N.K. Jemisin on the secret of oppression

Posted on Sun 23 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with politics, quotes • 1 min read

Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Tell them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who …


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Manguso on anxiety

Posted on Fri 14 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with anxiety, mental health, quotes • 1 min read

Worry is impatience for the next horror.

Sarah Manguso, 300 Arguments

Manguso’s 300 Arguments is a wonderful and quick read. This passage keeps floating to the top of my mind, and refuses to leave.


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Warren Ellis on myth as a carrier wave

Posted on Wed 12 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with myth, quotes • 1 min read

I ended a talk in Manchester a couple of years ago with this:

Magic is our language and our story, and we can’t ride the ghost train into a future of haunted machines without them.

I can add something new to that thought. Myth is the carrier wave of …


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The View From Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Posted on Fri 30 September 2016 in Dispatches • Tagged with quotes, space • 1 min read

The scientists learned much about the comet’s landscape. Dr. El-Maarry described its surface as very dark — reflecting just 3 to 4 percent of the sunlight that hits it. The darkness comes from a dearth of ice at the surface and an abundance of organic molecules.

Some areas are bare …


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Warren Ellis on Writing

Posted on Tue 03 May 2016 in Dispatches • Tagged with quotes, writing • 1 min read

This is the part of the job that doesn’t get talked about a lot, not least because it’s hard to talk about, but also because it doesn’t involve Productivity and Goals and The Magic Of Writering and The Grand Statement and all that good stuff in interviews …


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M. John Harrison on the next five years in SF publishing

Posted on Wed 27 April 2016 in Dispatches • Tagged with publishing, quotes, scifi, sff, writing • 1 min read

I also suspect that we’ll see less fiction of all kinds. Everyone will have published their novel and discovered they aren’t going to get rich–or even noticed–by writing. The industry, especially in its middleclass form, ie traditional, paper-published litfic, saw peak remuneration in the 1990s and …


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Writing Excuses Shares Newton’s Laws of Writing

Posted on Tue 05 April 2016 in Dispatches • Tagged with quotes, writing • 1 min read

  1. A word count at rest will tend to stay at rest, and a word count in motion will tend to stay in motion.
  2. Word count = Motivation * Focus
  3. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. When you write words, they write back. Writing is its own reward.

Howard Taylor, Writing …


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Quote: Charlie Jane Anders on Sentences for Fiction

Posted on Sun 20 September 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with quotes, writing • 1 min read

People will advise you to write all sorts of sentences. Snappy sentences, lyrical sentences, Hemingway-esque short sentences, long Faulknerian sentences. But there’s really only one kind of sentence that actually works: a sentence that carries the reader forward from the previous sentence.

Charlie Jane Anders, The Only Kind of …


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