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Eight Tips for Perfect Character Names

One of the most challenging writing tasks is coming up with the perfect names for your characters. You can end your naming frustrations by trying these eight techniques. 1. Gather some resources Every writer’s library should have a few name collections. Of course, baby name books are a great first names. For first and last names, great collections include school …

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Exploring the Used Future Trope in Science Fiction

In Praise of a Broken Future I’ve always loved science fiction where the technology is simultaneously amazing and a piece of junk.  Give me interstellar spaceships that are so rusty and worn out that they barely make the journey, robots and computers that need a little “percussive maintenance” to make them work, and groundbreaking gadgets that could change the world, …

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