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Re: Another book what I wrote

#21  Postby Skinny Puppy » Jun 19, 2016 8:03 pm

“I’ll miss you,” he says, and he looks at me with puppy eyes.



Thank you for putting me in your book. :dance:
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#22  Postby Fallible » Jun 19, 2016 8:09 pm

I recently read Fred Hoyle's Black Cloud. Reader, it done broke ma brain.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#23  Postby VazScep » Jun 19, 2016 8:13 pm

Evolving wrote:I could certainly explain the science: that's what I do in my physics posts here. It's the imagination that I'm less certain about: I don't think the ideas would flow as readily for hard sci-fi as they've been doing for, as you say, the human stories.

I sent Free Fall to the Writers' Workshop for their thoughts,some time ago; the chap they passed it on to for review, himself a sci-fi author, made a point about genre which I think was spot-on. In a nutshell, at its heart the story is a human drama which could equally well take place (with the appropriate amendments to the setting) on Earth: in an Arctic mining operation, say, or in a Chinese province under the influence of Falun Gong and with some international sporting event taking place there. I think that's right, and I'd say the only reason these stories are set in space at all is because I think I can do it, I feel comfortable with it, as a result of my studies of physics. This Solar System of the reasonably near future feels to me like a region that I know, like Hardy's Wessex; I could just as easily, in principle, write novels set in a country or a town where I have lived myself. So, if we're being exact, these novels are not really science fiction at all; they're character-driven dramas that unfold in a sci-fi-like setting.
Thanks. That makes a lot of sense.

Sci-fi is a broad church, and my preferences are pretty peculiar, and I certainly don't think mine should delimit the genre. This is something I discuss with colleagues of mine (computer scientists are perhaps disproportionately into sci-fi). My main colleague really only cares about space opera, Dune being his favourite book of all time. It's not my thing at all, and I think Herbert could have also told the story in a non sci-fi setting. But I wouldn't say it wasn't sci-fi because of that. Nor what I say yours aren't sci-fi. On the contrary, I'd say you are writing much harder sci-fi than Herbert.

My main attraction to science and mathematics are the really frigging weird results or observations or stories, and I like to see those explored in fiction. But that's pretty niche.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#24  Postby Evolving » Jun 20, 2016 6:08 pm

Skinny Puppy wrote:
“I’ll miss you,” he says, and he looks at me with puppy eyes.



Thank you for putting me in your book. :dance:


:)

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Re: Another book what I wrote

#25  Postby Evolving » Jun 21, 2016 5:49 pm

I see what you mean about Dune, Vaz, and it's probably true of all space operas (to labour that term still more). That's not what you were talking about, though, when you suggested that I might like to write "hard sci-fi". As I understand that genre, what you do there is ask "what if" something were different from the way it actually is in our normal lives - what if, for example, there were an intelligent ocean, or some siblings could communicate with each other by telepathy - and then write a story that explores what the consequences of that difference would be.

Perhaps I could do that; but I'm more interested in characters, at least at the moment, and the sci-fi setting feels like the frame in which the actual picture is set, or the costumes which the actors wear: important, but not the main thing.

I hope I'm not putting anybody off reading Free Fall! Better to do that now, though, than for them to be disappointed at the end because the book wasn't what they were expecting.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#26  Postby surreptitious57 » Jun 21, 2016 6:36 pm

I read science fiction and particularly space opera. My favourite author is Alastair Reynolds who is an astrophysicist who used to work at the European Space Agency before becoming a novelist. And although he writes on cosmic scales he feels his work focuses more on characters than plot. He has actually written about intelligent oceans and very imaginatively as well. I have all his novels and apart from one I absolutely love them. His first novel is the best although the quality has hardly diminished in the sixteen years since which is I think nothing short of remarkable
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#27  Postby Evolving » Jun 22, 2016 1:03 pm

I'm getting better at using this website-building software, and I now have proper clickable links in it: to this place, and to hack's blog. Yay me.

Surr, I haven't read anything by Alastair Reynolds (hope he doesn't mind too much if I ever become famous and he finds out), but I looked at the Wiki page and I must say, it looks tempting. When I've finished Shining Thing...
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#28  Postby surreptitious57 » Jun 23, 2016 1:01 am

His best novel is Revelation Space but for a beginner I would recommend Diamond Dogs / Turquoise Days which is two
short novellas. The first is a mathematical conundrum and the second is about intelligent ocean life and both of them
would probably appeal to you. And if you like your sci fi quite technical I would recommend Greg Egan. For you really
can not read him without having a basic understanding of quantum mechanics and so you would probably like him too
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#29  Postby Evolving » Jun 25, 2016 8:16 pm

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TopCat wrote:I'd be happy to pay, and I'd much rather have it in e-book form than read it in a browser.

:this:


By popular request (well, two people): here it is:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HK25TYW
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#30  Postby jamest » Jun 25, 2016 10:54 pm

Well done, Evolving. I haven't read any of your stuff, so I'm really just applauding the achievement of publishing... three times. I hope you do well.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#31  Postby Mazille » Jun 26, 2016 12:10 am

Evolving wrote:
ScholasticSpastic wrote:
TopCat wrote:I'd be happy to pay, and I'd much rather have it in e-book form than read it in a browser.

:this:


By popular request (well, two people): here it is:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HK25TYW

Bought.
Looking forward to reading it on my Scotland trip. :cheers:
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#32  Postby Evolving » Jun 26, 2016 10:51 am

Thanks jamest, and Mazille: hope you enjoy it. (And the book.)

jamest wrote:Well done, Evolving. I haven't read any of your stuff, so I'm really just applauding the achievement of publishing... three times. I hope you do well.


Two times. Thing isn't quite finished yet.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#33  Postby TopCat » Jun 26, 2016 11:13 am

Mazille wrote:
Evolving wrote:
ScholasticSpastic wrote:
TopCat wrote:I'd be happy to pay, and I'd much rather have it in e-book form than read it in a browser.

:this:


By popular request (well, two people): here it is:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HK25TYW

Bought.

Yep, me too.

The link on amazon.co.uk is:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Free-Fall-Lind ... skept01-21
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#34  Postby Evolving » Jun 26, 2016 1:10 pm

Thanks, Topcat.

That link doesn't work, but this one does:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Free-Fall-Lindsay-Anthony-ebook/dp/B01HK25TYW
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#35  Postby Evolving » Jul 01, 2016 10:34 am

I've uploaded Pale Glint of the Sun to the website, so anyone who didn't get a free copy last year can read it for nothing now.

Also the chapter titles of Thing, but no content yet. Probably some time in the autumn.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#36  Postby NamelessFaceless » Jul 06, 2016 3:48 pm

Evolving wrote:
ScholasticSpastic wrote:
TopCat wrote:I'd be happy to pay, and I'd much rather have it in e-book form than read it in a browser.

:this:


By popular request (well, two people): here it is:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HK25TYW


Thanks! I just bought it! :cheers:
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#37  Postby Coastal » Jul 06, 2016 4:35 pm

Great, love my sci-fi, it's in the queue, thanks!

Have you read Peter F Hamilton at all? I like his mix of science/human drama. Probably not as scientifically 'hard' as Alastair Reynolds and others, but more to my personal liking because of his great storytelling.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#38  Postby NamelessFaceless » Jul 07, 2016 3:19 pm

Are you asking me or Evolving?

If it's me, no, I haven't. TBH, Sci-Fi is really not my favorite genre.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#39  Postby Evolving » Jul 07, 2016 3:44 pm

Ah, hello! Have just seen this.

No, I haven't read him either. (So many books, so little time...)

Probably my favourite sci-fi story is The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin. If you've read it too, you can probably see why.
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Re: Another book what I wrote

#40  Postby Coastal » Jul 07, 2016 4:21 pm

Sorry, I was asking Evolving.

I'm looking for new Sci-Fi to read after my current book is done (Stephen Baxter) so I will definitely check that out and your books as well. Only thing is, Ursula K. LeGuin's books were written relatively long ago. I'm always a bit weary of this when it comes to sci-fi because of all the newer scientific knowledge that would be necessarily not be included or considered by the author. Do you not find that this is an issue?
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