.

“Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.”

Source: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life

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The Five Elements of a Story Source -… – The Writer’s Circle

Source: The Five Elements of a Story Source -… – The Writer’s Circle

5 story elements

Apart from the fact that I love diagrams, this one is delightfully non-prescriptive and makes you think (as a writer) about all the possibilities and layers you can have in your stories.

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Traditional Japanese art and cats

I love both. Traditional Ukiyo-e Japanese art, waterbased inks and  block-printing technique – something that definitely inspired me since a young age, and something I plan on practicing a lot more and soon.

And cats! I love all sorts of pets, and cats are funny, and very inspiring.

This is an article on the exhibition Life of Cats – there is also a link to a virtual tour of the art.

Cats and Japanese block-printing ukuyo-e prints

Do you have any favourites? I’m intrigued by the relations between humans and pets, and art is a beautiful way to explore it.

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