Fiction

Creating Great Characters in Fiction

Characters in fiction fulfill a dramatic function in the story for the reader and are, therefore, more logically laid out. They may, as a result, be more coherent, consistent and clear in their actions and qualities than a person in real life.

Les Revues de Science Fiction en France

Les revues ont existé depuis les années 50. Là aussi, il y a eu un profond remaniement du paysage dans les années 80. La mythique revue Fiction qui avait été créé en 1951 disparaît en 1989. De 1990 jusqu’en 1996, il n’y a plus aucune revue professionnelle. Quelques fanzines comme Planétes à vendre font l’interim […]

The Cabin in the Woods

I’ll try and keep this spoiler-free, because I think it goes without saying that spoilers are the film buff’s bane, but I will need to at least hint at a few key aspects of the story in order to properly criticize it in the manner I intend to. Which is to say, I didn’t really […]

Individualism, Atheism, and the Search for God in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

The following essay originally appeared in issue number 111 of the quarterly journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, edited by Graham Sleight. Revised and expanded, 2nd ed. Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road exemplifies both the acknowledgment of essential human goodness and the flaws inherent in the Emersonian individualism that has grown to […]

Fiction and the Happy Brain

STORY HORDER As a child, I was a story horder. I couldn’t get enough of them. I was very fortunate to have parents who read to me, and looking back, they were saints in this regard. I was voracious.I always wanted more, and I wanted my favorites again and again. The original story of The […]