Tag: Analysis

Information and Annihilation

Information and Annihilation

If the hunt for knowledge courts destruction, the attainment of knowledge damns the seekers. Annihilation’s unreal geography and story is shaped by information. The search for it, the lack of it, and the fraught circumstances by which it is attained catalyzes revelations of self and humanity which gives the book mortal urgency. Annihilation was written …

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The Second Draft

The Second Draft

I am on the third draft of the short story, looking back on what I’ve done with the second. Mostly, revising the second draft means ossifying plot and rewriting major sections. I have the ending figured out, I know my major changes, and I’ve cut out the elements which don’t make sense and added structure. …

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Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Shit Taste and Paranamanco

Disliking many of the short stories in The Big Book of Science Fiction made me wonder if maybe I have shit taste. After all, nearly all of them are award-winning or era-defining or represent the national sci-fi archetype or have some other pedigree. If other people thought they were so good that they awarded them …

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From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

From Cover to Cover, Quickly: Writing a Short Story

I’m documenting my writing process for short stories here on the blog. This isn’t an original idea. Many blogs document the writing process through word count, snowflake methods, rote editing tips, etc, and their authors know that few works spring fully-formed from the heads of creators. The well-edited conclusion can look so natural that the end …

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Atmosphere in The Hands

Atmosphere in The Hands

My second analysis from The Big Book of Science Fiction will be The Hands by John Baxter. The short story doesn’t have a free online version. If you’d like to read it, you’ll have to buy the anthology (which you should do anyway because it is excellent). As always, this is not a review. There …

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Metaphor and Message in Standing Woman

Metaphor and Message in Standing Woman

Standing Woman by Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the many short stories anthologized in The Big Book of Science Fiction.It’s a short read, not more than five pages, and I think being able to read the story yourself would help you follow along. The version in The Big Book of Science Fiction is translated by …

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Homework for Fun

Homework for Fun

I was talking with a friend one night about the story analysis articles, and I said, “If someone told me I would be doing homework for fun after school, I woulda punched them.” And she said, “Teach me how to do homework for fun.” So I thought a bit and put a few points down …

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Readability

Readability

I had a classmate in a writing class who was a fan of difficult novels. Think Gravity’s Rainbow, House of Leaves, Dubliners, etc. We disagreed on writing and complexity: I liked clear, vivid, linear writing, while he enjoyed writing that you had to work to understand. He said it was thrilling to finally be able …

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Early YA Elements in The Outsiders

Early YA Elements in The Outsiders

With Young Adult fiction dominating bookshelves, my nearby city of Tulsa, Oklahoma is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the book that started it all. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is widely considered to be the start of the YA genre and is still assigned in schools throughout Oklahoma for being a literary, yet accessible work …

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