I recently ran across a post on Tumblr where the OP was rather distraught. They’d been told that using the word asexual to describe their character’s orientation was historically inaccurate for their setting. This brought up the issue of explicitly stating a character’s orientation within the prose and when and how this should be done. Some writers might feel that they’d rather not label … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Show and Tell
Tag: science fiction
So last time we talked about creating multi-dimensional characters and focused on the protagonist of my novel Sorrow’s Fall. This week I’d like to help you look for ways to make your antagonist just as compelling and multi-faceted. After reading my post about Sorrow you are probably wondering what kind of person could possibly be an impediment to him and his goals. That’s a … Read More Let’s Get Complicated Part Two: The Positives of Being a Villain
It’s often considered that science and religion cannot be in the same room without a fight breaking out. Yet, many aspects of science fiction involve belief in a greater power or veneration of something. In fantasy it’s often a given that there will be a religious aspect, some stories even involving gods/goddesses themselves. Science fiction hasn’t shied away from this either often exploring themes … Read More The Devout Decepticon: Religion in Science Fiction
Something has been nagging me lately. A disquiet that I wasn’t sure how to quell. So, this morning I decided to write the final scene of Sorrow’s Fall from Sarin’s viewpoint. This might have been a bad idea because it was intense. Warning: Major Spoilers for Sorrow’s Fall including the end and several major revelations. Do not read if you have not read the book. … Read More Killing Sorrow
The Role of Science Fiction in Literature I’ve been reading science fiction since I was very young. I honestly don’t even remember the first sci-fi book I read. I do remember the first one that made a huge impact on me. It was a short story by Ray Bradbury called All Summer in a Day. After that I couldn’t get enough. Somewhere along … Read More Transformers, Sex and Why Science Fiction is Socially Relevant
Smashwords — Sorrows Fall — A book by Davonne Burns. So, it’s finally here, the ebook version of Sorrow’s Fall. You’ll find that it is a little different from the print version as I consider this a second edition. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it.